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 occasions bestselling "master of speculative fiction" (Library Journal). Eons in the past, Homo Lupens governed the earth. owning notable powers, they have been the resource of all the myths and legends of the uncanny. And even though their numbers were tremendously decreased, they exist nonetheless- even though 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 variety, identifying to dwell as a normal 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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Stolen money," she said. " Adrian hid his annoyance with a raised brow he knew was intensely annoying in itself. Fanatic, he thought. Then again, who else would wage a failing struggle all their lives long? Aloud he went on: "No. Directing money to investments that will increase in value harms nobody. And before I resigned from the Brotherhood--which, despite your statement, I did successfully do--" Polson's frown said all any of them needed to know: Because you had no way to punish me except at a cost you weren't prepared to pay.

The young Chinese man who'd played guard in the limousine went down with a startled scream; Adrienne's face was locked into the angle of throat and shoulder. Ellen swallowed and turned her eyes away at the liquid sounds and the scrabbling. She lurched as the big Airbus CJ sped into its takeoff run. When she made herself look again the metallic coppery-iron-salt scent was strong. Adrienne raised her head, blood wet on her chin and her eyes glittering with joy. God, this is hell. It's absolute hell!

He snorted. " "Dmitri, I am a girl! " "Quantity can have a quality all its own, even for drinking emotions. In mass, they can be overwhelmingly potent. Ah, if you had only been at Srebrenica when the massacre began--" "Dmitri, I was a child. " He winced. " "Nearly as bad as McFadden with the Titanic! And he's transitioned successfully to postcorporeal so he'll never shut up. " They laughed again. Adrienne touched the controls. "I'll do what I can with Tokairin Hajime," Adrienne said. "He has not any dog in this fight, so he may be reasonable.

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