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Dark Debt

NAL. (Chicagoland Vampires, Bk. 11). Mar. 2015. 400p. ISBN 9780451472328. pap. $15; ebk. ISBN 9780698180710. FANTASY
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Just when sentinel Merit has found happiness with Ethan, master vampire and ruler of Cadogan House, a threat from Ethan's past arrives in Chicago. Balthazar, Ethan's maker, was long thought dead, but he shows up, determined to make trouble for the house and for Ethan in particular. Meanwhile, local businessman Adrian Reed enjoys pulling the strings of the powerful, including those of Merit's estranged father, and asks Joshua Merit to arrange a meeting with Ethan. Too bad the meeting is interrupted by a vampire attack from a rival house.
VERDICT This consistently enjoyable series finds ways to keep a romantic relationship intriguing even after the will-they-won't-they phase is over, and Merit's female friendships continue to be an important part of the books. The political maneuvering among the various vampire houses is another aspect that Neill has kept percolating, even 11 books in (after 2014's Blood Games).

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