Early Review: Dark Debt by Chloe Neill

Early Review: Dark Debt by Chloe NeillDark Debt by Chloe Neill
Series: Chicagoland Vampires #11
Published by Penguin Books on March 3rd 2015
ISBN: 9780451472328
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 383
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher

A vampire never gets old. But neither do his enemies. When a figure from Ethan's dark past makes a splashy debut in Chicago, Merit and her Master don't know whether he's friend or foe. But they'll have to figure it out soon, because trouble is brewing in the Windy City.

At an exclusive society soiree attended by the upper echelons of the human and supernatural worlds, Merit and Ethan barely stop the assassination of a guest. When the target turns out to be a shady businessman with a criminal edge, Merit suspects a human vendetta. But the assassins have fangs...

The connections to Chicago's Houses go deeper than Merit knows, and even one wrong move could be her last...

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Disclosure: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


drey’s thoughts:

Oh yay, guess what I got to check out? Why, just the next installment of Chloe Neill’s Chicagoland Vampires (or, as I call it, the Ethan & Merit show) – Dark Debt! Go, me!

Anyway. Events from Blood Games are settling down, when another challenge blows into town like a bad storm. Full of brash bluster, this flash from Ethan’s past sets things all aquiver in Cadogan House, not least because they’re not sure what he’s after.

But this isn’t the only thing going on – who needs just one issue to deal with when Merit’s had so much experience dealing with more? Remember Morgan? Master of Navarre House, once-date of Merit’s, not-quite-friend to Cadogan? Apparently Morgan’s inherited a sandcastle from troublemaker Celina, and the bill’s come due.

So in addition to dealing with blustery blast-from-the-past, Merit and Ethan are helping Navarre find a way out of its troubles, and uncover a shadowy power pulling strings behind the scenes of Chicago’s wheeling and dealing.

Dark Debt is all action, all the time. There’s drama of course, and history revealed – both of which I appreciate. But what I enjoyed most is the character development: Merit’s increased confidence in her abilities and capabilities (though her snakiness is already at maximum level and can’t be improved upon), Ethan’s trust in his own goodness in spite of his past. And Morgan, who finally steps up to the plate as Master.

I love how Neill’s Chicagoland Vampires series increases in complexity with each installment. From the politics and wrangling to the romantic entanglements and relationships, every addition to the series builds on prior actions and decisions. This is what makes it so much fun to read, what makes it one of my favorite Urban Fantasy series. Dark Debt is a fun, thrilling read. Start with Some Girls Bite if you haven’t met Merit and Darth Sullivan yet.

drey’s rating: Excellent!

Have you read Dark Debt? What did you think?

About Chloe Neill

chloe neill

Chloe Neill was born and raised in the South, but now makes her home in the Midwest–just close enough to Cadogan House and St. Sophia’s to keep an eye on things. When not transcribing Merit’s and Lily’s adventures in the Chicagoland Vampires Novels (House Rules, Biting Bad, Wild Things), she bakes, works, and scours the Internet for good recipes and great graphic design. Chloe also maintains her sanity by spending time with her boys–her favorite landscape photographer and their dogs, Baxter and Scout.

One comment

  1. Hey drey……Glad to know that this series is still going strong for you. I thought for a moment it was loosing steam. For me an example would be sadly Kitty Norville series…..imo that one hit bottom hard a longtime ago. Take care my good friend…..I am doing well.

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