A Taint in the Blood

A Taint in the Blood

A Novel of the Shadowspawn

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  • Ebook
  • ISBN 9781101187616
  • 512 Pages
  • Roc
  • Adult


Eons ago, the powerful Homo Nocturnis ruled the earth. While their numbers have been greatly reduced, they still exist-though not as purebreds. Adrian Breze is one such being. Wealthy and reclusive, he is more Shadowspawn than human. But he rebelled against his kind, choosing to live as an ordinary man. Now, to save humanity, he must battle the dark forces of the world-including those in his own blood…
A Taint in the Blood

A Taint in the Blood

Written by: S. M. Stirling


Though apparently human, Adrian Breze belongs to the ancient species Homo Lupens–also known as Shadowspawn–the elder race whose existence gave rise to the legends of supernatural creatures. When his sister, a passionate believer in the supremacy of their kind, threatens Adrian’s human lover, he must once again become embroiled in the intrigues and dangers of a hidden war against humankind.
VERDICT: The author of the popular “Change” novels (Dies the Fire, The Protector’s War) begins a new urban fantasy series featuring a variant version of werewolves, bringing to it an extraordinary eye for detail and a feel for characterizations. Some graphic scenes of sex and violence, both typical of the genre, make this suitable for mature readers.