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Obsidian Butterfly (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #9)

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'I was covered in blood, but it wasn't mine, so it was okay.'

Edward is a hit man. He specialises in monsters. Vampires, shape-shifters, anything and everything. There are people like me, Anita Blake, who do it legally, but Edward doesn't sweat the legalities or, hell, the ethics. He is an equal opportunity killer.

I may be one of the few friends that Edward has, but it's li
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Paperback, 690 pages
Published February 4th 2010 by Headline (first published January 1st 2000)
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Jeremy Baker
Aug 02, 2008 Jeremy Baker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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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 he
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yellowbird
Feb 25, 2009 yellowbird rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
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
Jilly
This book is a vacation from Anita's usual life because she travels to New Mexico to help Edward, the assassin, solve a case. So, no love-triangle b.s., which is nice.

When arriving in New Mexico, Anita discovers that Edward is engaged to be married to a very naive widow with two adorable children. Edward's nickname is "Death", and he likes killing things. So, the idea of Death getting married bothers Anita.


give it a few years, Death, and you'll be wishing for your namesake!

So, Anita gets all up
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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
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Donna
Apr 13, 2016 Donna rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This is one series where the reviews are as entertaining as the books are. I love reading the reviews after I've finished the book. For this particular book, people either loved it for hated it. And I am leaning toward the love side. Even though Jean-Claude wasn't in this one (and I find him very entertaining) I didn't mind. This is probably the cleanest one yet. I liked that this wasn't the same-old, same-old.

We got to see a more detailed look at Edward, which I liked. There were also some gre
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Bark's Book Nonsense
Jun 22, 2012 Bark's Book Nonsense rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, horror
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
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Grace
Jul 27, 2012 Grace rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Diana (Offbeat Vagabond)
Review posted here: http://offbeatvagabond.blogspot.com/2010/10/laurell-k-hamilton-obsidian-butterfly.html

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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Fangs for the Fantasy
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Marianne
Well, I've done it. I've gotten through the first 9, fairly smut free, Anita Blake novels by listening to them on audible or reading the comics instead of the actual books. Now it's time to up the ante, to see how much (or little) I'll be enjoying Anita's upcoming ardeur and nympho side. Unfortunately, it seems to have been too hardcore for the suits over at Audible, because poor Kimberly Alexis never got to impersonate even one of Anita's many lovers in the throes of passion. (Too bad, I though ...more
Jeri
Feb 17, 2008 Jeri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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CJ
Mar 20, 2008 CJ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Regina
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.
Kascha
Mar 28, 2012 Kascha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Pete
Jun 12, 2013 Pete rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hamilton-l-k
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)
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Onefinemess
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
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Chinablue_25 West Bostedor
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YA Reads Book Reviews
Jun 22, 2012 YA Reads Book Reviews rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nichole
Originally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole

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
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Danielle Folker
Jun 12, 2015 Danielle Folker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-library
This book started out a 3 star. It felt like a filler novel in the series. None of the main characters except for Anita appeared in it. This book as the dedication describes is for everyone who wanted to get to know Edward more. And that we did. This was also the goriest of all Anita Blake books. At one point I put the book down and told my husband she went too far this time. I feel like I am too emotionally involved in this series sometimes. As the scene that went too far was coming up I was sa ...more
♥ Ashleigh ♥  contrary to popular belief i'm 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
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Danae
Oct 13, 2012 Danae rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Kristi
Jan 26, 2009 Kristi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
John
Oct 04, 2012 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 disappointed....it's a shame.
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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
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chucklesthescot
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
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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.

Review:
Where Laurell K. Hamilton's last three books took a downturn, Obsidian Butterfly shoots up. Obsidian Butterfly is action packed and full
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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
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Laurell K. Hamilton is one of the leading writers of paranormal fiction. A #1 New York Times bestselling author, Hamilton writes the popular Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter novels and the Meredith Gentry series. She is also the creator of a bestselling comic book series based on her Anita Blake novels and published by Marvel Comics. Hamilton is a full-time writer and lives in the suburbs of St. Louis ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter (1 - 10 of 27 books)
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  • Circus of the Damned (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #3)
  • The Lunatic Cafe (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #4)
  • Bloody Bones (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #5)
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