Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author Laurell K. Hamilton returns with another addictive adventure featuring vampire-hunting heroine Anita Blake, to thrill fans of Charlaine Harris and Anne Rice.
My name is Anita Blake and I have the highest kill count of any vampire executioner in the country. I'm a U.S. Marshal who can raise zombies with the best of them. But ever since master vampire Jean-Claude and I went public with our engagement, all I am to anyone and everyone is Jean-Claude's fiancée.
It's wreaking havoc with my reputation as a hard ass - to some extent. Luckily, in professional circles, I'm still the go-to expert for zombie issues. And right now, the FBI is having one hell of a zombie issue.
Someone is producing zombie porn. I've seen my share of freaky undead fetishes, so this shouldn't bother me. But the women being victimised aren't just mindless, rotting corpses. Their souls are trapped behind their eyes, signalling voodoo of the blackest kind.
It's the sort of case that can leave a mark on a person. And my own soul may not survive unscathed . . .
Twenty-three books into Hamilton's venerable Anita Blake urban fantasy series, Anita remains the poster child for paranormal polyamory. Much of this installment is given over to the convoluted politics both in and out of the bedroom of her extended coterie of friends, lovers, and friends' lovers. While she's engaged to vampire king Jean-Claude, she still has time to consider adding a weretiger to her stable of studs to satisfy a prophecy, look for a female participant for the mega-m nage to make some of the men happy, and beat down anyone who gives her trouble. Meanwhile, she's investigating a case of zombie porn for the FBI, a subplot that feels almost perfunctory given how easily she's distracted by everything and everyone else. Anita's continuing power creep is in full display as she manages to raise an impossibly lifelike zombie, an act that comes with its own worrisome consequences. The combination of soap opera dramatics, sexual politics, and erotic scenarios makes this an entertaining entry in Anita's ongoing journey, though one really needs a diagram of current, former, and potential connections to appreciate the full level of complication. Hamilton knows what keeps her fans happy, and this is bound to please them.
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if you're not reading this series, then you're missing out BIG TIME
Like most, I got to a point where I lost interest in Anita Blake because it was just hundreds of pages of porn with no actual story. I'm back after a break as a loyal fan, and I think LK got the fan message because that's eased off, but I still found this book had literally hundreds of pages that you could literally have ripped out in the middle of the book and not affected the story at all. Too much explaining between characters, and explaining the past, why they do things, why they say things, why they think things, why they have no reason to think things.... It's just drivel. Doesn't aid the story and serves no purpose other than making a chunkier book. Does Lk not have an editor?