"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