Mar 31, 2010

Angelology - Book Review

by Danielle Trussoni
Viking, March 2010

A young nun named Evangeline stumbles across a letter written to the mother superior of St Rose convent in 1944. it concerns a dangerous and mysterious expedition financed by Mrs. Abigail Rockefeller

Meanwhile Percival Grigori has asked the young scholar Verlaine to find out about the same Mrs Rockefeller and any connection she may have had St Rose Convent in NY.

Percival is one of the Nephilim, descendants of the Watchers, fallen angels who defied God and took human wives. While the Watchers were cast into a pit of darkness their offspring, throughout the centuries, walked the earth waging a war against humanity by instigating conflicts and taking control of earthly affairs through breeding with the most influential families.

One secret group of humans, the Angelologists, actively fight these creatures who, at their purist, have a physical beauty that echoes their angel ancestry.  Their vicious nature belies that beauty. It should come as no surprise that the Nephilim were instrumental in the rise of Nazism. Yet it was during the second world war that the expedition payed for by Mrs Rockerfeller led to the finding of an instrument that could end the struggle against this evil.

When Trussoni concentrates her attention on the angelologists and the mysteries they have uncovered about the fallen as well as the dangers they must face to unearth these findings, she is at her best. Her richly imagined history of the Watchers and Nephilim is riveting. Although readers of Urban Fantasy will not be strangers to the concept of fallen angels and their progeny, I cannot think of another novel that goes into the depth of their history and its consequences.

The ending of of Angelology leaves no doubt there will be a sequel. My hope is that the author will revisit the Watchers who were last seen pleading for their freedom.

I have some quibbles about certain scenarios, but they are minor and I enjoyed this book tremendously. I stayed up late many nights, fighting sleep because I had to know what happened next.

Patricia Altner March 2010

[Dear FTC, This book was sent to me by the publisher]

Dracula's Guest: And Other Victorian Vampire Stories - Book Review

Dracula's Guest: And Other Victorian Vampire Stories. Edited by Michael Sims. Walker & Company (June 22, 2010)

Michael Sims, the editor of this excellent collection, gathers stories of the undead from throughout Europe and written in what he loosely terms the Victorian era. Queen Victoria reigned from 1837 - 1901, but the range of these published tales is a bit wide of that mark.

Sims' entertaining introduction tells of themes and images that occur within this collection. These blood suckers were predators who could be turned away by Christian symbols, garlic, and little else. Do not expect sparkling  vampires or romantic heroes agonizing over their soulless state. As for Ann Rice's haughty Lestat, he wouldn't be caught dead with these creatures.

"In this book you will find memorably chilling moments such as these: a literal race  against death in which a man on horseback tries to escape from a terrifying child vampire and the rest of its family; a teenage girl's horrified realization of the nature of her adoring new friend; and a man who abandons his wife because he has brought her sister's corpse back to some semblance of life. If you think of the Victorians as waistcoated prudes with BBC accents, you're in for a shock."

For our ancestors living in earlier centuries there would be found a plenitude of corpses. Many graveyards gave up their dead because of overpopulation, too many bodies in a single grave, and a high water table. Bodies in all states of decay surfaced. No wonder the living were obsessed with the dead.

For high atmosphere nothing compares to writers of the nineteenth century. The anthology is arranged to show how vampire tales and myths evolved. The last story is Dracula's Guest by Bram Stoker and the first is They Opened the Graves.

The story selection has three divisions: The Roots; The Tree; The Fruit. Each story is prefaced by a brief literary biography of the author.


They Opened the Graves by Jean-Baptiste de Boyer, Marquis d'Argens (1703-1771)
Dead Persons in Hungary by Antoine Augustin Calmet (1672-1757)
The End of My Journey by George Gordon, Lord Byron (1788-1824)
The Vampyre by John Polidori (1795-1821)
Wake Not the Dead attributed to Johann Ludwig Tieck (1773-1853)
The Deathly Lover by Theophile Gautier (1811-1872)


The Family of the Vourdalak by Alexksei Tolstoy (1817-1875)
Varney the Vampyre by James Malcolm Rymer (1814-1884)
What Was It? by Fitz-James O'Brien (1826?-1862)
The Mysterious Stranger by Anonymous
A Mystery of the Campagna by Anne Crawford (1846 -?)
Death and Burial - Vampires and Were-Wolves by Emily Gerard (1849-1905)
Let Loose by Mary Cholmondeley (1859-1925)
A True Story of a Vampire by Eric, Count Stenbock (1860-1895)
Good Lady Ducayne by Mary Elizabeth Braddon (1835-1915)
And the Creature Came In by Augustus Hare (1834-1903)
The Tomb of Sarah by F. G Loring (1869-1951)
The Vampire Maid by Hume Nisbet (1849-1923)


Luella Miller by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman (1852-1930)
Count Magnus by M. R. James (1862-1936)
Alymer Vance and the Vampire by Alice and Claude Askew (Jane de Courcy,
         1874-1917, and Arthur Cary, 1866-1917)
Dracula's Guest by Bram Stoker (1847-1912)

Mar 29, 2010

Author Michele Hauf - Guest Blog and Contest

Please welcome Michele Hauf, prolific author of vampire and paranormal romances and the editor of VampChix. She gives us the inside scoop on Creed, the luscious hero of her new novel. Michele will be around today, Monday March 29, to converse with readers. Ask her a question today and get an extra chance in Michele's contest. See details at end of post.   This contest has ended.

Writing the Hero

Thanks to Patricia for having me at her blog today!  HER VAMPIRE HUSBAND is in bookstores now, and the related novella, 'Vampire's Tango' is available at your favorite online electronic book retailer.

I thought I'd chat a bit about the hero of Her Vamp today.  Creed was in my brain a long time before I started the story.  I knew he was handsome (of course), sexy (naturally), probably almost a thousand years old, and French.  But I can't really start writing a story until I can put an image of the hero in my brain, or rather, on my desktop.

So I scanned through my file of faces (actors, models, pictures I've ripped out from magazines) for the perfect fit for Creed, and came up with this guy.  Perfect.  He's got this great seasoned look about him that says 'I've been around a bit, but I'm still gonna rock your world if you take a chance on me'.

Always with the hero it's a challenge to figure them out.  What kind of life has he led to shape him into the man he is today?  Creed is an elder vampire, which means he was around before the Protection spell was put on witch's blood to make it poisonous to vampires.  That happened around the year 1200.  So yeah, the dude is old.  But he's seen history, lived it, and currently is the leader of the vampire tribe Nava.

He may seem set in his ways, but he is hungry to learn and experience.  And he is impeccable with his word.  When this guy vows to protect the heroine, he means it.  It harks back to his serving in medieval wars against the werewolves.  I love a man with a big sword, so I gave him one: Wolfsbane.  Yep, guys name their swords.  Wolfsbane has cut down hundreds of werewolves over the centuries, but in this story Creed is faced with the challenge of seeing beyond age-old prejudices.  He'll need a strong heroine to help him change, and I gave him one in Blu Masterson.

Read the first chapter of HER VAMPIRE HUSBAND
Read the first chapter of Vampire's Tango

I'd like to give away a copy of THE HIGHWAYMAN and MOON KISSED to one commenter today.  Tell me what you find heroic in a man!

PVN: Many thanks,  Michele, for visiting PVN and discussing your vampire hero! Having read HER VAMPIRE HUSBAND, I can vouch for the fact that Creed really is one sexy dude!


Michele is offering a copy of THE HIGHWAYMAN and MOON KISSED to one commenter. Contest is limited to US residents only.

*Respond: Tell Michele what you find heroic in a man!   One chance

*Ask Michele a question (March 29 only)    One chance

You may also:

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Michele will be checking by throughout today (March 29), but contest will run until April, 1.

This contest has ended.

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Mar 28, 2010

This Week on PVN (March 28, 2010) [updated]

On Monday March 29 PVN welcomes Michele Hauf author of Her Vampire Husband
Michele is offering a copy  THE HIGHWAYMAN and MOON KISSED to one US commenter.

Friday April 2 Jessica Lee author of Dark Desires at Midnight, March 30, Loose ID
visits PVN and will offer a $10 Amazon e-gift card and a copy of Dark Desires to one commenter. Contest is international.

This Tuesday March 30 the contest will end for an ebook copy of Magic University Book Two: The Tower and the Tears or Magic University Book One: The Siren and the Sword (winners choice) by Cecilia Tan  Read her post and find contest details here.

The contest for And Falling Fly by Skyler White has ended. The US/Canada winner is angel28140; the international winner is Aik

The contest for Vintage Soul by David Niall Wilson has ended. The winner is BookFreak. Two other winners Anther_Daydreamer and dsandyboy have each won a copy of the ebook This Is My Blood.

Mar 26, 2010

New Vampire releases for March 2010

There are some excellent vampire titles out this month, several by popular authors like - Angela Knight, Mario Acevedo, Christopher Moore, and Kerrelyn Sparks, just to name a few.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
by Seth Grahame-Smith
Grand Central Publishing; First Edition edition (March 2, 2010)

From the Publisher: Indiana, 1818. Moonlight falls through the dense woods that surround a one-room cabin, where a nine-year-old Abraham Lincoln kneels at his suffering mother's bedside. She's been stricken with something the old-timers call "Milk Sickness."

"My baby boy..." she whispers before dying.

Only later will the grieving Abe learn that his mother's fatal affliction was actually the work of a vampire.

When the truth becomes known to young Lincoln, he writes in his journal, "henceforth my life shall be one of rigorous study and devotion. I shall become a master of mind and body. And this mastery shall have but one purpose..." Gifted with his legendary height, strength, and skill with an ax, Abe sets out on a path of vengeance that will lead him all the way to the White House.

While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

Using the journal as his guide and writing in the grand biographical style of Doris Kearns Goodwin and David McCullough, Seth has reconstructed the true life story of our greatest president for the first time-all while revealing the hidden history behind the Civil War and uncovering the role vampires played in the birth, growth, and near-death of our nation.

And Falling, Fly
by Skyler White
Berkley Trade; 1 edition (March 2, 2010)

From the publisher: In a dark and seedy underground of burned-out rock stars and angels-turned- vampires, a revolutionary neuroscientist and a fallen angel must put medicine against mythology in an attempt to erase their tortured pasts...but at what price?

Olivia, vampire and fallen angel of desire, is hopeless...and damned. Since the fall from Eden, she has hungered for love, but fed only on desire. Dominic O'Shaughnessy is a neuroscientist plagued by impossible visions. When his research and her despair collide at L'Otel Mathillide-a subterranean hell of beauty, demons, and dreams-rationalist and angel unite in a clash of desire and damnation that threatens to destroy them both.

In this fractures Hotel of the Damned, Olivia and Dominic discover the only force consistent in their opposing realities is the deep, erotic gravity between them. Bound to each other finally in a knot of interwoven freedoms, Dominic and Olivia-the vision-touched scientist and the earth-bound angel, reborn and undead-encounter the mystery of love and find it is both fall...and flight.

Bite Me
by Christopher Moore
William Morrow; 1 edition (March 23, 2010)

From the publisher: The city of San Francisco is being stalked by a huge shaved vampyre cat named Chet, and only I, Abby Normal, emergency backup mistress of the Greater Bay Area night, and my manga-haired love monkey, Foo Dog, stand between the ravenous monster and a bloody massacre of the general public.
Whoa. And this is a love story? Yup. 'Cept there's no whining. See, while some lovers were born to run, Jody and Tommy were born to bite. Well, reborn, that is, now that they're vampires. Good thing theirs is an undying love, since their Goth Girl Friday, Abby Normal, imprisoned them in a bronze statue.

Abby wants to be a bloodsucking fiend, too, but right now she's really busy with other stuff, like breaking in a pair of red vinyl thigh-high Skankenstein® platform boots and wrangling her Ph.D.-candidate boyfriend, Steve (the love monkey). And then there's that vampire cat Chet, who's getting bigger and smarter—and thirstier—by the minute. Abby thought she and Steve could handle the kitty cat on their own, mais non . . .

Before you can say "OMG! WTF?" Tommy and Jody are sprung from captivity, and join forces with Abby, Steve, the frozen-turkey-bowling Safeway crew, the Emperor of San Francisco and his trusty dogs Lazarus and Bummer, Abby's gay Goth friend Jared, and SF's finest Cavuto and Rivera to hunt big cat and save the city. And that's when the fun really begins.

The Bitten Word
NewCon Press (March 26, 2010)

"The Bitten Word is a collection of all-new vampire stories by some of the best known authors in the genre plus some up-and-coming future stars, with front cover art by John Kaiine and back cover art by award-winning artist Les Edwards." from Hellnotes

BLOOD PRESSURE: A Vampire Testament
by Terence Taylor
St. Martin's Griffin; Original edition (March 30, 2010)

From the publisher:
The secret war between vampires and humans escalates and the world will never be the same again…

Christopher Jude Miller – fully grown and still human – has returned to New York to seek answers about his past.  It is there he meets Joie, a young woman connected to his past, and falls into a twisted love triangle. He and Joie also realize that the magical forces that made both their lives possible have unexpected side effects, as they discover that united they have abilities neither knew of before - including the power to cure vampires.

Created after the incidents that brought in the National Guard to contain the vampire zombie plague on the Lower East Side, Clean Slate Global is a covert ops organization formed to rid the world of vampires, run by ex-deputy mayor Jonathan Richmond.  But Richmond unleashes an ancient evil with darker motives.  It plots to use Christopher and Joie’s power to eliminate all vampires from the Earth…with the exception of its own new and improved indestructible army of the undead.

The Dead Travel Fast (Paperback)
Deanna Reborn
Mira (March 1, 2010)

From the publisher:  A husband, a family, a comfortable life: Theodora Lestrange lives in terror of it all.

With a modest inheritance and the three gowns that comprise her entire wardrobe, Theodora leaves Edinburgh—and a disappointed suitor—far behind. She is bound for Rumania, where tales of vampires are still whispered, to visit an old friend and write the book that will bring her true independence.

She arrives at a magnificent, decaying castle in the Carpathians, replete with eccentric inhabitants: the ailing dowager; the troubled steward; her own fearful friend, Cosmina. But all are outstripped in dark glamour by the castle's master, Count Andrei Dragulescu.

Bewildering and bewitching in equal measure, the brooding nobleman ignites Theodora's imagination and awakens passions in her that she can neither deny nor conceal. His allure is superlative, his dominion over the superstitious town, absolute—Theodora may simply be one more person under his sway.

Before her sojourn is ended—or her novel completed—Theodora will have encountered things as strange and terrible as they are seductive. For obsession can prove fatal…and she is in danger of falling prey to more than desire.

Death Blows: The Bloodhound Files By DD Barant
St. Martin's Paperbacks; Original edition (March 30, 2010)

From the publisher:  FBI profiler Jace Valchek was pulled into this parallel realm to hunt for Aristotle Stoker, a human serial killer who preys on vampires and werewolves. Now she works for the National Security Agency of the Unnatural States of America—and her boss is a vampire.

At a bizarre crime scene, Jace finds a bloodsucker murdered by magic, fried to the bone and dressed in the costume of the comic book hero the Flash—a character who isn’t supposed to exist here. Comic books have been outlawed for their powers, including crossover spells like the one that transported Jace to this world. Soon, she’s following a trail of dead bodies into the sinister underworld of black-market comics—where a deranged madman gives new meaning to the term “super-villain”…

The Dhampir
by Angela Knight
Changeling Press, March 2010

From the publisher: Genevieve Drake is a Dhampir -- half vampire, half mortal, born and bred to be the perfect complement to her vampire mate, like those of her family for sixteen generations. Instead, she chose to become a cop. Three months ago she survived a vicious attack by a psychotic ex that left her with psychic scars and a desperate need for a new line of work. Time to rethink her future.

Hunter is tall, dark and handsome -- and very, very powerful. He's also been waiting for Genevieve. She was just sixteen when he had a vision that they'd one day become lovers. He's been biding his time ever since.

But Genevieve's experiences have left her unable to trust any man, even Hunter. If he wants them to have a future, the vampire will have to find a way to banish her ghosts...

Deep In the Woods (Vampire Babylon)
by Chris Marie Green
Ace Trade; Original edition (March 2, 2010)

From the publisher: With the female master of the London Underground in her hands, stuntwoman-turned­ vampire hunter Dawn Madison must fight off her followers, a vicious pack of undead teenage girls who put the vamps Dawn had to deal with in Los Angeles to shame...

Don't Kill The Messenger
by Eileen Rendahl
Berkley Trade; Original edition (March 2, 2010)

From the publisher: The first in a fantastic new paranormal series about a messenger from the supernatural underworld.

Melina Markowitz is a Messenger, a go-between for paranormal forces and supernatural creatures. Problem is, when a girl's a go-between, it's hard not to get caught in the middle...

When ninjas steal an envelope from Melina, her search leads her to a Taoist temple in Old Sacramento, where the priests seem to practice Zen and the art of mayhem. Melina learns from the handsome ER doctor (and vampire) who gave her the envelope that it contained talismans created by the priests to control Chinese vampires, who are attacking gang members to spark a street war.

Although he may look more like a surfer than a cop, Ted Goodnight is dead serious about investigating the surge in gang violence. At every turn he runs into Melina, a very attractive-and very mysterious-young woman. Can Melina enlist his help to battle something he doesn't even believe in without blowing her cover?

EVOLVE: Vampire Stories of the New Undeadedited by Nancy Kilpatrick
Edge Books March 1, 2010

From the publisher: New Vampires have evolved, and they are coming for you! Kelly Armstrong, Tanya Huff and twenty-two other dark fantasy and horror writers come together to re-imagine the future of vampires in this new collection of all-original short fiction – one of the most unusual and original vampire anthologies ever assembled.

EVOLVE includes works by:
Kelley Armstrong, Tanya Huff, Claude Lalumière. Mary E. Choo, Sandra Kasturi, Bradley Somer, Kevin Cockle, Rebecca Bradley, Heather Clitheroe, Colleen Anderson, Sandra Wickham, Rhea Rose, Ronald Hore, Bev Vincent, Jennifer Greylyn, Steve Vernon, Michael Skeet, Kevin Nunn, Victoria Fisher, Rio Youers, Gemma Files, Natasha Beaulieu, Claude Bolduc, and Jerome Stueart.

Hourglass (Evernight Novels) 
by Claudia Gray
HarperTeen; 1 edition (March 9, 2010)

From the publisher: Bianca will risk everything to be with Lucas. After escaping from Evernight Academy, the vampire boarding school where they met, Bianca and Lucas take refuge with Black Cross, a fanatical group of vampire hunters.

Bianca must hide her supernatural heritage or risk certain death at their hands. But when Black Cross captures her friend—the vampire Balthazar—hiding is no longer an option.

Soon, Bianca and Lucas are on the run again, pursued not only by Black Cross, but by the powerful leaders of Evernight. Yet no matter how far they travel, Bianca can't escape her destiny. Bianca has always believed their love could survive anything . . . but can it survive what's to come?

Key to Justice (Gillian Key)
by Talia Gryphon
Ace; Original edition (March 30, 2010)

From the publisher: Psychologist to the paranormal Gillian Key has a new patient. He is a vampire who calls himself Csangal, but he is also a creature hiding his true motives-and his true identity: Dracula.

by Angela Knight
Berkley; Original edition (March 2, 2010)

From the publisher: A beautiful, brilliant chemist, Giada Shepherd is an immortal witch charged with saving the life of Logan MacRoy, the mortal son of a vampire. Passionately attracted to Giada, Logan has no idea that sex would turn him into a vampire. And no, as a killer sets deadly traps for them, the truth must come out, as must a weapon they never counted on: love...

The Mage In Black (Sabina Kane)
by Jaye Wells
Orbit; Original edition (March 30, 2010)

From the Publisher: Sabina Kane doesn't have the best track record when it comes to family. After all, her own grandmother, the leader of the vampire race, just tried to kill her. When she arrives in New York to meet the mage side of her family, the reunion takes the fun out of dysfunctional.

On top of that, the Hekate Council wants to use her as a pawn in the brewing war against the vampires. Her mission will take her into the bowels of New York's Black Light district, entangles her in mage politics, and challenges her beliefs about the race she was raised to distrust. And Sabina thought vampires were bloodthirsty. 

Mistress of the Underground (A book in the Secret Vampire Society series)
by Lisa Childs
Silhouette (March 1, 2010)

From the publisher: The exceptional skill to heal supernatural beings is Doctor Benjamin Davison's gift—and his curse. His profession demands secrecy. A secrecy that once cost him his marriage because his wife, Paige, refused to accept his covert life. But even she can't deny the potent passion that continues to draw them together….

The last thing Paige Culver wants in her life is a fresh web of lies. But that's what she finds herself trapped in once she agrees to run the popular nightclub Club Underground. Her quest for the truth reveals that no one in her life is who they seem—not her customers, her ex-husband…not even herself.

But when an evil is unleashed, Paige gets more answers than she bargained for. Now she and Benjamin must reunite to save themselves and their hopes for the future…

Shadowglass Shadowfae Chronicles #2
by Erica Hayes
St. Martin's Griffin; 1 edition (March 2, 2010)

From the publisher: Welcome to a secret world hidden behind shadowy fairy glamour, where thieving spriggans rob you blind, beautiful banshees mesmerize you with their song, big green trolls kick heads at nightclubs and vampire Mafiosi rule the streets. Here a seductive magic mirror lies hidden deep in a demon's lair, with a simple warning: don't stare at the glass...

Ice is a light-fingered fairy who can't resist a look at the powerful mirror. The mirror offers her a chance to achieve everything she's ever dreamed of. But when she pilfers it, she discovers that its power comes with a price: the mirror is a gateway to obsession and madness...and it will take every trick in her arsenal just to survive.

Sunrise in a Garden of Love and Evil
by Barbara Monajem
Dorcheseter, March 30, 2010

From the publisher: Dark secrets abound in the town of Bayou Gavotte, Louisiana, from blackmail to fetish clubs to murder, and when blood-and-love starved vampire Ophelia Beliveau calls in the police to scare away whoever is desecrating her garden, Detective Gideon O'Toole unearths more than he ever dreamed... 

The Vampire Hunters
by Scott M Barker
e-publication by Shadowfire Press in March 19 2010

From the publisher: Modern day vampire hunters wage a brutal battle against the undead in the nation's capital.

The Vampire and the Virgin (Love at Stake, Book 8)
by Kerrelyn Sparks
Avon; Original edition (March 9, 2010)

From the publisher:
Olivia's packing list:
1. Sunscreen
2. Bathing suit
3. Flip-flops
FBI psychologist Olivia Sotiris was looking for a cool ocean breeze, sand between her toes, and a break from her crazy, chaotic, and sometimes all-too-dangerous life. But when she escaped to the small Greek island of Patmos, all she got were meddling grandmothers trying to marry her off. Can't they see that none of the men around interests her—except Robby MacKay?
Robby's packing list:
1. Synthetic blood
2. More synthetic blood
3. Jogging clothes
(even vamps have to stay in shape!)
Robby needs to cool off, too, since all he can think about is revenge on the Malcontent bloodsuckers who once held him captive—but then he meets Olivia, the beauty with wild curls and a tempting smile. When a deadly criminal from a case back home tracks her down, Robby will have to save her life—along with giving her a first time she'll never forget . . .

Werewolf Smackdown: A Novel
Mario Acevedo (Author)
Eos (March 9, 2010)

From the publisher:
Felix Gomez, Latino vampire detective extraordinaire, tackles a dangerous werewolf cabal in the fifth installment in Mario Acevedo's satirical supernatural series
A sure-to-be-bloody civil war is brewing between rival werewolf factions, and P.I . Felix Gomez will do anything he can to make sure it doesn't explode into a vicious battle that engulfs all creatures, living and dead.

Between that, the sudden reappearance of an ex-girlfriend, and a gang of other vampires trying to take off his head, this is one rumble even a fanged detective extraordinaire may not be able to handle.

Written In BLOOD 
by Theresa M. Moore
Antellus, March 2010

From the publisher: A rich historical fantasy of travel, danger and vampire romance. In 1645 Alexander Corvina persuades his fullblood father Lucien Arkanon to rejoin the world of men after a long period of isolation. They share the dangers of the road as they travel to France one step ahead of the Ottoman Turks.

For a century they serve the kings of France honorably. But in 1789 it is dangerous for a vampire to be mistaken for aristo. Worse, Alexander attracts the special attention of Bernard de Chauvelin, a spy for the Citizens' Brigade. Alexander and Lucien must escape the sharp taste of Madame la Guillotine. But how?