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I've found this series to be a bit hit and miss in places, but I do like the overall concept and the general style of writing, so I've stuck with it. I'm glad I have when it comes to getting to read books like this! This is the fifth book in the Anita Blake vampire hunter series, and it retails for around £5 from Amazon and Play.com. Although there are sufficient explanations in the book for a newcomer to the series to roughly understand what's going on, I would really say that you're best off reading these books in order to properly appreciate them.
In Bloody Bones, we're introduced to a new depth of darkness with strange mystical entities which hold more power than Anita's ever dealt with before. Along with having to face their power, she really starts to come into her own in this book. She realises that she's not just good at raising zombies, but almost a preternatural creature in her own right.
Anita has been called in by a wealthy client to settle a dispute over land ownership. She's jetted up into the mountains to raise some very old zombies from a mass grave, to sort out once and for all who the land belongs to. On the surface the storyline is sufficient to lead us into all kinds of sub-plots, but what I really liked about this book is that it went one step further. Towards the end of the book, this plot (and several others) were turned upside down. Everything Anita thought she'd believed was challenged, and us readers felt the same. We'd all been had, and I liked that it helped us readers to feel really involved with the characters by sharing their emotions.
The introduction of fae in this book is interesting, as it adds a lot more depth to the already unusual universe in which these books are set. Often books like these deal with just vampires, or maybe vampires and werewolves, but the author here has managed to add pretty much every supernatural creature you've ever heard of into these books - and in this particularl one there's even the mention of one or two I've never heard of before.
I liked that the gore and guts took Anita to a slightly darker level in this book, as it's where her character really starts to get depth. She's seen and felt too much in her previous adventures to retain that naivety and innocent which she started out with. I also like that addition of Larry, her new sidekick, and the way he brings yet another perspective to the story as it progresses.
All in all this is a book that I thoroughly enjoyed and found hard to put down. Some of the books in the series have left me feeling a bit ambiguous about whether or not I want to continue reading these books, but this one really spurred me onto getting my hands on the next in line. Highly recommended to all sci-fi/gothic fantasy fans.
After getting really stuck into my reading recently, I have managed to work my way through another of my beloved vampire books!
The book I will now review is - "Bloody Bones by Laurell K Hamilton"
This book starts off where the previous book ended, so this review will contain spoilers for the previous books, though not as many as some follow on books, with the books in this series containing all the same characters but with completely separate storylines.
This book, as with the previous books, centres around Anita Blake, not so affectionately known by most supernatural beings as "the executioner", as she has the highest record of legal vampire killings, though the unofficial ones are beginning to get as many!
Along with this title she is also an animator, thus meaning she can raise the dead, this is useful for contested wills and such like, but after recent events she has also discovered her penchant for necromancy, this means that she can raise and control all dead, not just humans, making her incredibly powerful and sort after, though due to a loop hole in the law, she is not allowed to call herself an officer, rather having to depend on her police colleagues.
Her day job, or I should say night job is the raising the dead part, so she has been called to solve a dispute concerning a plot of land that has been brought by a developer to have luxury houses built upon it, but due to the previous owner now stating that some of his descendents are buried there, Anita is called into answer this question once and for all.
Alongside this Anita is the local expert on all things preternatural, meaning any murder that happens and is deemed as not being committed by a human means automatic call up of Anita by the "spook squad".
As the case surrounding the land dispute begins, three boys bodies are discovered a few miles from where Anita is, so she gets called out straight away, at the same time a young girls body is discovered in her be, drained of blood.
Will Anita solve the case of the land, and will she be able to help the police solve the ever increasing body count........
As with previous books I have read in this series, it is getting increasingly hard to give a detailed synopsis of the book due to the incredible amount of detail and storyline involved within the book.
The story seems to be split into three different storylines that seem to overlap and intermingle towards the end of the book, though until that point the storylines are completely separate with only Anita being the connecting character.
This book was a relatively good read, but due to one of the supernatural characters being a self confessed "lover of children" this made this book quite unpleasant at times, although there are never any details but more interpretations of what might be happening to a young man that actually looks younger than he his, rather than actually being a child, this still didn't make this any easier to read, though the reactions of the rest of the characters in this particular storyline reacted just as you would expect, making this fictitious storyline seem slightly more realistic, if that is possible!
As with the previous books there is little sexual content to read about, though of course the storyline surrounding the paedophilia leaves a bad feeling behind, there is no actual detail, there is an incredible amount of gore and horror meaning this book should be read by adults only.
Price wise this book is available from www.amazon.co.uk for the sum of £4.98 plus P&P.
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This is a quite good read, but if you are like me and don't really relish reading about crimes towards children you could safely miss this book out going straight onto the next in the series, without missing to much of the series.
Thanks for reading x