The Ghosts of Blood and Innocence by Storm Constantine
The Third Book of the Wraeththu Histories

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Darquiel har Aralis lives among the hidden tribe of Olopade, in ignorance of his identity, and as he grows up, Darq realizes he is different from any other har. After a disastrous attempt to incept his closest friend, he attracts the attention of the mysterious Thiede, and learns that his origins are more astounding than he imagined.
Loki har Aralis is the favoured son of the Tigrons in Immanion, but he too is unaware of his real heritage. When he is kidnapped to the stark realm of Thanatep, he must learn to walk the secret ways between the worlds before he can escape.
The struggle between these two brothers is both powerful and mythic, and brings this cycle of Wraeththu history to a marvelous conclusion.

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About Storm Constantine

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Storm Constantinehas written over twenty books, both fiction and non-fiction and well over fifty short stories. Her novels span several genres, from literary fantasy, to science fiction, to dark fantasy. She is most well known for her Wraeththu trilogy (omnibus edition published by Tor), and is currently at work on a new set of novels set in the world of Wraeththu, beginning withThe Wraiths of Will and Pleasure(Tor, 2003). Wraeththu are magical and sensual hermaphroditic beings, who when their story first began, almost twenty years ago, broke startling new ground in the often staid fantasy/sf genres. Her influences include myth, magic and ancient history and the foibles of human nature. She uses writing and fiction to bridge the gap between mundane reality and the unseen realms of imagination and magic. She strives to awaken perception of these inner realms and the unexplored territory of the human psyche. Aside from writing, Storm runs the Lady of the Flame Iseum, a group affiliated to the Fellowship of Isis, and is known to conduct group members on tours of ancient sites in the English landscape, in her husband's beat up old army Land Rover. She is also a Reiki Master/Teacher, has recently set up her own publishing company, Immanion Press, to publish esoteric books, and teaches creative writing when she gets the time. Neil Gaiman, author of the Sandman series, once said: 'Storm Constantine is a mythmaking, Gothic queen, whose lush tales are compulsive reading. Her stories are poetic, involving, delightful, and depraved. I wouldn't swap her for a dozen Anne Rices!'
 
Published April 1, 2007 by Tor Books. 461 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Constantine succeeds best in his depiction of Darq's childhood, as Darq slowly learns of his uncanny abilities and explores his sexuality with a human female friend (with disastrous results).

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Set in the far future in a complex multiethnic society, Constantine's solid if slow-paced third installment in her Wraeththu fantasy series (after 2004's The Shades of Time and Memory ) focuses on the adventures of two half-brothers, Darquiel and Loki, both sons of the powerful and wise Tigron of...

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This is the final book of the second Wraeththu trilogy, and readers will most definitely benefit from reading the previous books, which have a tendency to be equally densely plotted.

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