I want more of Heather and Dante and Von - the good stuff. Now there is like a whole 2nd generation of cops like the first round wasn't enough of a challenge to figure out. The writing just doesn't carry the part of the story I find most intriguing. I hate it that I wasted money on these books.
I hate it that I stuck with this hoping to really be able to say I liked the story and most of all I hate it that I wasted time reading this series. I am simply too bummed out to accurately convey my disappointment. May 01, Katerina rated it it was ok Shelves: I have tried, very very hard to keep reading this series, but I'm sorry Ms. Phoenix, I can't do it anymore. I felt that the whole series was pointless. One of the books so far in this series is a span of h.
With of course the whole memory jumping and stuff.. It was okay at the beginn I have tried, very very hard to keep reading this series, but I'm sorry Ms. It was okay at the beginning. It was in fact amazing. The characters so well written and the perfect tortured hero, with the obscene but believable story arc that he's God, and the human FBI agent with the bad dad and the dead mom and the bratty sister, with more drama etc etc etc It could have been amazing.
It could have been epic, but instead we spend most time on the road, inside peoples heads, with different and new characters introduced every chapter or so, and everyone of course being the ultimate evil or something.. Prolly it's an Urban fantasy thing, to introduce plot lines and not finish them up on the current book but down the line, but I have a news flash I am curious about Caterina and Merrit, and I would have liked to see what Emmet does and Giovanni, but I am not going to do it.
Because that would require pointless introduction of even more secondary characters in the next book, and I'm pretty sure that they could be easily killed in the first few pages, and bam! And really, was it necessary to kill Simone? Additionally the series hasn't been concluded and there are a lot of disappointed fans that waited 2 years?
It could have been epic this series, but enough. Too much stagnant narration and unnecessary angst. Aug 11, Tiffany Danner rated it really liked it Shelves: In fact the entire events of Beneath the Skin take place over just about a week. So much is going on in these few days that several times I wondered if time just ran differently in their world.
Ok not really, but seriously if I could get as much done in a day as these guys I would be superwoman! In Beneath the Skin Heather and Dante find themselves stuck trying to deal with the aftermath of all the events that take place at the end of In the Blood. Dante is lost within himself, buried in flashbacks and memories of his past. Heather is now on the run from the agencies she used to work for.
Lucien is still being held by the Fallen and suspected of being dead. Book 3 explores the question…. One of the things I love about this series are the characters. Heather kicks ass and I was glad to see her finally slip on some leather pants. For once I think the book cover actually portrays a look the characters pulls off in the story! I love Heather because she is smart, determined, dedicated, and simply will not take no for an answer.
Not even from the bad boy vamp in PVC mesh and leather. There is never even a question that she is strong enough to stand beside Dante and fight with him. His foul mouth and flippant attitude make him a fun character to read about. Something else to look forward to from Beneath the Skin is an extended glimpse at Von, the sexy biker nomad.
He plays a heavy part in the book. I hate to do it, but I have some.
This installment has just too much going on. Halfway through the book I was seriously considering whipping out some graph paper and making a flow chart so I could remember who was who and what agency they worked for. I ate up those chapters like freshly baked cookies. There were just too many agents with too many agendas and in the end there was nothing done with those plot points. They are just left dangling in the wind.
I do look forward to seeing what part they will play in the wind and I liked the relationship between them. Even with my gripes, Beneath the Skin, is a great read. Often a good internal struggle is so more engaging than the external dangers. This book was definitely better than the last and I look forward to the next one. It will be interesting to see how and if resolution comes about in book 4. Jun 23, Dottie rated it liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I have to confess that up until the second book of this series, I was completely obsessed.
A Rush of Wings was perfect and In the Blood was really good, but I'm disapoointed with this third one. First of all, I felt that there was too much time and space devoted to the new characters. This would have been fine if there were two or three new ones, but there are a lot more than that. Worse, I didn't care for them at all; not even to keep track of their names to tell them apart. At one point, I fou I have to confess that up until the second book of this series, I was completely obsessed.
By then it hardly even mattered. The only thing I had to think of was that everyone was after Dante and Heather, effectively making them The Villains regardless of who they worked for.
My second problem is connected to the first. There are too many people chasing after the good guys. In a way, this makes sense. Dante is both nightkind and fallen after all, so it's only logical that vampires and angels are dying to get their hands on him. He's also a product of Bad Seed, and is therefore seen as a loose end that must be taken cared of.
Meanwhile, Heather is a liablility, too. The bureau is after her for two reasons: All these I understand, but what I found a bit off was how there were other characters thrown into the mix who had their own agenda. As if the FBI, SB, fallen angels, and nightkind aren't enough, we have one agent who's plotting to trigger Dante to kill her daughter-in-law who she suspects of ordering her son's murder, and another agent who plans on killing Dante to redeem himself from his loser life which consists of, but is not limited to, a failed marriage and addiction to alcohol.
There were too many things happening all at once that I found the development of the story suffered. I would have understood if everything came together by the end, but they didn't. So many plot points were left unfinished, and while I do realize that these would probably be resolved in the next book, I still felt cheated. A Rush of Wings and In the Blood both wrapped up neatly enough, so why does the ending for this one feel sloppy and rushed? My third problem has to do with the pacing. Practically nothing interesting happened in the first half of the book!
I actually stopped reading several times. This was really disappointing because one of the things I loved most about the first two was the fast pace. With all those complaints out of the way, I have to admit that I still liked this book. It wasn't bad, just not as good as I expected. I like the believable and consistent development of their relationship. I can honestly say that even if this series goes south from here on out, I would keep reading just to see what happens to both of them.
That is how attached I am to their characters. I like Von too, and I hope there's more of him in the next book. I also want more of Silver, Trey, and even Annie and Star who intrigues me. Lastly, I'm glad Lucien is alive. Dante had a horrible childhood understatement! In sum, I'm giving this book 3 stars.
It fell short of my expecatations, but to be fair, my expectations were a wee bit too high. By now I can say that I'm reading on for my love of the characters. As long as nothing messes up Dante and Heather, I'm most likely to remain a fan. I just really hope the next book turns out more like the first two than this. Despite this less than spectacular addition to the series, I am still eagerly awaiting the release of the fourth book next year. Mar 09, Steph rated it it was amazing Shelves: Beneath the Skin is another great addition to the "Maker's Song" series.
There are so many things about this series I love I love Von, the keeper of history, the nomad Nightkind, Llygad. I want more of him. The only downside is the amount of back and forth with the different agencies and all their agents. At some point I think I just go with it and stop trying so hard to keep everyone straight in my head. The story, always complex, continues to unfold, as does Dante's heartbreaking past. He's now getting stuck between past and present events, after the happenings in the previous book. Heather and Von are there to help him deal with it, in the best ways they can.
The Shadow Branch and the Bureau Just to see what would happen. This series is a must for all hard core UF fans who want to get lost in the complex, but intriguing world of Dante and Heather. May 04, Jessie rated it it was amazing. Though definatly still a cliffhanger of an ending Honestly, I have not been able to put any of this series down. There of course have been some resolutions, but there are still lots of unanswered questions.
I will admit as another reviewer indicated there are a lot of characters that seem like they don't have much to do with the story or we are wondering why there are still around, well I am qui Speechless! I will admit as another reviewer indicated there are a lot of characters that seem like they don't have much to do with the story or we are wondering why there are still around, well I am quite sure there is a reason Adrian has written them that way and their purpose will come to light.
She is only setting the stage and it has not all played out yet!!! I have no doubt all will come together. While sometimes it may take me a second to realize whose head I am in now It helps give better understanding. It's like seeing all 3 sides of the story and hoping that the 3rd side the true one will be seen by all! Ah, satisfied, but still left wanting more Nov 15, Darcy rated it liked it Shelves: This book picks up literally minutes after the last one and the last one ended on a bang. Heather, Dante, Von, Aimee, and the SB agent end up at a hotel recovering and plotting their next moves.
With all the torture that Dante dealt with he is in bad shape, having a hard time telling what is reality and dealing with awful events that happened to him in the past. The group decides that their best bet is to head home to New Orleans, the trip becomes tricky as half of them can't handle sunlight and This book picks up literally minutes after the last one and the last one ended on a bang. The group decides that their best bet is to head home to New Orleans, the trip becomes tricky as half of them can't handle sunlight and Dante wavers in and out of reality, but they do get some help from an unexpected source.
Little do they know that they are hunted by almost everyone, the SB, FBI, the Fallen, other vampires, it really becomes a case of who is not hunting them. Everyone wants Dante for their own agenda, but he still has enough strength and the luck to be what everyone has waited for so long for that in the end he is able to get his way but not without sacrifices along the way.
Jan 04, Sandra rated it really liked it Shelves: The whole world is after Dante, it seems. And the pain of his traumatic past continues to haunt him and make him bleed. At the end of the book there are several unresolved villains and people with agendas after the poor tortured dude. They either want to kill him or use him for their own power. Is there no end to the stupidity of people? Using Dante is like trying to use a hurricane but no one seems to know it yet. There is no huge climax in this book.
It ends on a hopeful note, with Dante creat The whole world is after Dante, it seems. It ends on a hopeful note, with Dante creating his own gate to Gehenna and finding Lucien. Heather is his anchor and his love. It seems more is to come. I wonder when the next book is coming out. A thoroughly enjoyable read, although there is a lot of violence. Still, the bad guys seem to get theirs, no one seems to learn the serious consequences of messing with Dante, and he and Heather are more and more tightly connected to one another.
Oct 26, Mrs. Badass rated it liked it. There were some things I liked about this latest installment, but even more that I didn't like. The biggest thing that bothered me were the eight or so different story lines the reader was forced to endure. Add to that, their story lines were never completed in this story and I was real There were some things I liked about this latest installment, but even more that I didn't like. Add to that, their story lines were never completed in this story and I was really sort of pissed off.
I did get a happy buzz at the end of the story, and it was totally cool of Dante view spoiler [ to open his own Portal to Gehnna. I will still continue reading the series, but I hope that the next book isn't so rubber necking. This installment in the Maker series, slams you right into the action and never lets you rest. I think it is even better than the first tow books and darker. There is also some of the sweetest moments to date. Heather gives up her agent job to stay with Dante he is still having terrible seizures and is being hunted.
It seems everyone wants a piece of him, of his power. His father is gone and the pain of that along with his powers are driving him over the edge. He struggles just to h This installment in the Maker series, slams you right into the action and never lets you rest.
He struggles just to hold on to his sanity. Von, my favorite character really shines and reminds me why I like him so much. I would like to read his book someday. View all 3 comments. Feb 19, Nora rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book was fabulous!
You never knew what was going to happen or why. Not to mention all the other vampires that want a piece of This book was fabulous! Not to mention all the other vampires that want a piece of him as well. Jan 07, Yvette rated it did not like it Shelves: I honestly couldn't finish reading this.
There were way too many characters, I didn't know what half of their motives were or what agency they were a part of. I wanted to read about Dante and Heather but from what I read, they weren't going to be making that much of an appearance in this book. They're part were so short that was partially the reason I stopped reading.
I'm just disappointed with this one, and I loved the other 2. I love Dante's character and I'm just sad that I really couldn't re I honestly couldn't finish reading this. I love Dante's character and I'm just sad that I really couldn't read this one. May 20, Cathy rated it really liked it Shelves: Another great book from Adrian Phoenix.
Every character in this book is clearly visualized and feels absolutely real. The story is mesmerizing in it's complexity of emotions and motivations. When reading this story I had a real sense of emotions, colors, music, light and dark, sounds, textures, even tastes. Every sense was engaged. The plot may have been a tiny bit too complex; I might have been happier with one or two less players. But I'm willing to give Ms. Phoenix the benefit of the doubt an Another great book from Adrian Phoenix. Phoenix the benefit of the doubt and eagerly look forward to seeing how it all continues to play out in the next book.
Jun 02, Stav rated it really liked it. Excited that the new characters mean there has to be a 4th book coming.. View all 7 comments. The last 50 pages of this book was absolutely awesome! Most of the book though is filled with too many characters and it made the story very complicated. Dante and Heather did not really have a BIG role in the story until the end It felt jumbled with so many voices piecing together the story. Feb 03, Sara rated it it was ok.
How do they make any decisions without half of the organisation heading to the hills with guns to play loose cannon? I felt the same way about Mauvais and Justine. Holding the proof of Bad Seed in her hands, she promises him that she can demonstrate that the experiment was not what they've been told and they plan to escape. I love the colors of this color. I did get a happy buzz at the end of the story, and it was totally cool of Dante view spoiler [ to open his own Portal to Gehnna.
I really liked Dante and Heather. I really enjoyed book 1 of this series, but as I read each progressive book I enjoyed them less and less. They got bogged down in all the extra storylines and miscellaneous characters. I found myself skimming the chapters that focused on the other characters. If this is the trend, as it seems to be, I will not be continuing on with this series.
Aug 25, John rated it really liked it. Not thrilled with how the Annie portion of the story played out, and given where things left off, not sure where that has to go, but overall did like this quite a bit. Some interesting twists and turns, a few unexpected losses and another great story. Unfortunately I don't have the rest. Time to hope I find them soon. May 16, Wenj rated it really liked it Shelves: Review provided by Black Lagoon Reviews: With a wonderful build up of action and suspense throughout and a pinch of romance this is one novel, and series, that I h Review provided by Black Lagoon Reviews: Each aspect of these realms is heartily explored and built, slowly revealing layer upon layer of hidden and nefarious agendas from all sides.
While this has always been a rather broad series, it is wonderfully developed divulging minimal amounts of information to eager readers. This allows for some enthusiastic anticipation throughout the series leaving the world always feeling fresh and new despite being the ever growing number of novel within this series. But, what really makes this series a must read for me are the characters. They are so wonderfully developed that they could literally step off of the page. He cares unconditionally about those around him giving all of himself without reservation in spite of the hellish upbringing enforced upon him by the Shadow Branch.
True, he may be fractured almost irreparably but there is still a wonderfully delicious spark in him that clamors to be released amongst the ensuing battle to serperate the here and now from his tortuous and blood curdling memories. Heather, former FBI agent and lover, is smart, determined and has a backbone of steel as desperately tries to tether the tormented True Blood Maker to the present in a seemingly loosing battle to maintain his sanity. Her loyalty to Dante is only overshadowed by her love for him.
In fact, all of the characters Dante surrounds himself with are utterly loveable on this front. Their loyalty and love of him is so pure that they will go to any lengths to keep him safe whether he likes it or not. While some of these characters do eventually become somewhat redeemable after seeing the bigger picture most are simply self serving, manipulative and just plain sadistic. This leads to a lot of action throughout the novel geared more towards espionage and police procedural then an urban fantasy novel. In truth, a lot of this book reads like a political thriller with the various shadow branches of the government plotting against this little band of Nightkind and mortals.
In the end, this overwhelming onslaught of players can be daunting as you try and keep track of motives.
The flip-flopping of sides throughout, converting enemies into allies, adds to the chaos as even the good guys can often come off as being questionable in a world where truth and trust is often in short supply. Overall, this novel showed the ever expanding world of this novel perfectly as well as the tenuous grasp that Dante holds on reality and his sanity. It leads to a lot of questions and the action packed conclusion leaves you demanding more! This is definitely one of my favorite urban fantasy series and I eagerly recommend it to anyone who loves vampires and angels.
However, as can be surmised from my review, this is not a stand alone novel and you should really begin with the first installment A Rush of Wings , you won't be disappointed. Sep 21, Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Third in The Maker's Song urban fantasy series set in New Orleans although this particular story takes place mostly in Oregon. Only Morningstar breaks in putting Heather and Cortini to sleep then seduces Annie who can see him due to her mis-wired brain.
Annie is all too willing to give Dante up to Third in The Maker's Song urban fantasy series set in New Orleans although this particular story takes place mostly in Oregon. Annie is all too willing to give Dante up to him and it's only Morningstar's desire for Dante to willingly accept him that prevents Morningstar from taking himI know, it's exhausting. And this is just the first chapter or so! Meanwhile, the FBI has found the crater and the statueized Fallen and orders are flying back and forth contradicting how Dante and company are to be treated while Matthias is planning to play both ends against the middle.
Life for Dante and company only gets more complicated after the shoot-out and its amazing aftermath which has just about every agent involved questioning their orders. While that old saw about power corrupting sees the people in charge with their own agendas and plans to use Dante for their own ends. I do love, though, when the good guys get the turnabout and shock them all with Dante's power and willfulness. That he is also a vampire ensures that vampires also want to control him. Unfortunately for Dante, he was born in a top-secret lab affiliated with the FBI and horribly, horribly abused as a child in an experiment called Bad Seed.
Where they created their own pet psychopaths and released them into society to see what they would do. Von is a Nomad and a vampire. He works as a roadie for Dante's band, Inferno, and takes care of Dante as well. Tyler is the resident vampire computer genius who can find out anything on the Internet and Simone is Tyler's sister. Caterina Cortini was the agency's go-to girl for wetwork but as the daughter of a vampire raised on stories of Pure Bloods…well, the agency hasn't a chance.
Lucien is one of the Fallen, an Elohim, as well as Dante's father. Imprisoned by Gabriel and Morningstar by having his wings banded via a spell, Hekate, Gabriel's daughter, will help him escape if he will rescue her mother, Lilith. Gabriel and Morningstar are both Fallen and have been sharing the throne of Gehenna for two thousand years.
Ever since Lucien killed Yahweh, a Maker who was going insane. She is so not happy that Dante killed Etienne. The very Italian Renata is Caterina's mother and a vampire and Giovanni is one of her people. She fully intends to recover Dante for the vampires. The agency is wiping agents' memories and one half of a pair discovers her human partner's wipe just before heading out to her own "debriefing".
Holding the proof of Bad Seed in her hands, she promises him that she can demonstrate that the experiment was not what they've been told and they plan to escape. My Take Talk about why we need openness in government!! The FBI and their Shadow Branch have run amuck—especially when they're mucking about with their own agents! And using their authority to pursue their own personal agendas…!
Dante's too decent for any of them and every time they try to hurt him, I just want him to lash out! Why is it that criminals always think their evil actions are acceptable and when someone tries to stop them, then the crooks think they're justified to retaliate!?? What, they never heard that "turn about is fair play"? I am curious to find out what happens if the "statues" from "Angelhenge" come alive when they get to the government facility in Alexandria… Heather keeps being drawn in deeper and deeper into Dante's mind and now Dante is drawing Von in.
I try to divorce myself from my own reader perspective and think of Annie as if she were my sister. No matter what, I just want to shove her out the door and roar off without her. Please try again later. Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase. I strongly recommend you read the previous books in this series Rush of Wings and In the Blood before reading this book. This installment picks up exactly where In the Blood leaves-off.
Dante, Heather, Annie and Von are now on the lamb. Dante's true blood vampire and the "creawdwr" Maker identities have been unveiled to some of the most crooked souls on earth and in Gehenna land where the fallen angels dwell. He is relentlessly and violently pursued by all, including the government's non-existent Shadow Branch division, for their own nefarious reasons.
There simply is no hiding place on earth or in Gehenna for Dante. In the previous novel, Dante was kidnapped and had the mental shields that protected him from his past forcibly shattered. With no mental safeguards in place, the guilt from his involuntary hideous deeds of the past is unraveling his mind. Heather has been the one constant sanctuary for Dante, an anchor to help keep him in the present, instead of reliving nightmares of his past. From Dante's birth, he has drifted from one foul slave owner to the next. His existence is full of tragedy and pain.
Even in the face of rape and violence, Dante still has a heart of gold and never mutates into the sociopath everyone was anticipating. I really enjoyed this installment. My only complaint is at times it was a little confusing to differentiate between all the secondary characters and keep track of the present and past. Besides that issue, this installment was a hit! The dark, fast-paced, thrilling-action and suspense kept me riveted to each page.
There were some parts that were so violent and bleak; it was almost too painful to read. The story absorbed my attention so deeply, I was actually sad when the book ended. This latest installment left me with an insatiable craving for more; it's hard to believe I have to wait a whole year for the next installment. For those wondering what genre this series falls under, I categorize it as a dark urban fantasy romance.
One person found this helpful 2 people found this helpful. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. In this book Dante, Von, Heather, and Annie flee Seattle for New Orleans, and along the way have to face more and more government agencies gunning for them how many are there now? Her writing overall feels more polished and clean as well, allowing Phoenix's haunting world to glimmer brighter. Heather even gets some brand new skills. Of course the story isn't over yet, but the ending is bittersweet, bringing us needed closure and asses we'd like to see kicked in the next installment.
The challenge the author faces is in introducing so many adversaries for Dante and Heather, can the reader keep track? One person found this helpful. This series has everything I like in a story. It is filled with varied and unusual characters, living side by side or at least crossing each others paths while most humans remain ignorant.
Multi-tasking heroes fighting villains on all sides. The excitement is non-ceasing, at least until the main characters become exhausted and are in desperate need of rest. The romantic needs of the main characters do not become lost in the story nor do they take over the story, but slip naturally into the ongoing days of battle and strive. I find myself cheering for the good guys whenever a villain is foiled, beaten or just dead by any means. The hero, after all, is someone you just want to throw yourself in front of to shield from bullets, fire storms, and bad weather.
For the start of this book I can honestly say that I wasn't enjoying it as much as I wanted to, but let me tell you It gets better. We learn more about Dante's past and things just seem to get more complicated as things go along. Horrible for the characters but immensely entertaining for the reader. Dante is no longer about to hide who he is and everyone wants a piece of him. Its up to him to struggle to stay himself and with Heather's help it just might be possible.
Though the road isn't easy for them. I'll be getting my hands on a copy of book number 4 as soon as possible. In my opinion a good book is the one that makes you forget about even your own reality and that you can't put it down until you finish it becuse you can't be focused on any other thing. That is Beneath the Skin: I've read a lot of novels about this topic and Adrian Phoenix has become one of my favourite authors. The characters of Heather, Dante and Von are just perfect, absolutely. In this third book they're followed and prosecuted by everybody: The FBI, all its secret branches, different groups of vampires and even all the Fallen angels of the universe.
It was really stressful. It was the first time that I had to look forward to know what would happen next and then go backwards again and continue reading where I left. As the other two novels of the series I read it in one day.