Title: Drink Deep
Author: Chloe Neill
Series: Chicagoland Vampires #5
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Easy reading, Paranormal fantasy, Vampires
Publisher: New American Library
5th sentence, 74th page: Are they holding weapons?
Clouds are brewing over Cadogan House, and recently turned vampire Merit can’t tell if this is the darkness before the dawn or the calm before the storm. With the city in turmoil over paranormals and the state threatening to pass a paranormal registration act, times ahven’t been this precarious for vampires since they came out of the closet. If only they could lie low for a bit and let the mortals calm down.
That’s when the waters of Lake Michigan suddenly turn pitch-black – and things really start getting ugly.
Chicago’s mayor insists it’s nothing to worry about, but Merit knows only the darkest magic could have woven a spell powerful enough to change the very fabric of nature. She’ll have to turn to friends old and new to find out who’s behind this, and stop them before it’s too late for vampires and humans alike.
Neill has been brilliantly unfolding her supernatural Chicago throughout the Chicagoland Vampires series. As Merit slowly unfolds her new supernatural reality, we too are able to find out more about the world of things that go bump in the night. And in Drink Deep, Merit’s (and our) awareness of this world is expanded tenfold. This slow filtering of information and unfurling of their world slowly, but surely draws me into the reality of the world of Cadogan.
Drink Deep is very much about reaching deep – Merit is forced to reach deep inside herself to move past grief and loss. She is forced to transform herself and her very being to begin to exist in a world without Ethan, and without his unerring support. A race to save the city from certain destruction only puts extra pressure on her to come to terms with her loss and new place in a new world.
Neill has a fantastic grasp of relationships – although they can be solid and seemingly unshakeable at one moment, drifting between friends seems to be fairly common. As we grow older, and follow our own pursuits, people drift, just like Merit and Mallory. It is painful and difficult though, and Neill captures their drifting and Merit’s confusion at it beautifully. A poignant reminder that relationships don’t last forever, and should never be taken for granted.