Hamilton’s vampire-hunting Anita Blake faces a plethora of foes in her tenth outing.
Just returned to St. Louis after six months away, Anita is still no closer to choosing between her lovers—Jean-Claude, a vampire, and Richard, a werewolf. But she has to rely on both for help after two of the wereleopards that she has been watching are abducted at a seedy club called Narcissus in Chains.
Anita and her boyfriends rescue the wereleopards from the sinister people holding them, but Anita is wounded in the fight and put at risk of becoming a wereleopard herself. Richard angrily captures the wereleopard he believes is responsible and threatens to execute him.
Anita must now rescue that wereleopard from Richard and the werewolves he leads, even as she mourns the apparent end of her relationship with him. Then she realizes that those who kidnapped the first two wereleopards are targeting other lycanthropes. Maybe she will be next.
With plenty of steamy sex and graphic violence, this is engaging reading for vampire cultists.
“I knew from the moment I heard you, the moment I saw the gun and realized that this lovely, petit woman was the executioner, that you would never die waiting for me to save you – that you would save yourself.”
MINOR SPOILERS THROUGHOUT:
Let me start off by saying that I went into this book with an open mind. I have read MANY reviews that say this book is where the series goes downhill and I wanted my opinion to be purely my own. I wanted to give this installment a chance because this series deserves it.
I am a person that will choose character relationship/character development over plot development so this book did not bother me. There is more talking/politics in this book than the previous installments which I enjoyed. I will admit that people who love plot more will most likely not enjoy this book. The plot and the villain didn’t really become a focus until the last 15% of the book and I can see why that would annoy someone that looks forward to the plot/action of this series.
Can I see a major difference in structure between this book and the previous? Yes. But all because a story’s main plot structure changes, that doesn’t mean that the book is bad. It just means that the author wanted to go in a different direction. (Look at the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas . The whole structure and plot format for that series changed in book three and I love the series more for it.)
While I HATE the Richard/Anita plot line, I will admit that I like the drama that their relationship adds to the series. My favorite part of this story was Micah. I am so happy that Anita had some other were animal love interest and I honestly hope that he is Richard’s replacement. I hated Richard going in and his actions during this book only proved that he is not right for Anita. I can only hope that they are broken up for good this time though I doubt it.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. There was plenty of drama and character development which I LOVED. I will be continuing the series with Cerulean Sins . I hope that it is just as good and entertaining as this installment was.