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By Blood We Live (The Last Werewolf / Bloodlines Trilogy #3)

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  796 ratings  ·  135 reviews
From the author of the best sellers The Last Werewolf and Talulla Rising, the hair-raising conclusion to the saga that has galvanized readers' imaginations: an electrifying, startlingly erotic love story that gives us the final battle for survival between werewolves and vampires, and one last incisive--brilliantly ironic--look at what it means to be, or to not be, human.

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Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published February 4th 2014 by Knopf (first published January 1st 2014)
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Madeleine
(This review was originally written for and posted at the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography's site. The publisher graciously provided me with a galley copy of this novel.)

I can't say I was delighted when I found out that Glen Duncan, one of my long-time favorite living writers, had a werewolf novel in the works, let alone a whole trilogy of 'em; I can say, however, that when The Last Werewolf came out a few years ago, it won me over in a matter of pages, as tackling the ever- (and, f
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Kathryn
I don't always read stories about werewolves and vampires…

but when I do, they're by Glen Duncan.
Michael
It’s a sad day for me; Glen Duncan’s Bloodlines trilogy has finally come to an end. This series has been a favourite of mine and I have been desperate to get my hands on By Blood We Live. If you don’t know, this trilogy started off as a bit of a joke for Glen Duncan. One New Year’s Eve party he jokingly claimed that he would write a page-turner with werewolves, and “none of my usual philosophical angst or moral inquiry.” Having recently been dumped from a publisher (he had no best sellers and ha ...more
Goran Skrobonja
A satisfying sequel to "The Last Werewolf" and "Talulla Rising" - and obviously not the end of the saga. Duncan has prepared the ground for a spectacular and epic Monsters vs. Humanity tome and I personally can't wait to read it!
Note: I have translated this book for the Serbian edition, as the previous two Duncan's werewolf/vampire epics for the publisher Laguna. The Serbian title is going to be "Krv naša nasušna." I expect this edition to appear in February or March 2014. I must admit that the
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John Boettcher
An absolutely fabulous ending to an already enthralling trilogy!!

There was this magazine reviewing Duncan that I read and one of the question's asked was something along the lines of "Were you happy with the way it ended?"

And Duncan was like, "Uh, yeah, I hope so."

No doubt Duncan knew that this idiot of an interviewer had not only NOT read "By Blood We Live", but hadn't read the previous two books either. Otherwise, that question would be completely unnecessary.

The third book is fantastic! I
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Ellyce
"But even this tenuous peace is interrupted for Talulla by nagging thoughts of Remshi, the 20,000-year-old vampire who haunts her dreams. In turn Remshi can't escape the feeling that he knows Talulla from years before (many, many, many years)... they are inextricably drawn to each other--and toward the moment when an ancient prophecy may finally come to pass."

asdjgkl;asjkdl;g Talulla/Remshi it's gonna happen thasdjgkasg it's in the fucking descriptTIONaagasa! gLEN DUNCAN YOU LIFE RUINER

Tahira
It's not a secret how I feel about Glen Duncan. If there is one author (living) I could choose to have a drink(s) with - without hesitation it would be him. He simply writes on a different plane. He operates in a universe all his own. He is able to put the simplest words together and make such profound sentences.

"Everything between the two of us rejects all the names for it the world has to offer."

This is Book 3 of his Werewolf series. I'll admit, the 1st book The Last Werewolf still remains m
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Jacqueline Farrell
Hmm. Think I've reached my limit with these books. Tallula and her chums were turning into a bunch of Penelope Pitstops who kept getting captured. For people/werewolves who were much more brilliant than the rest of the human population they didn't seem very bright sometimes. I did like the idea of the Catholic Church coming out of the closet at getting involved with killing werewolves and vampires. The moral conundrum about when was it okay to kill babies was interesting too. Remshi was an odd c ...more
Tiffani
By Blood We Live is the last in Glen Duncan's trilogy of werewolf stories. The series began in The Last Werewolf in which the World Organization for the Control of Occult Phenomena (WOCOP) is so good at hunting down monsters that eat people there is but one werewolf left - Jake Marlowe. While werewolves are not immortal they do live for an awful long time and world weary Jake has seen a lot and done a lot, and is ready to let go of this life. Then all of sudden Jake isn't the last werewolf. Talu ...more
Joel Lacivita
The best werewolf/vampire book I've ever read. The way he puts it all together at the end is incredible. There's a much deeper meaning to this series than the typical series in this genre. It's really about the meaning of life and is their a meaning to it all. Duncan does a fantastic job of telling this story about vampires and werewolf's wondering if there is a purpose for their life. It's all told with incredible prose and insight.
Dan
It feels a bit odd that much of this book which ends a trilogy about werewolves is narrated by a vampire. Yet it works beautifully. This final book splits between the perspectives of our old friend Tallula and ancient vampire Remshi. Tallula is fighting to survive in a world where the catholic church has created an army to wipe out the supernatural whilst Remshi is trying to help his newly turned companion cope with becoming a monster. Both know they are being drawn together, but surely Tallula ...more
Flora Bateman
Overall, 3.5 starts. I considered rounding up but after thinking about it I decided that I didn't enjoy it well enough for 4 stars.

This is supposedly the last I the Last Werewolf trilogy, although the ending leaves me in doubt of that. I love the style of Duncan's writing. It usually always keeps me interested, hanging on every word. Despite this, By Blood We Live, left me a bit disappointed. I loved this trilogy from the very beginning and maybe I just had too high of expectations for the endin
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Michelle
True to form, By Blood We Live is not for the faint of heart or easily disturbed. As in the other two books, the descriptions of sex and violence are extremely graphic. Mr. Duncan leaves nothing to the imagination, especially when it comes to the monthly transformation and the intense build-up to it.

Yet, for all its explicit scenes of rough sex and gory murder scenes, By Blood We Live is a love story. Love is the driving force of the novel, whether it is of lost loves, future loves, or parental
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Randolph Carter
Weakest of the three Last Werewolf novels. I just can't handle much more of Duncan's purple-prosed bestial erotica. The endless hand wringing by each character, vampire or were, over being a monster that loves to kill and eat but has a conscience. We all have our cross to bear. You cannot drag it out through three weakly plotted novels. It was lovely writing, just dull. We just don't care what happens to anyone.

Duncan dissatisfies in the end to leave room for yet another future werewolf/vampire/
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Katy
May 02, 2014 Katy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of author, series, werewolves, realistic endings
Recommended to Katy by: Knopf
Book Info: Genre: Literary horror/werewolves
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: Fans of the author, series, realistic endings
Trigger Warnings: murder, memories of child molestation and rape, killing babies, genocidal attempts

My Thoughts: First of all, I have to tell you, the hardcover copy of this book is glorious. The edge of the pages are dark brown like dried blood, and the pictures of the moon on the dust jacket are foil, so it looks shiny like fresh blood. The texture of the dust jacket is
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Jenny
Boys and girls; this, this is a literary orgasmic experience:

“The last moment before the bite is like the last moment before coming: stopped time and shrugged-off space, an instant of seeing how it is for God. It’s why people in sexual extremis say Oh, God. It’s not a cry to the Divine, it’s a recognition of their own divinity. I was very aware of my mouth open, my heartbeat in my teeth, the obscene ease with which I held him, the room like a frozen grin around us, and beyond it the Californian
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Jess Smoll
I LOVE Duncan's writing style. LOVE. It would be difficult for me to hate his books because it's so easy for me to get lost in the lyricism.

That being said, so many of his characters felt exhausted throughout this book, and that lovely word-play only served to turn their weariness into a tombstone around my neck. Places were hard to slog through, simply because of the build-up of shared bone-deep tiredness.

I'd also expected this book to end the trilogy, and for resolution...of which there was
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Brent
All of the trademark Duncanisms are here: the dizzying style of writing, the clever turn of phrase, and the willingness to cross boundaries in ways that enhance the story. Even so, this is my least favorite of the three books in the trilogy. A lot of plot and character pieces get recycled and, even more than in the second book, it feels like there's a gaping Jake Marlowe-sized hole in the story. Duncan goes some way to fixing this problem with the addition of Remshi, whose voice and flashbacks a ...more
Andy Smith
I'm a Duncan fan. Have been ever since "I, Satan" blew me away. But this... this is... well the words "boring" and "confusing" came up when I was looking for euphemisms.

Flawlessly written, as are all Duncan's books, By Blood We Live is told in the first person from what seemed to be fifty different characters. It's a long slog, made even longer (felt like a hundred pages longer) by his insistence on giving us the detailed, though apparently totally irrelevant, nitty-gritty on the life histories
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Brian Gordon
This is the third book in Duncan's werewolf series. I enjoyed the first novel, thought the second was just eh, and this third one was a pain to read. Every character has almost the exact same internal monologue and no real depth. I had read I, Lucifer by Glen Duncan and a couple other novels. Duncan has one tone.

There is no plot. It is a bad hybrid of a bad werewolf/vampire porn, twilight, and a snarky teen novel.The antagonists send in small group of soldiers to fight the werewolves/vampires a
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I'mogén
So.. What?... Is Duncan PLANNING on bringing out a fourth book, or spin-off series? I hate 'cliff-hanger's', whether they are direct or not, and it's made me hate them even more as it's in a series I didn't wholly enjoy.
Duncan obviously has a profound and wide knowledge, as we see from the references in this novel, but as I've said before, it just creates bulk to his already long sentences, and a lot of the time the references, to me at least, just do not make any sense.
I still felt myself lost
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Albert
By Blood We Live by Glen Duncan is the third book in the series that began with The Last Werewolf and was followed by Talulla Rising. These novels are not your usual fare of werewolves and vampires and teen romance. These are visceral and bloody. The romance fast and hot and saturated in animalistic lust. In the first novel, a philosophical Jake, believing himself to be the final living werewolf struggles to survive as he is hunted by vampire and humans alike. In his final acts he brings forth ...more
Snoakes
I've been looking forward to finishing this trilogy for ages, so I decided to treat myself to this to take on holiday. Unfortunately I had a nasty bout of food poisoning while I was away, and spent a whole night huddled on the bathroom floor while every ounce of my being evacuated itself from every available orifice. Not quite wulf, but my God I was glad to have a gripping read to keep me company through the trials of the night.

And gripping it most certainly is. Werewolves, vampires, a Catholic
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Emily Fagans
This is the finale to a very dark, bloody series. I have to say, however, that Glen Duncan takes such an insightful, hard and critical look at humanity and our weaknesses that he kept me turning the pages even when I also grimaced a bit. Really brilliant writer in my humble opinion and deep thinker about our human psychology.
Jean
This is an odd beast, so to speak. The last in the Bloodlines Trilogy, it doesn't really focus on any through-thread from the other books, but instead refocuses on the vampire Remshi and his story. Make no mistake about it: This is Remshi's tale, even Talulla's part in it revolves around the resolution to his story. But I still really liked this book, better than Talulla Rising, even though, as a conclusion to a three-book tale, it leaves a lot to be desired in that it is no conclusion at all. I ...more
Ruth
c2014: FWFTB: reincarnation, hunted, seeking, prophecy. The trilogy ends with a bit of a whimper rather than a bang. Although this may be the last of the trilogy, the ending set up made me think that there may be some other books coming based in the same world if not necessarily the same characters. The writing style continues to be alternatively rambling and then abbreviated which does a good job in moderating the pace of the story. Still lots of internal monologues. I found there to be a few i ...more
Anna Graham Hunter
I'm a sucker for Glen Duncan's novels about vampires and werewolves. Any time I start to explain why, I start sounding defensive: They're not trash - they're real novels! He's a really smart writer! I had to look up words in the dictionary reading The Last Werewolf!

Whatever. I'll read whatever he writes. And while I hate the term "feminist manifesto" or "feminist icon" to describe anything, I will say that it's hard to think of another male author who writes about women's sexuality in a way that
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Reed
Feb 23, 2014 Reed rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: horror
3.5 stars. I liked this better than Talulla Rising, but not as much as The Last Werewolf. We'll see where Duncan takes this next.
Rebecca Veight
So it starts with giving us a Remshi POV (great) and new character Justine and unlikely allies for Remshi (yes!). And then back again to "mistake" of 1st book too much detail about the lives of the people the "monsters" consume. Okay, okay we get it, they "live on" in the werewolves or vampires, it's been nailed to our brains. The book then gets really interesting with the "prophecy" & new enemies & Olek & etc and then you expect a great heart-stopping finale and nothing.... Really, ...more
Dave B.
This book was a joy to read. I couldn’t help but to finish it in a couple of days just running through the story over the weekend. I enjoyed the story because of gritty dark nature of this particular werewolf trilogy. The story line was strong and enchanting. At times, I felt slogged down with the expanded analogies between this story and Browning’s poem ‘Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came’ as well as the allusion to Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet love tragedy. I read the first line of the po ...more
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Glen Duncan is a British author born in 1965 in Bolton, Lancashire, England to an Anglo-Indian family. He studied philosophy and literature at the universities of Lancaster and Exeter. In 1990 Duncan moved to London, where he worked as a bookseller for four years, writing in his spare time. In 1994 he visited India with his father (part roots odyssey, part research for a later work, The Bloodstone ...more
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