A Taint in the Blood: A Novel of the Shadowspawn
by S. M. Stirling
Cover Artist: Chris McGrath
Roc Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780451463418
Date: 04 May 2010 List Price $25.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
From back of book: Aeons ago, Homo lupens ruled the Earth. Possessing extraordinary powers, they were the source of all the myths and legends of the uncanny. And though their numbers have been greatly reduced, they exist still--though not as purebreds.
Adrian Brézé is one such being. Wealthy and reclusive, he is more Shadowpawn than human. But he rebelled against his own kind, choosing to live as an ordinary man, fighting constantly against his darker nature. Until now...
For Adrian has a sister, whose devotion to the cause of bringing back the reign of the Shadowspawn is equaled only by her hatred of him. She has struck him at his weakest point by kidnapping his human lover, Ellen.
To save Ellen--and perhaps all of humanity--Adrian must rejoin a battle he swore he would never fight again.