Monday, 17 November 2014

Book Review: The Killing Dance by Laurell K Hamilton (Anita Blake #6)

Dating both a vampire and a werewolf isn't easy. But just to complicate Anita's already messy life, someone has put a price on her head. Love cannot save her this time, so she turns to Edward, hitman extraordinaire, for help. But finding the person behind the threat won't be easy, because as both a vampire hunter and zombie reanimator, Anita has made a lot of enemies-both human and otherwise.

My Review:
Anita has made some enemies in her time but who would put out a hit with a huge bounty? Anita will need to rely on her gut instincts and her two boyfriends, alpha werewolf Richard and master vampire Jean Claude, and her hit man friend Edward to keep her safe.

This was my favourite book in the series. In this book, we see small glimpses of Anita fearing for her life and it was nice to see her vulnerable side shining through. At Danse Macabre, you could feel the tension in her as she waited for someone to attack her. It also shines through near the end of the book when she is crying to Jean Claude and letting her despair really show. This really added to her character development. Anita still has her morals here and is determined not to sleep with Richard until she finds a way of geeting out from Jean Claude's clutches. She will not have sex with either of them while this unwanted love triangle exists. I also liked the pure ruthlessness that she was willing to show to protect Stephen and anyone else who was in in danger from Raina through Richard's inaction and softness.

Let's deal with Jean Claude first. I have never been a fan of his. He has always claimed to love Anita but in previous books has stood back and allowed his vampires to hurt her. He forced her into dating him by threatening to harm Richard, which I despised him for. However I liked him a lot better in this book. He is trying hard not to pressure Anita but gently insists that she gives him a fair chance to woo her. He accepts her for who and what she is, without judging her or trying to change her. And after a traumatic experience, he is there to look after her. I can understand why her attitude to him changes.

Richard had the opposite effect on me. I had liked him previously and felt sympathy for his issues, but he drove me bugshit in this book. He seems surprised every time someone in his pack does something devious which puts someone in danger. He fails to protect Stephen, forcing a vicious encounter that nearly gets him and Anita. He fails to control a wolf loyal to him from attacking Anita at an allies meeting at his house, causing a few of his wolves and Rafael the rat king to decalare that they will kill to pretect Anita even if he won't. It seems clear to Anita that he is full of good intentions but will not surrender his morals to protect those who would die for him. His attitude to Anita stinks as well. He goes all macho because she killed the assassin instead of letting him do it, despite Anita trying to protect his secret so he won't lose his career. He really infuriated me for having a go at Anita for not caring that her attackers are dead, basically calling her a monster. He really is turning into an asshat.

Dolph is also getting on my nerves, starting to poke his nose into Anita's lovelife which has nothing to do with him. Anita doesn't even work for him and he is still having a go at her. The author is certainly turning me against a few characters that I previously liked here.

Plot wise, I liked the story of the hit which brings Edward back to town. I love Edward! I was pleased that we are finally getting a resolution to the pack leader issue though the way Richard deals with showing Anita his beast was not a nice thing to do to her. There were some nice twists and a betrayal that I wasn't expecting. That is always good in a book if the author can surprise you. I think the decision that Anita took over who to be with was inevitable, given the way the two boyfriends react to who she is. I can live with her choice as I think it is right for her in the long run. Of course things are never that easy for Anita...

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