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By Blood We Liveby Glen Duncan
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First Glen Duncan gave us his monstrously thrilling, genre-reinventing The Last Werewolf: the tale of Jake, a werewolf with a profoundly human heart, considering bringing to an end the timeless legend of his kind . . . Then Talulla Rising: Jake’s werewolf lover, mother to newborn twins, on the run from those who want her destroyed . . . And now By Blood We Live: a stunningly erotic love story that gives us the final battle for survival between werewolves and vampires, and one last searing—and brilliantly ironic—look at what it means to be, or not to be, human.
The story opens: Talulla has settled into an uneasy equilibrium. With her twins safely at her side, and the devotion of her lover, Walker, she has what appears to be a normal family life—except for their monthly transformation into werewolves hungry for human flesh. But even this hard-won, tenuous peace is undermined for Talulla by nagging thoughts of Remshi, the twenty-thousand-year-old vampire who haunts her dreams. For his part, Remshi can’t escape the feeling that he knows Talulla from many (many, many) years before. Still, they have their distractions: Talulla is being pursued by a fanatical, Vatican-based Christian cult, and Remshi is following a trail of reckless feedings by a newly turned vampire bent on revenge. But, as the novel unfolds, Talulla and Remshi are inexorably drawn to each other—and toward the moment when an ancient prophecy may finally come to pass.
"British author Duncan's conclusion to his complex supernatural suspense trilogy (after 2012's Talulla Rising) opens with an arresting sentence: 'It's better to kill people at the end of their psychology.' In the near future, a population explosion among werewolves has led to immense changes across the world. There are now Web sites devoted to werewolf porn, and the Catholic Church has accepted the reality of werewolves and revealed the existence of an army trained to destroy them. That shift poses an existential threat to lycanthrope Talulla Demetriou, the mother of twins who are also werewolves, but her species' battle to survive the New Inquisition doesn't generate a lot of thrills. In addition, the intricate backstory involving blood feuds between werewolves and vampires will confound many newcomers. Fans of the first two books who have become attached to Tallula and her kin will be satisfied, but others may wonder what the fuss is all about. Agent: Jane Gelfman, Gelfman Schneider Literary Agency. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
From the author of the best sellers The Last Werewolf and Talulla Rising, the hair-raising conclusion to the saga that has galvanized readers' imaginations: an electrifying, startlingly erotic love story that gives us the final battle for survival between werewolves and vampires, and one last incisive--brilliantly ironic--look at what it means to be, or to not be, human.
Talulla has settled into an uneasy equilibrium: with her twins at her side and the devotion of her lover Walker, it's a normal family life--except for their monthly transformation into werewolves hungry for human flesh. But even this tenuous peace is interrupted for Talulla by nagging thoughts of Remshi, the 20,000-year-old vampire who haunts her dreams. In turn Remshi can't escape the feeling that he knows Talulla from years before (many, many, many years). They have their distractions: Talulla is being pursued by a fanatical Christian cult, and Remshi is following the trail of reckless feedings by a newly turned vampire. But, as the novel unfurls, they are inextricably drawn to each other--and toward the moment when an ancient prophecy may finally come to pass--in this tale of pulse-pounding supernatural suspense.
Glen Duncan is the author of nine previous novels. He lives in London.
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