Daylighters (Morganville Vampires Series #15)

Daylighters (Morganville Vampires Series #15)

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by Rachel Caine
     
 

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While Morganville, Texas, is often a troubled town, Claire Danvers and her friends are looking forward to coming home. But the Morganville they return to isn’t the one they know; it’s become a different place—a deadly one…

Something drastic has happened in Morganville while Claire and her friends were away. The town looks cleaner

Overview

While Morganville, Texas, is often a troubled town, Claire Danvers and her friends are looking forward to coming home. But the Morganville they return to isn’t the one they know; it’s become a different place—a deadly one…

Something drastic has happened in Morganville while Claire and her friends were away. The town looks cleaner and happier than they’ve ever seen it before, but when their incoming group is arrested and separated—vampires from humans—they realize that the changes definitely aren’t for the better.

It seems that an organization called the Daylight Foundation has offered the population of Morganville something they’ve never had: hope of a vampire-free future. And while it sounds like salvation—even for the vampires themselves—the truth is far more sinister and deadly.

Now, Claire, Shane and Eve need to find a way to break their friends out of Daylighter custody, before the vampires of Morganville meet their untimely end…

Includes a teaser from Prince of Shadows: A Novel of Romeo and Juliet!

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Praise for the Morganville Vampire series

“Thrilling, sexy, and funny! These books are addictive. One of my very favorite vampire series.”—Richelle Mead, international bestselling author of the Vampire Academy series

“Rachel Caine is a first-class storyteller.”—Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse series

“Morganville, Texas, is my favorite town that I never want to visit…[A] spectacular series.”—Fiction Vixen

“A gripping, original take on vampires.”—Kirkus Reviews

“The element of surprise is rare in paranormal YA books these days and yet that’s what this series consistently delivers.”—All Things Urban Fantasy

“A rousing horror thriller that adds a new dimension to the vampire mythos… An electrifying enthralling coming of age supernatural tale.”—Midwest Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101626894
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/05/2013
Series:
Morganville Vampires Series , #15
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
51,107
File size:
844 KB
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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***This excerpt is from an advance uncorrected proof.***

 Copyright © 2013  by  Roxanne Longstreet Conrad 

INTRODUCTION

 

Morganville, Texas, isn’t like any other dusty small town. It’s got secrets. It’s a company town . . . and the company is vampires. If you stay, you work for them, signing special agreements for Protection and paying a tax in earnings or blood for the privilege of not being, y’know, eaten.

It’s worked for a couple of centuries under the iron-in-velvet touch of the Founder, Amelie . . . but the past few years have been turmoil, trouble, and rebellion. Claire Danvers left to get away from it all, embarking on a special study program at MIT. But even if you can take the girl out of Morganville, you can’t take Morganville out of the girl—and she ran headlong into a menacing new enemy who knew way too much about vampires. The Daylight Foundation.

Now Claire’s returning home with her housemates (Eve, Michael, and Shane) and her allies (her bipolar mad scientist boss, Myrnin; Amelie’s ex-second-in-command, Oliver; Claire’s new vampire friend, Jesse) and Dr. Anderson, a captive scientist who was once a Morganville native, now turned traitor.

But home sure isn’t the way they left it. . . .

ONE

Claire stared at the creaking billboard that marked the town limits of Morganville, Texas, and thought, I ought to be crying. Her best friend, Eve, already was, in helpless, furious sobs. Claire held on to her and did all the sympathetic things right— murmured that it would be okay, patted her on the back, hugged her.

 But although she said all the right things, she felt . . . empty. Dry as the sand that blew through the desert outside the police cruiser’s windows. They were sitting in the backseat, behind steel mesh, and the doors wouldn’t open from the inside. The cruiser was made like a taxi, but it most definitely wasn’t one since it took you only where you didn’t want to go. Namely, to jail.

And across from where their cruiser was parked, four limp vampire bodies were being loaded into two of the town’s ambulances—

Strapped tightly to gurneys, in case the wood still buried in their

hearts to keep them temporarily dead didn’t work. Claire identified

the slack faces as they were rolled by: Oliver, once town Founder Amelie’s second-in-command, now disgraced and in exile. Jesse, the vamp who Claire knew the least well, a beautiful woman who looked ridiculously young and fragile now, robbed (temporarily, hopefully) of her vampire life. Then Myrnin, Claire’s bipolar vampire boss and friend, his dark hair an untamed mess around his still, white face.

Finally, and most horribly, Michael Glass, Claire’s friend and the love of Eve’s life. His skin had turned the color of pure white marble, and his blue eyes were open and dull. He looked deadest of them all.

“It’s fine,” Claire whispered, making sure to keep Eve’s face turned away as Michael’s body was rolled past. “Vampires can shake this off. It’s no problem for them as long as the arrows come out soon; they’re not leaving them in the sun or anything. Just breathe, okay? Breathe.” It wasn’t so much what she was saying as the fact that her voice was steady and calm, a lifeline in a tossing ocean of chaos.

Eve took a deep breath, and her sobbing slowed and hitched to a stop. She sat back as the ambulance doors slammed shut and one after the other the big vehicles pulled away onto the two-lane blacktop heading toward downtown Morganville—if Morganville had anything that could be described as a downtown. She wiped her eyes on the back of her hand, smearing what little eye makeup she had left. The glitter of her ruby wedding ring caught the light, and for a moment Claire’s wall of numbness shuddered and threatened to collapse to reveal the pain and fear she’d hidden behind it. “Did you see Michael?” Eve asked. She caught her breath on another sob, and her reddened eyes held Claire’s. “Did he look okay?”

Claire couldn’t say that, because the sight of his icy skin and blank eyes had thoroughly unnerved her. “He’ll be fine. You know he’s tougher than this,” she said. Which was a totally true thing, and beyond any argument.

“I know—God, why did this happen? What do they want from us?”

Eve said it as a rhetorical wail, but it was the question that churned in Claire’s mind over and over. Why? They’d been heading back to Morganville to warn Amelie about several things, not the least of which was the deadly growth of an anti-vampire organization called the Daylight Foundation—and the fact that one of Amelie’s most trusted agents, Dr. Irene Anderson (once of Morganville), had joined the other side.

But they’d been met by the local police instead of Amelie’s people, and things had gone downhill from there. The cops had first separated out the humans—Claire, Eve, and Claire’s boyfriend, Shane, plus the prisoner, Dr. Anderson. Then, without any warning, they’d taken down their vampire friends, who had just been wheeled into the ambulances and driven off to fates unknown.

Claire twisted in the seat to look into the car behind them. The cops hadn’t had an easy time getting Shane into the other cruiser; they’d ended up handcuffing him and threatening a Tasering. He sat stiffly in the backseat, staring holes into the distance as if it were in for a beating. Next to him, Dr. Anderson slumped against the window as though she didn’t care whose prisoner she was anymore.

Claire knew why they’d separated her from Shane, and she knew that Eve needed her right now, but she wanted desperately to be with him and to ask all the questions burning in her mind. Why would Hannah Moses do this? After all, Police Chief Moses was their ally, their good and trusted friend. But she’d shown no hesitation, no re­morse. The only way to interpret what had just happened was that Hannah had freely and willingly joined the Daylight Foundation.

Nothing was making any sense, and Claire needed it to make sense so badly. Humans have taken control of Morganville, Hannah had told her, as their friends—their mutual friends—lay still on the ground. Vampires are being quarantined for their own protection.

It couldn’t be true. It just . . . couldn’t. And yet it so obviously was.

“Where are they taking him?” Eve was staring after the flash­ing lights of the departing ambulances. “She said something about quarantine. What does that mean? Do you think they’re taking them to the hospital? Do they think they have some kind of dis­ease?”

“I don’t know,” Claire said. She felt helpless, and she knew if she let herself feel anything, she’d be just as angry as Shane looked sitting in that other cruiser. He seemed ready to chew through the steel mesh. But if she got angry, she would also have to let in every­thing else, all the other emotions that bubbled and threatened in­side her. And if she did that, she would collapse, like Eve was doing.

Better not to feel anything right now. Better to stay strong.

The driver’s-side door opened, and Hannah Moses got behind the wheel of the police car. She settled in and buckled her safety belt in one smooth motion. A deputy got in on the other side— new, Claire thought. Someone she didn’t know.

But she did recognize the pin he wore on the collar of his uniform—a rising sun, in gold.

Symbol of the Daylight Foundation.

Eve lunged forward and grabbed the mesh, threading her fin­gertips into it as Hannah started the engine of the cruiser. “What the hell are you doing, Hannah?” she demanded, and rattled the mesh, hard. “Where are you taking Michael?”

“He’s safe,” Hannah said. “Nothing will happen to him. Trust me, Eve.”

“Yeah, you know what? Bite me. I don’t trust you. You just stabbed us all in the back, you horrible bi—”

Claire grabbed Eve and dragged her away, changing the word to a protesting yelp. “Stop,” she whispered fiercely in her best friend’s ear. “You’re not going to accomplish anything by making her angry at us. Just wait. Be quiet and wait.”

“Easy for you to say,” Eve hissed. “Shane’s coming with us at least. Michael—we don’t even know where they’re taking him!”

She had a point. Claire really hated to admit it, but there was absolutely nothing they could accomplish locked in a police cruiser. And antagonizing the lady who held the keys to their handcuffs probably wasn’t the best strategy.

“We’re not giving up,” she told Eve. “We’re just . . . biding our time.”

“And what do you think they’re going to do to him while we’re biding, exactly?” Eve asked, yanking at the mesh again. “Yo, Han­nah! How does it feel to stab your friends in the back? Hope you didn’t get blood all over your neatly pressed uniform!”

The deputy turned around and gave her a cold, hard stare. “Sit quietly,” he said. “If you don’t, I’ll shock you until you do.”

“With what, your breath? Ever heard of flossing, Deputy Dimwit?”

“Eve,” Hannah said. It was a warning, a flat and naked one, and it was reinforced by the deputy—whose breath, in all fairness, did kind of reek—taking out a Taser.

Although Eve was still simmering with rage, she let go and sat back, folding her arms over her chest. Then she kicked his seat. Didn’t do any good, because the seat was reinforced with a steel plate, but she probably felt better for doing it.

“Hey,” Claire said, and reached her hand out toward Eve. Eve hesitated, then took it and gripped hard. “It’ll be okay. He’ll be okay.”

Eve didn’t say anything. She was probably thinking, You don’t know that, and she would have been right. Claire didn’t know that. She felt cold and helpless and vulnerable, and she didn’t know how any of this could really be okay . . . but for now, in the moments between opportunities, all she could do was pretend.

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
Praise for the Morganville Vampire series

“Thrilling, sexy, and funny! These books are addictive. One of my very favorite vampire series.”—Richelle Mead, international bestselling author of the Vampire Academy series

“Rachel Caine is a first-class storyteller.”—Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse series

“Morganville, Texas, is my favorite town that I never want to visit…[A] spectacular series.”—Fiction Vixen

“A gripping, original take on vampires.”—Kirkus Reviews

“The element of surprise is rare in paranormal YA books these days and yet that’s what this series consistently delivers.”—All Things Urban Fantasy

“A rousing horror thriller that adds a new dimension to the vampire mythos… An electrifying enthralling coming of age supernatural tale.”—Midwest Book Review

Meet the Author

Rachel Caine is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than thirty novels, including the Weather Warden series, the Outcast Season series, the Revivalist series, and the New York Times bestselling Morganville Vampires series, including Bitter Blood, Black Dawn, Last Breath, and Bite Club.  She is also the author of Prince of Shadows, a new spin on the classic tale of Romeo and Juliet.

She was born at White Sands Missile Range, which people who know her say explains a lot. She has been an accountant, a professional musician, and an insurance investigator, and, until recently, carried on a secret identity in the corporate world as a communications executive. She and her husband, fantasy artist R. Cat Conrad, live in Texas.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I knew this series would eventually come to a end. I really hate to see go. However I feel like I lived through the people of morganville. This will always be one of my favorite series its a most read for everyone. I honestly beleivethis should be a movie.
Cuanam More than 1 year ago
*I received this ARC from the Author via Penguin Group Publishing in exchange for an Honest Review* I absolutely read this out of order, accepting the book without realizing it was the 15th in the series. I do NOT regret doing so. Daylighters, I assume, pretty much picks up where Fall of Night finishes. as stated this is the first book in the series I've read lol. This story follows the series' ragtag group of heroes, Claire, Eve, Shane, and Michael, for one last endeavor...To save Morganville as well as its resident vampires from the clutches of the Daylight Foundation. Certain sentences, phrases, and dialogue easily remind the reader of previous escapades with the Daylighters and their nefarious founder Rhys Fallon from earlier books. I particularly liked how even though this book was the 15th in the series, I didn't find myself overly lost since I haven't read the other 14 yet. If anything, this book absolutely has me wanting to pick up Glass Houses and read the story as it should be read, from the beginning. I truly thank Penguin Publishing for giving me the chance to review this spectacular work and I look forward to seeing what else what this author can come up with. I give this book 5 of 5 paws
CSchwartz More than 1 year ago
This book was really good! I love how it is back to Claire's POV but I find myself asking 'What is Michael thinking?' Or 'what is Oliver doing right now?' These were typical Morganville days in this bok and truthfully I disliked the ending amd and it seems as though this is not the end butt it is, Rachel told me herself at Less Than Three. :(
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this series so sad its ending I shared these books with my daughter and she's also loving this series. Best book yet !!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book of the whole series! Two thumbs up!
Flaca74 More than 1 year ago
The series is great. Hated to see it end.
NS88 More than 1 year ago
I have read every book in this series. These characters have just become part of me. I love this book! Only complaint is it is the last book. :'(
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The only aspect that disappointed me in this book was the afterword that indicated that this was the last book to be written in this series. I will miss the adventures of Clare, Shane, Michael and Eve. I really wanted more but the book finishes the story up nicely. I really wanted to see what Clare was going to accomplish with her talents and how Oliver and Amelie's relationship was going to progress. I really enjoyed this series and I'm sad that it has ended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
5+++++ Stars... I inhaled the last 2 books in 2 days. It didn't disappoint. Rachel Caine what a perfect ending to this EXCELLENT series... Really loved Claire and Shane, Eve and Michael, also Amelie, Myrnin and Oliver. What great characters and story. Couldn't turn the pages fast enough. I'm sad to see the ending of a briliant, consistent and well written series..... But great ending... LOVETOREAD and tnis series is why...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was amazing. I loved it. Im just sad that its over.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great series, and NOT just for young adults.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
 DO NOT READ THIS IF  YOU HAVNT READ THE BOOK YET!!!! SPOILER ALERT****  CANT BELIEVE MY FAVORITE SERIES IS OVER!!!!!:( BUT IT WAS AN AMAZING JOURNY!!!!! SO CALLED FROM WHEN MICHAEL WAS FIRST TURNED INTO A VAMP. I KNEW HE WOULD BECOME HUMAN AGAIN!!! I JUST WISHED THE EPILOGUE WAS BETTER AND INVOLVED THEM HAVING KIDS!!!   
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read every book in this series and, overall, I have so enjoyed them all. The author is gifted in creating characters that you feel like you know and love; even characters like Oliver who are not so nice sometimes. I was involved in each book of the series and Daylighters is no exception. When I finished reading it, I felt that it ended well and I was not disappointed. A little sad that it was over, but not disappointed in the way it ended. I hope the author is proud if her body of work in the Morganville series. I thoroughly enjoyed every word of it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was really good! I loved the ending with Claire and Shane getting married and also Eve and Michael getting married for real. I am really sad that this was the last book of the series. This book series is my absolute favorite series. Thank you Rachel Caine for writing this amazing book series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First thank you Rachael for not leaving us hanging. You understand we are a part of Morganville too. It's sad that it is the conclusion to the series but oh what a ride it has been. Excellent read.
MyndiL 9 months ago
Reading this book was very bittersweet for me. Over the course of the past 14 books, I've truly come to love Morganville and the characters and it's sad to have to say goodbye (though I do have the compilation of novellas yet to read, yay!) In this, the final battle, we see a new threat that is more dangerous that it appears. We have situations separating Eve and Michael, and we have a situation putting Shane in a very difficult spot. As always, Claire has to figure out how to work with these conditions to solve the problems. It was an intense ride to get to the end of the book, which I knew would bring me to the end of the series, but it was a great ride as well. I was kept on the edge of my seat, caught myself holding my breath at several points, and I did shed a tear at the end. It's like when a favorite TV show ends, or even when a good friend moves away...I just wasn't ready to say good-bye. A fantastic series and now I find myself eager to read everything else Ms. Caine has written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't believe it's over. Love love love this series. Never a dull moment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this series! Read all of them twice. Can't put them down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Go met Starlight at res 12...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Name: foxkit duh! Age: 4 moons Looks: i am a bloody red color all over but my paws in my tail tip are white. I have electric blue eyes. Mate/crush/kits no mate no crush to kits ewwww!!! Family: parents lost. My sister, doekit becamea kittypet named emmy. Personality: silly, a littlle stuck up and highspirited
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Name: Rainpelt<br>Gender:Tom<br>Age:About 17 moons<br>Rank: Warrior<p>Description: He has a light grey pelt, with the slightest hint of blue. His eyes are a deep sea green.<p>Personality: Can be sarcastic at times. But is mainly caring and kind. <br>Crush/Mate/Kits: Yes/ Wants/Not yet<br>-Rainpelt
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"The sun will rise to bring the shadow of darkness. At the death of death the feather of hazel will rise to a ripple, then fall. Flame shall rage and the Chill will make the day bleak. Only the river can put out the flames and make the day bright. And only the sun can melt the chill. But beware for the flame thrives by the sun...."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*he pads in and stormpaw notices his demonic wings, his blackish-purple flames and his sharper canine teeth, and his blood red color eyes*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Welcome to DayClan! Her are the rules. 1. No godmodding. 2. Mating is allowed but not at the main camp. 3. Advertise! 4. Be active! Notify deputy or leader if gone for 2 days or more. 5. Respect the warrior code! 6. No powers! 7. Be realistic! 8. Have fun! Map: Res.1: Rules and Map. Res.2: Main Camp. Res.3: Leader's Den. Res.6: Medecine Cat Den. Res.7: Apprentice's Den. Res.8: Warrior's Den. Res.9: Nursery. Res.10: Training Hollow. Res.11: Training Hollow. Res.12+ up: Anything you want. Bios are at day res.1. Leader: Sunstar. Deputy: Hazelfeather. Medecine Cat: Blueheart. Hope you made the right choice! Again, welcome! We always take in homeless kits! Sunstar.