Shadowspawn

3 books in series
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A Taint in the Blood Summary

Long ago, homo nocturnus ruled the Earth, able to manipulate the forces of nature at their most basic level. Before the dawn of recorded history, they were overthrown, leaving behind them only legends - our legends of shapeshifters and blood-drinkers, of cruel gods and evil magicians, of ogres and goblins, succubi and incubi.

But a strain of their blood lives on in humanity, the genes themselves bending the forces of probability to reunite. Secret clans used their half-understood abilities to hide from the witch-finders and the normal humans; occasionally one would be detected, a Giles de Rais or an Elizabeth Bathory. Then, in the 19th century, the discoveries of Mendel and Darwin enabled them to understand what they were and to breed back the full range of their dark powers.

Now, in the 21st century, they rule the world again in secret; only the Brotherhood fights them, in a clandestine war of terror and assassination, of Wreaking and silver-inlaid knives. Adrian Breze was born into that war, but he defected to the side of humanity, and for decades he was the Brotherhood's most effective fighter, just as his twin sister Adrienne is the Council of Shadow's strongest. Now he has retired, weary of the endless struggle, but Adrienne has her own purposes, and they don't include letting her brother live quietly in his mountaintop retreat near Santa Fe. To force him out, she kidnaps his human lover, Ellen Tarnowski, and the war is on again - with the future of humanity at stake. For the Council of Shadows is ready to emerge into the light, with a plan that will reduce humans once again to the harried prey of the creatures of darkness.

©2010 Steven M. Stirling (P)2010 Tantor
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  • Book 1

    • A Taint in the Blood

    • By: S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
    • Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Long ago, homo nocturnus ruled the Earth, able to manipulate the forces of nature at their most basic level. Before the dawn of recorded history they were overthrown, leaving behind them only legends---our legends of shapeshifters and blood-drinkers, of cruel gods and evil magicians, of ogres and goblins, succubi and incubi.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A 'marmite' book

    • By David on 01-02-11

    Regular price: £22.09

  • Book 2

    • The Council of Shadows

    • Shadowspawn Series, Book 2
    • By: S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
    • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Adrian Brézé defied his own dark heritage as a near-purebred Shadowspawn for years, until his power-hungry sister, Adrienne, kidnapped his human lover, Ellen. Now, Adrienne is dead, and the Council of Shadows is gathering its strength. To stop the Council from launching an apocalypse, Adrian and Ellen must ally with the Brotherhood, a resistance group dedicated to breaking the Council's hold on humankind... by any means necessary.

    Regular price: £20.99

  • Book 3

    • Shadows of Falling Night

    • Shadowspawn, Book 3
    • By: S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
    • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Near-purebred home nocturnus Adrian Breze and his human mate, Ellen, thought they had dealt with his twin sister, Adrienne. In fact, they thought she was dead. But she survived and now leads a faction of the Shadowspawn - the ancient, shape-shifting, blood-drinking breed who secretly control the world - that wants to leave just enough of the human race alive to satisfy their hunger and serve their needs

    Regular price: £21.69