Vampire hunter Anita Blake has always 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 U.S. Marshal and best friend, Edward. For Anita, the vacation is a welcome break, as it’s the first trip she gets to take with just 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 blowp 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. 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…
Hamilton's middling 26th Anita Blake paranormal (after Crimson Death) brings friends and frenemies together for a destination wedding in New Mexico. After seven years, Anita's fellow U.S. Marshal Edward is headed to the altar with Donna unless Donna's insecurities or bridesmaid Dixie's vicious gossip derail their big day. Anita and her partner Micah promise to set work aside and focus on each other and their partner Nathaniel, but they fall back into old habits and hurt Nathaniel's feelings. When female guests go missing from the wedding hotel, this getaway turns into a vampire hunter reunion. Anita, Edward, and their colleagues Bernardo and Olaf must stop the monster preying on women before a corrupt cop magically coerces Nathaniel into taking the blame. Hamilton is slowly shifting the focus away from Anita's personal relationships and sexcapades and back toward mystery and action, but that shift won't move fast enough to satisfy many longtime fans of the series, and it leaves this installment feeling disjointed.
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As always the Anita Blake books take me to another world. I used to have all of her books hard bound but lost them to black mold. Nobody writes so many characters in books and all of them are”real” can’t get any better. ONLY issue is that I wish there were more !!
I keep hoping for a miracle. For a book that’s supposed to be about snakes you can’t actually find them until the last chapter! The whole book was one long therapy session.... Ted and Donna’s, Anita, Micah and Nathaniel’s, Anita and everyone else’s.....
Laurell K Hamilton is one of my favorite authors and I say this with complete honesty after being a fan of hers for years, this was not her best work. Unfortunately, not even close. Over the years her writing has changed and evolved, however that is not necessary a bad thing. People change over time so why wouldn’t their writing styles and inspiration? So my disappointment in this book was not because of that but rather because until the end it was not able to hold my interest. The Anita Blake series is a favorite for me because the action,mystery and sex has always been described in such a way that the reader feels as if they have been pulled into the pages. In Laurell’s earlier work I would have to stop reading because I was too enthralled, too emotionally invested in what was happening to the characters; sadly that was not the case with this book. While I did take breaks in reading, it was because the story did not draw me in for most of the book. Then towards the end when I was getting into it everything ended and quickly. Previously at the end of each new book I would be desperately waiting for the next book in the series and while I still love the series, but this book did not meet the expectations that the previous works have.