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House of Shadows (Volume 1) (edition 2012)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0985483709, Paperback)The Sleeper has awakened, hear the call! Houses, witness the breaking of the seal. To part his flesh, the edge of doom shall fall, And spill his blood, his purpose to reveal. Their origins lie in a distant and almost forgotten past. Though humanity refers to them as vampires, they have long had another name for themselves. The Breed. Since the days of Coloque, the Separation, they have dwelled among us (but not of us), hidden by a protective cloak of ignorance and superstition which has shielded them as their wealth and power have grown. Their society is represented by twelve Great Houses, each a law unto themselves, answering to no one outside of their own familial walls for untold centuries. Those days are no more. For a hidden terror has surfaced, threatening Breed and human alike. One by one the scions of House Ember have vanished, swallowed by a secret and frigid darkness now threatening those Houses which yet remain. And their last hope has lain somnolent for decades within the shimmering clouds of a silver dream. Until now. For the Sleeper has awakened.
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Eugene and his sister, Barb, lived a hardscrabble life. Their father was gone, their mother wasn't the parenting type, and it was up to Eugene to make sure the family got by the best they could. However, when a beautiful woman convinced Eugene that life would be easier as a vampire, or one of the Breed, as they call themselves, Eugene found that "easier" isn't always better. Now, an ancient foe has arisen and threatens the Breed and humans alike, and the two races must work together or face extinction.
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