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In the Blood (The Maker's Song #2)

4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  2,354 Ratings  ·  168 Reviews


Vampire. Rock star. Begotten son of the fallen angel Lucien. Dante Baptiste still struggles with nightmares and seizures, searching for the truth about his past. It is a quest as seductive as his kiss, as uncontrollable as his thirst, and as unforgiving as his determination to protect one mortal woman at any cost.


FBI Special Agent Heath
ebook, 400 pages
Published December 30th 2008 by Pocket Books (first published December 24th 2008)
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5 stars – Vampire Romance/Urban Fantasy

This book left me stunned, speechless (not a small feat), and emotionally drained, and it’s taken me a few days to gather my thoughts enough to write a review. I loved A Rush of Wings, and this evoked all the same intense reader emotions and reactions, only more, more, more!

Adrian Phoenix has created an engrossing world with such complex, evocative characters. Dante is hands down one of the most troubled, damaged, tortured heroes of any romance series that
DarkHeart "Vehngeance"
I have been completely drawn in by the world that Adrian has created. The combination of Dante's origins of both True Blood and Fallen combined with his tortured childhood at the hands of doctors Moore and Wells and the rest of Bad Seed has resulted in a truly compelling and emotional story. I'll admit that upon starting this one I was impatiently awaiting the reunion of Heather and Dante, but I quickly got drawn into the additional storylines as well. Discovering the depth of Dr. Wells' depravi ...more
Another six star book. OMG was this incredible. Again angels and vamps, but what she did with them was amazing. I loved everything about this book:
how she used the angel's names and the hierarchy and the mythology she shapes out of standard angelology (Gabriel as Elohim. YES!!!!);
Dante's powers are developing nicely and what he does will have you going, Damn that's wicked;
Heather's sister is bipolar and it is dealt with sensitively, but doesn't pull any punches. I look forward to seeing where
OMG what can i say::this book is so damn good that i read it cover to cover twice in 7 days!!::i was completely absorbed in the world of Dante and Heather::everything about the book is fantasic::there are pages that made me cry pg 138, pg185:: chapter 29 is beautiful, i find this kind of intimate the best kind of intimate::nothing flowery and over the top just intimate love::i can't wait for the next book:: this book needs 6 stars::
CJ - It's only a Paper Moon
The story of Dante, Heather and the Fallen continues.

Dante's headaches are getting worse, Heather is in danger, Lucien may or may not be gone forever and we get to meet Caterina- a hit woman mortal raised by a vampire and Annie - Heather's bipolar self-destructive sister. On top of that, the cast of crazies this time are around are just as mean and badass but a touch more psychotic than the last batch.

Well worth it to get sucked into this story that is at turns both dark and tender.

I was surpri
Nichole (Dirrty H)
Holy cliffhanger, Batman!

The sequel to A Rush of Wings is every bit as gripping and addictive as its predecessor. And Phoenix pushes everything just a little bit further. There's just a little bit more action, a little bit more urgency, a little bit more romance.
And a whole lot more "holy crap!" The end of this book blew me away and left me wondering how I will ever survive an entire year waiting for the next one.

The most addictive series I've read in ages. I haven't been able to put these books
Dec 27, 2008 Steff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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After being apart for months, Dante Baptiste and Heather Wallace find themselves together again in Heather’s hometown of Seattle, with their enemies right behind them. But while fighting the forces determined to control Dante, each of them must also fight their own internal battles.

Heather must decide if it is safer remaining with the FBI or get out before they decide she is a loose end that needs tying up. She also knows she must finally decide which emotion is stronger, her love for Dante or h
The story is really interesting, but I can't say that I loved reading it.
It got really confusing for me to keep up with all of the bad guys. They kept coming out of the woodwork every time I turned a page! As if that wasn't bad enough, sometimes the author used their first name and sometimes she used their last name. I'm not kidding. There was Dr. Wells (evil mastermind of the Bad Seed project), Alex Lyons (Dr. well's son/Athena wells twin brother/government agent/psycho), Athena Wells/Hades (T
In the Blood picks up where A Rush of Wings left off with Dante and Heather apart following the "Bad Seed" aftermath.

I love this series, but I have to say that for whatever reason, I'm thinking it's all the odd words within it, it takes me for-freakin'-ever to read each book. Pourquoi? Well, with words like: Aingeal, Anhrefncathl, Calon-cyfaill, Chalkydri, Creawdwr, Cydymaith, Elohim, Llygad, Wybrcathl, can you really blame my brain for occassionally misfiring and shouting, "WTF? Read that ag

3.5 stars

“Unbound. Untrained. Destined for Madness.”

I enjoyed In the Blood a lot more than the first book in the series. This book felt more cohesive and the flashbacks seemed to fit the story well. In the Blood is the second book in The Maker’s Song series. It follows Dante’s story as he comes into his powers as a creawdwr (creator). Basically, a lot of people want to capture Dante and use and reshape him to their needs.

In this book, we learn more about the previous creawdwr’s background throu
Mar 12, 2012 Cher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't sure with the first book if I would actually like this series. I didn't really care for a lot of the characters but I decided to read the second to see where it leads.I'm glad I did. I liked this book. My only complaint is the number of characters that were introduced throughout the chapters and the names given to certain things or events.There is a glossary at the end of each book (which you will need). That took some of the enjoyment of the reading, as your constantly skimming the glo ...more
Again...WOW! Adrian Phoenix amazes me, yet again. She first caught me with A Rush of Wings. And continued with this installment in the Maker's Song series.

It's so beautifully disturbing. You can't help but love Dante. I just wanted to hold him. I'm pretty sure Dante Baptiste redifines the term "tortured soul". And Ms. Phoenix lays it out so clearly. You can FEEL his pain...or at least what you can fathom of it.

Also, in this book, you delve further into Heather's character. I've grown to really
Sep 24, 2013 Julia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While the action is certainly enough to keep me occupied, I'm still having trouble with the character side of these books. With Dante more than anyone else. I'm fine with the tortured hero, I'm fine with the overly dramatic past consuming the present, but Dante has too many characteristics and not enough character. He's a vampire, he's an angel, he's a front man, he's a sex object, he's *designed in a lab to be a sociopath*. More than anything else, I find it so distracting every time a characte ...more
Rebecca ♥ Matrim, Kishan, Magnus ♥
Mar 13, 2012 Rebecca ♥ Matrim, Kishan, Magnus ♥ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of PNR and thrillers and fans of the first book.
This was still really interesting since the characters are so great, but the first 3/4 of the book was rather slow. Not much happened. Just a lot of talking about Heather's mother, Robert Wells, and dealing with Annie. I was also disappointed that there wasnt much of Lucien, because I really love him. It didnt feel like it really got going until chapter 35. And then, of course, the last 5 chapters were amazing! It really paid off in the end.

The setup for the next book was also awesome. It wasnt
Not as good as the first one, mostly because there was very little interaction between Dante and Lucien. Also, I didn't like Heather acting all jealous suddenly and I very much disliked Annie - yes, she was sick but also simply mean.

On the other hand, I've yet to find a book that would be so full of crazy people and dead bodies. There was not one innocent person in this book, everybody had blood on their hands. And the crazy thing was that you actually got why they were killing, most of them had
Again, the plot (which pretty much continues from the events of the first book) was a little too long and drawn-out. But it did introduce a few more elements that will only thicken the plot in future books and maybe make the series on a whole a more satisfying read.

I'm still finding the whole idea of Dante-as-a-rockstar slightly cringe-worthy. The whole notion of it really doesn't bother me, because it makes a little bit of a sense for a twenty-something guy living in that kind of world to find
May 29, 2009 marlene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this is a book you don't want to start reading late at night. you'll end up watching the sun rise as you flip through the pages. i couldnt possibly stop without getting to the end. when i did i found one heck of a cliff hanger. this book was even more riveting than the first. Dante is just such a haunted man. everything has been so completely tragic in his life. it's completely heart breaking. watching Heather being so determined to save everyone she loves is just as wrenching. so much drama an ...more
Nov 30, 2015 Angela marked it as deals  ·  review of another edition
30 November 2015: $1.99 on Kindle
Feb 05, 2009 Amy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I had a hard time keeping track of who was who, since the author frequently switches between first and last names, nicknames and codenames for any given character. Granted, much of my confusion may be due to failing to read the previous book in the series. Until I finished the book, I had no idea it was part of a series, lol! I’m undecided as of yet whether I’ll go back and read book no. 1.
Lori Whitwam
I forget what I gave Book 1 already. Again, a great dark world of vampires and fallen angels, and mixed in with the FBI and secret shadow organizations. Could have brought Heather and Dante back together sooner in the book, and I do get a bit tired of Dante's memory flashes, but otherwise there is a plenitude of bad guys, strong and steadfast good guys, shifting loyalties and double-crossing.
Another 5 star read, like the first book of this series... and I don't give this rating lightly.

Urban fantasy nowadays seems all the same. You get the generic "kick-ass" heroine and her gorgeous love interest who has troubled past or some hidden violent streak or some other dark thing about them. This can be applied to this series as well, but Phoenix just breaks all the clichés down and turns it all into something new and breathtaking.
I was very skeptical towards the first book since the blurb
Dorothea Müller
Heather regelt gerade ihr Leben um zu Dante nach New Orleans zurück zu kommen. Dante geht auf Tournee. Doch das FBI und eine mysteriöse Organisation wollen ihn in ihre Gewalt bekommen. Als sie sich dann auch noch Heather nähern und sie in Gefahr bringen. Bleibt Dante nichts mehr übrig als sich der Wahrheit seiner Herkunft zu stellen.

Nach dem recht gemeinem Ende des ersten Bandes bin ich froh, das es bei Band 2 gleich wieder zur Sache geht. Man knüpft am Ende des ersten Bandes an und man erfährt
Nov 29, 2014 Sandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am really enjoying this exciting and different series. The writing style is different and the characters have may textures that allow you to enjoy the different plots unfolding.
Ruth Violet
a totally awesome book, so much is happening in the book. but you have nightkind, fallen, and bad guys of all sorts in there. like i said awesome. i love her books so much.
Sep 13, 2015 Sabine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dieser zweite Band setzt nahtlos da an, wo Band 1 aufgehört hat.

Nachdem Dante die Wissenschaftlerin ausgeschaltet hat, die für das Martyrium seiner Kindheit verantwortlich war, glaubt er dem Schrecken fürs Erste entkommen zu sein. Doch das FBI sieht das anders. Zum einen gibt es Zeugen der Schreckensnacht und zum anderen hat die Behörde Fragen: Was ist mit Dr. Moore passiert und wie gelang es Dante Heather ohne sein Blut zu heilen?

Ein Zeuge entkommt mit Videoaufzeichnungen der Nacht und kann di
Jan 24, 2014 Jenne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I sure don't recommend taking a long break between books in this series. It's been probably around a year since I read the first one and I stayed a little confused throughout the book because of it. Let me tell you the last half of this book had me on the edge of my seat! So much so that I think I'll go straight into book 3 which I never do a back to back like that. While the first one was dark, extremely dark this one was more thriller/suspense. Everybody is out to get everybody and kill or
Stephanie  G
In the Blood takes place a few weeks after the end of A Rush Of Wings. FBI Special Agent Heather Wallace is still on medical leave from the Bureau and Dante is on tour with his band but things are far from safe for either of them. Shadow Branch, a secret part of the government, is cleaning up all loose ends from project Bad Seed which includes Dante and Heather. I'm usually not a big fan of the whole government conspiracy thing but I found this story line interesting. When Heather would talk to ...more
The BookWhisperer
Nov 13, 2009 The BookWhisperer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heather was on a roll again. No longer holding herself back from the love that she has discovered for one very unique Dante. She will do what ever it takes to keep him safe, including putting herself in the line of fire. Lucien is deep in the struggles to find a way to protect Dante from the fallen. After admitting to the long web of lies that he has given for his relationship with Dante, that was actually love for his son. Safety could cost him everything, including his blood tie with his child ...more
Kristin - *Nocturnal Bites*
I really enjoyed this book. As I said in my review of book #1 in the Maker's Song, A Rush of Wings, Adrian Phoenix has created an awesome world filled with supernatural beings, vamps, fallen angels, etc... and the plot and background of the characters is intriguing as well as the many twists and turns...there are so many places Phoenix can go with this series. The hero of the story, Dante Prejean, aka "Baptiste" is a sexy goth vampire, who despite his bad-a** attitude and stubborn as a mule pers ...more
Apr 04, 2009 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vampire. Rock star. Begotten son of the fallen angel Lucien. Dante Baptiste still struggles with nightmares and seizures, searching for the truth about his past. It is a quest as seductive as his kiss, as uncontrollable as his thirst, and as unforgiving as his determination to protect one mortal woman at any cost.

FBI Special Agent Heather Wallace now knows the extent of the Bureau corruption that surrounds her, but worries she is losing the battle. And when Dante and his band Inferno come to Sea
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The Maker's Song (6 books)
  • A Rush of Wings (The Maker's Song, #1)
  • 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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