There are a lot of monsters in Anita Blake's life. And some of them are human. One such individual is the man she calls Edward, a bounty hunter who specializes in the preternatural. He calls her to help him hunt down the greatest evil she has ever encountered - something that kills and maims and vanishes into the night. Something Anita will have to face alone.
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"Anita's usual supporting cast is missing, and she's taking time out from her complex love life, but there's plenty of bloody action, vampires, werewolves, and Aztec ritual. Plus a lot more about Edward. Fans will find this installment similar to the earlier books in the series, particularly The Laughing Corpse." (Amazon.com review)
"[A] monstrously entertaining read." (Publishers Weekly)
I enjoyed the book...What chapter was missing...? I noticed a gap near the end and I am wondering if that was it? UHH WHERE IS BOOK 10 "NARCISSUS IN CHAINS"??? I had to download an abridged copy elsewhere and I am very unhappy! How can you have 18 of 19 books in the series and miss one right in the middle??? I am praying I survive my abridged version and hoping they find the 10th book!I would STILL order the unabridged version if they ADD IT. Still a happy listener to this series!
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This book teaches us more about Edward, which is good, but there is very little interaction with Jean-Claude or Richard. That is doubly disappointing because audible doesn't offer Narcissus in Chains, the next book and the one after that has a different reader. Enjoy what little of Jean-Claude you get from this one because in Cerulean Sins the reader doesn't do Jean-Claude's accent. One other thing about this book is there seems to be a few tracks or a chapter missing near the end. I was able to follow with out it, but I thought it was strange.
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The series starts with Guilty Pleasures, I highly reccommend that book to start. The series is VERY good from book one until book 10. In the first book I did feel like I had missed something, the characters had met some time ago and there was a history. Despite that after a couple of chapters I really got into the book. The series has ALOT of action and mystery. Book 2 is even better. The series is very dark and often gruesome. The descriptions of the crime scenes can be disturbing but the story telling is so good it is worth it! I often got chills and found the stories could even be scary. If you can handle that you should definately try this series. It is VERY different from anything I have ever read or listened to. There is a little romance and sexual tension that starts in book one and builds over time. After book 10 it takes quite a big turn and there is TONS of very discriptive sex. This book Obsidaian Butterfly is one of the best. It tells more about Edward, one of Anita's friends and there is non stop action. Again, very violent, sometimes I can't believe "it went there", but that is why it is sooo good. YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT, NEVER PREDICTABLE! At some point they change who narrates the books, some of them even have sound effects, growling etc. I still really enjoyed it.
I think this was my favorite Anita story. Anita owed Edward the assassin a favor because she killed one his workers, and in this book Edward called in his marker.
Edward was still masquerading as Ted the Bounty Hunter, and now he was engaged to be married to a widow with 2 kids.
A monster is killing people and skinning them alive, so Edward assembled a team of the best supernatural monster hunters and killers that he knows, in order to find this skin peeling murderer.
This murderer is obviously supernatural but Anita is in danger from a fanatic police officer, Edward's other assassin Olaf, and possibly the monster. But Anita does what Anita does best---hunt and kill the supernatural predator.
This book didn't have Jean Claude or Richard, because Anita had been avoiding them for over 6 months. Anita wanted to figure out who she wanted and she needed space. So this book was a partnership with Edward. It was well written because the audio was 19 hours and I never felt the length. I actually liked "Ted" with Donna, and the kids Becca and Peter. It made the stone cold assassin more humane and he wasn't as scary.
I like that Olaf will be back so that means Edward will be back. I look forward to that.
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I'm a fairly new listener of Anita Blake series (i'm currently on book 10 Narcissus in Chains) and I have to say that this was not as good as the others one were. Overall it was a good book, but I've become so accustomed to the Anita Jean Claude and Richard triangle that not having it in this book kind of set me off. Overall the storyline was good and we got to see a lot more Anita action independent from her growing "new and improved" abilities.
I looooove Kimberly Alexis. I'm saddened to hear that after this book some other person is Narrating. Not sure how exactly I will get accustomed to that change but I guess I won't have a choice. Right now I'm actually reading "Narcissus in Chains" book 10 and it is definitely different and sort of difficult for me. I miss Kimberly's voice because she gives the story life and she manages jumping from character to character so easily and well. I find it difficult to read Jean Claude's parts in Narcissus in Chains because I sort of forget what his voice is like in my head. :(
I'm sick and tired of Anita being so ridiculous sometimes. She needs to cut the crap and just stay with both of them. I hate that she loves Richard and isn't afraid to admit it, but Jean Claude she is always hesitant about. She loves them both, but she is always so weird about her feelings for Jean Claude, it makes me so maaaad!!!!
The most interesting are the tactical gunfights/ scenes. The narrator, Kimberly Alexis brings you to the edge of your seat as she breathes life into LKH's words. Each character having their own 'voice' in a subtle way. The least interesting are the run on sentences Alexis has to read about Anita's thoughts and the personifications and analogies that get beaten like a badly made drum.
I love how she subtly creates character voices and is consistent with them as well as her pronunciation and as accurate as she can be with some of the accents. She doesn't overdo it. Its perfect.
I almost wished I could listen to it all in one sitting. I got audiobooks because I found they kept me awake on the drive home from work. (hour plus commute). I listened on the way in and started dragging my kindle into work, setting it up and listening during points of the day I could. by the time I got home at night, I would sit in the car just to hear another few minutes of the book.
This is the best in the series. I have trusted my fellow readers thus far in this series. I began reading them and decided to try the audiobooks. I am glad this one doesn't have any of the main' character's overly complicated and soap opera-ish love story in it. New characters and settings that let me have faith there is more in LKH's mind than fifty shades of grey meets twilight. ((ive read neither series but thats the best my wit can manage)) I really enjoy the character's but I get tired of LKH's insistence in Anita's ego. We get it, she is bad ass and oh so sexy. I love to hate Anita at times and so LKH is doing exactly what she is supposed to be doing, evoking emotion through her talent. I just wish the conversational filler about how bad ass Anita is would be reduced, leaving room for more descriptions or even more mini-storylines.
Romantic, mysterious with a life of true crime.
This story of Anita was a welcome change from the increasingly familiar story line the past few books had starting dredging into. Finally, the readers to get to learn more about Edward and to experience a side of Anita that isn't as plagued by romantic woes. I enjoyed it very much!
My favorite thing about this series continues to be watching Anita progress as a woman and a embrace her true self. I too am a woman who has worked in a very male dominated, potentially violent profession and wondered how much I scarified, how much I'd changed and how much of the old me would I ever be able to get back. Laurell Hamilton captures these very intense emotions wonderfully when she narrates Anita’s internal struggle throughout this story.
Any scene when the dynamic between Anita and Edward had a chance to get interesting.
Yes and no, only because I like to savor my Anita Books. Like hanging out with a great friend, the books go by so quickly and once they're over I can't wait until I get to see her again.
I'm dressing up as Anita Blake for Halloween this year, think anyone will get it? I swear, if someone asks if I'm Laura Croft I should have carte blanche to kick them. I think Anita Blake would approve!
Favorite Genres: Urban/Preternatural Fantasy, Science Fiction, Knitting Favorite Story Components: character development, under-dog success stories
Yes, I would. I've re-read all the paper-bound books I have of the series, and this is one of my favorites. Being able to listen to it just amps the re-play value. Reasons for the favoriting include that I like Edward's character, and getting to see him developed further is a treat, and this is the last book in the series before Anita is drawn through an angsty growth spurt, so we've got a well developed feisty necromancer bad ass to champion through the slug fest/investigation
I have to say that no audio book seems better than actually reading a great book for the first time. However, Audible use of the perfect narrator and well placed special audio effects is fantastic. I love the narrator for this series Kimberly Alexis, she is perfect voice for Anita Blake.
Anita is the best obviously. However, if you exclude her I love Obsidian Butterfly, she makes such a good character. Is she a villain? Friend or Foe? Plus, Edward is amazing, he is the kind of guy you need on your side when you are neck deep in vampires/monsters.
I love the scene when Anita is full of Obsidian Butterfly's power, that whole lead up is great, i remembered reading it for the first time and I was engrossed. Listening to these books after having read them already is a real treat. It is like rediscovering my favorite guilty pleasure all over again.
Instant cult classic! A must see for vampire lovers, and fantasy enthusiast of every flavor. A true gem in the Anita Blake vampire series, and one of the best vampire books of all time!
I think that this book, the Harlequin, Affliction, and of course Hit List are a few of my favorite titles in this series.
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