The second warning is presented like a gift, left where she'd be sure to find it, with "Anita" printed on the box. Inside, carefully wrapped in folds of pristine tissue paper, is a white mask, utterly plain. The fact that it's white, Jean-Claude tells her, is the good news. White means they are only being watched.
The flow of power that connects Anita Blake with Jean-Claude, vampire Master of the City, and with Richard, Ulfric of the werewolves, has been growing and changing, increasing exponentially. Their power seems to have attracted attention, and it's a kind of attention no one would desire. Jean-Claude and Richard need to be strong allies now. Nathaniel and Micah need to give all their love and aid. And Anita will need to call on Edward, whose utterly human ruthlessness in her defense makes him the right man for the job.
Anita Blake has the authority to pass judgment on vampires. The Harlequin have the authority to pass judgment on her. It is forbidden to speak of The Harlequin unless you've been contacted.
And to be contacted by The Harlequin is to be under sentence of death.
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©2007 Laurell K. Hamilton; (P)2007 Brilliance Audio
Like many Anita Blake fans, I am disappointed by Hamiltons apparent fixation on Anita's sex life. At first I thought the ardeur concept was probably just a convenient way to add a few more sex scenes to the books, but I feel like its the only issue addressed in recencent Anita books. The sex scenes go on for chapter after chapter and are followed by long, tedious examinations of Anita's ever increasing sexual appetite. I loved the first 9 books or so in this series and I'm really hoping that the series will improve again
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The last few books seem to be progressively getting worse. What was bugging me in the couple previous books were how Anita seems to either forget the power she has or refuses to use it... Anita is pathetic in this book and the previous book. The questions and how the dialog is stretched across chapters and chapters. I swear, Anita is so stupid sometimes... ARG! things have to be completely spelled out for her in these books. I honestly think some of the book was an after thought. After Laurell finished the book she thought there wasn't enough words so she went back and added an immense amount of USELESS detail. In the past few books, it is too many questions, to many wasted arguments between Anita and the Wolf King, and in between crazy sex with explicit details. I really and in AWE of how many ways Laurell K. Hamilton can describe a sexual encounter. I have no doubt that she is an awesome woman. But holy smokes over, too much is too much. I am struggling wanting to get through this series but overwhelmed with boring dialog because I got the point of the argument 3 chapters ago, hello... And frustrated because Anita is only BAD ASS when death for her and everyone she loves is eminent. The Narrator is great, I don't think I could have read this book myself. And thank God I can set the audio to read at higher speeds, it makes the sex and the boring parts a little more entertaining at Chipmunk speed.
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Better narrator and tighter editing of the text - the basic story is good, the writing is on the fine line of bathos, and it does manage to move the entire series forward, but the narrator took the bad editing over the top, emphasizing the meladrama to what could have been comic porportions if she had managed to slur a little less.
Best: new situtation, adds depth to the series
Ms. Halloway could have taken better care to avoid slurring so much - there were times she sounded like she was recording drunk. She could also have worked to make the writing sound less melodramatic instead of worse.
It's not the scenes; it's the overly verbose writing. You don't need three paragraphs to describe an emotion, not when the paragraphs damn near cover pages. You also do not not need six different ways to say a thing is like but unlike something else.
Laurell K Hamilton is in a succubus rut with Anita. I loved her earlier books but find the new ones boring. She needs to get back to the old Anita and get rid of the succubus.
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I would not put a friend through this. This is the 15th book in the Anita Blake series and the story is shallow and repetitive. It just seems like Laurell K. Hamilton is complacent at this point or is struggling to figure out where this series is going. Honestly, I'm just powering through these last few in order to get back to the Anita Blake from the original few books. Other reviewers have said it's coming, so I hold out hope--partly because I've already come this far.
It seems like there's no planning in this. She just writes whatever is coming to her brain and submits it. If she did that in the beginning of the series (Guilty Pleasures to Blue Moon) then she needs to get back to that frame of mind. Sex, arguing, sex, Richard yelling, sex and the last three chapters are dedicated to the villain of the story. That's been the process for the last 5 books.
I miss Kimberly Alexis. She had the hard edge in her voice that made Anita Blake real to me. I think it was a mistake for Brilliant Audio to change that and have Cynthia Holloway do her voice. Cynthia has a sexier voice, softer with subtle husky tones that work for this sex-crazed storyline, but it's not the Anita from Guilty Pleasures.
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I dislike the new narrator and want the old one back.
with out the previous books that are missing from audible in this series, the jump to book 15 is confusing and ruined by the change in narration.
Jean Claude does not sound the same. Anita's voice has more sexuality in it then in the previous books.
The whole storyline was great
I listen to my audio books at night. It seems to be better with no distractions around ou.
This feels more like an Anita book than the last one. I love that Edward is back, all the men are involved in the latest crisis and there are actual bad guys that need to be stopped. I am getting a bit tired of dolf and I am over Richard and his lameness. Replace him with Jason in the triumverant and move on. He is weak and annoying. I am surprised that yet again there is no zombie raising but there can only be so much in one book I guess. Oh, and I am so disappointed in the brillance recording, the bad intro music it just odd. Can all the audio book recorders just leave out the music or pick something simple?
The narrator on this one takes a little getting used to, does not get into character very well but is over all okay.
"loved it chillingly good"
Loved listening to this book. I have read the book but wanted to try a audio book and loved Anitas voice it is just as i imagined it and quiet a few places gave me chills which i did not get from reading the book. Jean claude speaking straight to Anitas mind for one. Cant wait to get more now. Hopeing they eventually put the whole series on audible.
the anita blake books are some off the best in the vampire sub genre a must for any one in to this kind of thing and this is very well read but where are the rest audible ?
"Quite simply a fantastic book!"
I've read the whole series and love the audio books that have been put onto Audible, have requested they stock up from book 1.
The most memorable part is the awkward moment when Raphael approaches Anita and Jean Claude to become one of the lovers. You can almost feel Richard's anger.
Cynthia Holloway doesn't try too hard to make all the characters sound different, which is very refreshing.
I didn't want to turn the book off at any point.
The Anita Blake books are my absolute favourite vampire books. Loving the politics, the steam (from about book 10 onwards) and the overall style of writing from Laurell.
"the harlequin....scary dudes!"
well what can i say....i would not want the harlequin after me if they can mess with the most powerful of vamps....i liked this book because there was a proper story and although there was still a lot of feelings and sex it felt like it was leading somewhere. richard is seriously getting on my nerves now though....either accept what you are or leave and stop making everyone's life miserable.....i mean get a grip it's your own fault you're a lycanthrope anyway mate! sorry sidetracked there haha. all in all a great book and the narrator has got the voices almost exactly as i would imagine them. excellent.
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