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(Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #26)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  7,935 ratings  ·  1,138 reviews
Vampire hunter Anita Blake has managed to overcome everything she faces. But this time there's a monster that even she doesn't know how to fight...

A remote Florida island is the perfect wedding destination for the upcoming nuptials of Anita's fellow U.S. Marshal and best friend Edward. For Anita, the vacation is a welcome break, as it's the first trip she gets to take with
Hardcover, 486 pages
Published August 7th 2018 by Berkley Books
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Rebecca I loved the start of this series but I stopped reading at book 15 when Anita's sex life became more important than plot. Remember when she used to rai…moreI loved the start of this series but I stopped reading at book 15 when Anita's sex life became more important than plot. Remember when she used to raise the dead and it was mentioned that if she didn't the dead would just rise around her? Did that get explained away and i was just so disinterested that i missed it???(less)
Nichole The same relationship drivel as the last few.

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Elsa Crisol
Nov 27, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I had been obsessed with this saga for so many years... and since "Shutdown" I'm not excited anymore. I want something like Obsidian Butterfly or Narcissus in Chains... I want action but not "sex action".
This thing with the Ardeur is out of control.
Trista Wilson
Nov 21, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
You know this shit is going to suck. This went from being one of the best urban fantasies to the worst porn you could buy. It never gets better, only worse. Why the hell is this woman even still writing this series? She destroyed it. Just end it with a wrap up and make a new series. It could be titled vampire and ware porn for the sexually frustrated. Lawd! I won’t buy this book when it’s released. I’ll buy the last book when it’s over. Maybe Anita’s vagina will break and we can all have a rest ...more
Cate McCool
Feb 24, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
How is this series still going on...? I used to be a huge fan before the series belonged on an erotica shelf rather than the original sci-fi/fantasy one. I have nothing wrong this sex scenes, even ones that take over a few pages, but I do have a problem when there’s zero plot except a bunch of angsty teenagers worrying about their ego and who is playing with their toys. LKH needs to stop beating a dead horse already and go back to her books with a kickass female protagonist who gets shit done in ...more
Katie R
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My predictions:
Anita has long drawn out conversations about who she doesn't love enough. These take up at least 25% of the book.
Despite being engaged to Jean-Claude, we only see him for like 5 pages and they consist of a short sex scene, her wondering why he wants her when he's so super pretty, then her feeling bad for loving other people.
The mystery can only be solved with the power of her vagina. If not that, then only her super special lycanthrope strength. No normal abilities for her!
Sierra Miller
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't wait for this book to come out! I am completely obsessed with this series! I know the series gets a lot of hate about all the sex in the books but I think it is perfect for the progression of the story. I mean really, Anita is a succubus. What were people expecting? Anyway this series brings a lot of aspects from many genres that I love reading and I never want to put the books down. There are so many parts in previous books that were left unfinished that I am hoping to see soon. Like Ol ...more
So. Yeah. I keep wondering why I keep up with this series, but it boils down to just one thing:

Investment. I have a ton of hardcovers. This must be it.

But, let me go over what isn't so bad about this book. NO NEW LOVERS. See? That band-aid has now been torn off. We don't have to go into another long introduction of a new character who has been mind-raped by Anita or is mysteriously overwhelmed by her monstrous sexuality. That was the last book. And many, many others. No.

In this one, we're in f
I've read every book in the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series. I have to say I have been a devoted follower and was thrilled that Anita and Edward were paired up again. The stories with both Anita and Edward have always seemed to be one of my favorites.

From 65% percent on this was the Hamilton storytelling that I enjoy reading. And here comes the BUT... But before the 65% point there was a lot of feelings, mono-logging, feelings, psychoanalyzing, and more discussions about... you guessed it, f
Jul 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, netgalley
Told from Anita's single, first-person, POV Serpentine doesn't offer much new content in the way of how the story is developed from the way Laurell K. Hamilton has approached the series in the last dozen or so installments.

Anita, Micah and Nathaniel, along with Nicky and a few other bodyguards journey to a small island off the Florida Keys to attend Edward, sorry Ted's, wedding to Donna. There's plenty of relationship angst from Nathaniel being pissed that Anita and Micah are always working, Mi
Lukas Anthony
Aug 16, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don't even know why I did this to myself again.

A brief note: I submitted this to Amazon literally at 3:12 AM this morning and it just went through 10 minutes ago- obviously to give all the Verified Purchase reviews exposure first. So, if you're of a mind, I'd appreciate a little voting help to push it up the list. Thanks.

I hadn’t read the last two books… actually I stopped reading the last two books about 20% in because I completely lost interest in them that fast- so when the chance arose at an early
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
I received a free ARC of this book from NetGalley.

This is a banner day, my friends. Not only did I get to read this book early and for free, I am giving it TWO STARS. That is 100% more stars than any book in the Anita Blake series since book 17. Truly, an accomplishment to be celebrated. What makes this book 100% better than any of the previous 9 books in the series (although still not "good")? A couple of things. One, there is sort of a plot that is more-or-less focused on throughout the book.
Oct 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Like so many other readers, if I hadn’t been committed to this series, I wouldn’t have made it through the first 100 pages. These stories used to be about hunting monsters, killing the bad guys, and saving the rest of the world. With just enough humor tossed in to remind you of our hero Anita’s practically ordinary life.

These books have changed so drastically! We spend at least 75% of the time either reminding the reader that we have lots, LOTS of complicated relationships or talking about how
Jul 25, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The real question is if LKH will be able to tone down her rampant narcissism just enough to let an editor actually do their job? The last book was about 90 pages of incoherent plot and 400 pages of filler. The atrocious writing aside the continuity errors were horrific to the point where the majority of the book didn't even make sense. ...more
Aug 11, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I think this may be the second time, ever, that I will return a book for a refund. I know, I hear you gasping. It’s not cool. But I really don’t want to give this author anymore of my money. Are we really on the 26th installment? Wow. I said last couple books I was done, yet I am some kind of masochist because either myself or my husband preordered this book so I thought I would give it a chance. It’s a pile of steaming horse shit.

First off, I think the author’s editor and agent need to be fire
Princess J. Antoinette
OMG! I'm excited about this next installment of this series... I love the action and the sex... Best of both worlds if you ask me! Yey ...more
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I enjoyed this book. You may not know this, but I really like Laurell K. Hamilton's writing and have read most of her work. I did take a bit of a break from the Anita Blake series but I knew that it would be something that I would get back to at some point. I have read the first 22 books in the series so I did skip a few books before starting this one but it worked out well but I don't think that this would be a great starting point
Rambling Reader
Aug 08, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Before Serpentine came out, I was really excited about this story. Hamilton had set us up with two interesting premises: Edward's wedding and the discovery of this snake-like monster, something that we hadn't seen too much of in the Blake-verse. I find myself feeling like she just bit off way more than she could chew. Despite the book's length, neither plot is done the justice it deserved.

The saga of Edward's marriage feels rushed and repeated. The central roadblock to the wedding is one that we
This review was originally posted at my website, Leona Woolfolk*I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I can’t believe it’s been 25 years since Guilty Pleasures was released! Seeing as I am almost 26 I definitely entered the game later down the line.

First going into Serpentine I knew that it had been at least 5, maybe 6 books I haven’t read before this installment but I knew fr
Aug 07, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

I can't figure out if I'm bored with the relationship therapy stories or if it's all just so stale. Anita hasn't really made me squee in a while.

And I wasn't best pleased with (view spoiler) I call bullshit.


Apparently one can no longer comment on a book unless they have rated i
Rebecca Blake
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I hope for more jean-Claude in this book. He and Richard are my favorite characters. I'm so excited, can't wait to read. ☺️ ...more
Mar 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm addicted and I need help!
I know this will be one of the worst books I will ever read in 2018, and yet I can't wait to be published, go figure it out...

YES, I finally got it!



It was a slow weekend for my reading, and I only managed to read the first 15 chapters, but the story seems really promising so far. I'm excited about this new lycanthropy case in which Anita gets involved and I look forward to see how this will go. I also enjoy all the small references to
keikii Eats Books
30 points/100 (1.75 stars/5)

Anita, Micah, and Nathaniel go down to Florida for Edward and Donna's wedding. Micah has been going down there for months to help an incredibly interesting were family figure out their curse so they can cure it.

Despite being 100% unnecessary to the series, this is somehow actually better than Crimson Death.

A lot of things from earlier in the series are in this one, though not all of them have an impact on the plot.

Lots of the relationship drama has been cut out of thi
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I know that many people have abandoned Anita Blake in the face of the growing number of relationships and the overly polyamorous theme. I know it. I understand it too, but I have a weakness for this series. This is one of the first that I started and although many things tire me, I can not let it go. I sometimes take a long time to read them after their releases, but I do it anyway. I’m not going to tell you that things are changing because it would be lying,
Erica Chilson
I received a copy of this title to read & review for Wicked Reads

4 Stars.

Disclosure: I had not read past Hit List, reading the previous books in the series dozens of times each. However, being so far behind didn’t offer much confusion. I easily caught up to speed, without spoiling much that may have happened in those books I own yet have yet to read.

At the start, I found the relationship issues to get rather tedious, reminding me of parents (the characters) bickering in front of their chi
BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
Anita Blake returns front and center of everyone's attention, even if it isn't her wedding. It is Edward's, aka Ted's wedding. All is not right with the couple as strange things happen with conflicts that cause everyone, including the groom to question if this wedding should go through.

I'm mixed on this story. Anita is the center again as the women in Donna's party are torn up...over Anita's fake sexual relationship with Edward. Not sure why this is coming up but apparently one of Donna's bride
Aug 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed

I am a fan of LKH and I really do like this series a lot. I'm enough of a fan (and hopeful) to buy the books on or near the release date. The book was okay but the books have become clogged with rehashed relationship junk. It's not new. It's not a new development. If I edited out all of the overdone backstory and repetitive mental add-ons, the actual story would take up about 125 pages. Not even close to 200 pages.

Usually, the case or "red glaring threat" scenario made up for some o
Aug 08, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I came incredibly close to not finishing Serpentine, and I'm not necessarily glad that I actually persevered.

It took a third of the book to actually get to the island, and halfway before anything significant actually happened. I think at least 70% of the book was essentially relationship fluff, and no one was free from it. What is wrong with the characters in this book that their relationships are so seriously flawed? Flawed enough that they develop multiple new problems in every single recent i
Jul 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wrrt, 2018
I received a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads

well, i'm not sure where to go with this review. Start by saying that I've been a fan for many years of the Anita Blake series and i've read them all. But, did not read book 23 or 24. After Jason's book (book 22) I pretty much gave up. When this came up for review I decided I'd give one of my favorite authors another chance. I have to say, I'm pretty indifferent. I dont think things have gotten any better for my long time favorite
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
It was good and bad getting back to Anita’s world. Edward was in the story which is good, but when he’s in the story there is always less sexy times.

For me, the biggest draw back to this series is how a walk down the hall can take two chapters as conversations take place that can happen once they reach their destination. It’s annoying. Also information is often repeated with different characters without giving any additional insight. For those reasons, the story can drag.

The sex scenes were few
Adam Duclos
Aug 22, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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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