Sorry new readers to this series, this review/opinion is really on for those who've been introduced to Anita already. So the spoilers ahead may not make sense, but read the post anyway as you may like the fact that I recommend this series by LKH because she knows how to write and develop really good story/characters/plots.
I've reread this entire series at least twice, I think this is my fourth time though and I still come away with a new awareness/judgment of the main character Anita, JC and Richard.
1st, Anita shows some awareness of her faults, even this book she recently realized she was a hypocrite. For me, I didn't realize just how much the author did a good job on developing this character. Its so well done, Anita is a real person to the reader and there's traits about her that I like and dislike just like a real person. So good job on how 3D Anita is.
2nd, Anita/MC treats the two men so differently that it actually pisses me off. They could have the same motive in the book but for Richard, she encourages his developing ruthlessness but for JC, she's ALWAYS accusatory that his ruthless behavior is self beneficial & evil ONLY. She doesn't credit JC with any other altruistic motive. As if what benefits JC is only for JC and not for his people as well. It's pretty tiresome to constantly read about her criticizing/accusing/disparaging JC. Also, the point in this particular bk where the 3 experiment on being a triad and she raises some vamps like they were zombies made me dislike her very much right then. She uses Willie ( so called friend) like a ping pong tween her and JC, then, as she has tears in her eyes, she again threatens JC and she sees fear in his eyes and her only comment is GOOD? WTF? some things Richard did made her afraid of him which made her pause, but its ok for JC to fear her? This is one conflicted puppy yall.....
3rd, I like how the author has the Anita at least state several times, "I never claimed to be consistent." Aint that the truth. Like I said, self reflective up to a point. And I just realized that the MC fights her affinity for/with the dead, i.e...JC thru out the first 6 books, at least. And I think part of her fascination/lust with JC is this necromancer affinity. And she fears this, so of course she attacks what she fears. That last was a realization I came again after going over this series again.
4th, I really like an author who not only makes me WANT to reread a series, but causes me to rethink a character and still discover likes & dislikes for them. Secondary characters as well.