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On Midnight Wings (Maker's Song Series #5)

On Midnight Wings (Maker's Song Series #5)

3.5 6
by Adrian Phoenix

The fifth thrilling urban fantasy in the “engrossingly fun” (Entertainment Weekly) Maker's Song series following the adventures of FBI agent Heather Wallace and the mysterious, seductive vampire Dante.


Even as Dante Baptiste’s identity as both True Blood and Fallen


The fifth thrilling urban fantasy in the “engrossingly fun” (Entertainment Weekly) Maker's Song series following the adventures of FBI agent Heather Wallace and the mysterious, seductive vampire Dante.


Even as Dante Baptiste’s identity as both True Blood and Fallen ripples throughout New Orleans, his powers are expanding in surprising, devastating directions. Kidnapped, drugged, and lost to his brutal past, the vampire wavers between sanity and breakdown at the hands of his torturers.

Forsaking the FBI she once loved, Heather Wallace has likewise fallen into malevolent hands. As she struggles to reunite with Dante, men of hate and government evil will try to keep them apart. Even as their teammates frantically search for the pair, dark forces continue to gather against the young vampire—and the fates of mortals, nightkind, and the Fallen rest on him regaining control of his shattered psyche before he becomes the terrible, omnipotent Great Destroyer.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The fifth in Phoenix’s Maker’s Song series (after Etched in Bone) feels less like a stand-alone novel than the middle section of a longer piece, but dedicated series readers will appreciate the nonstop action. Vampire/fallen-angel hybrid and goth rock star Dante De Noir has been shot and kidnapped, while his human lover, FBI agent Heather Wallace, has been kidnapped by her father, rogue FBI agent and vampire hater James. As they attempt separate escapes, both get tangled up in the machinations of the FBI’s Special Branch as well as in games being played by the newly revived Loki, while their companions work to track them down. Dante’s father, the fallen angel Lucien, enters Gehenna for help, while vampiric llygad (knowledge-keeper) Von works with assorted vamps and humans (including Heather’s pregnant sister, Annie) to investigate things on this plane. It’s a complicated plot with dozens of point-of-view characters, and Phoenix masterfully keeps things flowing and coherent, even successfully providing enough well-placed exposition to allow new readers to jump on board. A solid ending merely sets the stage for the next book. Agent: Matt Bialer, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. (Oct.)

Product Details

Pocket Books
Publication date:
Maker's Song Series , #5
Edition description:
Simon & Schuster
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)

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Adrian Phoenix lives in Oregon with three cats and travels to New Orleans whenever possible. This is her seventh novel.

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On Midnight Wings 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
RBtWBC More than 1 year ago
Dark, twisting and chaotic; On Midnight Wings picks up where Etched in Bone left off. Dante is missing and Heather has been kidnapped by her father. Can Lucien, Von, Silver and Annie find them before it's too late and Dante finally looses his slippery hold on his sanity? Past and present collide inside his mind, battling with the SB (Shadow Branch) programming implanted in him as a child and outside forces determined to turn him into The Great Destroyer. Heather is his only anchor but when she is taken away will he be able to stand against impossible odds to remain true to himself and the promises that he has made those he loves, or will he turn into what they all fear? I have mixed feelings about this book, on one hand I loved it and couldn't put it down turning the pages as fast as I could to find out what was going to happen next. Who was going to betray whom. What sadistic player would appear next. What ensuing barbaric game they would put Dante through. The emotions where intense and punched you right in the chest, in classic Adrian Phoenix style. Dante and Heather can't seem to catch a break and to be honest, I felt just as exhausted as them while reading! This is definitely a series that will put you through all aspects of an emotional ringer.  On the other hand, I was disappointed that the series arc did not progress. Especially after the dragged out story line in the last book. I feel that the 300+ pages could have been summarized in just a few chapters and more progress made in the over all story. I actually found myself skimming in areas because there were so many explanations but not enough forward motion. It was also so long since I read the last book in the series, since this one's release was pushed back a few times, that I had a bit of a time catching back up to the going-on's in the series as your dumped right back into the action within the first sentence.  Each and every character that you have come to love in this series is featured through out On Midnight Wings. Each with their own dire situation to fight through, and each determined to get to Dante before it's too late. I am hoping for more of a coming together and answers of some sort in the next book. I feel that the series has reached the point where some resolution is needed instead of being dragged down by more doomsday flash. The The Maker's Song series has always had a very dark feel to it but was balanced well with humor and sexiness, this installment is missing that balance. On Midnight Wings is my least favorite of the series but I have faith in the series still and it is still a series that I would recommend wholeheartedly to urban fantasy fans everywhere. 
VampressSJ More than 1 year ago
This Maker's Song series by Adrian Phoenix is great! I am always waiting impatiently for the next book. The characters are well developed and the plot amazing! The combination of a vampire book that also has Fallen Angels in it is very creative and certainly unique. Of the MANY, MANY vampire books I have read and collected this is definitely one of my favorite series. Keep the books coming, Adrian!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Freaking cliffhanger! I enjoyed the book until I got to the last page and realized this book's cliffhanger is at least as bad as the previous book's. I wouldn't mind the cliffhanger as much if it wasn't so long between books. It's about time Dante, Heather, and the rest of the good guys caught a break. I'd haven given the book 4 stars if I wasn't so irritated with the ending. 
ELF-thereadingaddict More than 1 year ago
A haunting and intense story 4 1/2 stars “On Midnight Wings” is Book Five of the ‘Maker’s Song’ series by Adrian Phoenix. This thrilling but dark urban fantasy continues to follow Dante Baptiste as events conspire to force him closer to madness and threaten to tip the balance so that he becomes the Unmaker. The betrayal and capture of both Heather and Dante stuns their allies who are handicapped by their inability to track either. The multitude of warring factions, each of which has its own plans for Dante, cause an odd game of tug of war which complicates the disposition of Heather. Sadly, the allies have their own obstacles to overcome before they can help the beleaguered couple who, as usual, may have to rely solely on themselves for rescue but it may be too late for Dante as he spirals downward into despair. This complex and alluring urban fantasy is filled with an almost overwhelming cast of characters who are disturbing yet mesmerizing. There is a sometimes dismaying amount of death and destruction yet one cannot help but feel empathy for the dichotomy personified in the main character, Dante. The adamantine bond which has been formed between him and his mortal lover Heather is delicious to observe yet its existence can still be threatened and this only adds to the escalating tension that is a perpetual aspect of this enthralling series. It is definitely recommended that the series be read from the beginning and in order and even then it is somewhat difficult to keep track of the shifting alliances and multitude of goals being pursued. The harsh torments suffered throughout Dante’s life are constantly alluded to in his flashbacks and it is easy to see why his grasp of reality is so tenuous but one cannot help but empathize with him, despite his ofttimes horrific actions...which is why this author is so impressive. The ability to turn situations on end and make one sympathetic to actions that would not be otherwise condoned is an impressive talent and I always anxiously await the next installment in the series so that I can be amazed yet again by the machinations of the various factions. This was an excellent addition to the series although one should be warned that there are just as many questions, if not more, that still need to be answered. I look forward to unravelling more of the mysteries. © Night Owl Reviews I received a copy of this title in return for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Been waiting a long time for book five of The Maker's Song. Once again we are taken on a wild ride with Dante and Heather. This book kept me on he edge of my seat the whole time. I could not put it down; I just had to keep reading to find out what would happen next. I don't want to give anything away but for those that have read the previous books in the series I will just say that Adrian doesn't disappoint with this book. As Dante is falling deeper and deeper into "S", Heather will do whatever she has to in order to reach him. At the same time Von has his own problems to deal with that keep him from helping anyone, and Lucien looks for help from the last people he wants to.
SashaRF More than 1 year ago
Can't wait for the next one!