By S. M. Stirling
First within the new Shadowspan sequence from the hot York instances bestselling "master of speculative fiction" (Library Journal). Eons in the past, Homo Lupens governed the earth. owning remarkable powers, they have been the resource of the entire myths and legends of the uncanny. And notwithstanding their numbers were enormously lowered, 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 sort, selecting to dwell as a standard 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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He must have lost about a pint. No more than you give at the donor's clinic. Even counting--her eyes skipped over his soaked T-shirt, stuck to a sculpted chest-- the spillage. Christ, it was awful to watch, though. Or hear. I thought she was going to rip him right open. And she might. Or do it to me , anytime. I need this drink. "Lucy is really a job description," David said. "You're a lucy. " "Una lucy," Theresa amplified. "O un lucy. " "We're renfields," he finished. " Theresa said, with a half-scornful smile.
A chuckle. "Not when it's my game. Ah, Adrian, though . . did he never go . . a little far? Did things never become . . strange? " I think I'll change the subject. "How do you do . . " Adrienne reached into her handbag and pulled out a coin. "Flip this. " She did. The other spoke every time the coin came down and was covered by her other palm: "Heads. Tails. Tails. Heads. " Ellen stared down at the coin. "Adrian . . said he made investments by flipping a coin. I was angry because he wouldn't talk seriously with me about his work.
I've got your genetic template already loaded. I'm . . running you on my hardware. Wetware. " She stared at him. "You drank my blood? " He winced and looked aside. "No. But, ah, it's really anything with DNA in it, you see, which pretty much all body fluids have. " Then a thought. "But what she said was true? You wanted to drink my blood? " he said. "I love you, Ellen. It's just . . hard for me to show that the way normal people can. " The lonely pride in it moved her suddenly; the hot anger she'd felt less than two days ago felt as distant as her childhood.
A Taint in the Blood: A Novel of the Shadowspawn by S. M. Stirling