Wednesday, November 3

Review: Beneath the Skin by Adrian Phoenix

Title: Beneath the Skin
By: Adrian Phoenix
Genre: Adult Science Fiction
Series: Maker's Song Series Book 3
Publisher: Pocket Books (January 2010)
My Copy: Review Copy provided by the Publisher
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The dark pieces of vampire rock star Dante Baptiste’s past are violently emerging, and it is only a matter of time before the Fallen discover he is the creawdwr they have sought for thousands of years. The destruction he left behind in Oregon threatens to reveal his identity as Fallen Maker and True Blood, exposing the young nightkind to shadowy predators–mortal and supernatural–who will do whatever it takes to win his favor . . . or destroy him.
When beautiful FBI special agent Heather Wallace went AWOL on assignment, she chose irresistible Dante over the shady government forces that now stalk them both. Heather has her own secrets of the past to uncover, but she is also the only one who can hold her nightkind lover together when his dangerous quest for the truth threatens to send him over the edge. And as she and Dante fight for their survival, she realizes they must work together to protect their future–before his mysterious destiny tears them apart . . .

The Maker's Song Series is definitely more of a Science Fiction than Romance novel. I have followed this series since the first book Rush of Wings. Every book furthers the journey for Dante Baptiste and Heather Wallace. These main characters are deep and troubled characters that appear to have been fated for one another. There are many sub stories that help build the momentum of the story for these main characters. Being hunted by almost everyone they encounter characters are added frequently to this intense story line. Some of these alternating story become confusing at times and seem to drag the story a bit, but the main story seems to make up for any struggle that readers experience. From the beginning The Maker's Song book carries very Gothic characteristics. While experience has taught me this is typically a personal struggle. Adrian is a talented writer the will allow all readers to feel through these characters regardless of their personal background. Romance is the not the priority of these novels, but I believe that adds more intensity to the main characters. The majority of these stories are action packed and fast paced not allow much experience of intimacy or expressed feelings. This adds intensity to moments of compassion between Heather and Dante. I found this book to hold my absolute favorite example of this sweet intensity. While Dante is undergoing another change the Fallen Angels begin to question him on Heather. While he is struggling in agony they tell him he can not have mated and chosen a simple mortal for is companion. Dante through the pain confronts the Fallen, and make it perfectly clear it is non of their business whom or what he chooses. This was a intense confrontation that showed so much more than what words were written.  Moments like these would not be as significant if the story was overwhelmed with this sort of sincerity, but without it this becomes a declaration of his love. Phoenix's writing style adds depth to her characters, and forces readers to read between the lines. This is an extremely unique quality, and one I believe makes her a best selling author. She has totally shifted her story in this novel opening a whole new world for Book 4. I am anxious to see what is to come in Etched in Bone due out in 2011.

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