The Bitten

Vampire Huntress Legends

L. A. Banks

St. Martin's Griffin



Trade Paperback

448 Pages



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The vampire civil war has been averted, deadly were-demons have been beaten back, and finally Damali Richards and Carlos Rivera (now a council-level vampire) have the chance to explore their deeper, more sensual love.

But Carlos and Damali should know by now that there is no rest for the saviors of the known world. One of the four topside master vampires has stolen one of the seven keys—the living blood of Christ—that opens the sixth seal as foretold in Revelations. He who possesses the key and the seal can decide to the outcome of the Final War, a.k.a. Armageddon. With a vampire in possession of the holy key, the balance between the Light and the Dark has been shifted. Even Damali is deeply effected: she is now sporting fangs.

In order to retrieve the key, Carlos and Damali are quickly thrust into a web of vampire politics and intrigue. And when Carlos's secret drug, Oblivion, finds its way into the hands of enemies, even the seventh level of Hell comes calling as well.

The Bitten is the fourth installment in Banks' widely acclaimed series of urban vampire thrillers.


Praise for The Bitten

"I highly recommend 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

"At the start of Banks' seductive fourth Vampire Huntress Legend fantasy (after 2004's The Awakening), former crime lord/master vampire Carlos Rivera bites his lover, hot hip-hop artist/gifted slayer Damali Richards, and she bites back. This passionate exchange puts Damali's humanity and the fate of the world at risk. As Damali and Carlos struggle with the implications of their bond, the pair work with Damali's Guardian team to recover a 'key' containing the blood of Christ (extracted from the Shroud of Turin), which another master vampire has hijacked and injected into an unwilling human. The key's spilled blood could open the seal that unleashes Armageddon: 'If he's able to open that seal, then everything you learned in Catholic school about the book of Revelations will go down. All Hell will literally break loose, hombre. You feel me?' To prevent this cataclysm and the sacrifice of an innocent victim, the couple travel to Australia, where they play a high-stakes game with four topside master vampires, with life-changing results . . . [The Bitten] will delight established fans."—Publishers Weekly

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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



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