After the events in Hard Bitten that left readers reeling in the aftermath, Drink Deep opens with Cadogan House still in turmoil. The climate of Chicago has changed. The acting mayor is no fan of theirs and puts a paranormal registration act on the ballot. Protestors camp out in front of the House and things really go south when Lake Michigan goes completely black. Merit has to find out what is going on before violence tears the city apart. Will she be successful or will her nightmares become reality?
I felt very lucky to have gotten an advanced copy of Drink Deep. This is the highly anticipated follow up to Hard Bitten. At the ending of Hard Bitten, my heart just ached for Merit. I don't feel comfortable with giving anything away in case people haven't read Hard Bitten, so things will probably be vague from here on out. In Drink Deep, Merit goes through the wringer and the hits just keep coming. This is a pivotal book in the series with the added bonus of some new paranormal citizens coming out to play. The House is in turmoil, under attack from the outside by protestors and politicians; from the inside by the Greenwich Presidium's receiver who is overhauling how the House is run. If that wasn't bad enough, someone or something magically made Lake Michigan turn black. Everyone wants to blame the vampires. Under the gun, Merit follows every lead trying to get a handle on things before the city erupts into chaos. Merit is a heroine to look up to in so many ways. Her heart isn't in her job right now but she steps up and does what needs doing to save the people she cares about. I must say that Ms. Neill continues to surprise me. I had no idea how this could possibly end on a positive note, but I was hopeful. When I finished the last chapter, I was blown away. Chloe Neill is a master at storytelling. Drink Deep is an amazing 5 star read that will keep you up well past your bedtime. It will be a long time until Biting Cold releases in August of 2012, but Ms. Neill has proven that the Chicagoland Vampires are worth the wait.
In the fifth entry in Chloe Neill's Chicagoland Vampires series, with the city in turmoil, the waters of Lake Michigan turn pitch black---and Merit must turn to friends old and new to find out who's behind this spell of the darkest magic before it's too late.