Sunday, March 20

Review: Etched in Bone by Adrian Phoenix

Reviewed by Rachel! {Welcome back Rach!!}


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. . .

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. . . .
Etched In Bone is the fourth book in Adrian Phoenix's Maker's Song series. Our hero, Dante Baptiste, is being hunted by the agents of the mysterious Shadow Branch, as well as Nightkind, who each want to use him for their own purposes. Being half Nightkind and half Fallen makes Dante an extremely rare individual, which means those who are looking for him will not give up easily.

The book begins with ex-FBI agent and Dante's lover, Heather Wallace, standing in Club Hell with her sister Annie, surprised and not at all pleased to see that her father, James Wallace, has shown up in the club. Things quickly go south when James brings in backup to help him capture Heather and Annie and force them to leave with him since he believes the two women have been manipulated and brainwashed by Dante.

The chapter ends, and the book goes back to three days earlier, and picks up where the end of Beneath the Skin left off, with Dante and Heather in Gehenna, the home of the Fallen, to rescue Lucien, who is Dante's father. During these chapters, we get more insight into the lives of the Fallen. They have been waiting for Dante for many years, and they expect him to immediately accept his role as their Maker. But Dante isn't ready to take on those responsibilites yet, for various reasons. Dante is fighting harder than ever to stay in the present and not get lost in the memories of his traumatic past. Heather is the only one capable of anchoring Dante, and I loved getting to see the bond between them strengthen. Heather and Dante have great chemistry together, and I love Heather's courage and determination to stay by Dante's side every step of the way to face whatever the future brings.

There are also other storylines in Etched In Bone that feature characters from previous books, such as Caterina Cortini, Merri Goodnight and Emmett Thibadaux, Monica Rutgers, Purcell, and several others. Because of the amount of secondary characters and plotlines, I would definitely recommend reading the first three books in the series, that way the reader doesn't feel lost.

Etched In Bone is full of mystery, suspense, romance, action, and betrayal. The stakes are high in this book, and Heather and Dante don't have much time left to piece together Dante's past before Nightkind, Fallen, and Shadow Branch agents show up and attempt to control him. It's an emotional read, and the ending is sure to leave readers dying to find out what happens in the next book, On Midnight Wings.

Favorite Quotes:

"Because you're worth fighting for! I'm willing to take my chances Baptiste-for you."
"Aint letting them touch you. Aint letting them take you. I promised."
Overall Rating: 5 out of 5

Book Information
Title: Etched in Bone (The Maker's Song #4)
Author: Adrian Phoenix
Publisher: Pocket
Published: 02/22/11
Page Count: 382, paperback
Available at: Amazon Barnes + Noble Borders

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  1. Hi Kristin!

    So glad to see you back up blogging! Was worried about you since I didn't see you here for a week. Miss you and your fun comments on Twitter! :)

  2. Adrian Phoenix is a mastermind at storytelling. I completely LOVE this series, it's incredible.
    Great review!

  3. The reviews of this book have me chopping on the bit!

  4. Thank you Pamela! I agree, Adrian is great. I'm really looking for to On Midnight Wings.

    Victoria, I hope you get a chance to read it soon!

    And thank you Kristin for having me!


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