Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author Laurell K. Hamilton returns with another exciting, thrilling and addictive adventure for her vampire hunting heroine Anita Blake. Had everyone bitten tonight caught this? The other bites had not looked like vampire bites. They'd been zombie, or human looking. Was this infection something that vampires and shape shifters could catch? If it was, then it was something new. Some zombies are raised. Others must be put down. Just ask me, Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter. Before now, I figured I could handle them. Before now, I had never heard of any of them causing human beings to perish in agony. But that's all changed. Micah's estranged father lies dying, rotting away inside from some strange ailment that has his doctor's whispering about 'zombie disease'. I make my living from zombies - but these aren't the kind I know so well. These creatures hunt in daylight, and are as fast and strong as vampires. If they bite you, you become just like them. And round and round it goes...Where will it stop? Even I don't know.
@LKHamilton is BACK. I feel like we have explored Anita's sexuality plenty, and evidently LKH finally agrees. Don't get TOO bummed, Anita can't do without ANY sex - the ardeur, remember? That being said, the plot is extremely prevalent and while a gruesome at times, this book didn't feel like printed porn. I was engaged and couldn't put it down.
Anita is the strongest female lead I can think of, even when she's insecure. I love that she's not perfect. I love that she uses a gun as a security blanket and earns respect everywhere she goes because she has a heart, wicked skills and the smarts to get things done. This book made me happy with the way Anita's life is progressing and I'm still rooting for the group.
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There were a few things that bothered me, so I warn you now that this MIGHT be a SPOILER - I'll try not to give too much, but it's hard when you've just read the book.
I didn't like how Anita is a necromancer but doesn't reach for her arsenal until nearly the end of the book - it's HER power that she's ALWAYS had but it's the last one she reaches for.
I love the descriptions of the weapons. I looked them up so I could get a better visual - and let me say, Anita is a billy-bad-ass. =D
I didn't like how Anita just left the hospital when the whole point was to be with her man during a family crisis. It seemed like a bit of disconnect to me.
It drove me nuts that Jean-Claude makes an appearance but then... nothing. It was a big deal and then... nothing. He is a VERY minor player in this book.
Oh, and did anyone catch what happened to the two vamps that got taken into custody?
And lastly, WHY didn't the local vamps get involved at any time?
All that to be said, I truly can't wait for the next book to see what happens.