Edge of Twilight

Edge of Twilight

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by Maggie Shayne

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Book 7 in Maggie Shayne's Bestselling Wings in the Night Series

In Pursuit of a Legend

They call him Edge, and he's determined to kill vampire hunter Frank Stiles, the obsessed vampire-hunter who murdered Edge's immortal companions, leaving him alone and possessed by his need for vengeance. But it's a vengeance he can carry out only

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Book 7 in Maggie Shayne's Bestselling Wings in the Night Series

In Pursuit of a Legend

They call him Edge, and he's determined to kill vampire hunter Frank Stiles, the obsessed vampire-hunter who murdered Edge's immortal companions, leaving him alone and possessed by his need for vengeance. But it's a vengeance he can carry out only with the help of the one they call the Golden Child.

Amber Lily is alone among the undead. Known as the Golden Child, she's half human and half vampire, the only one of her kind and immensely valuable to her vampire kin—but none moreso than Edge.

The moment they meet she finds him exciting, irresistible, and despite herself she's drawn into his hunt. But Amber Lily has a secret. Though she, too, has vowed to track down Stiles and confront him, she needs him alive, a desire Edge will see only as a betrayal. Will he be able to forgive her, or will their growing love be doomed for the long eternity of their lives?

Don't miss a single title in Maggie Shayne's Wings in the Night series:

Twilight Phantasies

Twilight Memories

Twilight Illusions, with bonus novella "Beyond Twilight"

Born in Twilight, with bonus novella "Twilight Vows"

Twilight Hunger

Embrace the Twilight, with bonus novella "Run from Twilight"

Edge of Twilight

Blue Twilight, with bonus novella" Before Blue Twilight"

Prince of Twilight

Demon's Kiss

Lover's Bite

Twilight Hunger

Bloodline, with bonus novella "Vampires in Paradise"

Twilight Prophecy

Twilight Fulfilled

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Edge Of Twilight

By Maggie Shayne


Copyright © 2005 Maggie Shayne
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ISBN: 0778322653

Present Day

There was no way the woman could have known he was waiting in her apartment when she walked in that night. She couldn't hear him, because he made no sound. She couldn't detect his body heat, because he didn't emit any. He had all the advantages. He could see her just as well in the dark as he could have in full light. Maybe better. He could hear every sound she made, right down to the steady beat of her heart and the rush of blood through her veins. He could smell her. Strawberry shampoo, baby powder scented deodorant, aging nail polish, a hint of perfume, even the fabric softener scent that lingered on her clothes.

She stepped into the dark apartment, closed the door behind her and turned the locks, all without reaching for a light switch. She leaned back against the door and heeled off her shoes, shrugged the heavy looking handbag from her shoulder, along with her coat, and draped them both over a hook on the tree near the door. Still no light switch.

She sighed and padded across the carpet, sank onto the sofa, let her head fall backward. She worked as a nurse at an elementary school in rural Pennsylvania, spent her days wiping bloody noses and checking heads for nits. A far cry from her former career.

He waited until she'd closed her hand unerringly on the remote control and aimed it at the television before he spoke. "Don't turn that on."

The remote dropped to the floor, and she shot to her feet with a broken cry, her hands pressing to her chest as she searched the darkness with wide, frightened eyes.

"No need to be afraid," he said, stepping from the darker shadows near the door into the slightly lighter ones that surrounded her. She could see him now, just barely. A black silhouette in the darkness. To help her out, he shook a cigarette from his pack, put it to his lips, fired it up. He watched her fear deepen as the flame briefly lit his face. He took a long pull and released the smoke while she stood there with her heart pounding like a rabbit's."I didn't come here to hurt you. I will, of course, if you make me. I'd probably enjoy it. But ultimately, it's up to you."

"Wh-who are you? What do you want?"

He rolled his eyes at the utter predictability of the questions."Sit down. Relax. I only want to talk to you."He held out the pack. "You want a smoke?"

"N-no."She sat down, just barely perching on the very edge of the sofa, shaking from head to toe. "B-but..."

"But what? Go on, ask. The worst I can do is say no. What do you want?"

"Could you t-t-turn on a light?"

"No." He smiled, amused by his own little joke. "See? That wasn't so bad, was it?"

She let her head fall forward, catching her face in her palms. Crying now. God, he hated crying women. He reached out for a handful of the blond hair on the very top of her head, tugged her head upward. It didn't cause her any pain, but she whimpered anyway."Come on, now. I'm going to need your full attention for this."

She sniffled, wiped her eyes, squinted through the darkness at him. If she could see him at all, he supposed she could probably see his hair. He didn't really care. He'd only refused to turn on the lights because she wanted them on. He needed her uncomfortable, afraid and off balance.

"So here's the thing," he said. "I've been hunting for this man for...oh, more than forty years now. And during the course of my search, I found that he had a connection to you. A recent one, in the scheme of things. So here I am."

"What man?" Her voice was only a whisper now.

"Frank Stiles." He saw the way she jerked in reaction, then tried to hide it.

"Why is it you're looking for this...Stiles?"

He didn't have to answer. But he answered anyway. "He's a vampire hunter. I'm a vampire, you see. Thought it might be fun. Turn the tables, hunter becomes the hunted and all that."

"Oh God, oh God..."

"I understand you worked for Stiles five years ago or thereabouts." He took another drag, blew a few smoke rings.

"That true?"

"No. I...I never heard of him."

He moved his hand too fast for her to follow it, gripped her throat and squeezed. He kept the pressure light, just enough to cut off the air supply and reduce the blood flowing to her brain, enough to make her panic. Not enough to crush her larynx. She would be no good to him dead. He lifted her right off the sofa by her throat, while taking another drag from his smoke with the other hand. Then he let her go. She fell sideways onto the sofa, and her hands shot to her throat as she gasped for breath.

"You're going to tell me what I want to know before this night ends. It really doesn't matter to me how much pain you want to withstand before you talk. As I said, I'll probably enjoy it more if you make me hurt you. It's all the same to me." He sat down on the easy chair near the sofa, smoking and giving her time to catch her breath.

"Your name is Kelsey Quinlan," he said at length. "You are a Registered Nurse. You work at Remsen Elementary. Is all of this correct?"

Dragging herself upright again, still pressing a hand to her throat, she nodded.

"And five years ago, you worked for Frank W. Stiles as a research assistant. Is that correct?"

"Yes. I did. B-but --"

"Shhh. Just answer my questions. I'm not here to punish you for your crimes, whatever they may be."

She lifted her head, swallowed hard. It hurt when she did. He felt it."He's the one you want to punish, isn't he? What are you going to do with him when you find him? Kill him?"

"Oh, I've already killed him. A couple of times, actually. Oddly, the man keeps recovering."

The hand that had been rubbing at her throat went still, and the woman's face paled in the darkness."That's... not possible."

"That's what I thought. But I killed him really well the second time. Honestly. He was very, very dead. And then...well, then he just wasn't." He shrugged. "So what I need to know from you is just what kind of research he was doing when you worked for him?"

Her eyes shot wider. He smelled her fear. "I'm not going to punish you, Kelsey. I already told you that." Again he shrugged. "Unless you're into that kind of thing, in which case --" As he said it, he reached for her.

"I didn't do anything to the girl! It wasn't me. It was all Stiles. I swear it."

He didn't touch her, lowering his hands slowly now that he had her talking. The taps were turned, the pump primed. The information would flow now. "What girl would that be?"

She blinked slowly."The captive he held five years ago. The half-breed vampire."


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Edge of Twilight (Wings in the Night Series #10) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has become my favorite book off all time, It kept me at the edge of my seat. After school work I grabbed it and read. I would read it for hours day in and out when I realized it was over I had to have more! I loved this book due to the suspence, the characters emotions and power of loving eachother. Even my relationship is stronger thanks to this book. The chemistry between the two lovers made even my head spin. I intend to read many more of Maggie Shatne's books. I was truly amazed by this book and I have already read it more than 5 times. And I'm going to read it again...
Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
We continue the story of Amber Lily in book 10 of Wings in the Night. After the evens in book 8, her life has changed drastically. She has learned to be more independent and more dependent at the same time. She understands that she is something new and different. And while some will view that as something to be cherished and protected, others (like DPI) view it as a new subject to tear apart and figure out.  We also get to meet Edge - a young vampire (all things considered) that is set to find the last remaining DPI agent and make sure he dies a horrible death. That's all well and good, but Amber Lily has her own reasons for hunting the man down, and she needs him alive.  They have quite an interesting romance, but I didn't feel as if that was the highlight of the book. More and more new and different things are discovered (I really wish I could say more - but I would give way too much away). The main focus of the story didn't seem to be so much about the romance at times, but about continuing the storyline of the vampires I've come to love reading about. Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of very romantic scenes and it definitely should be considered a paranormal romance, but there was just too much else going on at the same time. Some of the more hardcore romance readers may not get into this as much as I did.  There seems to be some very fun and exciting things to come for our little group. There's a short story at the end of this one to set the hooks for book #11 - and it sounds very exciting. We got to meet a "young" Rhiannon in it and it solidified her as one of my favorites - the pet panther helps a bit too. 
sassybc More than 1 year ago
loved the wings in the night series its what got me hooked on maggie
Dragoness84 More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I ever read in this series. I fell in love with it from the start. There is nothing typical in this vampire story. Ms. Shayne tells a wonderful tale. I love gothic and vampire romances and if you do as well you will love this book, and the series.
cjstone427 More than 1 year ago
Maggie really came through on this book! I loved it!
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Victoria Waddell More than 1 year ago
I was a little shocked at the end but things happen
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put it down. After reading this one, I became obsessed with the characters and had to track down every book from her Wings in the Night collection. Can't wait to read Prince of Twilight!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book; I could not put it down. I have just recently started to read books by Maggie Shayne, but I must say I am impressed. Her books have been geting better and better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Book surprised Me All the way through. I could not put it Down And I nearly Died from the suspense
Guest More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed all of it I had to find the rest of the books read those then reread this one and enjoyed even more.Twilight Begins Born in Twilight Twilight Hunger At Twilight Blue Twilightect. Enjoy Micki
Guest More than 1 year ago
Edge of Twilight is a great story. The characters were memorable and the plot was compelling. I loved this book from beginning to end, do not be surprised to find yourself unable to put this book down once you start reading it. Maggie Shayne has done a wonderful job.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I admit this book was compeling with the twists that you don't expect from the vampires. The first half of the book was brilliant, the chemistry between Edge and Amber were great, but things started to slow down, and it wasn't as adventuerous as some of the other things in this book or others that she had written. i still love every other book that she has written that i have read and i love the incorporation (sp) of characters from other books.