May 11, 2012

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Review: A Rush of Wings by Adrian Phoenix (The Maker’s Song #1)

Urban Fantasy
January 8 2008
Mass Market Paperback
416 pages
Pocket Books

Kick Ass Chick – Heather Wallace

From Goodreads –

Dark. Talented. Beautiful. Star of the rock band Inferno. Rumored owner of the hot New Orleans nightspot Club Hell. Born of the Blood, then broken by an evil beyond imagination.HIS PAST IS A MYSTERY.

F.B.I. Special Agent Heather Wallace has been tracking a sadistic serial murderer known as the Cross Country Killer, and the trail has led her to New Orleans, Club Hell, and Dante. But the dangerously attractive musician not only resists her investigation, he claims to be “nightkind”: in other words, a vampire. Digging into his past for answers reveals little. A juvenile record a mile long. No social security number. No known birth date. In and out of foster homes for most of his life before being taken in by a man named Lucien DeNoir, who appears to guard mysteries of his own.HIS FUTURE IS CHAOS.

What Heather does know about Dante is that “something” links him to the killer — and she’s pretty sure that link makes him the CCK’s next target. Heather must unravel the truth about this sensual, complicated, vulnerable young man — who, she begins to believe, may indeed be a vampire — in order to finally bring a killer to justice. But Dante’s past holds a shocking, dangerous secret, and once it is revealed not even Heather will be able to protect him from his destiny…


Whoa…  I don’t know what I was expecting when I started A Rush of Wings by Adrian Phoenix but I wasn’t expecting three things:  I wasn’t expecting it to be so sensual.  I wasn’t expecting it to be so suspenseful.  I wasn’t expecting it to be so dark.  Really then, what was I expecting?  I didn’t know much about this series other than many of my friends adore it and drool over the next installment.  I knew I wanted to read it to see what all the hype was about.  And even though I didn’t know what to expect, what I got was a really great urban fantasy book that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Heather is a FBI agent and has been tracking the Cross Country serial killer for three years.  His latest victim was found in New Orleans but things are a little different with this one.  This time, the victim was left in a very deliberate place with a message that makes no sense to anyone.  As part of her investigation, she ventures to the club on the other side of the wall where the body was found.  This club is known to attract people who ‘pretend’ to be vampires…and that is where Heather meets Dante.

I liked Heather right from the get-go.  She is no-nonsense yet she’s not a bitch.  Adrian managed a really good balance with her.  She definitely has a huge heart, and even though sometimes Heather believes she is letting it get in the way of this case, I didn’t feel that for one minute.  I think she is a great Agent and has awesome instincts.  She is the kind of cop I like to read.  I was a little surprised at how easily she accepted the whole ‘vampires really do exist’ thing but thinking about her character, it made sense.  When you are used to looking at the facts, you can’t deny what they tell you.

Dante…  What to say about Dante?  At first I didn’t know what to make of him.  He’s a vampire, oh sorry, Nightkind, but he’s stubborn to a point of making him almost immature.  Then you learn of his seizures and his past and man oh man, you’re heart just breaks.  There are just so many layers to this guy and you just know that you have only just started skimming them in this book.  Seriously, he’s ruthless one moment and sweet the next, then he’s sexy as hell then he’s being babied in the next scene.  Just a bunch of contradictions that I can’t wait to find out more about.  Who is the ‘real’ Dante?  How is he going to face his future now knowing what he knows?  He has no recollection of his past, so while you’re reading you wonder ‘will he find out?’ and ‘what will happen if he does?’ and ‘what is his past?’  Just a very interesting character.  And sexy.  Did I mention that part?  Really sexy.

There are quite a few side characters in this book and I enjoyed each and every one of them.  Really, there isn’t one I didn’t think fit well into things.  Of all the secondary characters, I loved Lucian the most.  I can’t wait to read more about him!

I’m not usually a big fan of suspense/mystery books where you already know who the villain/killer is, often I feel it takes away from the story, but Adrian wrote her evil-doers so well, you’re still creeped out by them even though you know who they are.  The real mystery in this book isn’t who did it but why.  You think you may have it figured out but then you don’t.  You think you know who is good and who isn’t but then…you don’t.  Do you see a pattern here?  Making the focus on the why is what messes with your head as you are reading this…in the very best of ways.  The mystery/suspense part of this story is brilliant.  Oh and gory.  Very very gory.

This book is not for the faint of heart.  It is raw and gritty and the mystery is very psychological.  You can’t escape it once you close the book.  It’s the type of story that sits with you for a while and makes you think.  It is the type of book that needs to be followed by a fluff read to clear your head!  It will leave you cringing yet wanting more.  It’s a true urban fantasy book that I think every UF fan should check out.

4.5 stars

Books in the Maker’s Song series –
A Rush of Wings
In the Blood
Beneath the Skin
Etched in Bone
On Midnight Wings (December 2012)

  1. You are soooooo riiiiight. It is very sensual, and very dark! Very intense. Not for the faint of heart. And the books don’t let up, either. Ms Phoenix has the most incredible (and scary! LOL) imagination everrrrrrr. Hope you’re going to try out the rest of the books. Her other series, Hoodoo, is AWESOME, too.

  2. YAY! I’m do glad you finally read it. I knew you were going to love it, now you need to read following books. As always great review and yes Dante is dreamy and (FYI) he’s also mine.

  3. Pamela – I am definitely planning on reading the rest of the series!

    Bookaholic Cat – Of course he is…

  4. Great review Julie! I once started this book but stopped after a few pages, as I was not in the mood. I need to pick it up again.

  5. I’m glad you enjoyed this one as well, I really like the Adrian Phoenix series but I confess I’m a little late and I don’t remember a lot lol. AAh now you speak about Dante I totally remember him! I hope I will get into the last books soon. Great review.

  6. WOWZA!! Like I said on Twitter – I really need to pick up one of Adrian’s books – I’ve heard such great things. Plus we get to meet her at AADNOLA! Thanks for the review!

  7. Michele says:

    I enjoyed this book and continued on with the series. Stopped after book 3. Just felt like there was too much repetition. The plot was good & would have liked to see how the story continued, but I couldn’t deal with the repetition. Felt like I was reading the same book over & over. And Heather started getting annoying. Her interactions with her sister made me want to smack them both.

  8. aurian – I can see how you would really have to be in the mood for this book. But boy, when you are ready for it, it’s great!

    melliane – It was released a while ago and if you’ve been reading it since it first came out…no wonder some of the details are a little sketchy. Especially considering how much you read! 🙂

    twimom – I can’t wait to see what you think of this Jen. You definitely have to read it…when you can squeeze it in. lol

    Michele – Now you’ve made me curious about the later books to see if I will feel the same way you do. 🙂

  9. I agree with Pam 110% Adrian’s books are amazing! Glad I’m finally able to comment on a review for book that I’ve read too! 😉

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