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In the Blood

(The Maker's Song #2)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  2,559 ratings  ·  174 reviews
In the bestselling tradition of Laurell K. Hamilton and Patricia Briggs, this thrilling follow-up to the critically acclaimed fantasy debut "A Rush of Wings" is a satisfying and pulse-pounding read, guaranteed to please fans of dark fantasy.


Vampire. Rock star. Begotten son of the fallen angel Lucien. Dante Baptiste still struggles with nightmares and seizures,
Paperback, 400 pages
Published December 30th 2008 by Gallery 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
Apr 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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::
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
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 (DirrtyH)
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
so many mixed feelings so little time....

Okay so I love this series and I don't all at the same time..

what I like, I love the world in this. I love Von, Lucian, and Dante. I love what this could be I love the fallen, the true bloods and well the vamps in general. I love New Orleans and I love the POV change up. I can go on and on and on.. I was thinking about this book today while I was at work. I couldn't think of much that I could say about it to convince myself to give it more than 3.5/4 st

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
Dec 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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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
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
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
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
Mar 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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, 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
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
 ♥ Rebecca ♥
Mar 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
May 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 05, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
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
Feb 08, 2009 rated it liked it
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.
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.
Nov 30, 2015 marked it as deals  ·  review of another edition
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May 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
Mar 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dark urban fantasy fans.
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Not Boding Well for Damaged Dante
FBI Agent Heather Wallace knew that the events in D.C. hadn't been a victory for the home team. Not fully, anyway. She returned to Seattle, leaving Dante in New Orleans, both to give herself time to come to terms with the massive paradigm shift she went through when her hunt for the serial killer known as CCK dropped her into a dark world of vampires, fallen angels, mad scientists, and government conspiracy, and to try to protect Dante as much as she could throug
May 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
I'll be honest, I only got to page 211 before I decided it was not worth finishing this book. I recall the the first book in the series was not great to start, but got better. I was hoping this book would do the same.

The writing and plot were both immature. I found the character descriptions off-putting. The story seemed stuck in the 1990s, but also had elements that somehow indicated the future. Basic world building and story telling should indicate to the reader at least some time frame. Eleme
Glenna Kachtik
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dante & Heather are great together; but there are lots of plots & subplots in this book.
Dante: Musician; vampire, True Blood Prince; Fallen Angel; Maker & Unmaker...
Heather: Mortal but maybe a bit more since Dante saved her,

The families: Heather's - Dad crazy FBI & Sister Annie just crazy
Dante's - Lucien/Samuel his dad one of the Fallen angels & his Vampire family

The FBI & a Shadow bureau intent on CYA & taking out people who know about the project that created Dante
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I think I liked the first one just a wee bit better because of the detective/mystery portion of it (not that we didn't know who'd done stuff necessarily) but this one was still good. It's a pretty unique take on religious iconography (think that's the right word/term) and it'll be interesting to see where the series ends up, though Dante's a bit too thick skulled for my tastes.
Kathy Davie
Aug 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, urban
Second in The Maker's Song, a dark urban fantasy series revolving around a young Maker/Unmaker whom his father is desperate to keep from the attention of the Elohim. The action in this story takes place mostly in Seattle, Washington.

The Story
Dante is on tour with his band, Inferno, with a planned stop in Seattle. He needs to see Heather. Be sure she's okay. Heather certainly isn't sure. The briefings she is called in for certainly don't reassure Heather; she feels as though she's teetering on th
Jul 02, 2011 rated it did not like it
This is the second book in Phoenix's 'Maker's Song' series. Only a few weeks have passed since the events in 'A Rush of Wings' - Dante Baptiste, lead singer to the band 'Inferno', Nightkind (vampire), troubled heartthrob and experiment 'S' is touring with his band. FBI agent Heather Wallace has returned home to Seattle to take care of her younger sister, Annie, who suffers from bipolar - the same illness that haunted their mother before she was tragically murdered by a serial killer. Wallace is ...more
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
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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, a

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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)
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