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Feb 2005 Vampire Huntress Legend (Book 4)

She is a woman who lives between pleasure and pain - the pure, scintillating pleasure of the flesh and the kind of pain that has rocked the world and left it strewn with chaos set to a hip-hop beat. Her name is Damali Richards. And when she makes love to a master vampire, it changes everything in a struggle between good and evil - with the future of humanity hanging in the balance . . . THE BITTEN

In L.A. Banks' astounding new VAMPIRE HUNTRESS novel, an unforgettable scene of seduction touches off a violent race around the world - and into a realm beneath us. For Damali, once a pawn, has been given a new, pulsating power of her own - having been bitten by lover and vampire extraordinaire Carlos Rivera. Between them, they know how high the stakes have risen. A powerful lord of darkness has hijacked a mystical key containing the blood of Christ. And for a world where blood runs like a river, one drop of this blood will be the end . . .

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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  • Paperback: 434 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martins Press-3pl (Feb 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312324081
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312324087
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,099,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The fourth book in the VAMPIRE HUNTRESS series - BLADE meets BUFFY. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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L. A. Banks is an award-winning and NEW YORK TIMES-bestselling author. She has penned more than 35 novels in a wide range of genres and lives in Philadelphia. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 15 Dec 2009
As a teenager, these books were a bit older for me which was great for my state of mind. I found them really easy to get into, and I am currently trying to buy the whole series to read.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Shabazz
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have read loads of vampire novels and began as an avid fan of Feehan and then L. K Hamilton, but the first became trite and the last contrived porn. L A Banks has created characters from a variety of ethnic backgrounds who talk and speak in today's language. They have flaws and they have serious passion but every thing is in context. The Guardians make this a story about family and all the associated emotional mishaps while the concept of Dante's Inferno is absolute genius!
This book should appeal to male and female alike of all races because the story is eternal. Good v Bad with loads of shades of Grey thrown in the mix.
The love scenes are potent but again not blatantly trying to raise ratings. This novel doesn't need that as the story and action does that on their own.
Reading this gave me the same thrill as when I read Vicki Pattersson's Shadows novels.
This book is the first that I have read that gave me real characters and real evil without making me roll my eyes or cringe. I read this book before her others and I am placing an order for her others right now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Neck bitingly good 16 Dec 2006
By Soph
One of the very few books that to me was a constant page turner. I devoured this in one sitting.

Thoroughly enjoyable and the best so far of the LA Banks Vampire Huntress Series.

In this book we see Dami (the main character) acquiring vampirec powers and boy does she use them to full effect.

The world created by Banks is fab, pulling the reader in like water down a parched throat. It comes across magnificently. The characters are full and throughout the books you see them evolve, learning, loving, fighting and downright showing proper human traits.

I wont go into the story of the book or what happens as this is a read i encourage others to take individually. All i can say is that i am pleased with the money i spent. Great book. Good series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deadly oblivion 5 Feb 2005
By The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers - Published on
L.A. Banks has taken THE BITTEN, the fourth book in the Vampire

Huntress series, to another level. A vampire civil war was averted,

but a master vampire stole one of the keys - the living blood of

Christ which opened one of the gates of Hell, causing a fluctuation

in the balance between Light and Dark, affecting Damali Richards,

the vampire huntress. The added horror is that the stolen key can be

used to open the sixth seal as foretold in the book of Revelations.

This would unlock all of the gates of Hell; the sun would turn to

ashes, and the universe would be in perpetual darkness. The need for

a day walker from the union between the vampire huntress and a master

vampire would no longer exist. The owner of the key and the seal

could decide the outcome of the Final War, `the Armageddon'.

Damali and Carlos Rivera, the Council-level master vampire, are ready

to pursue the contradiction of kinetic emotions that flows between

them. Since reaching her twenty-first birthday, Damali is immune

to attacks of vampirism, but that was before the key was stolen.

Carlos is shocked when in the throes of passion, Damali unleashes

the fangs of a master vampire and feeds from him. A tormented Carlos

knows something major has gone wrong. His Damali, the vampire

huntress, is turning. Damali and Carlos' lives become an oxymoron;

she travels the world of darkness as a vampire, and Carlos crosses

prayer lines to plead for her safety. Their love creates a situation

which could prove to be as ill-timed and as deadly as the stolen key.

Desperate to find the key, Carlos masterminds a plan to prevent

further disaster. He elicits the help of Damali's team, and begins

his mission, but at what cost? A confrontation in Hell with the

vampire Council, Damali's death, or his own destruction? Theory and

real world circumstance always produce different results.

L.A. Banks has crested another realm to her writing, as she unleashes

a battle, between the topside master vampires, so intense it alters

the stasis between good versus evil. With the skill of a veteran, Ms.

Banks takes this horrific storyline and evolves it into a classic love

story without losing the power or the intrigue of the world of darkness.

In awe at the depth of this story, and the intensity with which Ms.

Banks approaches this series, I anxiously await book five. THE BITTEN

is not for the faint of spirit; it will cater to those who love to

embrace the forbidden. At one point I was tempted to lower my collar

and offer my neck. Kudos to L.A. Banks for another masterful link in

this arduous chain. Outstanding!

Reviewed by aNN

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Bad Sista comin thru!" 23 Jan 2005
By LaShonda Bates - Published on
This is the best out of the Vampire Huntress Legend series so far. Damali proves that she is a force not to be played with in this book. This book picks up where the last book, "The Hunted" left off, with Damali and Carlos on vacation for 30 days. But Carlos soon discovers that something is wrong with Damali and brings her home early. Once her family discovers what's wrong with her, their first instict is to try and kill Carlos. Once cooler heads prevail they have to work with the priests to find a way to restore the Neteru to her former state.

Meanwhile, Carlos goes to hell and discovers that an important key has been stolen. This key is one of seven and the most important of them all. If it is ever reunited with it's matching seal it can bring about an armagadeon that is fortold in Revelations. It will vanish the sun and allow vampires to walk in the day. The key was discovered by scientist who were playing with forces they knew nothing about. Well, one of the last 4 master vampires left found out about their discovery and crossed Carlos' territory boarders in order to steal the key, which was hidden somewhere in Carlos' territory. So, Carlos has to once again tap dance for the council to get them to back off long enough to find out which master vampire stole the key, recover it, figure out a way to protect his precious Neteru, and save the world.

I loved this book! Chapter 17 will get your head sprung! It was a great read and as usual, L.A. Banks gives us a look into the next book in this series, which is titled "The Forbidden".
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EDGE-OF-YOUR -SEAT THRILLER!!! 18 Jun 2005
By Dana Y. Bowles - Published on
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The sexy and dangerous Carlos Rivera is back in this vampiric thriller--and stronger than ever. Now a council level vamp, he is summoned to Hell to address an immediate crisis; one of the topside master vamps has stolen one of the seven keys--the living blood of Christ. Coupled with the sixth seal, Armageddon begins--as foretold in the book of Revelations--and the one who possesses them both can decide the outcome of the final conflict. Council wants possession of the key--after all, ultimate power of the Dark should belong to them. And of course, the Light wants the key also--to ward off the final conflict and to swing the balance of power back to the Light. Worse yet, Rivera's love Damali--also a Neteru, the vampire huntress--has possibly received one bite too many from her dark lover and is now dropping fang. Carlos promises Council that he will find the key for them...and of course, deliver the esteemed "package," Damali. To do so, Rivera must best all four very old, topside master vamps. He has also bargained with the Light to assist them in finding the same. But Rivera's love for Damali may be his undoing...transcends Heaven and Hell....and rather than risk her life and soul, he would rather deliver the world to the Dark side.....

With plenty of action, politics, and sultry drama, L.A. Banks delivers another winner as the saga continues...the struggle between good and evil, Light and Dark...and all readers will be rooting for the love between Damali and Carlos to prevail above all.

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It! 19 May 2005
By P. White - Published on
The Bitten was the first book I read in, "A Vampire Huntress Legend Series". It was a true page turner! L. A. Banks truely knows how to make a scene come alive off the pages! I couldn't put the book down! You can't help but become vested in each of the main characters outlined in her story. The characters are well developed and exhibit heroic attributes. Also, the plot and sub-plots are logically written.

In my opinion, L. A. Banks is a word guru and I love the way her characters drop wisdom on the reader. I highly recommend "The Bitten" to anyone whose looking for a book that is action packed, sensually satisfying, and thoroughly entertaining!

I can't wait to read the next book in this series!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Baby girl has done it again! 22 Feb 2005
By Girl Friday Reader - Published on
Regardless of the sometimes belief stretching antics of vampires, Banks has done it again! But you can't say that she hasn't taken the vampire lore and made it her own. What I love about this series is how it is truly set in a world of good vs. evil as opposed to the usual snarky, witty dialogue and action of other vampire series'. Damali Richards is the new, badder and black Buffy, Carlos Rivera is the new, sexier and more powerful Angel, whilst the Guardians and the Covenant are a badder Scooby Gang.

The Bitten started off with a bang, twisting our conceptions about Damali's role in the big game, as well as Carlos' role. The group fractured and split, but in the end, became a stronger, more loyal team.

Banks ups the ante on the mythology, action and the sex in this book, and doesn't hold back on the religion part of it--which I appreciate.

And standing in the middle of everything in this series is one thing: Love. Banks uses this powerful emotion as the salvation for this world, and I love it. If there is one series that is a must read for any vampire fiction lover, L.A. Banks' Vampire Huntress series is it.
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