- Hardcover: 334 pages
- Publisher: Tor; First Edition edition (2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312877838
- ISBN-13: 978-0312877835
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,643,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Shadows Bite Hardcover – 2001
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Now, several years later, we find that the story was not yet over. Mage's life is sought by Haruko Higuchi, the new head of the Tamenaga clan, whose previous leader the magician killed. Unable to find Mage, the Tamenaga make repeated attacks on Takumo and anyone else who might reveal his whereabouts. To no avail. Magistrale's location is well hidden, but the situation is a strain on his friends.
Charlie, in the meantime becomes involved a mysterious body theft. The body in question gets up from its autopsy, climbs up to look into the window of his nurse, Gaye Lind, and finally turns up separated from his head with a mouth full of garlic. Gradually, Takumo realizes that there are all too many cases of WWD (walking while dead), even for a city like Los Angeles. The trail leads to a cult headed by Solomon Tudor, who is running a boarding house for the terminally Goth.
Tudor is a black magician in his own right, and is drawn into the vampire problem when his son is converted by the dead boy's sister. Had that not happened Solomon would have been only a moderately bad guy. However, once Mage shows up to help Takuma things turn into a massive free-for-all with our heroes the focus of the Yakuza, the Satanists and enough vampires to keep everything jumping.
This is fun reading. The book has few pretensions, but is far more than just a supernatural fight fest.Read more ›
Julia Petrosyan is a goth, writes morbid bad poetry, and wants nothing more than to take the final step toward becoming a vampire. When she gets there, along with a little help from the black wizzard, she lacks the self control to keep from turning person after person into the undead. And author Stephen Dedman's vampires are a lot harder to kill than the Hollywood version. Stakes through the heart barely phase them, upheld crosses are a slight inconvenience, and exposure to sunlight is painful but far from instantly fatal. Tackling a single vampire is a challenge, even for a martial artist like Takumo. Taking on the growing army seems beyond the talents of even our heros.
Dedman escalates the intensity throughout the story, adding greater challenges as Kelly, Takumo, and Mage overcome each obstacle. I would have liked to see the romantic entanglements between Kelly, Takumo, and Mage more fully developed, and homocide detective Woodcott seemed intended to play a more significant role than he actually fulfilled, but these are small quibbles. SHADOWS BITE is a fast-moving and exciting read.
Read as a stand alone vampire novel I suspect that this book would be somewhat a disappointment. As a sequel however it works very well. It mixes world wide vampire myth with modern thriller setting. The author has bought us back to interesting characters that continue to evolve and also mixed in some new ones that will be welcome if there is ever a third book in this series.
This book should be part of any collection of books for people who enjoy vampire novels, but it will be probably enjoyed most by those who liked the first book explaining how all the main characters in this novel met and how Mage acquired his magic powers.