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Laurell K Hamilton has written the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter books well into double figures now, and has a bit of a cult following. These books are a little like Terry Pratchett and James Patterson have got together and hammered out a series of books based on the preternatural. Anita, and the world she lives in, are rather original creations, yet the hurried writting approach detracts from that feeling of individuality and uniqueness in places. Sometimes I read these books and think they shouldn't work, but at the same time I just can't put them down. The Killing Dance is book number six in this series, and definitely one that I didn't especially like and yet could not put down.
The story picks up from where it left off in book number five. The love triangle which occured with Anita, Jean-Claude (a master vampire) and Richard (an alpha werewolf who isn't too keen on violence) is still causing as many problems as ever. But now the guys have to put their differences aside and try to work together a bit - because neither want to lose the love of their life to the mysterious bounty hunter who has put a half a million dollar price tag on Anita's head.
Anita's sometimes friend, psyhopathic bounty hunter Edward, is on the scene to help out too. He was offered the hit on Anita but turned it down because the world wouldn't be as fun without his female match in it. I think the author has somewhat missed the true essence of what it means to be a psychopath in creating Edward, but if you don't dwell on his strange attachment to Anita too much then hopefully this descrepancy won't bother you too much!
A lot is happening in this book, and that's what made it such a compelling read for me. I wasn't that keen on the actual storyline, and some of the smut which cropped up was frankly shocking considering how naive and clean the earlier books were! But the constant twists and turns in our heronine's quest for surivival, and attempts at tracking down the man with the money, made this a book I could not leave alone. It's like a 'who dunnit?' with vampires and werewolves instead of Mrs Peacock and Mr Plum.
If you've been interested and engaged by the series so far, then this is a book that may or may not be worth a read. It's fast-paced and very gripping, despite the flaws in the plots in places. There's some character development, though not a lot, and for that reason this is a book that you could skip if you wanted to and yet still understand the series. I do believe it would have been possible to make a start on book seven without having read this and picked up the plot again rather easily. If you do want to buy a copy, you're looking at paying around £5 or £6 from Amazon or Play.com.
After my darling husband brought me number 14 in the Anita Blake series of vampire books, I am trying desperately to work my way through the earlier ones, he will only say I don't appreciate his gift if I don't read it soon! Men!
The book I will now review is - "The killing Dance by Laurell K Hamilton".
This (as with the others in the series) revolves around the life of Anita Blake, legal vampire executioner, animator (raises the dead), a necromancer (can control all dead things, including vampires!) and general bad ass, and her daily existence, that at present seems to getting smaller as for once the unthinkable has happened.....someone tried to kill her in her own home.
After having a conflab with her executing partner of old, and affectionately nicknamed "Death", Edward has got Anita's back, but soon discovers that someone really wants her, by placing a hit reward of ½ million for Anita...dead, but not alive!
Alongside this, her increasingly awkward relationship between herself and her boyfriend Richard, Alpha of the local werewolf pack and her boyfriend Jean - Claude, the master vampire of the city, she is beginning to wonder whether the hitman might actually be doing her a favour!
Will Anita survive the ever increasing attacks, or will it be her love life that finishes her off..........
After initially starting to read this book, I was worried that it was going to be a "worker", you know the ones that seem to take months to finish, but after the first chapter I surprised myself by flying through it in a couple of days.
As with all the other books I have read in the series, the story is always crammed full of action, plenty of gore and blood, but up until now very little sexual content, though I have inadvertently read one of the books further on in the series, and that was almost porn in places........ok, so I am not complaining, but needless to say it shouldn't be read by youngsters, Twilight this isn't!
This book started off the same, but due to the so-called "ménage a tois", there is a subtle bubbling of sexual tension, under the surface, of which does eventually bubble over!
Alongside the vampire/werewolf love triangle, there is in this book a rival gang of necromancers trying to draw Anita's power from her, this again makes for an interesting read, would all these fantastical creatures find our heroine so alluring if she was just a bog standard killer?
As you may have gathered I find these books titillating to read, and a great way to escape every day life, if not a little gory at times!
The book is well written and fast moving, though not once have I got confused about the main characters, as they are described perfectly, but be aware there is a huge support cast of characters, so though I haven't got confused if I didn't get so absorbed into the books I may well have done!
Price wise this book will set you back £4.98 from www.amazon.co.uk.
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