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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Review: Etched in Bone by Adrian Phoenix

Title: Etched in Bone
Author: Adrian Phoenix
Series: The Maker’s Song, book 4
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Pocket
Format: E-book

More beautiful and powerful than any creature the world has ever seen, Dante Baptiste has become the supreme target of the three worlds that spawned him. The mortal agents of the Shadow Branch have tried to control his mind through psychological torture. The vampire elders who guide nightkind society have plotted to use him in their bloodthirsty bid for power. And the Fallen have waited for millennia for Dante to claim his birthright as their Maker. But Dante belongs to no one—except the woman he loves. . . .
Determined to face the Fallen and the world on his own terms, Dante hopes to piece together his shattered past and claim his future, with FBI agent Heather Wallace at his side. But in Heather’s human family awaits an unexpected enemy. One who could rip Heather from Dante’s heart and fill the holes with bullets. One who could force Dante to choose his darkest destiny—as the Great Destroyer …”

Let me start by telling you that this is not a stand-alone book. You need to read the previous books in order before reading this one. And please do it! This series is one of the best Urban Fantasy series in the market. Is dark, is gritty, is sexy. In one word is brilliant!

Etched in Bone starts three days after the events in Beneath the Skin (previous book). Something big happened that day; I won’t say what to avoid spoilers. Soon after this event we are taken 3 days back, right where Beneath the Skin ended, with Dante and Heather rescuing Lucien from the pits in Gehenna. Here we see a quick look into The Fallen lives. The Fallen welcome Dante, the first Creawdwr or Maker in the last thousand years. They want him to stay in Gehenna, the place is dying and without his power it will soon cease to exist. But Dante is of his own mind and decline the offer Dante’s way (fuck off). At the same time he is aware that they really need him and makes a binding promise to comeback in two weeks time.
Dante, Heather and Lucien return to New Orleans in need of a very deserved rest after everything that had happened to them. But things never go as they expected, with so many people after Dante and Heather their lives just become more complicated. To add to this, Dante’s mental health is deteriorating, he’s loosing touch with reality more frequent than before also his seizures are increasing in intensity and frequency. His only anchor to reality is Heather and the love bond they share, and sometimes not even this is enough to bring him back from the dark place in his mind.

Mrs. Phoenix does not disappoint us with this book. Her style is unique and flawless. The world building is amazing. The characters feel so real that page-by-page you laugh and suffer with them. You want the bad guys to die and disappear, to leave Dante and Heather finally alone so they can live the happy live they deserve.
Dante and Heather’s romance is believable, you really feel their love and the connection they have with each other, also the love they have for their friends. The relationships and interactions between friends feel honest and true, as the best kind of friendship can be.

This book is a very fast-pace-intense reading; starting in the present with a very big incident and after going back 3 days in time to show the events that preceded this incident make this a very tough read for the heart (just in case have aspirin by your side). To read page after page knowing something bad is going to happen in the future is not an easy task. You wish and pray that something will happen to change the outcome of the big event, but... This book will literally have you biting your nails with each turn of the pages.

Etched in Bone has many characters, and is written in so many points of view that it can be a little bit confusing at a time, especially if a lot of time has passed since you read the previous books. A Twitter friend (Thank you, Pam @SpazP) recommended me to skim over Beneath the Skin, before starting this book to refresh a little bit all the names, and events prior to this one. It was the best advice ever. I recommend you to do the same, so you won’t be lost or confuse with all the different things that are going on and with all the diverse characters.

I loved this book from beginning to end, loved its characters, loved the world, loved everything about it, and the end will left me screaming for more.
I cannot recommend enough this book and this series in general. In my opinion Adrian Phoenix is one of the best Urban Fantasy authors out there. If you are a fan of this genre and haven’t read her books you need to remedy this situation as soon as possible.
The Maker’s Song series, book 5, On Midnight Wings will be release in December. YAY!! (Is December yet?)

Favorite Quotes:

  • What better way to win him over than by peeling off his clothes and exploring his luscious body by mouth?
  • “It ain’t a pop quiz if you warn people beforehand. Doofus.” “That’s llygad-doofus to you, and did I say pop quiz? ‘Cuz I meant ninja-quiz since you’ll never see it coming.”
  • “You’re worth fighting too, catin, don’t you get it? I would burn the world to fucking ash for you.” *swoon* 
My Verdict: 4½ Paws

Other books in the series
A Rush of Wings
In The Blood
Beneath the Skin
Etched in Bone
On Midnight Wings (Dec. 2011)

Other reviews: Goodreads

1 comment:

  1. I've heard good things about this series. I'll have to add it to my to-try pile. :)


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