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Obsidian Butterfly

(Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #9)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  62,435 ratings  ·  1,528 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, 585 pages
Published September 24th 2002 by Berkley Books (first published January 1st 2000)
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Jeremy Baker
Aug 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 25, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
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
Tilly Slaton
Oct 27, 2011 rated it liked it
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 suckin
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“She'd been punishing people for the same crimes for five hundred years. It was impressive in a psychotic sort of way... I'd told people that I'd chase them into hell to have my vengeance, but I probably didn't mean it. Itzpapalotl would mean every word.”

Re-listen: “One minute you are paranoid and packing too much hardware, the next you are scared and underarmed. Life’s like that, or my life’s like that.”
- Anita Blake

This is the very best of Anita Blake; straight bad ass bounty hunting B
First read: June 2006
Initial rating: 5/5 stars *favourite*
Re-read: October 2017
New rating: 5/5 stars *favourite*

I have one strong memory of reading Obsidian Butterfly the first time around and that is that the book was just so good I couldn't put it down. Any second I had to read, I picked it up and devoured it. I ended up reading the 600 odd page book in a little over a day.

In contrast, my re-read was incredibly slow; almost two months from start to finish, but I found it just as enjoyable as b
Jul 27, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Laurie  |  LOHF
Jun 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
murphy ✌ (daydreamofalife)
5 / 5

Not for the faint of heart. My favorite installment of the series, partially because we get a break from relationship drama, but mostly because of the only man in the series I truly love, Edward.

What does it say about me, the fact that out of all the men this series has to offer - and there are plenty - the one I'm most taken by is the assassin/bounty hunter/sociopath? Probably nothing good, but hey, it could be worse, I could like Olaf. *shudders*

This one is gory as fuck though, guys. Like
Edward, the empty-eyed sociopath who haunts the outskirts of Anita Blake’s life, is arguably the most interesting character in the Anita Blake series. A man of mystery, obviously dangerous, Anita values his occasional assistance and has a wary respect for him. When Edward calls in a favour that Anita owes him, she knows she has no choice but to go give him a hand.

The actual mystery portion of the book is predictable and rather uninteresting. The reason that I enjoyed this book so much was gettin
Apr 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Peter Tillman
Sep 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Last AB I read, I think, in 2000. Stil pretty good, but on the decline. From others, I gather the later ones get REALLY bad.
Jammin Jenny
I liked this installment of the Anita Blake series. Edward was kind of different in this story - (view spoiler). I liked Olaf (well not liked him, but liked the character) and Bernardo. I thought it was so funny when Anita was in the bar and said Bernardo (view spoiler) ...more
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 discussing it. I enjoy the occasional erotic novel and even soft porn on the odd legal occassion. Rarely have I found an author who can make se
taveena kade
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
i have to admit-this book? worst in the series so far. I skipped most of it and honestly, I feel like it didn’t add anything to the overall series. I think that it would’ve been better as a novella (book 8.5 maybe?) because of all that. If i could return it i would because it’s a waste of money. If you’re reading this review and you haven’t bought the book yet, please just trust me and skip it.
Diana (Offbeat Vagabond)
Mar 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal, horror
Review posted here:

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
Aug 03, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Fangs for the Fantasy
Sep 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
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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
Feb 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
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James Cox
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
One word: Olaf

What a great book. I really liked how there was more action and getting to know Edward.
Pam Nelson
Well, this book was a whole lot of things. I hope Edward gets what he wants. He asked Anita for a favor on a case that was seriously messed up!

I don’t know I get why Edward wanted a little normal but I fear he is only putting Donna and her children in more trouble being with someone like him. It would be one thing if he was a different kind of sort but he deals with vamps on a regular basis and it just feels wrong because what is the one thing they will do to get him to go after what he loves.
Anna 'Bookbuyer'
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, read-2011-2020, h, bc-13
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Noodle The Naughty Night Owl
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 book
Mar 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 26, 2009 rated it did not like it
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
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.
Oct 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
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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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