By Blood We Live

By Blood We Live

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First Glen Duncan gave us his monstrously thrilling, genre-reinventing The Last Werewolf: the tale of Jake, a werewolf with a profoundly human heart, considering bringing to an end the timeless legend of his kind . . . Then Talulla Rising: Jake's werewolf lover, mother to newborn twins, on the run from those who want her destroyed . . . And now By Blood We Live: a stunningly erotic love story that gives us the final battle for survival between werewolves and vampires, and one last searing--and brilliantly ironic--look at what it means to be, or not to be, human.

The story opens: Talulla has settled into an uneasy equilibrium. With her twins safely at her side, and the devotion of her lover, Walker, she has what appears to be a normal family life--except for their monthly transformation into werewolves hungry for human flesh. But even this hard-won, tenuous peace is undermined for Talulla by nagging thoughts of Remshi, the twenty-thousand-year-old vampire who haunts her dreams. For his part, Remshi can't escape the feeling that he knows Talulla from many (many, many) years before. Still, they have their distractions: Talulla is being pursued by a fanatical, Vatican-based Christian cult, and Remshi is following a trail of reckless feedings by a newly turned vampire bent on revenge. But, as the novel unfolds, Talulla and Remshi are inexorably drawn to each other--and toward the moment when an ancient prophecy may finally come to pass.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2014.
Edition: 1st American ed. --
ISBN: 9780307595102
Characteristics: 357 p.


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Aug 13, 2014

Overall I felt this book didn’t quite measure up to the two previous ones. Although I was pleased with the ending and Glen Duncan does a fantastic job of reaching into the mind of both vampires and werewolves, I felt this book had less to say than the other two. I found the similarity between the voice of Remshi to the original voice of Jake a little off-putting. I do however believe this trilogy will long be the werewolf saga that all others will be measured against.

Jun 14, 2014

This started out gorgeous--I was completely enthralled with the vampire storyline and the vampire. And then... boom, got dropped into a parallel storyline about a werewolf pack that, well, meh. I never could quite care enough about those folks for their fate to matter all that much to me; they seemed obviously doomed in any case. Perhaps this comes of coming into the trilogy at the third book instead of the beginning; I like this author's style enough to give that a try. But for now I have to say this book was disappointing in spite of truly impressive storytelling ability.

Jun 04, 2014

Final volume in a horror trilogy that transcended the blood and gore inherent in werewolf and vampire novels while also reveling in it.

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