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Dead Ice

(Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #24)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  13,124 ratings  ·  1,409 reviews
"If you've never read this series, I highly recommend/strongly suggest having the Anita Blake experience. Vampires, zombies, and shifters, oh my! And trust me, these are not your daughter's vampires."

Anita Blake has the highest kill count of any vampire executioner in the country. She’s a U.S. Marshal who can raise zombies with the best of them. But e
Hardcover, 566 pages
Published June 9th 2015 by Berkley
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Kimberly I gave up when Anita had to add a new sex partner in every book and half or more of each book was her having to have sex with whoever was convenient, …moreI gave up when Anita had to add a new sex partner in every book and half or more of each book was her having to have sex with whoever was convenient, ostensibly because her powers from her bonds to Jean-Claude and Belle Morte were going wonky all the time. I miss the zombie-raising, U. S. Marshall vampire-slaying days with Edward. I'm really sad that it came to that point too. I got through Skin Trade but passed on Affliction so it wasn't so long ago that I quit. I wish her and her loyal readers all the best but I have moved on.(less)
Ravyn No you didn't miss anything. The author clearly forgot about the Raphael storyline because she was too busy going off on one random dead-end tangent t…moreNo you didn't miss anything. The author clearly forgot about the Raphael storyline because she was too busy going off on one random dead-end tangent to the next...hissy fits with Asher, hissy fits with Asher's new boyfriend, bedroom scenes with Narcissus (WTF?), Micah turning into black tiger (when the heck did that happen?), weird flirty scenes with the new psychic FBI chick, spontaneous reconciliation with Larry, adding 3 (THREE!) new random women to the poly mix. It was ridiculous. Sometimes I wonder if there is an editor who reads this mess at all. And this is coming from someone who has been a longtime supporter and defender of Anita Blake. I don't know what changed, but I think I've had it.(less)

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Dichotomy Girl
May 21, 2015 marked it as no-thanks
This series hasn't just jumped the's forced us to sit back and watch Anita F#@k the shark....

(Ha! This has become my most popular review ever :) )
Jul 06, 2015 rated it did not like it
Dead Ice begins with one of the most disturbing developments yet in the Anita Blake series - LKH reveals that her long-time editor is retiring. This is shocking, because most of us were unaware that there was any editing involved in these books at all. My personal favorite example of the editing in this volume? Page 75 - “I don’t remember the last time you [Jean-Claude] kissed my hand.” I do; it was on page 59 - “He [J-C] laid a light kiss on each of my hands and then a firmer kiss on my mouth.” ...more
EA Solinas
Jun 09, 2015 rated it did not like it
One of the worst things to ever happen to the Anita Blake series was that Laurell K. Hamilton received a coveted "no-edit" clause in her contract. Even if the books were bloated, tedious, repetitive trainwrecks.

And the best parts of "Dead Ice" are the ones that clearly show the mark of an editor's scarlet pen. But while it starts strong, the book quickly sinks into a clammy, dismal quagmire of relationship issues, few of which are actually even slightly interesting to read about. Instead, we get
May 01, 2015 rated it did not like it
Why? Why? Why?

The questions keep piling up every time I read another one of her books. Why do I subject myself to this, over and over again? Maybe I'm inherently defeatist, surrendering utterly to a character I once loved deeply and truly before she became a (view spoiler). To be sure, I have gone through all sorts of mental gymnastics to get me this far, purchasing hardcover books for each and every one of these mammoth tomes as they came out, actu
Jun 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
Anita Blake books. A summary.
1. Anita is soooooo pretty according to everyone else but she think she's stubby troll ugly because vampires all look like super models.
2. Anita needs therapy because she can't even with anything emotional and has a breakdown.
3. Asher is the snotty jerky child that Richard used to be. Richard looms quietly in the background because we can't have two snotty jerk children and he went to therapy.
4. Long explanation about how talking makes polyamory work.
5. Mention
Valerie (Cats Luv Coffee)
May 27, 2015 rated it did not like it
Yes, I'm going to read it, even though I know it's going to piss me off. LKH has gotten to be a car wreck that you can't help but gawk at as you drive by.

Well, I was correct. Laurell, you and I are breaking up. I'd say we should see other people but I think you've got that covered. It's not you, it's me. Who the heck am I kidding? It's totally you.

I thought for a minute this book might be decent, but nope! The intro gets you excited for the old Anita, and then, nothing, NOTHING, until t
Jun 08, 2015 rated it did not like it
This is where this series and I part ways.

When this series started, we had Anita as a sanctimonious, bitchy, fanny-pack wearing "badass" who was obsessed with guns, hated vampires, and only believed in committed, monogamous sex. Twenty four books later, Anita is a sanctimonious, bitchy, dress-wearing "badass" who is obsessed with guns, is marrying a vampire, and believes in polyamory so much that she puts the "poly" in polyamory. So, a few changes.

The problem with the polyamory in this book is that she has so many lovers now that just l
May 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jan 20, 2017

Read June 7-10/2015

This is a long running series. After 20 odd books I'm going to assume anyone reading reviews for the 24th book Dead Ice is familiar with the world building, the protagonist, the supporting cast & the author's writing style. I'm going to address some common "issues" fans have with LKH's Anita Blake series & how book 24 stacks up.

Common issue #1: "Anita is not the same person she was when i started this series." "I miss the old
Carey Sabala
Jun 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
Have you ever read a beloved series that ended up growing and changing so much that it’s unrecognizable from what made you fall in love with it in the first place? Or how about one that changed so much but you accepted it in its new form, only to get stuck in its own redundancy? Yeah, I have and sadly, it seems to be my beloved PNR Anita Blake series.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, if you’re a fan of the series, you’ve heard all the bad mojo surrounding the series over the years. Our favorite Vampire Hunter t
BWT (Belen)
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, audiobook
I partially read the book and partially listened to the audio. I didn’t feel either was helped or harmed by the back and forth.

I was so excited for this book and the beginning of the book was good. Good enough that it prompted me to buy the audio as well so I could listen at work and not have to wait ten hours before I could get back to it.


Unfortunately, that only makes my disappointment in it that much more palpable. Dead Ice is so dissatisfying mainly because the potential was there to actual
I seem to like each of her new books less and less. At the beginning of the series, it was a lot of action with some sex and romance to spice up the story. Now it's a lot of sex and talking and emotional drama and "Oh my God. Did I forget to actually include a plot line? Maybe I should throw in a zombie crime case then too". Does absolutely every problem have to be solved with sex? And where is Edward!? She makes an amazing guest character and doesn't hardly bring him around anymore.

The first 40
All Things Urban Fantasy
Sep 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
In a series that can be its own worst enemy, DEAD ICE is the best Anita Blake book in a long time. Though there are instances where Hamilton's own voice overwhelms the story, DEAD ICE also offers the necromancy, mystery, and romance of classic Anita Blake.

Everything in Anita's world is a procedural, from choosing clothing to managing poly relationships to interacting with law enforcement agencies. This can be both a strength and a weakness. When the subject at hand flows with the storyline, the
Apr 20, 2015 added it
Recommends it for: Fans of Anita Blake
Reviewed for Science Fiction Book Club.
Reprinted with permission of Bookspan LLC.

I am probably not the right person to review this as I have never had any interest in reading any of the previous twenty-three book in this series, so take this review with that proviso.

This is just as cheesy as it sounds but will have great appeal to the legions of Laurel K. Hamilton who have eagerly awaited this book, number t
Joey Woolfardis
Ahh, what?

It seems a ridiculous thing to say about mythical creatures and paranormal activities, but I was not convinced by this world even remotely. It felt too claustrophobic, too much. Like stuffing too many clothes in your mammoth suitcase when you're going away for one night. There were vampires and werewolves/lycans, but werehyenas and weremermaids (probably) and all sorts that just felt crammed in. The characters, though I only met them briefly, were just so flat and hideous and, again, u
Jun 04, 2015 rated it liked it
2.5 stars
It was OK, it started great actually : Anita is finding her way back: dropping unnecessary sex partners, more necromancy and achieving new levels of power,but we were dragged in the usual BS, i hope in the next books for less sex scenes (i can't imagine i just said that)....
and less "chatter" about clothes, internal issues and whining ...
We hope for more guns, magic and action , we miss "death" and Olaf something fierce
Still wishing to meet Anita's family : her father's reaction to her
Apr 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewers, arcs
Kirstin's Review:

Dead Ice by Lauren K. Hamilton 5 out of 5 stars

After 23 Anita Blake books, reading a new one is like catching up with beloved old friends that you have really missed having in your life.

So, since this is book 24, you wouldn't even be interested in it if you hadn't read the first 23. And, if you read the first 23, then you are a die hard fan and would want to read this new book no matter what anyone says!

Therefore, as a fellow die hard let me assure you that you will get a lot m
Apr 17, 2014 rated it did not like it
Four hundred pages of crap, about seventy five pages of story and a few more of WTF.

It seemed more of an advertisement for therapy and poly-amorous life style, than a novel.
Anna's Herding Cats
May 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, for-review
This series. You love it. You hate it. You love to hate it. People are all over the place with it. And I can be too. It's one I love overall but some books are hit or miss. This one...definitely a hit. I really did not care for the prior book and was nervous about starting Dead Ice but within a few pages that nervousness started turning to excitement because I could see that old Anita from earlier in the series peeking out and that...was freaking awesome. I've missed her!

There's a lot happening
Anita is called out on a case for the FBI. Someone is using zombies with souls for sex videos, (Yes, UCK!). Meanwhile, Anita raises a zombie for a historical society to question and he comes out appearing way too perfectly human.

Jean-Claude and Anita are engaged to be married including a commitment ceremony to include Micah and Nate but a prophecy is pushing Anita and the guys to include a tiger to keep the mother of all darkness dead... Since someone can shift to a tiger now, and or Anita havin
Carolyn F.
I could not finish this book. I usually don't rate books I couldn't finish, but I will with this one because I'm so frustrated. Below is my meanish/I'm sick of this series review.

First off, my library mystery book club was thinking about reading the first book as a BOM. I'll mention at 53 I'm one of the youngest women in this club. I asked if anyone had read her before and they hadn't. I told them that since most of the women will read the series from beginning to end that it might be a shocker
Cocktails and Books
DNF 102 pages in.

When I read the blurb for this book and saw that Anita and Jean-Claude were getting married, it peaked my interest. I had walked away from this series several books ago because I just couldn't take it anymore. But as I got into DEAD ICE, I realized this was still the same Anita Blake. She still had a boat load of emotional issues that she didn't deal with and a bedroom full of men and enough drama to make a junior high jealous. I skipped through the book several times to see if
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned
I honestly feel like I'm starting to distance myself from these books. I honestly don't really care who Anita is sleeping with, but the entire mess of relationships is getting confusing, and I can't remember who does what with who. I'll try and write it down.

So Anita and Jean-Claude do one on one, but then Jean-Claude does someone called Envy whom I can't remember at all. He also does Asher, and Anita and Nathaniel are submissive for Asher as well. Asher meantime had something with Dev, but much
Katie R
Jun 08, 2015 rated it did not like it
Way, way too much conversation about polyamorous relationship dynamics, and not nearly enough plot about zombies as promised by the synopsis. Disappointing, and this might be my last Hamilton novel.
Oct 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
3.5 stars

Better than the last several. If I had to mention a frustration it would be with the amount of rehash of earlier books that takes place to bring the reader up to date on the myriad cast of characters. I understand the reason for it, but at the 24th book it's fair to say it's not necessary to try to bring a new reader up to date on every single character and how they entered the story.

This one had a bit of everything from the Anita verse. There was a bit more sex than the last couple ful
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Jun 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
Quick review:

Cover: Fitting
Rating: NC-17
Steaminess: Off the Charts
Thumbs Up: 4
Overall: Good
Characters: Well Written
Plot: Analyzing relationships to death
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? Yes
Recommend: Yes
Book Boyfriend: Nicky

SUMMARY (50 words or less)
I was looking forward to this one. I was disappointed in some things and excited for others.

For a full review and yummy pic, see my blog post at:

Audio Review
Kimberly Alexis does a stupendous job with th
tracey welch
Aug 27, 2014 rated it liked it
I just read a synopses on Amazon of this book, and I have to say " much better". I am lookingforward to this book. I seems like LKH is heading back in the right direction of monster hunter. Thank goodness. Although I noticed she couldn't help but make it zombie porn. At least it is a start. ...more
Dead Ice (Anita Blake #24) had a lot of potential, but it just didn't deliver. It was repetitive, predictable, and in serious need of an editor. I know that Ms. Hamilton feels that she's now above those things, but with editing, Dead Ice would have been a much better read. The zombie porn case Anita was working was gross but different and her newest necromancy issue was interesting. Like I said, it had potential.

Instead I got 20+ hours (I'm an audiobook listener) of unresolved or explained meta
Dawn Livingston
Aug 05, 2015 rated it liked it
As a reader of the Anita Blake series I have baggage so let's get that out of the way first.

I think I've read all her books except Micah and Jason. I found out about the series after it had already started so quickly caught up. I used to wait enthusiastically for the next book and get it as soon as I could. Sometimes I'd even buy the paperback at full price (as opposed to getting it a used book store, library book sale, or garage sale, etc.).

Don't misunderstand, I had some problems with the boo
It's really a novella that has a actual plot and story progression sandwiching a whole lot of love life musing and debating and obsessing and mostly really boring stuff about Anita's relationships. It isn't fun, and much of it reads like a classroom lecture on polyamory more than an enjoyable novel. I don't want to read about who's arm goes where when two men put their arms around a woman for every configuration of trio in her life, that's not a story, that's a flowchart. And the way she writes ...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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