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The Wild Road (Dirk & Steele #8)

3.98  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,352 Ratings  ·  68 Reviews
Those who look upon Lannes Hannelore see only an exceptionally handsome man. But his beauty is a prison, locking the dark truth inside his tormented soul. For Lannes is one of a dying race of remarkable creatures, hiding in plain sight among earth's human masters. His existence is solitary and sad—until the night he encounters a young woman on a deserted street, desperate, ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Published June 28th 2011 by Avon (first published July 29th 2008)
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Julie (jjmachshev)
Aug 09, 2008 Julie (jjmachshev) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008-reads
If you like paranormal romance and you haven't been reading Marjorie M. Liu's 'Dirk & Steele' series, you don't know what you're missing. She's created an urban fantasy/paranormal/romance series that allows her to write about everything from shapeshifters to psi-talents to gargoyles. Her latest is "The Wild Road" and once I picked it up, I just couldn't put it down...even to start "Acheron"! Now THAT'S saying something.

She wakes up with no memories, in a strange room, in a burning hotel, sur
Lannes Hannelore is part of a very few left of his race- gargoyles who protect humans from evil. His true face is hidden behind a pretty illusion and he longs for nothing more than someone to know him- the true man within.

He doesn’t know it yet, but the frightened, blood covered woman with no memory, whom he finds wandering the streets, is the woman who will reach past every wall and embrace both man and creature. But first he has to get beyond the puzzle she’s presented him- and decide if she
Oct 12, 2009 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 Stars...I really liked it!

I have a weak spot for Marjorie M. Liu's writing...and an even weaker spot for her "Dirk & Steele" novels. If there is one thing I regret about reading these books it's that I wish I could have known how much I would enjoy them so I could have read them in the correct order, back to back to back.

But you all know how it is (or some of you do anyway). You (I) read so much between books in a series that if you don't have them laid out in order you kind of loose a se
*4.5 Stars*

I know I’ve said in the past that the Dirk & Steele series is best read in order, but if you’re looking to jump into the middle of it, this is the book to do it with. It fits in with the overall world easily, but it doesn’t focus much on the actual Dirk & Steele members. The only ones we see are Koni and Rictor—my favorites! Instead, this book introduces us to a secretive race of gargoyles. They were first tied into the Dirk & Steele world in a novella called A Dream of St
Renee Sweet
Jul 22, 2010 Renee Sweet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my very favorites.

Lannes Hannelore, ladies and gentlemen, is a gargoyle. And Ms. Liu has a fabulous take on them. Lannes is the brother of Charlie, main character of the novella A Dream of Stone and Shadow featured in the anthology Dark Dreamers. It's not necessary to have read A Dream of Stone and Shadow prior to THE WILD ROAD, though the story serves as the backdrop for an important aspect of Lannes' character. But really, that's such a great story, too, that you should read it anyway.
Apr 06, 2013 D.B. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A shy, retiring gargolye who hides his true face from humanity gets in touch with his inner alpha protector when he comes to the aid of a woman in distress - but this heroine is no shrinking violet.

'The Woman,' who later takes on the name Lethe, wakes up in a hotel room full of dead men, blood, and guns. She has no memory of how she came to be there, and no memory of who she is. Her only clue is a note instructing her to run. Lannes, the gargolye in disguise, catches her breaking into his car a
Jun 25, 2008 Wendy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lannes Hannelore is a gargoyle, one of a dying race that has protected man for centuries. But he's being hiding in Maine for years now, isolated from everyone else, lonely and scarred from a horrible experience that he suffered at the hand of a witch who wanted him as a slave. He lives under an illusion, whenever someone looks at him, all they see is a tall, beautiful man. What they don't see is his wings and his pronounced bone structure which certainly marks him as other than human.

He is call
Jun 07, 2011 Kim~Fantasy~ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
OK so this one had a few twists I didn't expect...but getting into another gargoyle brother wasn't bad. There was some deep dark stuff that surfaced in this one(unfortunately I can't say anything or it will spoil it) But yea the whole memory loss would have sucked alot! And I like the name Lannes gave her it suited her well! And I would Die to be in that car with Koni for however many hours I could get...Rictor being there too would just be a bonus...MMMMM!!!! But I enjoyed getting more of my se ...more
Jan 12, 2009 Caitlyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though I didn't like this particular Dirk & Steele Novel as much as the others in the series, I still liked it. While it isn't necessary to have read the others in the series to enjoy The Wild Road, it might be helpful to the reader to have a little foundation first to get the full impact of this story and the world the author has excellently built. Everything's connected in The Wild Road and then tied up very neatly in the end. However, you will still be wanting more afterward...about the s ...more
Jane Stewart
2.5 stars. A mystery with too many conveniently vague clues. Not enough emotional pull for me.

Lethe awakes in a hotel room with three dead men on the floor. She has no memory of anything that happened in her life up until that moment, not even her name. She sees a note pinned to her clothes saying “run.” She does. She is barefoot and covered in blood and trying to steal a car. Lannes sees her and helps her. He travels with her to help solve her mystery. Lannes is a gargoyle who uses
Oct 18, 2008 Gail rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book opens with the heroine waking up in a hotel room with a murdered man. She has no memory whatsoever, knows nothing but that she should run. And, oddly, she knows how to do that, how to escape notice and avoid police and all the things she should do. The hero is a gargoyle who's left his isolation to come visit a childhood friend. A friend who is now an elderly man, while the hero is just now reaching maturity. The hero binds his gargoyle wings and hides them and his rough-hewn appearance ...more
Mystique Reviews
Apr 05, 2011 Mystique Reviews rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a fan of Author Liu's Dirk & Steele series, cheesy title notwithstanding. She's never failed to amaze me with her inventive characters--I mean, gargoyles?? --and her tight, taut storylines. THE WILD ROAD was no exception. We meet Lannes, brother to DARK DESIRES's character "Charlie". Like his brother, Lannes hides in plain sight, casting illusion to cover his sky-at-dusk skin and his wings. Wings! (Kudos to Marjorie Liu for taking into account mass differences and rememebering that invis ...more
Done 3.5 stars-
A woman, wakes up to find herself in a room, filled with smoke, she is covered in blood and there are three dead men on the floor, she has a gun and a note pinned to her shirt that says 'RUN". She does and on her run she meets a man, who is not exactly like other men, he is a gargoyle, with a damaged soul. She does not remember anything before the moment she woke, but somebody is hunting her. These two lost people start a journey of death, fear, mystery and discovery.
More story b
Laura (Kyahgirl)
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Aug 20, 2008 July rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: home-library
As a Marjorie Liu, Dirk & Steele fan I was happy to see this on the bookshelves on my local bookseller. I swooped in bought it, carried it home and happily read it.
This book Wow #8 was about one of the Hannelore brothers who happen to be gargoyle.
Lannes Hannelore sees a woman breaking into his car. When he attempts to stop her he realizes that she is covered in blood. He offers to help her. She tells him that she doesn't have any memory at all. One of Lannes gift is to read minds. And she t
May 14, 2013 Natalie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book 8 in the Dirk & Steele series. I gotta admit: I haven't met a Marjorie Liu book yet that I didn't adore. She's an amazing story teller and fills her books with amazing characters. Each D&S novel is full of side characters just screaming for a book of their own - I LOVE series like that! Strong lead men and women, nice chemistry, real humor, some spicy sex, action, adventure, and an interesting ongoing story-line. You don't have to read them in order but it does help a little. If you ...more
Jill Dunlop
Jun 28, 2012 Jill Dunlop rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, paperbackswap
I really enjoy this series. Not sure how I would feel about a gargoyle hero, but Lannes was really awesome. I was annoyed at how often the word "craggy" was used to describe him. If I was playing a drinking game where everytime I read the word "craggy" I had a sip of alcohol, by the third chapter I would have been waisted!!

The plot had all kinds of twists and turns, some of it hard to follow, but by the end of the book everything wraps up nicely.

I don't recommend starting with this book if you h
Aug 31, 2010 E. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
Dirk & Steele book, Lannes Hannelore is one of the gargoyles that survived but is emotionally scarred by the evil witch who tortured him and his brothers. An encounter with an amnesiac woman with blood on her leads to a journey that requires assistance from the Dirk & Steele agency and a reorganization of his own life and views. Lannes and the woman must battle enemies who attack both externally and within the mind if they are going to survive long enough to explore their mutual attracti ...more
Jul 13, 2015 Re8ecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. A solid paranormal romance read with some very nice twists. I enjoyed unraveling the mystery as much as I enjoyed the relationship. Intrigued by the world and the secondary characters and curious to read more of Liu's work. I did struggle a bit with "the woman". I really could have used a name for her earlier as referring to her as "the woman" was challenging to read and it created a wall between me and getting to know the character. I still never felt like I knew who she was, even in ...more
Jul 31, 2010 Patrice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I was a little disappointed that this one didn't feature one of the primary characters, it did draw on and develop side characters introduced in previous books and it did help me connect the short story written in the Dirk & Steele verse to the rest of the events and places. Also, I found the story and characters in this one endearing.
Oct 07, 2008 Theresa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008, fantasy-pnr
This was a disappointing entry in to the series. It reminded me a lot of Soul Song (Book 5 in this series) in that I just didn't get engaged with the story or the characters.

I did like that Koni and Rictor were in the story quite a bit. They are two of my favorite characters that Liu has created.
I was so thrilled when I read this. It is so rare to find a story with a gargoyle! I hope Ms. Liu writes stories for the other two single brothers. Gargoyle are awesome.
Gina Briganti
Sep 29, 2015 Gina Briganti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you think you have family drama, you'll be hugging your crazy relatives by the end of this book and trusting them with your address again.

Dirk & Steele #8 and the series is still fresh, still enthralling, and still driving me to read as fast as I can.

Liu's imagination appears to be boundless, as is her ability to be poetic in ways I didn't know existed.

There is romance, intrigue, and lots of twisty turns involving our main couple, and some favorites from previous books in the series.

I hig
Jul 18, 2010 Aparna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Liked the flow of the story and was quite interesting .... I think i would read more of her books.
Oct 25, 2015 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars.

My enjoyment of this book was hurt by the fact that I felt the "mystery" was unnecessarily mysterious. The main couple encounter at least three people that could have cleared almost everything up and they are just needlessly vague. This story might very well have played better as a novella, like Charlie's story, because in order to make it novel length I think filler had to be added. And I'm starting to get a little tired of how this series introduces new characters every book, when I
Jun 19, 2009 Lindig rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Deathless love! Ah! Not as good as Iron Hunt, not as complex.
Stephanie Pulley
Jun 06, 2010 Stephanie Pulley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like the Dirk & Steele series.
Paranormal Romance
Waking up in a motel room with no memories and surrounded by dead bodies, the woman knows only to run. She does, and that night she tries to break into the hero's car but he finds her convinces her, almost extremely reluctantly, to come back with him she we can care for her wounds. The hero lives his life in complete disguise. He's actually a gargoyle and to hide his true form he wears a mask of magic and keeps his wings tightly bound. Together they go on the road to discover who the woman is an ...more
"Tell me," Lethe said.
"I want you here," he rasped. "I want you with me. I want to care for you and love you and have you with me every moment, every day, for as long as we live. I want to be the one to protect you. Not them, not anyone else, ever. And all those...handsome doctors and tennis players and men who know their wine can just...go away. Because I may not be as handsome as them, and I may not even be as human as them, but they will never believe in you the way I do, and they will never
Jul 30, 2008 Ellyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a gargoyle hiding in plain sight, Lannes uses illusion and avoidance to fit in the human world. While visiting an old friend in Chicago, Lannes discovers a woman trying to break into his car. She's amnesiac, covered in blood, and not sure whether she's a victim or a criminal. As he vows to help her, he discovers, as with most Dirk & Steele novels, her history and his are amazingly entwined.

I liked this entry much better than the last one. It's interesting that I tend to prefer the novels
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New York Times bestselling and award-winning writer Marjorie Liu is best known for her fiction and comic books. She teaches comic book writing at MIT, and she leads a class on Popular Fiction at the Voices of Our Nation (VONA) workshop.

Ms. Liu is a highly celebrated comic book writer. Her extensive work with Marvel includes the bestselling Dark Wolverine series, NYX: No Way Home, X-23, and Black
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