The Forsaken (Vampire Huntress Legend Series #7)
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The Forsaken (Vampire Huntress Legend Series #7)

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by L. A. Banks
     
 

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The Chairman of the Vampire Council is dead, and Lilith, the consort of the Unnamed One, and the Unnamed One himself are out for revenge against Damali Richards, the Vampire Huntress, and her lover, Carlos Rivera. A ruthless and carefully planned strategy---one that not even Damali will anticipate---has been developed. There is only one entity who can best Damali,

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The Chairman of the Vampire Council is dead, and Lilith, the consort of the Unnamed One, and the Unnamed One himself are out for revenge against Damali Richards, the Vampire Huntress, and her lover, Carlos Rivera. A ruthless and carefully planned strategy---one that not even Damali will anticipate---has been developed. There is only one entity who can best Damali, send Carlos packing, and put the Guardian team at mortal risk. This powerful being was once banished into a forsaken land and possesses everything that would bring a Neteru to his or her knees. This time the fight is not so clear-cut, and it is not only Damali's soul in the balance but her body and heart as well.

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“Scorchingly hot-blooded vampire series.” —Publishers Weekly on The Damned

“Superior vampire fiction.” —Booklist on The Forbidden

“Gripping.” —Kirkus Reviews on The Forbidden

Publishers Weekly
Weird energy is going down, and demon-killing Damali is not at all herself in Banks's seventh Vampire Huntress Legend (after The Damned). Soon after Damali walks out on her soul mate, ex-vampire Carlos Rivera, she meets a mysterious stranger who frightens-and tempts-her more than anyone or anything has before. Is he from the Light or from hell? Something is seriously wrong in the universe, and the forces of evil may be getting the upper hand. Banks lays a lot of wisdom on the line about male-female relationships, along with more of her complex cosmology that samples various religions, folklore and a wide array of myth. But it's the characters and their passions coupled with the author's wild imagination that drive the narrative. The story has gotten so complicated it may be difficult for a newcomer to fathom, but readers already enthralled with this sizzling series can look forward to major plot payoffs. (July) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312352356
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
06/27/2006
Series:
Vampire Huntress Legend Series , #7
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
702,344
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.98(d)

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Chapter One

The Shift

The day after Christmas, a horrific tsunami hit Southeast Asia, creating a natural and human disaster of biblical proportions. Disease and destruction lay in the wake of the giant wave, flooding and taking lives in eleven countries to the scale of Noah's time. But the animals sensed it was coming and were mysteriously saved. Ancient tribesmen, observant of nature's force, also strangely avoided destruction. But the cities . . . the tourists, all lay in ruins.

Humanity is now studying the instinctual nature of the animal kingdom. Tribal elders were asked how they knew, but their simplistic answers baffled scientists until debunked.

People in the fishing villages feared to eat the sea's yield, even while starving . . . so many bodies were in the water, and they reasoned that the fish had feasted upon that which the waters took.

Beyond the human suffering of more than a hundred and fifty thousand known dead, thousands missing, and millions left homeless and destitute with food shortages and tainted water, the power of the event actually shifted the planet--the Earth's poles moved to the east by a full inch, and time stopped for several milliseconds. It moved to the east . . . to the east . . . the east . . . perhaps east of Eden.

We do not yet know how this will influence the Earth's position amongst its planetary brethren. What we do know, however, is that everything in the universe is a fragile balance, like that of an immaculately designed Swiss watch. Move one part and misalign one gear, and then what? Astrologers have yet to weigh in on this matter, nor has the traditional scientific community. They simply have no answers.

All this while in the United States, Southern California has been deluged by unrelenting rains and the normally arid region was also covered by a blanket of snow . . . over one hundred and fifty inches has fallen on the Sierra Mountains . . . snow has even covered the desert region--Nevada . . . Texas and the Midwest experienced driving snowstorms . . . the Ohio Valley was covered in ice and floodwaters, forcing evacuations . . . this after four back-to-back hurricanes just devastated Florida's coast and the Caribbean, then one came that virtually wiped New Orleans off the map. Still there were more hurricanes, floods, tornados . . . forces of nature, also known by insurance companies as acts of God.

And, yet the world is still at war. Not even these cataclysmic events were enough to give mankind pause. In the ongoing human conflict, no one seemed to remember that even time stood still. The planet was rocked off its axis for milliseconds, but warring factions around the globe didn't seem to give a damn. They just kept on fighting, shooting, and blowing each other up. The stern warning is not being heeded.

Copyright © 2006 by Leslie Esdaile Banks

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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Cinthya Rodriguez More than 1 year ago
I just love the series!!!!
azgemini68 More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with Carlos and Damali in this book. I read it for the first time in July 2008. My daughter checked it out of the public library for me. At first, I put it aside since I had never read any of L. A. Banks' books before. I had the book for a week before reading the summary on the back cover.

I was hooked from page one. After reading chapter 1, I went online to the library website and requested a copy of every book in the series that they had, which were the first five books and the Forsaken. Afterwards, I went to vampire-huntress.com to learn more about the books in the series and found out about the remaining books.

I put in another request to the library to get the remaining books; which they did. If you live in Tucson, AZ, you can find a copy for all the books except the newest one; since it just came out.

I had to purchase the books because my children, who are 21- and 15-years old kept costing me library fines because they were rereading the books so often they would forget to return them.

We have discussions, while laughing hysterically, about Carlos, Damali, and the Guardians. The whole Neteru team has become like old friends. I won't tell the ending of the last book, The Thirtheenth; all I'll say is "YOU HAVE GOT TO READ IT!". It's the perfect ending for an outstanding series.

Ms. Banks is one of my favorite authors and I'm looking forward to reading her werewolf series. If they're anything like VHL series, I'll end up buying those too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Slam! Bam! Thank You Ma¿am! LA Banks has done it again!!! Her skill for weaving a story is phenomenal. One more story in the series that continues to bring it¿HARD!!! The main characters are complex, but identifiable. The scenarios are eerily similar to what¿s happening in our world today. The introduction of new characters with different issues, concerns & powers are seamlessly blended into the core of the series storyline. I LUV THIS STUFF!!! Like a dealer of LIGHT Ms. Banks spreads the wealth through her character studies and sends her readers on a joyride that¿s better than any monster rollercoaster on the planet. The new villain is sexy, strong, powerful & deceivingly irresistible. This book shows that even the Damali¿s family got problems to deal with. The Forsaken like all the rest in the VHLS is a must read, butcha can¿t have mine¿naw my brotha u got 2 getchure own!!!!
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Tense More than 1 year ago
I love the Damali Richards-Vampire huntress series. The Forsaken delves more into the units uniting itself spiritually and physically to be able to handle the oncoming apocalypse. I enjoyed it
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No one can come close. Very detailed and in-depth.Characters are well defined and the series flows from book to book. What this author does with the light and the dark is riveting.Can't get enough. Should be a movie except it would probably be very expensive to make. Matrix type movie. I would most certainly suggest reading the entire series.
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