Politics and murder comprise a two-pronged assault on the Cadogan House of vampires in Neill’s newest Chicagoland Vampires novel. Events from previous books have led to the upcoming historic break with the Greenwich Presidium of vampires, promising a trip into dangerous and uncharted waters. Rising star Neill has made the learning curve for her gutsy heroine, Merit, quite steep, which means the journey is all the more spellbinding.

Although the Cadogan vampires are thrilled with the resurrection of their master, Ethan Sullivan, they now face formal separation from the European vampire authority. Then two young rogue vampires are found brutally murdered, and Merit is asked to investigate. As Merit begins tracking this clever killer, she uncovers secret alliances and a deadly vengeance quest that could threaten them all. (NAL, Feb., 368 pp., $15.00)
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Jill M. Smith