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I was disappointed with this book having quite enjoyed the others. A thin plot (albeit with a good denoument) was padded out with a very bad version of a Mills and Boon romance as Anita wrestled with the competing worries of not wanting premarital sex (initially described as casual sex which is not the same thing) and then worrying about whether she actually wants to marry Richard though she clearly, in a good mood wants sex with him. And of course The Head Vampire gets jealous and interferes as well. This could have worked well but I found Anita's rapid changes of mood just too much of a stretch of the imagination. If this is what she is really like I fail to see why Richard and Jean Claude are so infatuated and advise them both to run for the hills.
Laurell k. Hamilton writes in a style quite unusal to most vampire writers around at the moment I find, she's very direct and cynical about the world and this book is no different to the others in the series. I like the way Anita is direct in most aspects of her life and love the way she finds the girlier elements of life as a woman totally alien! I think a lot of women on a level can relate! Ok not in terms of having a Master vampire trying desperately to seduce her but in the sense of sometimes wanting to slob around in sweats and an old tee and cuddle a penguin! Rather than glam up and impress a man! Her animator role and the police side of her life I feel was a little lacking in this one and its something I've enjoyed in the other books in the series and I hope Hamilton isn't siding with the masses and will make the rest too relationshipy and more like the more popular books of this genre. Have just downloaded bloody bones so we will see how she carries it on, we'll written fiction though and the way vampires lycanthropes and other supernatural beings are accepted as part of society makes this series a great form of escapism! Definitely worth reading.
Well, this is book number four in the series and I'm a little surprised to find I'm actually quite enjoying it. I've got past my overwhelming irritation of Anita's hard nosed wisecracking and the author's obsession with armament and find the books are quite compelling.
This one dealt more with the lycanthropes and pack dynamics, which was quite interesting, and develops the love triangle between Anita, Richard and Jean-Claude, although not a huge amount else really happens except in sort of little pockets of action every now and then throughout the book. The skinning of the naga and the disappearance of the lycanthropes was shoe horned in a tad if I'm honest; seemingly to make room for the love triangle, but I went with the flow and didn't find it a problem really.
My only (small) criticism would be that the books are all very "wordy", if that isn't a contradiction in terms - there's an awful lot of either description or dialogue before anything actually happens. Still, I can accept that that's the style and still find these books a good read. I have ordered numbers five and six which says it all really.
I loved everything about this series of books and just couldn't put them down, fantastically written with stunning and captivating characters, Multi layers of sub plots that are easily followed and wonderful action with romance. A must read for so many reasons. I am sure you will love these books as much as I did
What I like about this book is the page turning suspense this is one of those books that you start reading and can't stop the next thing you know it is three in the morning and you are still reading. There is not anything I don't like about this book. I wold recommend this book to any body who likes dark fantasy with a twist. Tracey hemmings.
I loved these books when I first started reading them as I enjoyed the balance between adult themes and violence but as the series went on it just got more and more about Anita's obsession with sex than her job hunting and taking down bad vamps and supes! Shame really as they started out so well..... Not everyone wants to read a book about a vampire/supe hunter that does more vamps than she kills! If I had wanted to read porn I would have bought accordingly!
Not sure how much more, expensive ebooks and I'm not really enjoying.
Someone is taking shifters. Anita goes on the offensive with Edward whilst Richard stands in his judgemental glory wringing his hands on the sidelines. Oh and Jean-Claude would like a chance to woo her equally!