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Obsidian Butterfly (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #9)

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  46,999 ratings  ·  1,116 reviews
The Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter backlist takes flight with a whole new look.

In her ninth adventure, vampire hunter Anita Blake owes a favor to a friend-a man almost as dangerous as the ancient evil she's about to face.
Mass Market Paperback, 596 pages
Published September 24th 2002 by Jove (first published January 1st 2000)
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Jeremy Baker
This was the last Anita Blake novel worth reading, primarily because of Edward. The rest of the series has been garbage (including Edwards' return. Seriously, what was his body count in the Harlequin, one? Maybe?). I don't have a problem with the sex, but Hamilton has sacrificed that literary device thingy called 'plot' in order to pack the pages with smut. Something happens, they have sex for five hundred pages, then the Ardeur snaps it's fingers and kills the badguy.

In terms of characters it's
Crystal Starr Light
Obsidian Butterfly: A Review in Two Parts

Anita Blake returns home to a phone call from Edward. He's calling in a favor and needs her to come to Albuquerque, NM to assist him in a job. She goes to find that there have been several gruesome murders, the victims left horribly maimed. Who is performing these crimes and how far will Anita go to stop them?

NOTE: I have VERY DIVISIVE feelings about this book. Therefore, I have split this review into two parts. One part will probably appeal to those who
Jo ★The Book Sloth★
4 Vampy stars

To begin with I have to say that this book is one of my favorites from this series. It is quite true that I have several emotional changes during Anita Blake's books. For several reasons I love and hate this series but the truth is that I have never been bored for a minute while reading one of the series' books!

Why I love the books

1) Anita Blake is a woman who can mesure up almost to every man or woman she comes across either human or supernatural and that makes an interesting her
Tilly Slaton
I really wasn’t excited about this book. All I wanted was to skim over the paragraphs so that I could get to the next book of the series, Narcissus in Chains as quickly as possible! And then it hit me … mutilated bodies and Olaf. You need to read this book to understand just how messed up my opinion is of his character. He’s dangerous. He’s deadly. And Blake is just his victim type. I like him! Total turn on .. go figure.

Obsidian butterfly is a fantastic book filled with torture, essence sucking
This is the book where Laurell K. Hamilton lost me as a reader. I love the early Anita Blake books, because they are police procedurals set in a fantasy world. But somewhere along the way, the menage a trois between the three main characters (a necromancer, a vampire, and a werewolf) overspread the pages like a nasty rash of suspicious nature. In the books after Obsidian Butterfly, Anita is having sex with every were creature available, the detective elements have gone out the window, and I coul ...more
Did you know that once you unfreeze meat, you shouldn't refreeze it? It goes kind of squishy and rotten.

People's faces freeze and unfreeze so much in this book, it's insane. Masks, monsters, blah blah blah. Oh, and there's a giant hulking threatening rapist, so that's good. Anita does her usual routine: show up, act like a total asshole, hit/kick people, threaten them with guns, posture and stomp off, all arrogant and full of herself. This woman should be dead a thousand times over. She is a mor
Bark's Book Nonsense
Finally, it's Edward's book!

A 4 1/2, not quite a five because Anita's badass attitude grates here and there but so much better than the books focused on the triumvirate (sp?) and sexy times. Obsidian Butterfly is all business, no sex. This is the book the Edward fans were clamoring for and it was worth the wait. This book lets us in on Edward's secret life when he calls in Anita to help out with a series of grisly murders. She learns he's living another life where he is known as good old boy "Te
Fangs for the Fantasy
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Diana (Offbeat Vagabond)
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Let me start off by saying, I am a huge Anita Blake fan. There wouldn't be True Blood if not for Anita. Hell, as much as it pains me to say this, there wouldn't be Twilight if. It for Anita. She is the original badass. Now I am aware of how people feel about the series now. But this does not mean I am going to stop reading the series though.
This book is definitely different from the last e
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ETA: I ended up moving this up to 4 stars desipte my criticism below.

This book would have been 4 stars if not for the repeated cultural and geographic mistakes. It was definitely a horror and gore filled book, not for the light hearted -- includes child abuse and murder. Seeing Edward and getting to know more about him made this book for me. He is now a favorite.
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Wow. First, this book was almost 600 pages. It wore me out!
If you haven’t read the Anita Blake books, then you definitely should. They are amazing! The only problem is that they are VERY intense. So intense that I can’t read them straight through. When I first started my Anita Blake kick I read about 6 or 7 of them in a row. Then I developed something that I called “an Anita Blake burnout.” I didn’t pick up another one for almost, if not
Chinablue_25 West Bostedor
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♥ Ashleigh ♥  contrary to popular belief im not actually mad!
i really enjoyed most of this book, there were a few erotica scene's with random people and blood that made me want to put the book down but the rest was alright.

the monsters in this book were great, anita was even working with a few this time.
i loved edward, he's a fantastic character and his new life is a nice surprise :) i cant wait for him to join anita in another book.
Olaf was one of my fave characters, not because i like him but because he makes the book interesting and i know he'll be pop
Obsidian Butterfly Anita's 8th book has refreshingly little of Jean-Claude and Richard.

Anita’s accomplice in previous books, Edward the Ultimate Mystery Man, is calling in a favor by asking her to come to New Mexico to support him. Without the romantic duo of the previous books the dark nature of this book was the primary focus.(view spoiler)
Mar 28, 2012 Kascha rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People looking for a defining vision of the series
Recommended to Kascha by: no one - loved the title after rifling through the store section at random
This is actually the first of the Anita Blake books I read. I was anxiously looking for a new series to lose myself in while in a Barnes and Noble waiting to see 50 First Dates, and I happened on this one and was really attracted to the title because of the mental imagery the title conjured.

Let's say that the day after I finished it I hurried back to the store and bought the entire series up to this point once I realized what order they actually came in. It was such a page turner; full of intrig
Best of the series - this book takes a closer look at Edward and his world. Anita makes some surprising and frightening discoveries about the mystery man in her life.
If you were ready for a break from the vampire politics,the hot and heavy romance and the soul searching that came with said romance, this book is for you.
This is the first step in the author's contention that the real monsters are not always the ones with fangs and super human powers, and she presents this with a skillful subtl
I've read the first ten Anita Blake novels so far, and this one is my favorite. There's just something about hot bad guys named Edward...*swoon*. I really enjoyed getting so much 'face time' with Edward in this book, and getting such a great glimpse into his background and current life. Since I'm only on book ten, I'm just starting to get into the 'porn' phase of the series, but I have to say that so far I really enjoy the non-porny ones better. Nothing wrong with a little vampire (or werewolf) ...more
I'm re-reading these books and wondering, why the heck LKH decided to change direction with her writing? I really enjoy when Edward is around and this book was basically the Edward and Anita show. I'm enjoying the re-reading while I can because I know there is going to come a point where I'm's a shame.
Edward asks Anita to help him solve a grisly case of murders where he lives with his new family, under a secret identity.

I was so pleased to see that there was going to be an Edward themed book as he is one of my favourite characters in the series. I loved it when he turned up in The Killing Dance which is still my favourite book from this author. I was hoping that this might lead us back into proper urban fantasy and this book certainly delivered.

Edward is living as normal guy Ted, with his gi
Nic Echo
About the Book:
Edward is a sociopathic assassin that hunts the paranormal, and he is ready to call Anita in for a favour. Anita then finds herself in Albuquerque. New Mexico, looking at a series of mutilations. Is it the cause of the Master of the City, Itzpapalotl, or something else entirely? Either way, Anita knows she is deeper than she has ever been.

Where Laurell K. Hamilton's last three books took a downturn, Obsidian Butterfly shoots up. Obsidian Butterfly is action packed and full
Janet Morris
Oh, I thought for a little while that this book would rate five stars. Even though it had way too many editing blunders, I thought it was a really strong story.

My love for it waned, though, when I began to realize that once again the series was going to have a book with too much action. This time seemed it seemed like there were at least 3 distinct plots, not sub-plots because of their extensive nature. A lot of new characters were introduced, possibly too many since this story is taking place o
A nice change of pace with much less sex than usual (yay!). Don't get me wrong, I like sex, but man is it freaking overkill in some of these books. MMmm author fantasy fulfillment much?

It was a nice change seeing Anita almost totally out of her element. The rather unexpected character development for Edward was a nice touch too, and I hope to see it address again in the future. Especially the molestation thing... AGAIN: DID THE CHARACTER REALLY NEED TO BE RAPED/MOLESTED? I see what the author w
Over the past year I have become a big fan of Laurell K Hamilton and this series. Anita Blake has been a recurring theme in my reading list and a series I've enjoyed a great deal until this book. It was just as suspenseful as her others and in that respect I loved it, but I have serious issues with some of the scenes in this one.

I don't think there is ever a need for graphic child rape in a story and I strongly disagree with the author's choice to include it in this one. I feel it was used purel
Noodle TheNaughtyNightOwl
Argh! This was not expected and not well received. I had been complaining that I had given out two 9/10 scores recently to Anita Blake Books (Books 7 & 8) and worried that I'd end up giving the same score again and again and again. I needn't have worried at all.

This one was so not par for the course. The story centres around Edward the notorious Bounty Hunter, a.k.a. Death, and although Edward is an excellent character on the pages and one I had taken a liking to right form the start, this b
Deborah Ideiosepius
Well, I think it was number nine. After a while I realised that people who read Laurall K. have stoped bothering about the novel titles and just refer to them by number.

Anyway, picked one up off a friends shelf and tried to read it. It might work better if you start with #1 and work up but I doubt it.

I love sex, I like engaging in it, reading about it or discissing it. I enjoy eroitic novels and soft porn on the odd legal occassion. Rarely have I found an author who can make sex boring but this
Hamilton finally got one right! Anita gets called in for the favor she owes her best friend/arch nemesis Edward. Right away the change in setting works for this character, much the way it did in Bloody Bones. The love triangle, vampire politics, and were-animal weirdness take a backseat to the plot. This book reads like a true horror novel and I loved it. Anita goes up against a variety of foes, from small-time mobsters to ancient Aztec legends. But the real story examines the difference between ...more
This book was actually a disappointment to me.I was really looking forward to the story line about Edward. While there wasn't as much gore as the other books, but what was in it was really bad. I can't believe that the torture and mutilation of infants and children helps sell books! I know this sounds naive, but I believe that you can get enough gore and destruction with adult characters without pulling children into a horror story. I know this will fall on deaf ears (no one will care about 1 pe ...more
Wayland Smith
This may be the best of the Anita Blake books. Anita owes a favor to Edward, and he's come to collect. She was forced to kill one of the men he uses on missions, so she's taking his place on this one.

Anita gets surprise after surprise in this book. Edward's "secret identiy" has taken on a life of its own, and she does not approve of the lengths he's going to. Even Edward seems a bit bemused by what's happening to him.

The case itself is nasty in a different way. Lots of people are being killed, m
Whitney (Shooting Stars Reviews)
Reviewed by Whitney@Shooting Stars Reviews

In this book Anita is asked to help Edward in New Mexico. She's been trying to stay away from the two men in her life, and this is a perfect way to do it. But she never expected the things she found once she finally meets Edward. And she also never expected to learn some really crazy things about him as well.

I really liked this book! I loved Edward and Anita together. I honestly thought these two should be together romantically, but alas that doesn't se
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