A Taint in the Blood: A Novel of the Shadowspawn by S. M. Stirling

By S. M. Stirling

First within the new Shadowspan sequence from the hot York instances bestselling "master of speculative fiction" (Library Journal). Eons in the past, Homo Lupens governed the earth. owning outstanding powers, they have been the resource of all the myths and legends of the uncanny. And although their numbers were enormously decreased, they exist nonetheless- notwithstanding no longer as purebreds. Adrian Breze is one such being. filthy rich and reclusive, he's extra Shadowspawn than human. yet he rebelled opposed to his personal type, making a choice on to stay as a standard guy. Now, to avoid wasting humanity, he needs to conflict the darkish forces of the world-including these in his personal blood...

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Adrienne laughed. "Cherie, remember that he has my instincts. " "I set a trap. " She shrugged. "He won't be killed, I think, not if he deserves to be my brother. It's not my plan that he die. Not yet, possibly never. " A limousine was waiting outside. Beside the door was a young Asian man, dressed in dark windbreaker, black T-shirt and baggy pants and trainers. There was a button microphone in his ear with the slender thread of the pickup alongside his jaw, and one hand rested inside the coat.

She looked at Ellen. " Ellen said. Then an involuntary yelp of: "Ouch! " as her neck twinged. "That wasn't a request, cherie. This is business. The underwear too. " She tousled Ellen's pale-blond hair, studied the results and nodded. " The manager compressed her lips, but reached behind her head. The slim gold chain held a disk with the same black sun and golden trident that she'd noticed on David's wrist. Adrienne dropped it over Ellen's head, and gave it a twitch so that the sigil was visible just above her breasts.

Bow! Wow! " Both dissolved in laughter. "Ah, Adrienne, it does me good to speak with you again, after dealing with the Gheorghe Brancusi matter for so long. If you knew how many times I had to actually go through those pseudo-medieval rituals, as if I was some legend-besotted Victorian secret-society occultist like our ancestors . " "You haven't had to deal with the Demon Daimyo of the West Coast as long as I have, Dmitri. " "Yes," he said. "Progress that can be laid before the Council. " He made another gesture, one that seemed natural; forefinger to thumb, like the sign for OK, and a finger tapped to the neck.

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