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 20,000-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.
©2014 Glen Duncan (P)2014 Random House Audio
"Once more, Duncan’s elegant, striking prose is the star in his enthralling conclusion to the Last Werewolf trilogy.... There are plenty of battles, blood, and sexy escapades; but the real treat continues to be Duncan’s beautifully twisted way with language and the profound thesis he poses about humanity. Defiant and dramatic to the last, Duncan wraps up his finale with a flourish." (Booklist)
the entire plot is all over the place. Compared to Duncan's first two books, I was totally disinterested in what happened to all the players in this book.
Another books that tries to get a vampire and werewolf to be lovers. What blazing originality. Glen Duncan lowered himself to tween plot lines. The first two books I couldn't stop listening to. This book I had to make myself finish. Just because you cuss a lot and have graphic language doesn't mean it's an adult book.
Didn't have a problem with the narrators.
Re: no more vampire/werewolf romances.
Might has well called this Twilight Part VI (or whatever the fuck they're on). Duncan's first two books were spot on about ADULT themed supernatural fiction, but this third book should be placed in the young adult section (minus graphic language).
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 night and the orange blossom and the desert and the sprawling dark continent’s indifferent consciousness gathering a kind of Meaning.”
And it’s on page 6. Page 6! Which means that there are many more liter-orgasms to come. I feel like I’m at the beginning of a whirlwind love affair.
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