The fifth thrilling urban fantasy in the “engrossingly fun” (Entertainment Weekly) Maker's Song series following the adventures of FBI agent Heather Wallace and the mysterious, seductive vampire Dante.
TORN BETWEEN THREE WORLDS—A DANGER TO THEM ALL.
Even as Dante Baptiste’s identity as both True Blood and Fallen ripples throughout New Orleans, his powers are expanding in surprising, devastating directions. Kidnapped, drugged, and lost to his brutal past, the vampire wavers between sanity and breakdown at the hands of his torturers.
Forsaking the FBI she once loved, Heather Wallace has likewise fallen into malevolent hands. As she struggles to reunite with Dante, men of hate and government evil will try to keep them apart. Even as their teammates frantically search for the pair, dark forces continue to gather against the young vampire—and the fates of mortals, nightkind, and the Fallen rest on him regaining control of his shattered psyche before he becomes the terrible, omnipotent Great Destroyer.
The fifth in Phoenix's Maker's Song series (after Etched in Bone) feels less like a stand-alone novel than the middle section of a longer piece, but dedicated series readers will appreciate the nonstop action. Vampire/fallen-angel hybrid and goth rock star Dante De Noir has been shot and kidnapped, while his human lover, FBI agent Heather Wallace, has been kidnapped by her father, rogue FBI agent and vampire hater James. As they attempt separate escapes, both get tangled up in the machinations of the FBI's Special Branch as well as in games being played by the newly revived Loki, while their companions work to track them down. Dante's father, the fallen angel Lucien, enters Gehenna for help, while vampiric llygad (knowledge-keeper) Von works with assorted vamps and humans (including Heather's pregnant sister, Annie) to investigate things on this plane. It's a complicated plot with dozens of point-of-view characters, and Phoenix masterfully keeps things flowing and coherent, even successfully providing enough well-placed exposition to allow new readers to jump on board. A solid ending merely sets the stage for the next book.