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by Holly Lisle
No Place To Run, No Place To Hide...

The job sounded simple enough; locate a space miner's missing wives. Quick. Easy. Painless. As a professional finder of lost things, Cadence Drake has learned in the hardest way imaginable that there's no such thing as a quick or easy job. For the past year, pain has been her constant companion, and death her only refuge.


No Place To Run, No Place To Hide...

The job sounded simple enough; locate a space miner's missing wives. Quick. Easy. Painless. As a professional finder of lost things, Cadence Drake has learned in the hardest way imaginable that there's no such thing as a quick or easy job. For the past year, pain has been her constant companion, and death her only refuge.

When she falls into the middle of a horror that portends the end of trillions of human lives, and everything that human beings have created throughout settled space, she seeks the last people who know that she's still alive, looking for a way to fight the unthinkable evil she's discovered.

Now she and four special ex-slaves face off against the end of all worlds, giving themselves to the thing they most fear in order to save what they most love. They're outnumbered billions-to-five, and they might already be too late.

Darkout is coming.

And Cady's coming with it....

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Holly Lisle
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A Cadence Drake Novel , #2
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This is Holly Lisle's 33rd novel.

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Warpaint 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
TroyLarson More than 1 year ago
‘Warpaint’ has been a very enjoyable read. I (as many of the other reviewers thus far) was privileged to receive an Advanced Readers Copy in PDF format. There were very few mistakes, which was not surprising. You see, Holly has many novels under her belt and I have had the opportunity to take her How To Think Sideways course. She is a great teacher of the philosophies of storytelling and character building. This is evident in ‘Warpaint’. ‘Warpaint’ is the second of the Cadence Drake series, however, it stands alone nicely. You will not have a problem immersing yourself in the history behind what makes Cady a truly heroic character. She is complex and vibrant. As she works her way through some very difficult situations, she grows in character by constantly questioning why she is doing what she is doing. She is torn between what she really wants and what she has to do to save humanity. Cady and her friends are a very dedicated and convicted team. Each of the main characters is well described and well progressed in growth through the story. You will find a different take on your normal vampires in ‘Warpaint’. I am not a fan of the teenage phenom that has been presented in so many other novels, but these vampires are actually believable. This, to me, makes them actually quite scary. She also presents unique perspectives on some ‘real science’ theories, such as fast than light travel. The story is a fast paced thrill ride that presents many exciting twists and conundrums. You will find that this book is very hard to put down. It was an absolute pleasure to read and I am delighted that I had a chance to help Holly polish it for those who will read it in the future. I feel that this novel is a great read for anyone who is looking for a great Science Fiction story that bridges into Romance and Thriller genres. This book is appropriate for ages 13 and up. You will want to read Hunting the Corrigan's Blood either before, but definitely after you read ‘Warpaint’. I also have it on good authority that there will plenty of Cady to come. Enjoy.
DebGallardo More than 1 year ago
If someone had told me two months ago that I'd be reading about vampires and actually enjoying the books,  I'd have laughed for a week. I don't jump on the latest fiction fad, whether it's "Twilight" clones  or vampiric romance novels from a decade ago. I approached the two Cadence Drake novels I've read by Holly Lisle, as object lessons, since she is a  writing teacher whom I respect and admire. Here's only one of her many excellent teaching books. Let me  tell you, she practices what she preaches.  The books are designed to be stand-alone volumes, but in my opinion, you should read  [ASIN:B009T8Q91S Hunting the Corrigan's Blood (A Cadence Drake Novel)]] first. It will help you understand  Cady's heartbreak in "Warpaint" much better with this other story as backstory. Yes, she layers it in,  but to get the full impact, read book one. Take my word for it. So. Here's my take on book two. I'm tempted to say, "Wow!" because Holly left me all but speechless when I finished reading "Warpaint."  But that would be doing her and her writing a disservice. And one word, even encased in quotes and with  an exclamation mark doesn't begin to convey the power of this story or the impact of Holly's complex and  well-drawn main character. Her other characters are multi-dimensional people, too. But none of them quite matches Cady's bio-engineered  physique and even more her vulnerabilities and unparalleled strength of character. She is, well, amazing. If you want a good synopsis of the story, go with the author's description. She says it far better than I ever could. Once you start reading about Cady, about the near-impossible odds against her and her team of volunteers,  you won't put this story down. When you see them risk everything -- including becoming mega-monsters  themselves and the very real possibility of succumbing to the evil tendencies of those bent on the  annihilation of the human race, and most bizarrely, of their own destruction when the human blood supply  is gone, you will have to keep reading to see how it all turns out. You won't be able to NOT find out. You'll be driven to finish, even if it means staying home from work or  school the next day. It's that compelling. (Please note, I'm not giving you permission to play hooky.  Just sayin'...) What I appreciate most is Cady's innate sense of rightness, of taking definitive action, of seeing through  to the heart of a problem and making split-second decisions. These are her greatest strengths and also her  Achilles' heel. If immersing yourself in an alien landscape and escaping your own world for a couple of days is one of your  guilty pleasures, look no further than "Warpaint." Cady 'finds' her own warpaint. May you find yours as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great follow up.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another fast paced Science Fiction adventure from Holly Lisle. Although I enjoyed reading this book I don't think I would have liked it quite so much if I hadn't read Hunting the Corrigan's Blood first. There are some great new characters in this book, and the surprises in the plot kept me reading to the end.
That_1_Chick More than 1 year ago
I first came across Holly Lisle online when I was seeking information about writing. Before I purchased her nonfiction I wanted to make sure she could write. So, I read Sympathy for the Devil and I loved it. I’ve been a fan ever since. I received an ARC of Warpaint the second book in the series. I’ve not read the Hunting the Corrigan’s Blood, the first book in the series, but I plan on changing that soon. Stories that are set in space aren’t usually my thing, but Holly really made it captivating. Cady starts out with what seems like an easy job that quickly turns into her worst nightmare. She goes to the only friend that knows she’s still alive for help and makes some new friends to help her on her quest to save all of the people in settled space. Cady and a small group of volunteers take the weight of the universe on their shoulders by doing something she never in a million years would have thought she’d do voluntarily. It was a wonderfully executed plot. The book had so many twists and turns I didn’t want to put it down. Holly adds an interesting twist to an old concept with the Legends. I really sympathized with Cady. You watch her struggle and grow throughout the book. Cady is a really strong woman that will do whatever it takes to do what she thinks is right. I only have two things that bothered me. The first is the moleibond. She went into painstaking detail about moleibond. It was good to know some of the information about it for the story, but I personally thought it was an overkill. The second was Herog. I loved his character. I rarely just love a character right off the bat, but he was fascinating from the start. I just kept waiting for him to play more of a love interest for Cady. I know that she’s still grieving, but it seemed, to me at least, that it was leaning in that direction. Maybe there’s hope for that in the next book. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes a good story. Holly Lisle’s Warpaint will help you find your own warpaint or at least an emergency cookie, if you’re lucky maybe both.
rascal26 More than 1 year ago
Wow! What a ride! As good or better than Hunting the Corrigan's Blood! Compelling characters, complex plot, well-thought-out logic. Very much looking forward to the rest of the series!
ettedualc More than 1 year ago
A must for sci-fi readers: Cadence Drake’s back in Warpaint!  by Claudette J. Young This is a book review from: Warpaint: A Cadence Drake Novel (volume 2) (Paperback) This heroine of the star lanes has started along the war trail, painted and ready to face the enemy. With her stand four souls who’ve seen the worst that humanity can hand out, and they’ve come out swinging to save that very humanity from a fate beyond death—an immortality that feeds on death. Holly Lisle’s Hunting the Corrigan’s Blood left the reader knowing that Cadence had sworn vengeance on the Legends. One would never anticipate that for her to fight and succeed, Cady would have to become worse than vengeful. She had to become her worst enemy. Lisle packed enough twists and nuances into this 452 page wonder with greater understanding of the human condition than most writers will ever be able to emulate. The subtleness of backstory and foreshadowing slip by unnoticed until the last second when the reader has that “Ah-ha” moment as the fragments all come together. Misdirection, nuance, and mastery bring the reader into the story with Cady, Herog, Wire, Bluejay, and Tarko, never letting go until that last paragraph that whispers hints of things that might come to light, or might fade into the darkness. This rousing tale of human kind’s ambitions, compassion, and motives takes monsters, makes them into Legends, and then works to destroy those Legends that mindlessly strive to destroy all decency in the universe. Lisle proves her mastery in the spaces between the words where imagination and the mind’s eye reside. Any reader who wants and needs adventure that hangs on the edge of destruction and salvation will not be disappointed in this multi-layered look into a future grown from the past. Disclosure: This review was from an advance PDF copy of the paperback.
GregMiranda More than 1 year ago
Read with Cookies! I received an advanced review copy a few days before the book came out and I wasn't disappointed. Warpaint was a great follow up to Hunting the Corrigan's Blood. Warpaint is a science fiction novel that takes place in a well thought out and constructed universe. While it is a second book in the Cadence Drake series, it really does stand on its own. I already loved the main character, Cadence Drake, coming into this book and I wasn't disappointed. Cadence is in a fight, not only for her life, but to save humanity. This time, she has some unlikely help, and she could use all the help she can get. I have two suggestions, first, buy this book, even if you haven't read the first one. My second suggestion, read this with cookies, you'll thank me later.
Meg-Cameron More than 1 year ago
I was one of those honored to receive an advance copy, and probably not the only one to sit up late into the night, not being able to go to bed until I at least 'finish this chapter', which would quickly turn into another chapter, and then another. Put simply, it's one of the most page-turning books I've ever read. So make sure your schedule is cleared when you pick it up, because you won't want to leave Cady in the middle of a fascinating conversation or life-threatening situation just because your phone rang. I'm not usually a fan of sci-fi. I am extremely wary of anything containing any form of vampire. But Holly Lisle weaves a story so compelling and draws characters so real that all my misgivings were quickly cast aside. These are vampires that are really, actually terrifying. Sci-fi fascinating and easily understandable even for those who are not fans of the genre. And most of all, characters that you can't help but care about, no matter how minor they are, and a main character whose spirit shines through the page. Cady captured my heart; I was a first-time reader of Warpaint, had never read Hunting the Corrigan's Blood, but Warpaint stands on its own with as much grace and determination as its main character. I'll definitely be back for more, and I'd recommend this book to - well, I've already been recommending it to anyone in earshot, but now I'm talking to you, to. Whoever reads this: Warpaint is worth your time. Suitable for pretty much anyone over 13 with interest in a fast-paced adventure beautifully told, Warpaint is a cut above, an incredible story. And Cadence Drake is quite a heroine.
Dooginator1953 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed her first novel in this series, Hunting The Corrigan's Blood. This sequel starts out with a bang and keeps on going like a chain of Chinese New Year firecrackers! There are some lulls but the smoke barely clears before the story takes off again with explosion after explosion... either spacecraft battles or battles of wit this book will keep you turning pages. Just remember to breath. I am a huge fan of Holly's work; fiction and non, that though her writing may not win a Pulitzer for elegance, her style is all her own and she is one fine storyteller. I love heroic stories and Holly delivers them with the best. Cady is a hero I can full relate to, a rich character dealing with deep internal conflicts while fending off intense external conflicts. For those who might not regularly read Sci-Fi, this story goes beyond genre and its true focus in on the characters and their interaction to the chaos going on around them. This is as much a romance novel as it is an action novel, an adventure, a thriller with plenty of drama. So, don't let the cover or the Sci-Fi tags dissuade you from purchasing this book. It is high-adventure at its finest.