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Publisher's Summary

In Circus of the Damned, a rogue master vampire hits town, and Anita gets caught in the middle of an undead turf war.
Love in vein: listen to more tales of Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter.
©2009 Laurell K. Hamilton (P)2009 Penguin

Critic Reviews

"The third novel of Hamilton's Anita Blake series has the petite necromancer fighting a giant cobra and a rogue vampire, Alejandro, who wants her for his human servant. Anita is still resisting the advances of Jean-Claude, St. Louis's master vampire, but she does need him on her side, if not in her bed. Anita's reluctant involvement in the odd goings-on at the supernatural Circus of the Damned introduces her to Richard, the werewolf of her dreams, and Larry, her powerful but nervous partner in zombie-raising. Mystery fans will love the tightly plotted, Paretsky-esque action, and horror fans will love just about everything in this unusual series." (Amazon.com review)
"One of the most fascinating fictional heroines since Scarlett O'Hara-and a hell of a lot more fun than most." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Vampires, Werewolves and Snake gods...oh my

This book was fun. Since I have read all of the older books first and then came back to the first books I enjoyed this book for a few reasons. I love how Anita is confused by the monsters and the more confused and scared she gets the more aggressive and violent she gets. How Jean-Claude is clumsy and really pushes her but it seems to always back fire on him. I like how he is not sure how to handle her. I like that she is learning that Jean-Claude is not nearly as bad as most of the other Vamps. I also like to see that Richard was even blind to her back in the beginning of this series. He couldn’t swallow her out there fighting the bad guys and risking her life. He still is trying to find a way to wrap her in cotton and take away who and what she is. She is one tuff cookie our little necromancer is !!!!! :)

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great

can do with out the music....... book as the story of Anita goes on, you grow to love her, and want to know more.... get them all...

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Best voice actor

She definitely makes me believe she really is Anita Blake. Music and sound effects add to the story. Love it!

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another great read!<br />

Anita Blake is so f****** awesome she is a rockstar as far as being a role model for women I'll ever kick ass attitude

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Rough and passionate

Want something to keep sleep at bay? Read this book. Fast paced, violent and lovely. Real power.

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striking

this is a striking performance, the story was engrossing, the characters are entrancing. it is everything I want in a story.

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Loved it!

Loved it! Best book so far in the series. Storyline to performance were all excellently mastered.

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The Plot Thickens

I enjoyed the narrator's audio portrayal of Anita from the get-go, but I really felt she hit her stride in this book.
Anita continues to be spunky, snarky, unstoppable, and amusing, as she battles new and old foes, alike. Those fine lines between enemy and friend blur evermore as she is drawn further into the intrigues of the city, and hidden layers are revealed.
So much fun. Truly entertaining.

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awesome

love her wit in writing sarcasm is great. the story flows so well. can't wait to see these books become movies.

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My favorite series of all time!

I think I like this series more than I liked the Harry Potter books and that's saying something. Anita Blake is my favorite character of all time next to Stiles. The way her character grows and expands her horizons and begins to accept that the universe isn't out to get her or play a practical joke. The universe is bringing to her exactly what she needs. In the process she improves the lives of a lot of people.