"action-packed from beginning to end..."

In the Blood is the long awaited-sequel for fans of Adrian Phoenix's A Rush of Wings. In the Blood picks up where A Rush of Wings ends. Dante and Heather have gone their separate ways after battling a psychotic killer and a shadow-branch of the government that specializes in the paranormal. Vampire rock star, Dante Baptiste, is still reeling from the shock of finding out about his true lineage. Dante is not only a vampire, but he is also a True Blood and a creawdwr.

After Dante saves Heather using a song of making, in A Rush of Wings, his father, Lucien, realizes that the other Elohim would hear him and discover that the long- awaited new creawdwr has been come. Lucien will do anything to keep Dante out of the hands of the Elohim, including facing his old enemies. If that isn't enough to keep Dante busy, he and Heather discover that they are mixed up in a much larger government conspiracy and those in charge have decided that Heather has become a liability they can't afford to have around anymore.

Filled with twisting plots, shadow government agencies, conspiracies, and betrayal's, In the Blood kept me hooked from page one. This dark urban fantasy is not only action-packed from beginning to end, but at its core it is also a story of hope and love, and we readers get to follow along as Dante and Heather's love and trust in each other continues to grow. Dante is a true tormented hero in every sense of the word. Used and abused from his earliest memories, it's utterly heart-breaking to watch as he tries to overcome all of his adversities in an attempt to find not only his true identity, but also love.

The only warning I have for this book is that if readers haven't read A Rush of Wings, they might be initially confused to the back story. I have to give extra kudos to Ms. Phoenix for including a short glossary to include all of the Cajun French, Irish, & Welsh words used in the story. I found it was extremely helpful and I thank her for having the foresight to add it to the book.

I highly recommend In the Blood to any fan of dark urban fantasy and I'm eagerly waiting to find out where Dante & Heather end up on their extraordinary journey.

Reviewed by Mippy Carlson
Posted December 3, 2008


**A PNR Recommended Read**


Vampire. Rock star. Begotten son of the fallen angel Lucien. Dante Baptiste still struggles with nightmares and seizures, searching for the truth about his past. It is a quest as seductive as his kiss, as uncontrollable as his thirst, and as unforgiving as his determination to protect one mortal woman at all cost.


FBI Special Agent Heather Wallace now knows the extent of the Bureau corruption that surrounds her, but fears she is losing the battle. And when Dante and his band Inferno come to Seattle on tour, Heather can’t help but be drawn back to the beautiful, dangerous nightkind. But what Heather and Dante don’t know is that new enemies lurk in the shadows, closer than they think . . . and even deadlier than they fear.


For shadowy government forces are determined to eliminate all loose ends from Project Bad Seed and Heather and Dante are at the top of the list. Elsewhere, the Fallen gather in Gehenna, intent on finding their long-awaited savior, the True Blood nightkind that Lucien De Noir would die to protect. And a damaged and desperate adversary, with powers as strange and perilous as Dante’s own, plots to use Dante in a violent scheme of revenge. But only one of these lethal forces holds the key to Dante’s past – a key that could finally unlock the secret of Dante’s birth and the truth of his existence . . . or destroy him completely.

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In the Blood
(The Maker's Song: Book 2)
by Adrian Phoenix

Pocket Books
December 1, 2008
Available: December 30, 2008
ISBN #1416541454
EAN #9781416541455
352 pages
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Other Books by
Adrian Phoenix

Black Heart Loa
Etched in Bone
Black Dust Mambo
Beneath the Skin
A Rush of Wings

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