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Burnt Offerings is the seventh book in the popular Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K Hamilton. It's available for just under £5 from Amazon and Play.com, though beware that if you buy it in store from somewhere like WH Smiths you can expect to pay a ridiculous RRP of £7.99 for a copy. Not saying this isn't a good book, but what good book costs that much several years after it's release and in paperback format? Hmm, preying on the cult addiction thing there Miss Author methinks.
Anyway. This book follows on smoothly from book number six in the series, The Killing Dance. When I'd gotten through that last book, I was starting to wonder where on earth this series was taking me. Where the books started out is a far cry from where they end up, and in particular, Anita's character has seriously changed. In The Killing Dance her character had changed in a way which I just didn't believe, but in Burnt Offerings I got used to her new identity. I guess it's like they'd bought in a new actor to play her, and I just needed a bit of time to forget the old one.
The story goes that the dreaded vampire council are in town, and it isn't just Anita who is scared. Jean-Claude puts on a brave front from the beginning, and keeps his calm throughout (as we have come to expect Mr Smooth Master of the City vampire from previous books), but we do see a new depth to him in this book, in that he becomes much more aware of his ability to feel human emotion and of his own mortality. Vampires don't live forever - just for a very long time.
Richard, Anita's ex-lover (who also happens to be an alpha werewolf) is off sulking and licking his wounds while the danger is encircling his precious pack. It's down to Anita to sort him out and bring him back to his senses, no matter how badly she'd rather stay away. I like the touch of realism to this plot line, as we don't see the pair reconciling exactly, and we don't see Richard miraculously recover from his broken heart either. There are a lot of twists and turns here.
As with all Anita Blake books, everybody comes close to death at some point or another, and at least a few characters have relations in ways that can't possibly be sexy or appealing to any sane human being. There's fear, blood, pursuit and a lot of witty one-liners in the text courtesy of Anita as well. This is the Anita Blake books coming into their own. If you've been unsure up until this point in the series, then this is the book to decide whether or not you'll keeping going.
I really enjoyed this book and felt that it made the previous six books much more worth reading than they had felt at the time. I've since gotten through a couple of further books from the series, and I can definitely say that this is a turning point in the series. Both from the point of view of the characters settling into themselves, and the series as a whole deciding what style it wants to have and what direction it is heading in.
Due to the fact that my library books are due back soon, and also the fact that I am currently trying to work my way through the series of books I have on loan, so I can read number 14 that my darling husband brought me for my birthday, I find myself here writing another vampire book review!
The book I will now review is - "Burnt Offerings by Laurell K Hamilton".
Warning this review will contain spoilers for the previous book!
Alongside her day (night) job of Animator (raising the dead!), Anita Blake vampire executioner, supernatural expert, human servant of master of the city vampire Jean-Claude, one third of an all powerful triumvirate (shared power between herself, her ex-boyfriend Richard, who is a werewolf and Jean Claude) and all round bad ass, she seems to be having a new job role added daily!
After nearly getting killed....again, Anita has a visit from a local fire chief, saying that alongside all the monsters that seems to have come out of the woodwork there is now a new reason to be worried, as a few fires have been started around the city, but these have been attributed to a pyrokinetic, a person who can produce fire at will without use of a flame or accelerant, and without causing any bodily harm to themselves.
Trouble is this "person" seems to be attacking vampires, and by god do they burn easily, not stopping until they are ash!
At any other time Anita wouldn't be too concerned with the welfare of a vampire, but since becoming the lover of Master of the city jean Claude, she is beginning to wonder whether all vampires are the monsters she once thought.
Will she prevent any more deaths to the undead, or will Anita finally have met her match.........
As with the previous books I have read in the series, this one is just as jam packed with storyline and action.
From the offset there is an awful lot of violence in the book, this includes torture, rape and murder and this is only a couple of chapters in!
Unlike any of the previous books not only does it contain graphic violence but also quite sexual scenes, as now part of the "powers" possessed by the afore mentioned characters is sexual based, this of course means that this book is for adults only!
The book is very involved, and unlike the previous one in the series, this one was full on from the start, and only took me a couple of days to finish, though you really do have to concentrate on the story as there are quite a few new characters in this book!
Price wise this book is available for £4.54 plus P&P from www.amazon.co.uk
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This is another fantastic book in the series of Anita Blake vampire hunter books, it is fast paced, detailed, scary, gory, erotic and full of the fantastical, recommended!
Thanks for reading x