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

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  1,602 Ratings  ·  215 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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Jadranka

Izgleda da mi, treći po redu, nastavak serijala The Last Werewolf uopšte nije "legao".
Koliko mi je "Talulin čopor" bio bolji od "Poslednjeg vukodlaka", toliko mi je "Krv naša nasušna" slabija od Talule. Ovom utisku je najviše doprinelo nezadovoljstvo i antipatija koju sam polako, ali sigurno, razvila prema glavnom liku - Taluli. Smorila sam se kao zmaj čitajući o njenim večitim dilemama, neodlučnosti, i na momente o njenoj sebičnosti...
S druge strane, Remši mi je jedan od najzanimljivijih likova
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Mario
Apr 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5

I hate to say it, but I was a little disappointed by this book. Don't get me wrong, it was good (even amazing at some parts), but I expected so much more. I guess that after how great Talulla's Rising was, I expected this book to be just as good, but it just wasn't.

But even though I had problems with the last book, the trilogy as a whole, was beyond amazing. I loved the world Duncan created, complex characters and well thought mythology, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who's fan
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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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Phrynne
Jun 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I gave book 1The Last Werewolf four stars and book 2 Talulla Risingwas better so I gave it 5 stars. This one was even better so please can I give it 6 stars? In fact this book was just about perfect. I loved Remshi the 2000 year old vampire. He should have a series all to himself he is so good. Talulla was pretty fantastic in this book too. As the final book in the trilogy it certainly wrapped up the story but it also left a lot of stuff out there which could easily become a fourth book. What do ...more
Kathryn
Oct 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
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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Sonja
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: five-star-reads
"A book can make you find room in yourself for something you never thought you'd understand. Or worse, something you never wanted to understand."

I stumbled on The Last Werewolf by accident via the lending library on my Kindle and then (pun intended, sorry Mr. Duncan) devoured it, as well as Talulla Rising the moment I got them! It should be noted that this is 100% NOT my usual genre of reading, but by God, it got me. It got me good.
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"The full moon rises. You change. You need what you need, so yo
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John Boettcher
Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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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Jen Klug
Feb 07, 2015 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Glen Duncan. Because he clearly loves his own voice so much.
I think that Glen Duncan makes up GREAT stories. I just really, really hate the way he tells them.

Everything I hated about the first book in this series and choked down in the second one was in full force here, starting with how every single character has the exact same smug voice. Every. Single. Character. All talking to "you." And it's not cute or engaging, it's horrible. Here's how it goes - You think you're interested in the story, so you forget how incredibly much you hate Glen Duncan's voi
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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
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
Aug 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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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DJ
Okay, so this was the last book in The Last Werewolf series by Glen Duncan. It's my New Moon, Catching Fire, Prisoner of Azkaban of the series. I wanted to love this. I wanted to feel complete when it was all said and done. Yet, nope.

Let's catch up. (SPOILER ALERT if you haven't read the first two books of this series.) Jake was the last werewolf until Talulla came along. Jake dies. (Book 1) Talulla had their twins, Zoe and Lorcan. Lorcan kidnapped. Vampires arrive. WOCOM fights both. BIG todo,
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Flora Smith
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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Jacqueline Farrell
Apr 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
Michelle
Dec 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Katy
Apr 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  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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Dan
May 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: monsters
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
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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Brian Gordon
Dec 09, 2014 rated it did not like it
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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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
May 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
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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Holger Haase
Jan 10, 2017 rated it liked it
The last of the (spoiler alert) not-quite-so-last-werewolf trilogy is also the worst. Still entertaining but it has lost some of its magic by not having a single unique voice as in the previous books. Whereas the original narrator Jake was engrossing with his world weary view, when we get several narrators who all are eternally frustrated about this, that and the other it can quickly become somewhat monotonous. Worst, however, is the fact that the world's oldest vampire Remshi who in the previou ...more
Brent
Apr 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fun-reads, so-close
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
Joel Lacivita
Mar 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.
Ghostrunner
Mar 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
yes, I was drunk ( and still drinking) when I read the last half of this book and yes, I'm drunk now, but I don't think it would matter. The perfect, prescient language of this book. The beautiful understated, overdescribed moments. I picked this book up and bit it more than once in a fit of uncontainable fervor. Apologies to other library readers.
Emily Fagans
Apr 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.
Lillian
Apr 28, 2015 rated it liked it
I had to read this brutal end to the trilogy. Duncan's writing is so good. I felt sympathy for his monsters...
Reed
Feb 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
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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,
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The Last Werewolf / Bloodlines Trilogy (3 books)
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