By S. M. Stirling

Eons in the past, the strong Homo Nocturnis governed the earth. whereas their numbers were drastically lowered, they nonetheless exist-though now not as purebreds. Adrian Breze is one such being. filthy rich and reclusive, he's extra Shadowspawn than human. yet he rebelled opposed to his style, making a choice on to dwell as a standard 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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To his left rose the pike and its wayward trophy. For Ganoes, the ancient fortification overlooking the city was too familiar to be of interest. This visit was his third in as many years; he'd long ago explored the courtyard with its heaved cobblestones, the Old Keep – now a stable, its upper floor home to pigeons and swallows and bats – and the citadel where even now his father negotiated the island export tithe with the harbour officials. In the last instance, of course, a goodly portion was out of bounds, even for a son of a noble house; for it was in the citadel that the Fist had his residence, and in the inner chambers that such affairs of the Empire as concerned this island were conducted.

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