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Written in the Blood

Hardcover, 5/26/15

ISBN 9780316254489

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“Chilling . . . A neo-gothic treat; original, richly imagined, and powerfully told.” —The Guardian (UK) for The String Diaries

See the girl. Leah Wilde is twenty-four, a runaway on a black motorbike, hunting for answers while changing her identity with each new Central European town.

See the man, having come of age in extraordinary suffering and tragedy in nineteenth-century Budapest; witness to horror, to love, to death, and the wrath of a true monster. Izsák still lives in the present day, impossibly middle-aged. He’s driven not only to hunt this immortal evil but to find his daughter, stolen from an Arctic cabin and grown into the thing Izsák has sworn to kill.

See the monster, a beautiful, seemingly young woman who stalks the American West, seeking the young and the strong to feed upon, desperate to return to Europe where her coven calls.

Written in the Blood is the epic thriller of the year, a blazing and dexterous saga spanning generations, and threading the lives of five individuals driven by love, by sacrifice, by hunger and by fear. They seek to save a race—or to extinguish it forever.

Stephen Lloyd Jones studied at Royal Holloway College, University of London and now lives in Surrey with his wife, three young sons, and far too many books. He is the author of The String Diaries.

“Always engaging . . . A blend of grace and gore . . . Fans of TV’s “The Walking Dead” should love Mr. Jones.” —Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“A sprawling, suspenseful and massively engrossing tale . . . It’s a rich story that has the detail and precision of a scholastic study thrust upon the suspense and visual grandeur of a cinematic thriller.” — (4/5 stars)

“An exciting and absorbing tale” —

“Essential reading for devotees of high-end sf . . . Fast-paced . . . Readers are essentially propelled through the book, carried from one character to another, bouncing around from one place in the world to another, completely caught up in the story.” —Booklist (starred)