Review – Feast of Fools
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  • July 28, 2010


Ok, I’m now four books in to the Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine. Thus far Feast of Fools shows to be more of a plot driven book than character, though the character development bits are absorbing and compelling. True that.

For instance, Claire’s parents have moved into town and are insisting that she move in with them (she doesn’t). Shane is still haunted by his father’s bigoted views of the vampires and exhibits many (annoying) moments of hatred towards them, including Michael. Michael and Eve’s relationship continues swimmingly, though Eve is frustrated over the continued attempts from her brother, Jason, to contact her. Over all, the four main characters are good… frazzled, but good.

The town, however, is another story. Bishop, Amelie’s father has moved to town and is demanding tribute at the Feast of Fools ball that Miranda has for seen, and the disease affecting the vampires still remains unresolved. How is Claire supposed to make it to class when all this drama abounds?

So, I’m a little annoyed at Caine over some character details, but that really is my only rant. I know it’s obsessive of me but she changed the description of two characters in this book and I find that hard to get over. One was Monica, Claire’s arch-nemesis and overall beauty queen. The first description of Monica described her as having “shiny black hair” (Glass House, pg 7). In Feast of Fools she turns up a blonde (pg 42) and there is no mention of a dye job. And, believe me, Claire would have pointed it out. I remember because in my brain I substituted Megan Fox in the first scene describing her, and as such she has been Megan Fox in my head ever since (I know, I know. Crucify me).

The second character change comes with Myrnin, and again its hair colour. In once scene he has curling brown hair (Midnight Alley, page 34). In Feast of Fools he shows up with black hair (page 78). It’s still curly, but a different colour. Consistency, folks!

I know, I know. I’m nitpicking. However, visual details are something I always notice, so it kept bothering me. It’s not as earth shattering as, say, introducing a four-year old child suddenly in a book belonging to one of the main characters, or something of that magnitude. But it bothered me. That’s all.

So, in light of that, this one gets a solid 4 of 5. I liked it, but have to grade a little lower for the lack of consistency. I’m sure I would not have noticed it were I not currently marathon reading these. But still… consistency.

– BP

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