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
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.
Doing more then a couple hours of driving a day in rush hour traffic, this is my cure to Road Rage! lol Well... I don't get Road Rage but I had never been a fan of stop and go traffic. These Audio Books make it so I don't mind at all, in fact I sometimes feel I get home too quickly and have to sit in the car for another 5 minutes until I get to a part I can feel good about pausing. hehe Group Hugz!
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.
The whole storyline was great
I listen to my audio books at night. It seems to be better with no distractions around ou.
Favorite Genres: Urban/Preternatural Fantasy, Science Fiction, Knitting Favorite Story Components: character development, under-dog success stories
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.
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.
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