Merit is one of Chicago's most skilled vampire warriors; these days, she doesn't scare easily. But she and Master vampire Ethan have made a new and powerful enemy, and he won't give up until he owns the Windy City.
With his last plan thwarted, he's more determined than ever to watch Cadogan burn. Ethan has put the House's vampires on high alert, but their enemy will stop at nothing, including pitting supernatural against supernatural. In this deadly game of cat and mouse, the stakes are life or death - and winning might mean sacrificing everything.
©2016 Chloe Neill (P)2016 Tantor
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Midnight Marked, Book 12 of the Chicagoland Vampire Series, has begun bringing us one step closer to Ethan and Merit's prophecy told by pack leader Gabriel. Although this latest installment of the series, brings us to a full out war with an oldie but goodie of a villain, the story comes full circle right back to Merit's beginning. Holy crackers, who would have thought! Strap on your katana's and pack a battle snack cause your gunna need it!
Cadogan House is in the spotlight once again, and not in a good way. Their latest nemesis Adrian Reed stirs up some sheep soup, and is forcing Ethan and Merit to eat it. With the murder of a shifter, Gabriel and his pack are on a hair pin trigger for war. While Ethan and Merit try to uncover the true murderer, some of Gabriel's pack members go rogue, and bring a nasty fight to Cadogan's front door! Meanwhile, the Red Guard has been aloof with Merit lately, and she finally meets with them and voices her concerns and opinions on what has been going on with them in regards to not helping vampires, like their oath decrees. This outburst with the Red Guard forces Jonah, Merit's RG partner to have a heart to heart with her.
This book was incredible! I mean, I was all over the place with emotions. Conflict, unrequited love, loss, longing, betrayal, but above all else loyalty. Finally the other houses show some fracking back bone and stand to fight along side Cadogan House! I was so proud of Morgan, and happy that he wasn't the butt of their jokes in this book. Catcher showed some wicked moves, and Mallory kinda got on my nerves a bit when she confronted Merit about Gabriel's prophecy. The plot twist was pretty impressive with the way it tied things together that goes all the way back to book 1, my word! Midnight Marked delivered an excellent mix of excitement, action, and drama that kept me glued to my seat!
Narrator Sophie Eastlake is a Goddess. I love her, and she is fang-tab-ulous!
Again the narrator cannot do male voices. They all sound bored or exhausted. In addition, she's now forgotten how she pronounced certain names like Celina Desaulniers. That really annoys me. However I really enjoyed the story. While parts I guessed, others were a surprise to me.
I am still so jazzed about this series. strong female role, depth of secondary characters. perfect length of text so I get my fix and the frequency of her release dates is timed so I still have the last novel pretty fresh in memory. love this books.
Even though Merit, Ethan and their allies and friends are facing another earth shattering threat, I am just happy their personal life is also moving forward. Albeit at snail speed, but at least we are reading more than a phrase about the promised child they are supposed to have. Also at last, we have the marriage proposal from Ethan **sheesh**. Why am I talking about that instead of the potential threat from their current enemy? It is because I want some romance for once in their lives.
Apart from the first two books where the romance or the promise of one is balanced with the catastrophic fights, the series has been all about survival for the H and h and their friends. This book is no exception. It is full of action, but also a little bit of romance. This is one of my favorite series that I follow religiously. Love it.
I really do not like the actor's voice of the male characters, especially that of Ethan. It is crucial to get the hero's voice to pert.
Sophie Eastlake is seriously ruining the stories!!!! I was able to tolerate her before but in this book she has really messed things up!!! What the heck is up with Ethan's voice! He sounds horrible!!! He sounds like a yucky OLD man. I know he's an old vampire but because he's a vampire his voice isn't supposed to age, making him sound like an 80 year old human man! Eastlake does the worse male voices ever and it's especially bad in this story. PLEASE, I'm begging you, don't use her anymore!!!!!
male comic relief
Story was well developed on its timeline.
She's finally getting more distinct with the voices.
The pen can kill.
A sentinel (phys/strat) who can train with masters, captains, and weapon key sorcerer is getting knocked around, outran, and outsmarted by a lot of humans and lesser supernats. She loses her weapon every fight in the last few books or her katana is never with her (Catcher should be giving her hell for both as they are against his trainings).
SPOILER: Merit's loss of glamour immunity should have happened with the rest of her vampire transition. I understand that for her to become a master someday she needs to be able to use it to call, but the logic is off.
SPOILER: Also, the telepathy with Morgan. Had he been the one who attacked Merrit originally that would have made some sense, otherwise she should be able to use it with any master (or novitiate) or at least for now with Jonah, symbiotic magic and all.
Interesting storyline and plot. Good character development. No real new direction or progress with the series except right at the very end...yet even that was predictable. Kind of same old same old feel.
Good storyline. One of my go to series.
Always excited when another CV book comes out.
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