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The Harlequin

(Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #15)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  43,080 ratings  ·  973 reviews
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 of The Harlequin unless you've been contacted. And to be contacted by The Harlequin is to be under sentence of death.

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Hardcover, First Edition, 422 pages
Published June 5th 2007 by Berkley Books (first published 2007)
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Crystal Starr Light
For once, I actually can relate something resembling a PLOT that occurs in this book! YIPPEE!

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
Jul 28, 2007 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Only those who feel obligated to read it.
Shelves: junkfood, 2007-2008
The Harlequin relies very heavily on dialogue between the characters, which is typical of Hamilton's work but in this case it comes off as clunky and tiresome. Harlequin is riddled with pages of conversation between Anita and a minor character that not only does nothing to advance the plot but does not advance the character development.

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
2.5 stars.
This book is actually very similar to the previous ones when it comes to writing style, pacing and everything else, so if you liked those, you will probably like this one too.

But I am starting to get tired of Anita. Too tired!

The truth is, I have very fond memories from this series, discussing it with my friends, complaining about Anita and simply talking about our favorite boys. Therefore I have always been too generous when rating these books. But I think, I am losing the ability to
Mar 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
The thing I love and hate most about Anita Blake novels is one in the same: I find them utterly and completely addictive. Really, they are nearly impossible for me to put down. LK Hamilton (the author) does a tremendous job of getting inside the heads of her characters. None of the characters are fictional perfect - in fact, it's the flaws they have to overcome that make them interesting. There's never a cut and dry happily ever after, but there is joy, sorrow, fear, love - a whole range of emot ...more
Tilly Slaton
Oct 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
The Harlequin is a very interesting book.

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
Aug 07, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2007
I stopped buying the Anita books awhile back when they turned into lame bodice rippers. I kept reading them though because I was interested and invested in the Anitaverse. Oddly enough, this book had significantly less sex than previous titles, but sadly, it didn't improve the quality of the story. After years of wishing we could have some plot withOUT sex, we get it and it's dull. The horrible, terribly irony. ...more

Im on the third chapter, and already these things have occured:
- "metaphysical" x 3
- "Who, me?" x 2 (well, the other is a bit of a strech... :-))
- "hard" and "tight" x who knows? (not in the sense you're thinking of though, thank goodness)
- overly describing boytoy's looks x 1
- "it was as if" x 2
- someone could do something "like a sonofabitch" x 1
- Anita being bitchy and needy and gets praise from someone she hasn't earned it from x 2
- a gun is mentioned
Amy Imogene Reads
I've decided not to rate this series, so fellow friends, just ignore these mini reviews. I read this entire series (well, what was published at the time, anyway) around 10 years ago. I loved it then. I've then picked them up in various combos over the years since—I've got my favorites, my ones that I like to revisit over and over, ones I've never reread...

In a very bizarre sense, these are my comfort reads. (Yes, I know. I KNOW. What can I say, I find them comforting.)

I'm currently reading throu
Dec 19, 2007 rated it really liked it
Hmm, I debated and debated and debated whether to even write a review for this book because of all the controversy surrounding Laurell K. Hamilton changing her characters. I liked this book. Was it the best Anita Blake book? No. Was it better than the last couple? Yes. It's not a stand alone book so if you haven't read the others you probably should. I always enjoy the politics of the vampires and the wereanimals. I think that it is interesting just like I find our American political system fasc ...more
Ashley Ann
Feb 23, 2009 rated it did not like it
Didn't really like it. These books normally only take me a day or two to read, but this one took me almost two weeks. I just couldn't get into it.

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
Aug 21, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: readit
The sex scenes no longer occupy more pages than anything else, but the character list only continues to grow wildly out of control. Which I can live with, actually. What might be the final nail in the coffin, however, is the fact that some of Anita's actions this go round can, and probably should be, seen as those you'd typically associate with any given villain.
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
Better than "Micah", but still too much sex & not enough adventure for me. I really like Anita Blake. She's tough & good hearted, facing some trials that would take most people under. She hangs in there & tries to do the next right thing. When she can't figure out what the next right thing is, she at least tries not to do the wrong thing. It doesn't always work out. Twisted, complicated world she lives in.

I'm a little surprised I've hung with the series this long. I almost gave it up, especially
I remember the first time that I read this one and being super happy that it seemed like Hamilton was going back to what made the series amazing in the beginning - the police work and Anita working to solve problems. Also, it wasn't just page after page after page of sex. Yes, I get that Anita is a succubus and I get that a lot of people love the amount of smut in these books, but for me, the heart of this series has always been the core characters and their relationships. And I felt the same af ...more
Fangs for the Fantasy
Jan 16, 2014 rated it did not like it
The Harlequin, the deadly and secret Wild Hunt of the Council, the ultimate police force and nightmare of the vampire world, has arrived in St. Louis. Ostensibly there to examine Malcolm after his refusal to Blood Oath his followers, they are casting their eyes on Jean-Claude

And they are not playing by the rules

The biggest, scariest enforces of vampire kind! Created to strike fear in even the most powerful Masters of the City! Scary! Powerful! A force that should make even Anita quake in her boo
Oct 28, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Roger Royer
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Anita Blake just became one of my favorite heroes. I am interested in her and all of her supporting characters. The book is wonderfully well written and full of surprises.

It is however violent and sexual so if that is not for you then don't read the series.

Well, I believe that the whole series is like this, not just the one book. You don't have to read the other books in the series for this one to be good, thankfully. I really appreciate that as I have only read book four I think and this is b
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Oct 23, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The vulturi, ahem, harlequin are in town.

Anita is back to being a self righteous b**** and I really really disliked her in this book.
Apparently,things keep working in her favor, to the point of ridiculousness.
Sometimes I wonder if the books would be shorter is she stops bringing up stuff that doesn't matter like her inner monologue and her pruderies.
For example: chapter 28 was a total waste of time. She starts nagging about Olaf and Peter coming along yet she approves at the end.
It is official.
Samantha (Book Lover's Cozy Cafe)
Nov 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
This was probably the best Anita book I've since the...well since the ardeur (sp) started and Anita became a whore. Sorry to say that because I love Anita, but she did turn into quite the whore... it was getting to the point where I thought Ms. Hamilton had crossed wires, between the Anita Blake series and the Meredith Gentry series. Because in Anita's first 8 or 9 book maybe less she was this complete barney bad-ass that kicked anyone's ass the f****ed with her. Then she started turning into th ...more
Holly Full Moon Bites Book Reviews
Mar 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
~Has slight spoilers.~

Anita Blake is calling in the big gun's-- Edward as The Harlequin, very old vampires who kill for the council and wear masks-- come to St. Louis. But Edward isn't the only one she is going to need--Jean-Claude and Richard must come together with Anita and her other trivium if they are to defend themselves against The Harlequin.

I really enjoyed this fifteenth Anita Blake book. I think we get some of the good-action-suspense-plot back we had from the earlier Anita Blake books
Kathy Davie
Sep 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Fifteenth in the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter erotic urban fantasy series set in an alternate St. Louis, Missouri. The story revolves around Anita Blake's increasingly vampiric powers and the issues it creates for her and the people with whom she's involved.

The Story
The Harlequin have come to St. Louis. A secret police force of vampire assassins who should abide by the rules when they come to town. Should being the operative word. But then the Vampire Council does fear Jean-Claude and his triumvi
Jun 19, 2007 rated it really liked it
Series: #14 Anita Blake

Pages: 422

Number: 37

First Sentence:

"Malcolm the head of the Church of Eternal Life, the vampire church, sat across from me"


From the Publisher
Readers haven't seen anything yet-new in the "fabulously imagined series" (Publishers Weekly) from the #1 New York Times bestselling author.

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
Jul 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hamilton-l-k
The Harlequin is Anita Blake’s 15th book in the: Vampire Hunter series of PNR action and erotica novels by LKH.

The story starts with Malcolm in Anita’s office, telling she will be getting a warrant for the execution of some of his following in The Church of Eternal Life in St. Louis. He has not required blood oaths of the vampires under him, hence he has no ability to keep them from becoming dangerous predators.

Anita is known to be homophobic, and we find with long arguments with Nathaniel and B
Domino (aka Meme)
such a great novel. it had so much action and emotion; just fabulous! not only did Anita and her "monster's" kick some serious butte =)
Richard committed the final offense and Anita has had enough (me too). he has finally been moved to my ultimate crap list. he's becoming a character i love to hate, and do. i guess all the men in the series can't be alluring and oh so dangerous but lovable. Hamilton surely knows what she's doing. she also brought back Haven (Cookie Monster), from Danse Macabre, a
Jan 19, 2008 rated it liked it
I am getting so tired of Richard the werewolf and his angst. Hopefully, Hamilton is too. Anyway, this time, the vampire police have come to town. They're messing with Malcolm and his non-blood-oathed religious vampires—or somebody is—and they don't seem to be following the vampire cop rules. So she calls Edward for help—and he brings his stepson. There's lots of blood and mayhem. Lots of angst from Richard. Lots of sex. And there may be the final straw with Richard. I liked it anyway. A lot. ...more
Mar 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
No mas!!!

Had a promising start which devolved into one ginormous bitchfest. I could have done without the Dolph angst and the Richard angst. New characters showed up out of no where only to disappear just as quickly and I'm supposed to care?

Who finds this crap appealing?

No more Anita Blake novels for me.
This was a change in the right direction, finally advancing a bit of the arc-plot and less inter-groups squabbles. Setting up for the next level events and outer circles, closing down on our main characters. Now is the time to go on some road-trip for a lighter clearer adventure.
Autumn Miller ~ autumnbookreads
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
4.5 Stars
This installment in the Anita Blake was surprisingly good. In my review of the last book, Danse Macabre, I said that this series had lost my interest and I was feeling like this series had run its course. I questioned how Laurell K. Hamilton could continue with the same story lines over and over again. I felt like the series was getting repetitive and a big part of me wanted to stop reading it all together.
I am so glad that I took a step back and waited a few months before coming back
Aug 28, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As much as I bitch about this series, there must be something worthwhile about it, or I'd stop reading it, right?
My complaint with The Harlequin like with the last several books in the series, is, LKH coms up with good titles, and good premises, sets them up and gets you interested then bogs the plot down with one of three things: Too much sex, the Recurring Butt Hurt of Richard, or the Anger is My Name of Dolph the detective. I know with an ongoing series an author has repeating characters and
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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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