Book 25, Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter - An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Novel
Laurell K. Hamilton
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In her twenty-fifth adventure, vampire hunter and necromancer Anita Blake learns that evil is in the eye of the beholder...
Anita has never seen Damian, her vampire servant, in such a state. The rising sun doesn’t usher in the peaceful death that he desperately needs. Instead, he’s being bombarded with violent nightmares and blood sweats.
And now, with Damian at his most vulnerable, Anita needs him the most. The vampire who created him, who subjected him to centuries of torture, might be losing control, allowing rogue vampires to run wild and break one of their kind’s few strict taboos.
Some say love is a great motivator, but hatred gets the job done, too. And when Anita joins forces with her friend Edward to stop the carnage, Damian will be at their side, even if it means traveling back to the land where all his nightmares spring from...a place that couldn’t be less welcoming to a vampire, an assassin, and a necromancer: Ireland.
From the Hardcover edition.
Lots of psychoanalyzing
Anita gets a call from Edward asking for her help with an Irish paranormal problem. They don't know what is causing it but Ireland, a supposed vampire free zone, has had a rash of vampire killings.
For the first 50% of Crimson Death they are discussing Anita going to Ireland, their relationships and feelings, their relationships and feelings, their relationship and feelings.
There are a few issues with Anita heading to Ireland. The vampire known as “the one who made him”, aka Damian’s creator and the ruling vampire in Ireland (an evil, sadistic, “bitch”) has lost control of the vampires. They are also consider that the fae magic may or may not be fading and that more vampires (the undead) are able to rise in Ireland with the lack of fae power on the land. Finally, there is the issue of Ireland having a peace keeper force and doesn’t believe in violence or executions for any reason, which includes vampires and paranormal creatures.
The idea of turning the Executioner and Death loose on Ireland just made me squeal with what ifs.
Once Anita hits Irish soil, they must figure out all the above. While Anita once again must wrangle her personal life, professional life and when those times when those lines absolute get crossed.
I’m going to preface my review by saying I have read every book in this series and have been a fan for years. Then I’m going to say, I wish I had just skipped the first 50% of this book and just read the second half. I almost gave up on a series that I have loved and that is a first for me.
What I didn’t like:
The dialogue was mind numbing and monotonous and went on and on for pages. Everyone had to discuss how they felt. It was like watching a B movie with actors that were over the top.
Brother husbands??? Jean Claude??? I can’t even process that one.
What I liked:
I liked both Damian and Nathaniel have come into their own.
I liked that Edward got some page time.
In the end, Crimson Death went back to the story telling that the fans have come to expect.
I received this ARC copy of Crimson Death from Berkley Publishing Group in exchange for a honest review.
Couldn't put it down!
I could not stop reading until I was done and even then I did not want it to end. It is 1:48 in the morning and I wish there was more. Love this series!
Rushed at the end
I love this series to the tips of of my toes, with that being said this book seemed to have dawdled on the interworking of the relationships heavily. The end felt incredibly rushed with no real detail. I was rather disappointed. (Trying not to give spoilers)
- Category: Paranormal
- Published: Oct 11, 2016
- Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
- Seller: Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
- Print Length: 720 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Book 25, Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter