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 remarkable powers, they have been the resource of the entire myths and legends of the uncanny. And notwithstanding their numbers were enormously diminished, they exist nonetheless- even though no longer as purebreds. Adrian Breze is one such being. prosperous and reclusive, he's extra Shadowspawn than human. yet he rebelled opposed to his personal sort, making a choice on to reside as a normal 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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Adrienne laughed, her teeth red and one hand on the young man's throat. "Yes, it is. Nor are you out of it," she said as she rose. "Theresa, take care of David. " "Well, give me a hand, lucy," the briskly efficient middle-aged Latina said. Ellen did. The Asian man--David, she reminded herself--was half-conscious, a limp weight as they lifted him into one of the recliners. His slack grin made her a little queasy, but he came back to himself as the older woman taped a bandage to his neck, went into the kitchenette and then came back and handed him a mug of what smelled like chicken broth.
She told me I had all sorts of interesting new sensations and experiences to look forward to! " He nodded. "Yes. And that'll be just as bad as you can imagine. More than you can imagine. " The room began to fade. Sunlight appeared overhead, grew bright, reflected off marble columns around a pool. Prussian-blue mountains rose in the distance, against a cloudless sky. Scents of thyme and arbutus drifted on warm dry air under the rustling shadows cast by the leaves of live-oaks arching overhead. Cicadas buzzed as many-colored birds flew among great alabaster pots, and flamboyant bougainvillea spilled down their sides in purple and gold.
A long time ago, when humans first spread out from Africa--which was far longer ago than the archaeologists think--a small band of hunters was trapped in the mountains of High Asia, a few families, perhaps twenty or thirty in all. Each year the glaciers rose around their plateau, and the food was less, and the cold was more. It was most likely that they would merely eat each other and die. But one was born who was lucky . " "Legends," Ellen whispered. Adrienne nodded, resting her elbows on the table and her chin on her knuckles, smiling happily.