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A Rush of Wings (The Maker's Song #1)

3.61  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,587 Ratings  ·  393 Reviews

Dark. Talented. Beautiful. Star of the rock band Inferno. Rumored owner of the hot New Orleans nightspot Club Hell. Born of the Blood, then broken by an evil beyond imagination.


F.B.I. Special Agent Heather Wallace has been tracking a sadistic serial murderer known as the Cross Country Killer, and the trail has led her to New Orl
Paperback, 416 pages
Published January 8th 2008 by Gallery Books
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Nichole (Dirrty H)
Holy crap, this book was fantastic!
It was getting rave reviews from some trustworthy people on the different paranormal groups I belong to, so I knew I'd like it, but I was prepared to be at least a little bit let down, because let's face it, nothing ever lives up to the hype, right?
Well, this one did.

This is a very dark urban fantasy novel about an FBI agent, Heather, who has been following a serial killer for 3 years. The hunt leads her to New Orleans, where she becomes entangled with a vampir
5 stars – Vampire Romance/Urban Fantasy! There’s no way I can sum up this book or do it adequate justice with my review, so I’m only giving a quick rundown of why I loved it. I’ve seen a lot of rave reviews from readers and critics, and I agree that it’s definitely deserving of the hype.

FBI Special Agent Heather Wallace is investigating a sadistic serial killer known as the Cross Country Killer. When the case leads her to Club Hell in New Orleans, she finds herself draw
Mar 26, 2011 Katyana rated it liked it
Recommended to Katyana by: The Flooze
Shelves: series, vampires, pnr, abuse, uf, dark
This is a really tough one to review.

On the one hand, there was something to the story that drew me in. And I am honestly at a complete loss to say what that was. I have been turning it over and over since I finished the book last night, and I really don't know what had me so fascinated.

But on the other hand... there was a lot about this book that just didn't work for me. Let's start with:

Heather as an FBI agent was ridiculous. This was just the worst-fitting career choice for this character, as
The Flooze
Mar 10, 2009 The Flooze rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all dark/urban fantasy lovers
Wow. You know when everyone around you tells you a book is phenomenal, different and unique, and you just have to read it because they swear that you will love it?

And you imagine that it could never live up to the hype?

A Rush of Wings lives up to the hype. It soars above and beyond the hype, grips you in its gritty, blood-stained talons and drags you through one searing image after another, forcing you to traverse the landscape of disturbed minds, fathomless pain, and offering a flee
Feb 06, 2009 Lori rated it it was amazing
Like other reviewers have mentioned, this is a pretty dark Urban Fantasy read. Dante is so terribly damaged that whether he'll ever be healed remains to be seen. I'm glad there's a sequel because I want a HEA for this character. Whether he gets it in the next book remains to be seen. I loved this book because after reading so much PNR lately, it was rather refreshing not to have an author wax poetic about the male leads cock. There was one sex scene in the entire book which isn't usually enough ...more
*sigh* I wanted to like this book, I really did. However, something didn't click with me at all. I was fighting not to skip entire sections of the book. Unforunately, I didn't succeed and couldn't finish the entire book. I was very skim-happy in the end. It likely is just my personal preference, but I'll try to explain the things that I didn't like in general...

Perhaps it was the overuse of adjectives, metaphores, and explanations of smells. I might have known after re-reading the first sentence
I'd been meaning to try out this book for a while, but for some reason I always bypassed it when looking for something to read. I guess I was never in the right mood. Well, I finally bit the bullet and read it.

Interesting is the word that comes to mind when I think of this book. The author did a fabulous of setting the atmosphere. Everything felt dark and gothic and intense. One of the lead characters, Dante, stayed pretty mysterious throughout. Even when I learned more about him I still felt k
Sep 01, 2009 Holly rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of dark Paranormal Suspense
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.

A Rush of Wings had the potential to be a totally awesome paranormal novel: It was set in New Orleans, which in my opinion is the perfect place for things that go bump in the night. The main character Dante is the lead singer for a goth/punk rock band called Inferno, so there is a cool factor there. It also has some interesting lore with vampires, Fallen angels, and other nightkind. There is even something for the conspiracy theorists to love, with shady government organizations that create and
Feb 01, 2009 Anna rated it really liked it
Two things attracted me to this book. Firstly the cover, it's pretty great. Sadly the cover is very misleading.Our girl Heather doesn't dress like this anywhere in the story. Nor is there mention of a tattoo on her arm.I know Authors don't have much say in the cover art but, I always find it sad when the covers don't match the story or characters at least a little. And the second thing that drew me to this book is that it takes place in New Orleans. I have never been there myself, so I love read ...more
Jun 10, 2010 Natasha rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Paranormal Romance Fans / Vampire Lovers
A Rush of Wings is the First installment in the Marker's Song series by Adrian Phoenix.
I'm late to reviewing this book. I read it a while back, but re-read it just last week for BBA. Both times in reading this book, I really enjoyed it. The characters are likable and interesting.

The main character, Heather, who is a FBI Special Agent is on the trail of the Cross Country Killer, also known as CCK, who’s the serial killer she’s been tracking for three years. And now, she's lead to New Orleans wh
Jun 29, 2010 Mel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My dear Goodread friends told me to read A Rush of Wings. I believe they used every positive superlative possible to describe this book and then some. Suffice it to say I had high expectations and didn't expect anything less than perfection.

Which is most probably the reason why I was disappointed in the beginning. The first few chapters seemed like a tv pilot episode where characters are introduced in a “this is person X who has daddy issues and many more wounds to be opened up this season”-kind
Laura the Highland Hussy
Jul 11, 2010 Laura the Highland Hussy rated it it was amazing
AMAZING book! Normally I'm not one for the first in a series, let alone Urban Fantasy, but WOW! Adrian Phoenix is an amazing author who lured me in almost instantly and hooked me and kept me wriggling on the baited hook! (okay sorry bout the fishing imagery-I made the hubby take the kiddos fishing so I could read this book!)

I won't summarize this book, since there is too much to summarize, but I will say that this one was very X-Files meets vampires. We have FBI agent Heather Wallace who has spe
Mar 15, 2016 chucklesthescot rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, uf-pnr, abandoned
Yet again we have ANOTHER author in the genre who just has to call one of the male characters Lucien. The only difference is a different spelling! Gasp! How original. Seriously, why is there always a character called Luc, Lucas, Lucian or Lucien? Are we having imagination failures as authors or what! Jeez.

The characters themselves were far from believable. Having Hapless Heather as an FBI Agent was laughable to say the least. She is a hopeless, useless ditz! She's never survive training!

The book
Kenya Wright
I got 15% in and couldn't finish it.

GOD!!! I wanted this to be good because I want to read a good paranormal mystery!

But it was so wordy, jumped around in too many heads, and just lost my interest.

"Standing behind Dante's stone bad-winged throne, Lucien shifted his gaze from the black bearded nightkind stranger at the bar and his sallow-skinned mortal companion, to keep a watch on the entrance."

"she tabbed open a can of Dr Pepper and took a long swallow of the cold, sweet plum-flavored soda as i
This style reminded me SO MUCH of JR Ward. If you like BDB then pick this up.

I found the lead character totally not credible as an FBI agent and the love interest NOT sexy, so it's not my cup of tea. However, seen lots of raving going on about it on forums, so like I said, BDB fans rejoice.

May 24, 2009 Anne rated it really liked it
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Nov 02, 2009 Summer rated it did not like it
A Rush of Wings is about FBI Agent Heather and her work on a serial killer case. She's been following the killer for years and believes a new case in New Orleans is his latest victim. The crime scene is directly in front of Club Hell owned by a mysterious man named Dante. Dante has virtually no past as far as Heather can track and so she decides to ask him questions. Dante and his friend Lucien try to avoid Heather, but when another murder takes place it becomes clear that Dante may be the next ...more
Jun 06, 2012 Gabriella marked it as did-not-finish
I didn't actually finish this as it really wasn't my cup of tea.

I could not get into the book, I didn't find it exciting and it didn't make me want to keep reading.
For me it was boring and slow. The characters were flat, they had a name and a desciption like an ID and that was it.

I suppose it did have an okay basic plot but the constant change of POVS and the crazy to understand words and different language thing was really annoying and then that you had to flip to the back of the book all the
CJ -Doctor can you help me, 'cause somethin' don't feel right
I gave this book five stars because it actually had a plot! It had a beginning, middle, end and though it became a little raunchy at times - it was good raunchy, as in, it made sense to the character and the story.

Heather and Dante are an unlikely pair but they are great together. The story is dark and twisted, full of blood and gore plus the twisted trappings of a psychotic conspiracy theory (including lab, torture and pedophilia).

This book is not recommend for the faint of heart. Meaning, if y
Jun 22, 2010 Dottie rated it it was amazing
I really did not want to like this one. I saw the cover, thought it was trashy, went on to browse through the first half of the book, then stopped and started from the beginning to give it the proper reading I have (unexpectedly) decided it deserved.

After reading the first two books of The Demon's Lexicon series, I started craving for more dark fantasy reads. While digging around for my next book love, I stumbled upon this and was more than a little turned off by the cover. Skimpily clad tattooe
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A Rush of Wings by Adrian Phoenix.
This book was in my monster to-read pile for some time now, so I decided to unearth it.
Thank goodness I didn’t let it collect anymore dust! This is a fabulous book. Not very often do I EVER give a book 5 stars, but this novel deserves all 5 shiny gold ones. It also prompted me to contact the author and do an interview, which I will be posting soon.

The reason I loved this book isn’t just for the interesting story and intriguing characters, it is because of how
4 stars

A Rush of Wings is what a vampire and urban fantasy novel should be. Dark, gritty, gore, horror, mystery, all mix to one ride to the hell. There's so many familiar aspect for debut novel from Adrian Phoenix. Yet, it's also feel original, fresh and outstanding. We have Dante (later know as Dante Baptiste), a rock star, a vampire, a tortured hero, also not just an ordinary vampire since his power is extraordinary, a creadwarh (I don't know if I write it right), a chosen people who can made
It's hard to review this book because while there were certain elements I really enjoyed, there were a lot I didn't. While usually I would simply forget and move on in cases like this, I actually found myself wanting to read the second novel (which I did).

My main problem with this book was the plot. While it wasn't necessarily dull, it seemed very long-winded. When it came down to it, the plot could have been condensed and made tighter. But I think Phoenix wanted to use the time to establish a b
This was a scary serial-killer book, but it didn't scare me nearly as bad as the contemporary, non-paranormal/fantasy serial killer book did. I can read scarier, "icky-er" books that are blatantly unreal. Not books that are reality based. (Y'all--I worked in a prosecutor's office. I've looked psychopaths In The Eye. Do Not Like scary suspense.) This one was fine, because it had vampires.

The hero is a vampire rock star. The heroine is an FBI agent who's been tracking a serial killer, who has now
May 30, 2010 AtenRa rated it really liked it
Reading A Rush Of Wings is like riding the biggest and fastest roller coaster in the world:you know you want out from the moment you get on,you're constantly terrified,million emotions and thoughts go through your heart and brain,but you know deep down that in the end you're gonna completely and full heartedly enjoy it.

Phoenix managed to create a world with a little bit of everything in it.So you've got vampires, fallen angels, psychotic serial killers,secret government organizations all wrapped
Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship}
1. My biggest complaint is that I didn't feel a connection between Miss FBI (aka Special Agent Heather Wallace) and Dante, yet they fell for each other though I don't know why. At the beginning I imagined Dante to be as Eric from True Blood with his throne in the club with a hint of pre-godhood Acheron with everyone adoring and lusting after him so I could understand Miss FBI's automatic attraction but not what attracted him to her except that she quieted the voices in his head. They spent very ...more
Rebecca ♥ Matrim, Kishan, Magnus ♥
Aug 31, 2014 Rebecca ♥ Matrim, Kishan, Magnus ♥ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of PNRs and thrillers who are ok with graphic violence
This review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven

I've never read anything like this!

I must admit the writing irritated me at parts. I really wish I could replace every usage of the word 'belly' with 'stomach'. And the author really liked to reuse phrases. Several times someone trailed a finger along someone's jaw. More than once a car clicked and tinked. But her ability to describe a scene to you is amazing. Maybe she occasionally ran out of new ways to say it, and maybe I'm the o
Aug 05, 2009 Ladiibbug rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Paranormal Fans
#1 The Maker's Song series (Paranormal - light on the romance)

A Rush of Wings is my #1 favorite paranormal read of 2009 so far. I'd like to give it more than 5 stars -- it totally knocked my socks off! This is the kind of book I'd like to buy a bunch of copies of and send to everyone I know.

Please see Good Reads book description, which says it best.

This is a dark, sometimes violent book, feauring vampires, other fascinating otherworldly beings (no spoiler), a serial killer called The Cross Count
Aug 25, 2009 LMM rated it it was ok
After all the reviews, I expected a very sexy book version of The Crow. Umm...some goth clothing & raging, anarchist youth does not The Crow make.

This book was bland. The author wasted words - I skimmed 1/2 the time & was still able to follow completely. The sex scene was boring & anti-climactic (har, har).

It was predictable, unoriginal & uninspired. Seriously... the club was called Club Hell & the address started with the numbers 666. Come on.

I didn't really feel the transit
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Adrian Phoenix writes urban fantasy and is the author of The Maker's Song series, (currently working on book 6) and the Hoodoo series, the third book, Black Moon Mojo and the forthcoming Sons of Darkness series. Her humorous paranormal Thinning the Herd was released January 2016.

She lives in Springfield, Oregon in a zombie-free home (except when meeting deadlines) with three cats, Keats, Emily, an
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Other Books in the Series

The Maker's Song (6 books)
  • In the Blood (The Maker's Song, #2)
  • Beneath the Skin (The Maker's Song, #3)
  • Etched in Bone (The Maker's Song, #4)
  • On Midnight Wings (The Maker's Song, #5)
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