Bullet by Laurell K. Hamilton
“The music came back up and the next group of little girls, slightly older, came out. There was a lot of that in the next hour and change. I liked dance, and it was no reflection on the kids, but my will to live began to seep away on about the fifth group of sequined children…
Anita Blake is back in St. Louis and trying to live a normal life-as normal as possible for someone who is a legal vampire executioner and a U. S. Marshal. There are lovers, friends and their children, school programs to attend. In the midst of all the ordinary happiness a vampire from Anita’s past reaches out. She was supposed to be dead, killed in an explosion, but the Mother of All Darkness is the first vampire, their dark creator. It’s hard to kill a god. This dark goddess has reached out to her here-in St. Louis, home of everyone Anita loves most. The Mother of All Darkness has decided she has to act now or never, to control Anita, and all the vampires in America.
The Mother of All Darkness believes that the triumvirate created by master vampire Jean-Claude with Anita and the werewolf Richard Zeeman has enough power for her to regain a body and to immigrate to the New World. But the body she wants to possess is already taken. Anita is about to learn a whole new meaning to sharing her body, one that has nothing to do with the bedroom. And if the Mother of All Darkness can’t succeed in taking over Anita’s body for herself, she means to see that no one else has the use of it, ever again. Even Belle Morte, not always a friend to Anita, has sent word: “Run if you can…”
Bullet is the 19th novel in Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series. As always, I was enthralled from page one. It seems to me that Ms. Hamilton has heard some of her fans and has taken it back a notch to be more like her “old school” Anita Blake, though I found it to be a great mix of everything that makes Anita Blake and the rest of the darkly rich characters amazing. I was totally amused by Anita’s observations and dealings with Monica’s son, Mathew. (Probably because I’ve felt the same way around kids myself, lol).
It’s hard to write my review without spoilers, but here’s what I can tell you… Anita and her men have a whole new level of BAD to deal with in this novel while trying to integrate some new tigers into the fold. We see Jean-Claude, Asher, Micah, Nathaniel, Haven and Damian all playing pivotal roles along with a bunch of other characters. Richard is back and long time fans are in for a surprise! New women are introduced and look to become on-going characters which should make for some interesting reading in future books. The dark, in your face, scary ass-kickery is always “on”, the complications and bonuses of being in two triumvirate’s as well as involved closely with a few other men is, as always, fascinating to me, and for every big, bad, scary situation that they’ve come up against, Anita and the rest of the gang always seem to come up against more. We learn more about the really creep-tastic Valentina and the Harlequin’s have some involvement in the story as well.
I am a long time fan of Laurell’s writing and continue to be so! Her dark, edgy, gritty, no holds barred style of writing is in a league of its own. Her characters are multi-faceted and as “real” as a fictional character can be. Her fast paced plotting always delivers with lots of action, danger, suspense and shock factors. The “Big Bad’s” are truly the stuff of nightmare’s. And her storytelling takes you on a thrill-ride rollercoaster of phenomenal urban fantasy fiction. I can’t wait for the next one!
As a side note: One could totally read Bullet and follow along, but my recommendation is that you would gain even more from it by reading the whole series. There are a lot of characters with rich and full histories throughout the books and it makes more sense to me to get to know them as they are introduced and developed throughout the novels and what brought them all to this point. But that’s just my preferred modus operandi when it comes to series. If you’re new to the series and a fly by the seat of your pants reader, then jump in, enjoy the ride and I’m pretty sure you’ll get hooked and go out to grab the first 18 books in the series. 😀
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“Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series is a literary sensation, thanks to its strong female hero, well-fleshed (both literally and literarily) characters and unabashed attitude toward sex. The world Hamilton has created is powerfully compelling and stunningly complex—and it gets deeper and richer, and more perilous, with every book.
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Deathwish by Rob Thurman
The fourth book in the Cal and Niko Leandros series
Coming March 2009
Road Trip of the Living Dead by Mark Henry
The second Amanda Feral book.
Coming March 2009
Evil Ways by Justin Gustainis
The second book in the Quincey Morris Supernatural Investigation series.
Coming in January 2009
Second Skin by Caitlin Kittredge
The third book in the Nocturne City series.
Coming in March 2009
Swallowing Darkness by Laurell K. Hamilton
The seventh book in the Meredith Gentry series.
Coming in November 2008
Oh yes, I can hardly wait for these lovelies to be released! I’m excited, are you? Feel free to tell me about any I may have missed.
Blood Noir by Laurell K. Hamilton
( From Website )
“A favor for Jason, vampire hunter Anita Blake’s werewolf lover, puts her in the center of a fullblown scandal that threatens master-vampire Jean-Claude’s reign and makes her a pawn in an ancient vampire queen’s new rise to power.”
Once again, Laurell K. Hamilton does not disappoint! I’ve been looking forward to this book because of the development of the character Jason, and the relationship he has with Anita. The book delivers.
For those of you who were looking for Ms. Hamilton to write another book reminiscent of her earlier works in this series, I feel it’s a mix between the old and new. There’s alot going on, the pacing and plot blast off like a fire-cracker and keep going till the end.
Although the majority of the book centers around Anita and Jason, some of the regular characters make appearances and some new characters are brought into play. I loved how during what should have been a trip home to see Jason’s family, with all the problems that entails, Ms. Hamilton introduces a whole new set of problems that make the story that much MORE! The major plot-line of this book is tied up neatly by the end, but another huge plot-line is re-introduced during the telling of this story, and I am looking forward to finding out more about it! And as always, there are more new developments and complications, that leave me wishing I had a remote to fast-forward me in time to the next book.
I’m not going to lie, I am a HUGE Laurell K. Hamilton fan, of all of her books in both the Anita Blake and Merry Gentry series. My only problem with anything to do with her books is having to wait a year between books for each series. And I’m grateful that she has two continuing series running so that it’s pretty much 6 months between LKH books.