By S. M. Stirling
Eons in the past, the strong Homo Nocturnis governed the earth. whereas their numbers were significantly diminished, they nonetheless exist-though no longer as purebreds. Adrian Breze is one such being. filthy rich and reclusive, he's extra Shadowspawn than human. yet he rebelled opposed to his type, opting for to reside as a normal guy. Now, to avoid wasting humanity, he needs to conflict the darkish forces of the world-including these in his personal blood...
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Jane Gladys thought it was Nora, so she didn’t look up until she had taken a couple more stitches on a forget-me-not. Then she raised her eyes and was astonished to find a strange man in the middle of the room, who regarded her earnestly. He was short and fat, and seemed to be breathing heavily from his climb up the stairs. He held a work silk hat in one hand and underneath his other elbow was tucked a good-sized book. He was dressed in a black suit that looked old and rather shabby, and his head was bald upon the top.
A Taint in the Blood (Shadowspawn, Book 1) by S. M. Stirling