By S. M. Stirling
First within the new Shadowspan sequence from the recent York instances bestselling "master of speculative fiction" (Library Journal). Eons in the past, Homo Lupens governed the earth. owning notable powers, they have been the resource of all the myths and legends of the uncanny. And even though their numbers were drastically lowered, they exist nonetheless- even though now not as purebreds. Adrian Breze is one such being. prosperous and reclusive, he's extra Shadowspawn than human. yet he rebelled opposed to his personal type, identifying to reside as a regular guy. Now, to save lots of humanity, he needs to conflict the darkish forces of the world-including these in his personal blood...
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In more ways than one. " " "Ah, ochen' horosho," he said. Then he looked at Ellen. " "I? Mock? Impossible, Dmitri. Oh, well, possibly a little of both. I acquired her in Santa Fe, yes. Previously my brother's. Perhaps that explains my desire to show off a little, although he got surprisingly little use out of her. Guilty, I suppose. " "Not just human. Petit bourgeois, which is worse," Dmitri said. " "I . . Polish, German, some Scots-Irish, a little Cherokee, sir," Ellen replied. "And she has the most intriguingly complex psyche, too," Adrienne said.
David smirked and glanced at the older woman. "There's one other downside to being a renfield," he said. " He levered himself up. "Going to go hit the bunk. We'll be home in an hour and a half. Thanks for the chicken soup. " Adrienne came out of the bathroom a minute after he'd wobbled to the rear. Her hair was damp, slicked back in a ponytail, and she wore a long loose colorful West African m'boubou robe with wide sleeves, printed in what Ellen thought of as a dashiki pattern. She and Adrian even walk a lot alike, allowing for the difference in the hips, Ellen thought.
But we are impolite. " He made a gesture with his left hand. " Ellen bit back a startled snort. Then they both stuck their index fingers in their ears, waggled the little fingers and chanted: "Uga-Chuga . . Uga-Chuga . . Bow! Wow! " Both dissolved in laughter. "Ah, Adrienne, it does me good to speak with you again, after dealing with the Gheorghe Brancusi matter for so long. If you knew how many times I had to actually go through those pseudo-medieval rituals, as if I was some legend-besotted Victorian secret-society occultist like our ancestors .
A Taint in the Blood: A Novel of the Shadowspawn by S. M. Stirling