By Blood We Live
By Glen Duncan
(Alfred A. Knopf, Hardcover, 9780307595102, 357pp.)
Publication Date: February 4, 2014
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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 twenty-thousand-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.
“Glen Duncan is back at the top of his game with By Blood We Live . . . [The novel] elevates the lurid pleasures of a straightforward, if unconventional, horror story by means of Duncan’s elegant, even rapturous prose and his knowledge of art and literature . . . Stylish.” —Washington Post
“Duncan’s werewolf trilogy is vigorous, funny, sexy and necessary at a time when so much genre fiction is drowning in melancholy vampires and self-serious teen dystopias. The books share a great deal more DNA with James Bond and the John Landis classic An American Werewolf in London.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Where was an educated, mature adult supposed to turn for his own vampires v. werewolves fix? Enter Glen Duncan . . . The series offer[s] two rarified qualities that the Gothic genre often lacks: exquisite writing and a refined literary sensibility.” —Richard Times-Dispatch
“By Blood We Live is a page-turner with heft. A smart, fast yet thoughtful read. There are plenty of plot twists if that is what you are after, but much of the fun is in the way it applies literary tricks to genre tropes. That and the bone-crunching and skin-tingling physicality of the writing . . . Storytelling to chill the blood.” —Sunday Herald (Scotland)
“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