Lannes Hannelore is one of a dying race born to protect mankind against demonic forces. And while those who look upon him see a beautiful man, this illusion is nothing but a prison. His existence is one of pure isolation, hiding in plain sight, with brief solace found in simple pleasures: stretching his wings on a stormy night, long late drives on empty highways, the deep soul of sad songs. But when Lannes finds a young woman covered in blood—desperate and alone, with no memory or past—he will be drawn into a mystery that makes him question all he knows. And though it goes against his nature and everything he fears, Lannes will risk his heart, his secrets, and his very soul, in order to save someone who could be the love of his life…or the end of it.
Mermans and Gargoyles. What will Marjorie M. Liu think of next?
Lannes Hannelore is a seventy year old gargoyle that has been to hell and back. After escaping an evil witch that wanted to kill him, Lannes has stayed close to home. The only thing that can bring him out is his longtime friend, Fredrick. It’s while he’s at Fredrick’s house in the city that he finds a woman in an alley, alone and bloody. Wary and suspicious, Lannes finds that he can’t leave someone that needs help as badly as this woman does.
What he doesn’t immediately realize is that the woman is wary and suspicious herself. After waking up in a hotel room surrounded by dead bodies and not knowing who she is, she has no idea where to go or who to turn to. Only after she meets Lannes will she realize that it was fate that brought them together. And it’s together that they must figure out who she is and why her memory is completely gone.
While I don’t generally enjoy amnesia stories, this one was okay b/c it was so interesting. The book started off w/ a bang when Lethe (the name she later chooses for herself) wakes up in the hotel room, with a gun and dead bodies. How can you not be hooked? I have to admit, there are times when Marjorie totally loses me. So it is a little hard to write a review that does the book justice.
If you read the Dirk & Steele series, you’ll like this. If you don’t read the series, don’t start with this one.
4 out of 5.
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