Chloe Neill's Chicagoland Vampire Series Comes to an Explosive End!

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Over the course of eight years and 13 books Chloe Neill has brought many readers under her thrall! Her Chicagoland Vampire series has followed Merit from the first bite that turned her from your average grad student into a Sentinel and protector of Chicago’s Cadogan House. Blade Bound, out April 25, 2017, marks the end of Merit’s journey and we’re sure you’re dying to learn more … and to check out this awesome excerpt, here!
 
RT caught up with Chloe to ask all of our most pressing questions, but you’ll have to order the book to find out more — and for a clue for where Chloe plans to take readers next!
 
RT: This is the final book in the main Chicago Vampires series — wow! What has the journey been like?
 
Chloe Neill: The first Chicagoland vampires novel, Some Girls Bite, was also my first published novel, so it has been a strange and amazing journey.
 
I’ve learned a lot about myself, about writing and about Merit through the very challenging process of writing these novels — there are more than a million words of Chicagoland Vampires adventures. I’ve loved learning more about Chicago, diving into foods and history and neighborhoods, learning about vampire mythology, about grimoires, about alchemy and sometimes about chocolate. 
 
And I am incredibly grateful to all the readers who’ve stuck with me through Merit and Ethan’s adventures. 
 
Blade Bound begins on the eve of Merit’s wedding to Ethan Sullivan, master of Cadogan House. When you first began this series, did you have any idea what awaited Merit down the line?
 
Not when it came to Ethan and Merit! I actually thought, at least at first, that Merit and Morgan might have a chance together. But as Morgan’s character developed, I realized he wasn’t nearly mature enough for her. I suspect years as Celina’s Second stifled his professional growth; she was such an overwhelming figure in Navarre House. He’s finally coming into his own, and I look forward to seeing what the future holds for him.
 
As for Ethan, it became clear pretty fast that he was the man for her — even if he had to adjust his centuries-old perceptions of humans a bit. Ethan and Merit butted heads at first, but his power and stubbornness helped her grow into the strong vampire that she became. And her love and stubbornness — and occasional silliness — helped him remember his human side. Over time, they’ve helped each other grow stronger. They have earned their HEA. 
 
Early in the novel, Merit is treated to a very special smorgasbord, and we have to ask … have you ever tried chocolate soup?
 
Not per se, but I’d totally be game! If you happen to remember, a few years ago Starbucks offered a “drinkable chocolate.” It was warm and pretty dense, and probably not terribly far from chocolate soup. 
 
Merit and crew face some of their toughest obstacles in this book. Where do you find your inspiration for fresh and addictive stories?
 
Thanks for the lovely compliment! I try to create an interesting problem for Merit and Ethan to solve — some unique issue facing the city or the vampires, and then try to figure out who the mastermind for that particular obstacle would most likely be. In other words, what kind of person might have tried alchemy? Or attempted to stop a Shifter convocation? Or raised a ghost? That helps me dive into the antagonist’s motivations, and his or her character develops from there. 
 
Merit leaves the wedding planning to her mother and Helen, but as the writer, it was all up to you! Were you excited to map out Merit’s special day?
 
It was a lot of tearful fun. There were particular elements that, as Merit’s creator, I really wanted to play with. I searched the web for the perfect dress, for the perfect Chicago location, for the wedding party’s ensembles. 
 
But there were also scenes and moments that readers had been waiting for — and that after thirteen installments (plus short stories!) they deserved to get. I’m hope they enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them. 
 
Fans will adore this final installment, but will be dying to know what’s next. Can you give us a little taste of what the future holds for Chloe Neill fans?
 
Thanks so much! I am currently finishing up The Hunt, the third novel in my New Orleans-based Devil’s Isle series. 
 
At the end of book two, The Sight, Claire’s entire world has been rocked; New Orleans is in flames, and one of the most important people in her life is MIA. The Hunt answers a lot of questions, but raises plenty of new ones.
 
I’m also very excited for the Chicagoland Vampires spinoff series. The series title and main character will be revealed in Blade Bound, and I can’t wait to play in this new bit of the CV world. 
 
We can’t wait for more Vampire fun! Pre-order your copy of Blade Bound from one of these retailers: Amazon | B&N | Kobo | iBooks | Indiebound