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Series: Anita Blake Vampire Hunter #19
Published by Berkley on June 1st 2010
Source: the library
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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..."
** spoiler alert ** (lots of spoilers)
Oh, Laurell, how could you disappoint me so?
I’m a long time Anita Blake fan – admittedly her earlier ones more so than the last 10. Her series got so BAD for a while there, and the last few gave me hope again. And then this one… I have no words to express how I feel about this book.
First of all – opening with a ballet scene? Really? I mean, Anita doesn’t like to dance, so sure, start with a ballet scene. What did that have to do with anything?? Except to talk about how a little kid likes Anita so much… that’s just creepy & sad.
Lots of repeating info – I realize every book in every series does this, but LKH just seems like she takes this to new heights.
And once again – way, way too many characters that you can’t keep up with (or care about, or even want to care about), too much kinky sex (and new levels of sex), no plot… no real action (other than said sex)… and of course, the death of a character that COULD have made future books interesting. I personally didn’t like Haven… but he was what Anita needed, what LKH needed to make this series interesting again.