The Bitten (Vampire Huntress Legend Series #4) / Edition 1

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She is a woman who lives between pleasure and pain—the pure, scintillating pleasure of the flesh and the kind of pain that has rocked the world and left it strewn with chaos set to a hip-hop beat. Her name is Damali Richards. And when she makes love to a master vampire, it changes everything in a struggle between good and evil—with the future of humanity hanging in the balance… THE BITTENIn L.A. Bank's astounding new Vampire Huntress novel, an unforgettable scene of seduction touches off a violent race around the world—and into a realm beneath us. For Damali, once a pawn, has been given a new, pulsating power of her own—bitten by lover and vampire extraordinaire Carlos Rivera. Between them, they know how high the stakes have risen. A powerful lord of darkness has hijacked a mystical key containing the blood of Christ. And for a world where blood runs like a river, one drop of this blood will be the end…

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
At the start of Banks's seductive fourth Vampire Huntress Legend fantasy (after 2004's The Awakening), former crime lord/master vampire Carlos Rivera bites his lover, hot hip-hop artist/gifted slayer Damali Richards, and she bites back. This passionate exchange puts Damali's humanity and the fate of the world at risk. As Damali and Carlos struggle with the implications of their bond, the pair work with Damali's Guardian team to recover a "key" containing the blood of Christ (extracted from the Shroud of Turin), which another master vampire has hijacked and injected into an unwilling human. The key's spilled blood could open the seal that unleashes Armageddon: "If he's able to open that seal, then everything you learned in Catholic school about the book of Revelations will go down. All Hell will literally break loose, hombre. You feel me?" To prevent this cataclysm and the sacrifice of an innocent victim, the couple travel to Australia, where they play a high-stakes game with four topside master vampires, with life-changing results. Mixing religion with erotic horror dosed with a funky African-American beat, Banks blithely piles on layer after layer of densely detailed plot, which might overwhelm new readers but will delight established fans. Banks creates smokin' sex scenes that easily out-vamp Laurell K. Hamilton's, though they sometimes scream for tighter editing. Agent, Manie Baron at the Claudia Menza Agency. (Feb. 9) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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“Seductive...mixing religion with erotic horror dosed with a funky African-American beat, Banks blithely piles on layer after layer of densely detailed plot...will delight established fans. Banks creates smokin' sex scenes that easily out-vamp Laurell K. Hamilton's.”—Publishers Weekly

“The stakes have never been higher, and the excitement and tension are palpable in this installment of Banks' complex, sexy series.”—Booklist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312324087
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2005
  • Series: Vampire Huntress Legend Series, #4
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 369,378
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

L. A. BANKS is the author of the Vampire Huntress Legend series and the Crimson Moon Novels. She had a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and a master’s in fine arts from Temple University. Banks considered herself a shape-shifter. She wrote romance, women’s fiction, crime and suspense, and of course, dark vampire huntress lore. She lived with her daughter in an undisclosed lair somewhere in Philadelphia.

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Praise for L.A. Banks and the Vampire Huntress Series:

"Hip, fresh and fantastic."
- Sherrilyn Kenyon on The Hunted

"The well conceived and intricate rules of Bank's vampire-inhabited world provide endless opportunities for riffs on the meaning of power and sex that will please lovers of similar. . .philosophical musings found in the vampire tales of Anne Rice and Laurell K. Hamilton."
- Publishers Weekly on The Hunted

"A terrifying rollercoaster ride of a book."
- Charlaine Harris on The Hunted

"A spellbinding thrill ride."
- Zane on The Hunted

"Cutting edge wit and plenty of urban heat flies from the pages of this quick read."
- Philadelphia Sun on Minion

"Blade meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer. . .A pulsating blood-booster."
- Kirkus on Minion
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Reading Group Guide

The vampire civil war has been averted, deadly were-demons have been beaten back and now it Damali Richards and Carlos Rivera (now a Council level vampire) will finally have the chance to settle in and explore their deeper, sexier love. But Carlos and Damali should know by now that there is no rest for the saviors of the known world. One of the four topside Master vampires has stolen one of the Keys-the living blood of Christ—-that opens the sixth seal as foretold in Revelations. He who possesses the Key and the Seal can decide to the outcome of the Final War, a.k.a. Armageddon. With a vampire in possession of the Key, the balance between the Light and the Dark have been thrown off and even Damali is deeply effected. She is now sporting a pair of fangs. In order to retrieve the Key, Carlos and Damali are quickly thrust into a web of vampire politics and intrigue. And when Carlos's secret drug, Oblivion, finds its way into the hands of the enemies, even the seventh level of Hell comes calling.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2006


    This book was too good to put down. I was entraped by the story and the way is was written was smooth and flawless. It's hard to find a good vampire book that gets me interested these days but this one is now one of my favorites.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2005

    Loved It!

    The Bitten was the first book I read in, 'A Vampire Huntress Legend Series'. It was a true page turner! L. A. Banks truely knows how to make a scene come alive off the pages! I couldn't put the book down! You can't help but become vested in each of the main characters outlined in her story. The characters are well developed and exhibit heroic attributes. Also, the plot and sub-plots are logically written. In my opinion, L. A. Banks is a word guru and I love the way her characters drop wisdom on the reader. I highly recommend 'The Bitten' to anyone whose looking for a book that is action packed, sensually satisfying, and thoroughly entertaining! I can't wait to read the next book in this series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2005

    A Must Read

    There are not enough stars in the universe to rate this or any of the others in the VHL series. And if Oprah doen't put this book & the others in the VHL series on her list of must reads she & everyone else will be missing out on a fabulous vampire tale. L.A. Banks has done it again!!! The Bitten is sexy, spritual, funny, scary, melancholy,sensual, adventerous well written work of art with unexpected twists & turns. Carlos & Damali set this book on fire. My heart raced every time they were in a room together. Their connection & power was so palatable that I saw every scene as if I was watching a movie. The Guardians & Cleric held it down for the Light w/o batting an eye. The Councilman was completely sinister. His story alone left me wanting more. I read this book in less than 7 day & I can't wait to read The Forbidden. Bravo L.A. You Rock!!! You Rock Hard. This is the first vampire legend I've read that puts Urbanites & people of color in the fore front & it's about time. This tale has a back porch, kerosene lamp, griot quality that is unmatched. And it incorporates so many different ethnic groups & cultures that one is able to see just how connected we all are to each other &the One Source...The Light. Hats off to Ms. Bank...I'm hooked like a junkie hanging around bookstore, book marks in hand unwilling to trade any of my othe VHL books while awaiting my fix...The Forbidden.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2005

    Couldnot put the book down

    This book is truly a page turner. I cried, got mad, screamed yes, yes, for Damali and Carlos through out the book. My emotions were on a roller coster ride.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2005


    Okay, this book was amazing. Literally, I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN and was regretful of finishing it. I cried and laughed, it was amazing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2005


    In the 4th book in the Vampire Huntress series, Damali the title character comes into her own as she continues to surprise the reader, her man & her guardian team alike. LA Banks continues to take the reader on a thrill ride that never allows the reader to guess what is going to happen next. Just when you think something is going to occur the author trips you much so that you miss your stop on the subway on your way to work, ignore family members vying for your attention all because you are ENGROSSED in this book. My Goodness I cannot wait until July for the next edition in this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2005

    I can't wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I just happened upon the first three books by Mrs. Banks and I am hooked! I love vampire books I have read many and I told a relative that these books are the best that I have read. I have The Bitten on reserve and I am re-reading the last book so that I will flow right into the last one. I am sooo glad that I didn't know about the other three until a few weeks ago because if I had to wait for the next book I would have went crazy not knowing what was next. Mrs. Banks keep doing what you are doing you have found your forte'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2005

    'Simply the best!'

    This is the best out of the Vampire Huntress Legend series so far. Damali proves that she is a force not to be played with in this book. This book picks up where the last book, 'The Hunted' left off, with Damali and Carlos on vacation for 30 days. But Carlos soon discovers that something is wrong with Damali and brings her home early. Once her family discovers what's wrong with her, their first instict is to try and kill Carlos. Once cooler heads prevail they have to work with the priests to find a way to restore the Neteru to her former state. Meanwhile, Carlos goes to hell and discovers that an important key has been stolen. This key is one of seven and the most important of them all. If it is ever reunited with it's matching seal it can bring about an armagadeon that is fortold in Revelations. It will vanish the sun and allow vampires to walk in the day. The key was discovered by scientist who were playing with forces they knew nothing about. Well, one of the last 4 master vampires left found out about their discovery and crossed Carlos' territory boarders in order to steal the key, which was hidden somewhere in Carlos' territory. So, Carlos has to once again tap dance for the council to get them to back off long enough to find out which master vampire stole the key, recover it, figure out a way to protect his precious Neteru, and save the world. I loved this book! Chapter 17 will get your head sprung! It was a great read and as usual, L.A. Banks gives us a look into the next book in this series, which is titled 'The Forbidden'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2005

    Mrs. Banks Vampire Huntress Series is fabulous

    I have read all of her books and I was on pins and needles awaiting 'The Bitten'. A truly good book, great reading and I read it in one sitting (6 hours)...Keep up the good work Mrs. Banks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2005

    The Lady is truly tight in her Game

    I will continue to buy Mrs. Banks books. She has captured a view that few writers can. A view from the urban neighborhood with real charaters and life like vision. Please continue to support this writter she trly deserves the hail.I will be purchasing extra copies for friends and family I was not getting my books back and when i did they were dog earred or worse.

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