Book #:#2 in the Maker’s Song series
Vampire. Rock star. Begotten son of the fallen angel Lucien. Dante Baptiste still struggles with nightmares and seizures, searching for the truth about his past. It is a quest as seductive as his kiss, as uncontrollable as his thirst, and as unforgiving as his determination to protect one mortal woman at any cost.
FBI Special Agent Heather Wallace now knows the extent of the Bureau corruption that surrounds her, but worries that she is losing the battle. And when Dante and his band Inferno come to Seattle on tour, Heather can’t help but be drawn back to the beautiful, dangerous nightkind. But what Heather and Dante don’t know is that new enemies lurk in the shadows, closer than they think . . . and even deadlier than they fear.
I am glad that I only paid $1 for this book, from a second-hand bookstore clearance sale. Honestly. It would have helped, immensely, to have read the first book in this series. So if you are planning on checking out this book, may I suggest try book 1 first. It may help to introduce this world. Because quite frankly, I am still trying to figure things out. Like, is Dante and Lucien angels, devils, demons, gods, or what? They seem to be angels, but I’m pretty sure Lucien is actually Lucifer, and although I do realise he is a fallen angel, he seems to be welcome in heaven? Or whatever the book’s version of heaven is… and then there’s some dude named Loki, which is a norse god, as far as I know, so how does that fit in? And the terminology… that irked me. I still have no idea what a chalkydri is, I managed to figure that Gehenna is “heaven” in this book, I have absolutely no fucking clue what a Wybrcathl is, and what is with the music? How does music fit into any of this?
plus, the whole “goth” and “metal” scene that Dante is part of, is so goddamn cliched that it hurts. I was part of the goth scene a few years back, and let me tell you, they do not all dress in leather or vinyl, especially in a humid place like Louisiana, where the book is set. That is just plain ridiculous. And metal bands tend to lean towards jeans and black shirts rahter than, again, leather and vinyl.
The story wasn’t bad. It got interesting about halfway through, and the ending was okay, but it was nothing special.
In the blood rating: 6.5/10. Nothing special, clearly reading the first book would have helped, and the terminology was just confusing, with this world not clearly mapped out for the uninitiated reader.
Would I re-read it?Not really. Once was enough. The story just didn’t grab me, as it should have. The elements were there, but it just seemed to lack that hook, that gets you addicted and turning the pages. Oh well.
Who would I recommend it to? As a continuation of the first story, it is pretty okay. The characters continue to grow and evolve, and justice comes to the man who put Dante through all this in the first place, so if you have read the first book and enjoyed it, then this is definitely a must-read. Otherwise, it’s a 18+ paranormal smut read for females. Low smut though.
Author’s site: http://adrianphoenix.com/blog/makers-song-series/in-the-blood/