In her 25th adventure, vampire hunter and necromancer Anita Blake learns that evil is in the eye of the beholder...
Anita has never seen Damian, her vampire servant, in such a state. The rising sun doesn't usher in the peaceful death that he desperately needs. Instead, he's being bombarded with violent nightmares and blood sweats.
And now, with Damian at his most vulnerable, Anita needs him the most. The vampire who created him, who subjected him to centuries of torture, might be losing control, allowing rogue vampires to run wild and break one of their kind's few strict taboos.
Some say love is a great motivator, but hatred gets the job done, too. And when Anita joins forces with her friend Edward to stop the carnage, Damian will be at their side, even if it means traveling back to the land where all his nightmares spring from...a place that couldn't be less welcoming to a vampire, an assassin, and a necromancer.
©2016 Laurell K. Hamilton (P)2016 Penguin Audio
I've been a book-a-holic since the age of 12, but didn't start listening to audio books until 2008, and Jim Dale's Harry Potter hooked me
Kimberly is one of the best readers out there, and many times she was the best part of the book
Anita Blake is one of my all-time favorite characters, but the stories have become so boring to me in the last few years. There has been very little character development, and even the sex scenes are mostly a waste of time, which might be surprising to some considering how much sex is in these books. I used to enjoy them, but that was back when they used to be a smaller part of Anita’s life - lately, all the books feel to me like they are about her relationships and trying to convince everyone else (the reader and other characters in the books) why we should care.I keep coming back to this series because I LOVE the characters, but the writing has been so bad lately that I end up skim reading to get past the boring parts, and it makes me sad. There are still occasional flashes of what drew me in the past - usually scenes involving Edward. Somewhere around “Narcissus in Chains”, LKH took a turn to polyamory that has overwhelmed everything else in the series. Instead of being a kick ass heroine with a great love life, she has a heroine that spends way too much time TALKING about all the relationships ad nauseum.There are several things that drive me crazy about the LKH’s writing, with this book, and also the last few books:1. She keeps reminding everyone of things that happened in prior books, over and over again in each proceeding book (sometimes the same thing several times in the same book). It almost feels like she is writing for someone who has never read any of the prior books in the series, and she feels she needs to tell everyone’s story over and over again.2. She over explains. I’ve lost count in this book of how many conversations contain a different way of saying “I don’t understand”, or “what did you mean by that” and then going on forever, explaining things that any person who has read a book in the series would get immediately. This has been going on in the series for a while, but this book has overwhelmed with it. I’m only a little past the half way point, and I swear she was paid by the word - it is full of useless filler that goes around in circles for pages and pages, doing nothing to advance the story. What makes me the craziest is that the one who needs things explained to them the most is Anita – how can you have a kick ass heroine who doesn’t understand almost everything and needs it explained to them over and over? You can’t.I will always read Anita’s stories, looking for those bits of gold in the dross. I am always hopeful that the next one will be as good as it was in the past, but I no longer recommend the books to others. There is nothing I love more than sharing the books I love with others, so this makes me sad.
On the bubble about that
Diana Rowland Demon series
action scenes are good
Kimberly Alexis the reader was excellent.
The best way to read/listen to this book is as follows. Read chapters 1 thru 3. STOP. Start again around chapter 35 and finish. If you're in prison with nothing but time on your hands read the missing chapters but I assure you can go without 30 chapters of asinine/copy and paste, wtf he said, then I said and he said we said then the cat said then she said dialog. the editor must be a terrorist out to shatter our minds. I've read every Anita Blake book and this is the worst. The author's muse must have her gas light on and LKH hasn't noticed yet.The action is good (credit given) as long as no one talking.
Enough already! Can't we just get to the heart of the story - the next adventure, where Anita has to meet Edward in Ireland to confront a new big "BAD"? No. We have to endure all the whining and in-fighting for all the lovers and inhabitants of the Circus. It goes on ad nauseam.
We all waited a long time for this book to come out and now you have to wait a long time to get to the actual story while you wade through all the boring crap.
There comes a point in a story where there just isn't a story anymore.... I do believe AB has done everything, been everywhere, slept with everyone, fought everyone & survived, time to put her to rest, seriously LKH Anita is done!
This book was 24 hours of "blah blah blah" , what happen to our tough girl? She's sappy, borning, confused and just plan annoying. Although I prefer an unabridged book, this one could have been cut down to about 12 hours, if LKH just omitted all the repeated statements in the conversation between AB and her lovers....
Narration awesome as always
Weak storyline! Endless rhetoric about nothing. What happen in the first 12 hours of this book should've been trashed.
Characters that were previously neglected gained more depth. every minute masked you want to keep going to find out what's going to happen next.
As a devote follower of all the Anita Blake series, I have found this book is a true 5 star. A reader must rely on previous knowledge of her other complex characters to get the full effect of the emotion of the story. It ties in perfectly to where the one before left off and towards where this takes off. The books from the beginning of the series were perhaps more focused on one or two characters with Anita. This one involves many of her people and yet can still shock you and surprise you. Don't think you can anticipate where and what Anita does in this book. This was perhaps the first one of these novels were I caught myself pulling on my own hair in certain parts. According to my own personal rating system, if it's a hair jerker, it truly ranks as a number #1. I do encourage you to re-read a few books back if you are just coming back to the series because as I said, this books involves many of her friends she has picked up along the way. When I say Chrimson in my title, I mean it as this was a true Chrimson hot read. Please enjoy as I did. The narrators skill for reading is pushed to the test as well and she shines as she always does.
This book was kind of slow for me as far as an Anita Blake book goes. I love this series, hence the good rating, however it was kind of meh at the beginning but got suddenly pretty good at the end. Unlike most LKH fans I really don't mind all the sex. Or all the characters lol it's all the boring talking!!! So much talking about relationships and none of it adds to the story!! Also whatever happened to the background sounds of the old books?? I used to love hearing the gunshots etc. Overall not a terrible read but CERTAINLY not the best in such a wonderful and influential series either. I just wish there was more action and plot or plot twist, hell even more sex if you have to!! Just try to get past all the boring emo relationship whining and you might actually enjoy this one.
Also I used to love K.A as the narrator but now eh she's doing a terrible French accent for Jean Claude and Nathaniel sounds like a baby! Also why does Nicky sound sooo idk surferish??? Idk but I kind of wouldn't mind having C.H back. But hey, that's just my opinion :)
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