The Harlequin (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #15)
Anita Blake is about to face the challenge of her life. Into her world-a world already overflowing with power-have come creatures so feared that powerful, centuries-old vampires refuse to mention their names. It is forbidden to speak...more
Anita Blake is at her workplace (don't faint!) and meets up with Malcolm, the leader of the Church of Eternal Life. Two of his vampire followers have Execution Hits out for them - executions that Anita is set to enact - but Malcolm hints that his followers have been falsely accused, that there is another threat. And then, while on a date with Nathaniel (and between his pressuring her to do BDSM, somethin...more
Speaking of characters, Harlequin has too many of them. The core cast of characters, long thought by myself and others to be one of the strengths of the series, i...more
Have you ever tried to make spaghetti sauce from scratch? In the beginning, you add all the spices and you think you have a good thing going. Then after you let it simmer for a few hours, everything explodes and you have this monstrosity of a pot of sauce that has drowned itself in too many flavors?
Well ...that’s this book.
Some people say that you could never have too much of a good thing. I disagree. I enjoy reading about all of Blake’s sweeties, all the...more
I'm a little surprised I've hung with the series this long. I almost gave it up...more
Rex of the lions won't bed her so she can feed on all the lions [which the book likens to rape since it's not like everyone being use...more
Lots of repetition of lines or acted upon thoughts. Anita says something, someone repeats. Anita thinks something, someone else does it. I’m waiting to see if this is a symptom of the Harlequin’s visit or just sloppy writing on Laurell K. Hamilton's part. I’m inclined to think the latter because of some very awkward sentence structure and word usage. The sex isn't as gratuitous as it was in the last two or three ((does Micah count?)) and seems to be...more
"Malcolm the head of the Church of Eternal Life, the vampire church, sat across from me"
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Anita Blake is about to face the challenge of her life. Into her world-a world already overflowing with power-have come creatures so feared that powerful, centuries-old vampires refuse to...more
I used to be a die-hard fan of the series, but my interest is fading. I personally think LKH should have either stopped with Obsidian Butterfly which was the last Anita Blake book that I actually enjoyed, or should could have kept going but made the ardour a temporary thing. Pretty sure that was what killed my interest.
These books have become porn wi...more
If you've read any of my reviews of the previous Anita Blake books (and you probably have not, but you never know!) it's no small secret that I feel the series has been getting worse and worse after Obsidian Butterfly. That was the last really GOOD Anita Blake book...B.A 'Before Ardeur', B.M.S 'Before Multiple Sweeties', B.O. 'Before Orgies'. Narcissus in Chains started the dow...more
Yes, as the above implied, I did finally give up on this series after a few more books. When I started this series, this had been the last book published, so sheer momentum (and that I loved the first nine books until Narcissus in Chains) had...more
The first fifty or so pages are story, as are the last fifty or so pages.
The other reason it gets ano...more
This is the 15th (yes, count them, 15th) book in the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series. In this book both Anita and Jean Claude are contacted by the Harlequin who is some type of elite vampire special force that the vampire council sends out to get people they don't like. Somehow this is mixed up with some vampi...more
I missed Anita Blake.
Although the last few Anita Blake books have spiraled downwards in terms of plot (blink and you miss it) and character development (number of characters increase exponentially but none are developed), I still read the books in the series in hopes that one day Hamilton (the author) will listen to her fans and reduce the number of pag...more
First off the creepy music that appears throughout was just weird and along with the breathy voice of the reader it sounded like porn in my car. Which...come on I suppose it wasn't too far from that after all. Some her voices for the characters were just silly. I don't know how Nathaniel ended up sounding like a prepubescent 12 year...more
Anita eventually removes her allegiance from the were-lion due to complications that their Alpha cannot provide. With the attack of The Harlequin and their disregard of rules gives Anita's camp their leverage a...more
The Harlequin brought Olaf and Edward back into Anita’s life based on a threat from what t...more
The story line did keep me reading and I found the last 100 pages to be quite entertaining. Entertaining enough that I plan on reading another book of her's. With that said I did...more