Etched in Bone by Adrian Phoenix
Pocket (February 2011)
Mass Market: $7.99
Favorite Lines: “He pictured the fallen angels offering him CDs, clothing, and bared flesh to sign. Sign above my boob. A coy flutter of wings. I plan to get it tattooed on permanently.” (p. 54)
SON OF A FALLEN ANGEL. FORGED IN VAMPIRE’S BLOOD. SWORN TO A MORTAL WOMAN. IF DANTE FALLS, THE WORLD FALLS WITH HIM. . . .
THREE LEGACIES ETCHED IN BONE
More beautiful and powerful than any creature the world has ever seen, Dante Baptiste has become the supreme target of the three worlds that spawned him. The mortal agents of the Shadow Branch have tried to control his mind through psychological torture. The vampire elders who guide nightkind society have plotted to use him in their bloodthirsty bid for power. And the Fallen have waited for millennia for Dante to claim his birthright as their Maker. But Dante belongs to no one—except the woman he loves. . . .
ONE PASSION SWORN IN BLOOD
Determined to face the Fallen and the world on his own terms, Dante hopes to piece together his shattered past and claim his future, with FBI agent Heather Wallace at his side. But in Heather’s human family awaits an unexpected enemy. One who could rip Heather from Dante’s heart and fill the holes with bullets. One who could force Dante to choose his darkest destiny—as the Great Destroyer. . . .
I have a love/hate relationship with this series. I want to read it. The stories are always well written and intriguing, but I dread reading about the way Dante was treated as a child. He was brutalized and it makes me queasy and sad to watch it happen.
Etched in Bone is a stepping stone type of book. It’s one of those books that connects story lines and furthers relationships without really covering any new ground. It fleshes out the overall story. We get a little bit closer to where the author wants to take us. Without the information, I think we’d all be complaining about the lack of answers to previously brought up incidents and about the out of character actions taken by the people in Phoenix’s world. But the book still leaves me wanting more and feeling a little bit cheated.
At the end of Beneath the Skin Dante and Heather arrived in Gehenna after the angels discovered the existence and location of the new maker. Their visit doesn’t last long and ends with a promise to return. That promise will need to be fulfilled in another book, as it didn’t happen in Etched in Bone. That is only one of several introductions and promises that will have to be fulfilled in another book.
That said, if I had to select a theme for this book I’d say it’s all about consequences and effects. There are consequences to every action, both positive and negative. Sex can be satisfying, but it can also be so much more. It can lead to or produce more. Killing someone can end something or it can create something new. You never quite know where you’re being led or what you will have when the dust settles. That is what makes the series so interesting. The unpredictability of it all.
Despite knowing what draws me to the Maker’s Song series, I was not thrilled with this installment. The first chapter told me exactly what the book was leading up to. It removed the tension I normally feel when reading and almost made put the book down. The saving grace of Etched in Bone came in the final chapters. The tempting look at what’s in store for Heather makes it impossible for me to stop reading the series now.
If you are reading this series: don’t skip this book or you will be lost in the next one. If you haven’t read this series: don’t start with this book.