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British author Duncan's conclusion to his complex supernatural suspense trilogy (after 2012's Talulla Rising) opens with an arresting sentence: "It's better to kill people at the end of their psychology." In the near future, a population explosion among werewolves has led to immense changes across the world. There are now Web sites devoted to werewolf porn, and the Catholic Church has accepted the reality of werewolves and revealed the existence of an army trained to destroy them. That shift poses an existential threat to lycanthrope Talulla Demetriou, the mother of twins who are also werewolves, but her species' battle to survive the New Inquisition doesn't generate a lot of thrills. In addition, the intricate backstory involving blood feuds between werewolves and vampires will confound many newcomers. Fans of the first two books who have become attached to Tallula and her kin will be satisfied, but others may wonder what the fuss is all about. Agent: Jane Gelfman, Gelfman Schneider Literary Agency. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Talulla should be pleased with her fairy-tale ending from Talulla Rising (2012), and yet she grapples with the nagging tie she feels to Remshi, the 20,000-year-old vampire resurrected in the last installment. The feeling is mutual, with Remshi believing she is the returned spirit of his beloved, Vali. This round, the narrative is divvied up by three: Talulla shares it with Remshi and his human familiar and recently turned vampire companion, Justine. This trio of voices works in sync to craft a tale about the crux of humanity, the role of prophecy, and the eternal question of death. Sure, yes, they are being hunted by various occult organizations; there are plenty of battles, blood, and sexy escapades; but the real treats continues to be Duncan's beautifully twisted way with language and the profound thesis he poses about humanity. Defiant and dramatic to the last, Duncan wraps up his finale with a flourish akin to a film actor staring directly into the camera. Once more, Duncan's elegant, striking prose is the star in his enthralling conclusion to the Last Werewolf trilogy.--Jones, Courtney Copyright 2014 Booklist
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Vampires are hot and werewolves perhaps less so, but this book has lots of both. It's not for the Twilight set-not even close. There is much feeding replete with gore, as well as explicit sex-and if you'd thought werewolf sex might be bestial, well, okay. Two primary narrators among several are Remshi, a 20,000-year-old vampire, and the werewolf Talulla (once known as Vali); they'd had a relationship (and, of course, lots of sex) hundreds of years in the past, before the two species became mutually repugnant. Now, when Remshi reencounters his once beloved, it's time to see if an ancient prophecy about the mixtures of the bloods plays out, ending "the curse." Third in a trilogy (after The Last Werewolf and Tallula Rising) that British novelist Duncan wryly describes as having "lots of sex and violence and philosophy and jokes and love and death. Just the thing for the beach," this title is genre fiction that defies genre, and the eclecticism can be both an incentive to read and an obstacle to reading. VERDICT Horror morphs werewolf-like into literary fiction, and the result manages to be sensational, exciting, and tedious all at the same time. [See Prepub Alert, 8/26/13.]-Robert E. Brown, Oswego, NY (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.