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Vampire hunter Anita Blake has managed to overcome everything she faces. But this time there's a monster that even she doesn't know how to fight....

A remote Florida island is the perfect wedding destination for the upcoming nuptials of Anita's fellow US marshal and best friend, Edward. For Anita, the vacation is a welcome break, as it's the first trip she gets to take with wereleopards Micah and Nathaniel. But it's not all fun and games and bachelor parties.... 

In this tropical paradise Micah discovers a horrific new form of lycanthropy, one that has afflicted a single family for generations. Believed to be the result of an ancient Greek curse, it turns human bodies into a mass of snakes. 

When long-simmering resentment leads to a big blowout within the wedding party, the last thing Anita needs is more drama. But it finds her anyway when women start disappearing from the hotel, and worse - her own friends and lovers are considered the prime suspects. There's a strange power afoot that Anita has never confronted before, a force that's rendering those around her helpless in its thrall. Unable to face it on her own, Anita is willing to accept help from even the deadliest places. Help that she will most certainly regret - if she survives at all, that is....

©2018 Laurell K. Hamilton (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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Weddings, Lovers, and Death, Oh My!

I love the Anita Blake books and have followed them from the beginning, so I enjoyed this book and can recommend it. I’m not sure if someone who has never read them would. Especially as you don’t get the full kick *ss Anita until the end climax. There’s more relationship (lovers, Harlequin, Otto) than supernatural challenges going on. Have to say, I’m feeling it, too, when Anita misses Domino. As Anita has evolved into polyamory, this book probably wouldn’t appeal to anyone with rigid sexual mores.

Anita joins Edward/Ted and Donna in the Florida Keys as best man for their beach wedding. She is accompanied by Micah, and also Nathaniel, who has helped plan their wedding. They’re plagued by Dixie, the bridesmaid from hell; and the Detective investigating missing women has powers of enthrallment.
The local lycanthropes are a unique family group that Micah has been trying to help, but they believe their origins are based on a curse. Clues in the book title.
One of the most interesting parts of the book for me was a conversation about serial killers going dormant or “kicking their addiction”, which was supposedly about the current killer being hunted, but was also being held on a second level by and about Otto.
I’m curious about Jean Claude’s new position as “King” and how Anita handles her position by his side, which she is being routed into by fate or power or necessity. What are her powers? How strong is she? How will she have to use them? Maybe the next book LKH?

I can’t exclaim enough about the excellent job Kimberly Alexis does with her narration- clearly differentiated characters; voices that are clearly male or female; clearly expressed emotions.
My only complaint or request is that Audible should be able to offer copies of the missing Anita Blake books recorded by Alexis. Shame on the publishers who have screwed this up! While we’re at it, can we get Narcissus in Chains recorded by Alexis? Pretty please? With sugar on top?

22 of 24 people found this review helpful

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  • Stephanie
  • tucson, AZ, United States
  • 08-08-18

one of the better books since the function

this was actually a pretty good book. I need to Blake wasn't having sex with every single person she stumbled across. There wasn't a whole bunch of drama between the guys in her life. And it wasn't full of the action like Affliction was but I actually found this book to be a little more enjoyable. I haven't really enjoyed her books as much since Affliction came out. I actually listen to this audio book on regular speed instead of trying to speed through the book to get to the good stuff.

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Serpentine

Certainly one of the top five paranormal author's in the genre. The story had my attention from start to finish! it was the the top notch caliber of those written in the first third of this series. The chacters were engaging, with the strengths and failings one would expect. I was glad to see (hear) old friends, principles from previous stories; made me feel more a part of the story! the narrative performance was superb,spot on! Kimberly Alexis IS Anita Blake! In my opinion an overall five star audio!

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slow start

I don't mind all the relationship stuff in Anita's life but I also want more big bad. Sure there was a monster this time but not what I'd call a big bad like Mommy Darkness or Obsidian Butterfly. The last half of the book is great but it sure took a long time to get there.

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  • layla
  • TUCSON, AZ, US
  • 08-09-18

good but not 5 stars

I am a fan of the Author and Series so of course this book scratches my itch. Unfortunately there is a bit of an issue that prevents me from giving 5 stars; the first ⅔ of the book were a bit more Soap Opera-esc than her usual books. The last ⅓ was what you come to expect and Love of the Series. I'm not feeling the usual nirvana I get during and after a really good read, but it'll do for Now. Thank you for your work Mrs. Hamilton.

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The ending...

I'm a die hard LKH fan, however the relationship thing is becoming tedious.
the emo-angsty conflict is becoming tiresome and has gone on way too long. The middle to ending, was best. I enjoyed the gun play and police interaction. I don't, however, like how emotional and shallow she's made Bernardo. I love his character and I'd love to see him become more bloodthirsty. i also strongly dislike the voice the narrator uses for Nathaniel. it's awful. Overall, it was pretty good. I think the ending made up for the parts I didn't like.

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Was pretty good!

I did think the 1st... 1/2 of the book was fairly slow, GOOD, but a bit slow, then it picked up... slowly for the next 1/4... like a heavy truck sitting on a 2 degree slope.... that got enough of a push to get it moving... the last 1/4 was a bit more surprising than I've come to suspect, though also somewhat predictable too, but enough surprises and turns to get you even more into what was happening. Very much looking to the next Anita Blake read!

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Excellent!!

I rarely read LKH anymore since the writing style has drastically changed from books 1-10 vs 11+ in the series. Serpentine kept a better pace with less sidetracking. It gives me hope for her future novels. Loved it!

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Laurell has one more book in me an<br /><br />

narrator great as always but Anita is getting too girly girl for me. What happened to the kick ass, take no prisoners vampire slayer I have come to love? Yes I am a girl and appreciate some of the more raucous scenes but this last book was like a Lifetime movie sprinkled with supernatural action. At this point I just want to see her get married to the boys and I'll put this series down.

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As a fan, I'm not a fan of this one

This book was a little more relationship based then action. It is of course set around our dear fellow Marshall Edward/Teds wedding and the back back story is the preternatural stuff that happens during that time. I don't think the book description was accurate enough.

I would also like to know what the point of Anita having all of these abilities and powers, bad ass were animals and former harlequin spies/assassins and they are never used for anything but maybe sex.
One of the things I unfortunately base my ratings for a book on is if I will read or listen to it again and this one I will not. I don't consider it's a must have. I also know I will no longer pre-order the next book until I have seen some real reviews. I hope this is a set up for the next action based book. I did of course give 5 stars to Kimberly Alexis' narration 1st class as usual. Bottom line I can't recommend to all.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful