The Forbidden

Vampire Huntress Legends

L. A. Banks

St. Martin's Griffin



Trade Paperback

480 Pages


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In this fifth volume of Banks' popular Vampire Huntress series, the black-widow assassin Lilith has arrived from the seventh level of Hell to set affairs in order. An evil force beyond recognition, she brings all men to their knees. Granted both the power and authority to open the portals of Hell, Lilith has but one goal: wipe out Damali and the Guardian squad.


Praise for The Forbidden

"I highly recommend L. A. Banks' Vampire Huntress Series for use in courses ranging from high school to college. I have used this series as recommended reading for my graduate students in Women's Studies and they cannot stop talking about these works. Banks' writing is smart, poignant, and engaging. Students aren't able to put the books down. Each novel in the series brims with social critique and commentary. Banks is a perceptive writer who provides a wonderful critique of societal issues, from the impact of drugs to self-responsibility and self-reliance to the choices we all make in life. Students who engage in the work of L. A. Banks will leave the classroom with sharper critical thinking skills and a newfound joy of reading."—Gwendolyn D. Pough, Associate Professor of Women's Studies and Writing, Syracuse University, and author of Check It While I Wreck It: Black Womanhood, Hip-Hop Culture, and the Public Sphere
"Banks’s writing is lush and detailed, fully bringing her characters to life (or unlife), weaving a complex world of Good vs. Evil with its own intricate hierarchy . . . the story is so compelling . . . the whole series must be read."—Fangoria Magazine
"Part of banks' thrilling and successful Vampire Huntress series . . . Each book in this nine-part series get harder and harder to put down. this fifth entry features amazing imagination and a story that is touching and packed with drama from beginning to end."—Robin Taylor, Romantic Times
"Banks has again written an intense story with timeless characters, and has unlocked the doors of her imagination in a way that is unprecedented. Where she takes The Forbidden is phenomenal . . . 5 out of 5 stars."—
"Banks continues to flesh out the multifaceted world Damali and her friends inhabit, making for superior vampire fiction."—Booklist
"Banks spins a head-bendingly complex tale of passion, mythology, war, and love that lasts till the grave—and beyond . . . devoted fans should relish this new chapter in a promising series."—Publishers Weekly (on-line)
"Gripping."—Kirkus Reviews

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Chapter One 
All was still on level seven. A clawed hand held embryonic life within it. Golden green glowing eyes misted over black as they looked up to the vast expanse of nothingness that mimicked a vaulted ceiling. Trembling with anticipation, a shaky finger extended a hooked talon that prodded at the bloody mass of dormant life . . . life that could be molded into its own image. A hissing coo filled with gentle adoration warmed the small cluster of cells, making them glow red and begin to pulse.
“Oh, soon, my son,” a passionate voice whispered. “Very,
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  • L. A. Banks

  • L. A. Banks is the author of the Vampire Huntress Legends series.  She has a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and a master's in fine arts from Temple University.  Banks considers herself a shape-shifter. She has written romance, women's fiction, crime and suspense, and, of course, dark vampire huntress lore.  She lives with her daughter and her dog in an undisclosed lair somewhere in Philadelphia.
  • L. A. Banks
    L. A. Banks