The Night Inside

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Dependable grad student Ardeth Alexander finds herself trapped in a nightmare as the unwilling blood source for a captive vampire. When she discovers that her fellow prisoner is not the worst monster she faces, she realizes that the only way to survive is to make an irrevocable choice.
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About the author

Nancy Baker is the author of four novels—The Night Inside, Blood and Chrysanthemums, A Terrible Beauty, and Cold Hillside—and Discovering Japan, a collection of short stories.

She lives in Toronto and avoids writing by gardening, making jam, drinking martinis and working in finance.

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ChiZine
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Published on
Apr 15, 2014
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Pages
300
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ISBN
9781771481892
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Horror
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Becoming a vampire was easier than she had ever dreamed.

Ardeth Alexander surrendered her mortal life in a night of despair and desire—initiated into a new existence by the five-hundred-year-old vampire, Dimitri Rozokov.

Living as a vampire was more complicated than she had ever expected.

Fleeing Toronto, Ardeth and Rozokov settle in the tourist town of Banff, Alberta. While she tests her new strength against the mountains by climbing, Rozokov returns to astronomy, the science of his youth. Together they hunt the dark reaches of the park, preying on the animals they find there, upholding an unspoken agreement not to taste human blood.

Yet all their activity cannot disguise their restlessness and soon their fragile happiness is shattered by bitter conflict and inevitable betrayal. Angry and unhappy, Ardeth returns to Toronto to try to recatpure the life she believed she had left behind forever.

Understanding what it means to be a vampire would prove harder than she had ever imagined.

What Ardeth and Rozokov do not know is that they are being hunted. A member of the yakuza, the Japanese underworld, is on their trail, seeking the fulfillment of his most secret ambition.

So is his employer, Sademori Fujiwara—a vampire whose extraordinary history is revealed to Rozokov through his diary. From the seductive nights in the imperial court of the eleventh century to the horror and tragedy of the darkest days of the twentieth, Fujiwara’s story is a tale of poetry and violence, of delight and despair. In his life, Ardeth and Rozokov see the promise of the answers to the questions of love, mortality and morality that have torn them apart.

Fujiwara’s power draws them back together to face those questions again—but the price that they all have to pay for the answers will be higher than any of them expected.

Blood and Chrysanthemums is a tantalizing tale of modern horror, with a twist of Japanese gothic, certain to leave an indelible mark on the imagination.

From the New York Times–bestselling author: A vampire alliance may turn the Thames blood red in “one of the best vampire novels of the decade” (Booklist).
 
After a career in her Majesty’s secret service, James Asher’s quiet London retirement was shattered when the immortal, Don Simon Ysidro, solicited his help, ushering James and his physician wife, Lydia, into the vampire underworld. But now it is Lydia who needs Ysidro’s assistance. Her husband is going it alone on the trail of an Austrian spy who is forging a potentially catastrophic alliance with the undead—a secret coalition that has unwittingly lured James into very mortal danger. Lydia can’t let that happen.
 
She and Ysidro embark on their own pursuit that snakes across the continent from London to Vienna and finally to Constantinople, where an elaborate power struggle between the living and the dead has just begun. It is one that is plunging all of them into the heart of a terrifying conspiracy—with the fate of the entire British Empire at stake.
 
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