In the town of Morganville, vampires and humans live in relative peace. Clare Danvers has never been convinced, though - especially with the arrival of Mr. Bishop, an ancient, old-school vampire who cares nothing about harmony. What he wants from the town's living and its dead is unthinkably sinister.
Amelie's father Mr Bishop has arrived at the Glass House, demanding to see his daughter. More troubling to Claire is that he has two human hostages-her parents-who Amelie has brought to Morganville to ensure that Claire does what she is told. Eve is forced to call Oliver for help as they don't know what they are dealing with. It becomes clear that Bishop is not impressed by Amelie's interactive experiment with vampires and humans and wants to get back to the old ways of vampires hunting the living.
Amelie has no option but to host a welcome feast for her father, where a vampire chooses a human guest to go with him or her and the human cannot say no. Eve is upset when Michael chooses to invite Monica, and a deranged vampire of Bishop's, Ysandre, has taken an interest in making Shane her latest toy. Amelie has banned Claire from going for her own safety but she is desperate to keep an eye on her friends especially when Eve engineers herself a surprise date with Oliver. Myrnin is convinced that Bishop could be the key to a cure for the Morganville Vampires illness, and he decides that he has to go to the party...with Claire as his date. It is only when the humans are presented to Bishop for approval that they start to realise that they are really being offered as snacks...
There are a lot of emotional issues for our friends to deal with in this book. Claire is already feeling the time pressure in helping Myrnin to come up with a cure as his own mental deterioration is hampering their efforts. The shock of discovering that her parents have been brought to town by Amelie feels like a betrayal and now she has to worry about their safety especially with Bishop looking to take over and change the rules. Her parents don't greatly approve of Claire living with two boys and want her to move home. Ysandre likes to torture her toys so Claire is worried sick when she chooses Shane as her reluctant date. Now she has Myrnin's latest crazy plan to deal with.
Eve is expecting to be Michael's date but is gleefully told otherwise by a delighted Monica. Eve has no idea that the humans will be paraded for Bishop as food and that Michael is protecting her by not taking her along, instead taking someone that he doesn't care about. Despite her troubled relationship with her father, his seriously ill health is affecting her more than she expected it to. She is also worried about what Jason might be doing. Shane is disturbed by Ysandre's attention and wants to refuse to go but the consequences of not going could be fatal. Michael is putting Eve first by taking Monica as his date but not telling her why has made her more determined to go to find out what is happening. Miranda has declared that a disaster is going to happen at the feast which has everyone on edge.
The feast itself is quite tense. Amelie has to observe the rules of hospitality but is well aware that her vampires will refuse to give fealty to Bishop and that the humans will not appreciate being snacked on. Myrnin's crazy plan is being put into action and even Claire doesn't know what to expect, while Bishop is ready to make his move to take over the town. Who will remain loyal to Amelie and who will serve Bishop?
The build up to the feast is tense with our four friends all facing different challenges over their families and relationships. The town itself is holding its breath as it waits to see what Bishop is going to do and how Amelie is going to respond. The actual Feast is interesting as the plans start to play out and battle lines are starting to be drawn. Now the vampire residents of Morganville must choose a side and fight for it along with or against the human residents.
The series keeps a high standard with this book!