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The Killing Dance

(Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #6)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  71,196 ratings  ·  1,367 reviews
Anita Blake, vampire hunter, is now herself a hunted woman. Who put the $500,000 price on her head--a man or a monster? It's not just her own skin she needs to save; the rivalry between her werewolf boyfriend, Richard, and Marcus, the other alpha werewolf in his pack, has come to full boil. And there's always Jean-Claude, the vampire who's been waiting for just the right m ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 387 pages
Published September 24th 2002 by Berkley Books (first published June 1st 1997)
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Jul 25, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I haaaate Anita Blake.

She is rude. She is arrogant. She is pushy, bitchy, violent, frequently obstinate, has incredibly poor impulse control, and she does not strike me as particularly smart. Unfortunately, I think the author thinks Anita is smart, and so I end up reading passages that are meant to show Anita getting some sort of insight, when no. There's nothing there, sometimes literally the author will insert the idea that Anita's picked up on some nuance that is not there. That's not valid -
Aug 02, 2007 rated it really liked it

Okay, so these books are marketed like steamy romance vampire lover novels, right? Well, The Killing Dance is the seventh book in this series that I have read, but the first where she sleeps with Jean-Claude, the vamp. I'm a little miffed cause if she was gonna sleep with either of them, I was hoping for Richard, the wolf. Or, at least hoping she would sleep with him before giving it up to Jean-Claude.

Now, here's the thing: in books 1-4, Anita is painted as taking the high
Anita Blake has a hit out on her in this book. And, the person who put the contract on her is offering a half a million dollars. Hell, I'd do it for a candy bar and a bottle of wine. It could even be a box of wine. Really, she's pretty unlikable.

She finds out about this through Edward, one of my favorite characters, a professional hitman. He was offered the contract first, but didn't take it. As a matter of fact, he even decides to protect her from the hitman who does try to kill her. Anita asks
My public service announcement for the day is this:

If you read 'Anita Blake' books beyond this one, you've only got yourself to blame.

I've put a little effort into putting my finger on where this series went wrong. Somewhere along the line it went from being 'Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter' to 'Anita Blake: Supernatural Porn Star'. It was either this one or the next ('Burnt Offerings') where it all went penis-shaped.

Don't get me wrong. I like sex, and I also like porn.

However, when I buy a book abo
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“There was a look on Jean Claude’s face that was hard to describe. The devil must look like that after you’ve signed on the dotted line and given away your soul. Pleased, eager, and a little hungry.

3rd Listen: “My life was a cross between a preternatural soap opera and an action adventure movie. Sort of As the Casket Turns meets Rambo.”
2nd Listen: Still such a good time.

Turning point!
There’s a hit out on Anita Blake.
Who could hate her that much?
Edward’s back in town to play bodyguard. Everyt
This is probably my favorite book of the whole series. It cuts out all of the BS and we get to the meat of what everybody wants to see. There is so much focus on Anita, Jean-Claude, and Richard and by book 6 it was needed. Of course, she's got a half-million dollar bounty on her head that she needs to figure out in the process of trying not to get dead. Richard's dealing with his own pack issues; he isn't seeing eye to eye with his co-alpha, Marcus. That climaxes in an unbelievable scene.

Of cour
Again another great book in the Anita Blake series, and this one is probably one of my favorite in the series. Finally in this book we see a conclusion to head battle between Jean-Claude and Richard. Vampire or Werewolf? Which one will Anita pick? Can one woman successful be with two men and not lose herself? I found "The Killing Dance" to be one of the sexier books in the series, not because there is sex in the book, but because of all the sexual tension that is built throughout the book betwee ...more
Sammy Loves Books
***3.5 "Have Sex Already" Stars***

Anita "the prude" Blake is back! She's dating her werewolf boyfriend, Richard, and Jean Claude, Master Vampire of the city. Unfortunately she's such a prude that she hasn't had sex with either.


Thank goodness that changes in this book because I was ready to hit her over the head with a big fat dildo and scream "fuck somebody already".

The sexual tension has been ridiculous and neither Richard or Jean Claude have had sex for over seven months because Anita does't
Laurie  |  LOHF
In The Killing Dance Anita Blake discovers someone has put out a serious hit on her life, she’s still torn between Richard the werewolf and Jean Claude the vampire and she’s drawn deeply into the tangled politics of the were-pack. There’s isn’t much in the way of police work, just a lot of pack power struggles, increased sensual tension and a visit from Edward. Ahhh, Edward’s here so I can deal with the lack of Anita working. She needs a bit of a break after Bloody Bones anyway.

If Bloody Bones
Tilly Slaton

Anita Blake, vampire hunter and animator. A fiercely loyal friend with survival instincts that would make your blood freeze and coil. There is so much rage in this woman, she makes the Hulk look like Stawberry Shortcake!

I went for the hallway and the sound of screams.

As always, the murder scenes in the Anita Blake series are impressive and stunningly delicious. I find myself anticipating certain aspects of these books. Am I looking forward to the lust triangle moments or the brains dripping fr
Ann aka Iftcan
Oct 02, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: they need to add a zero
Ok, they need to add a zero to the selection so that you can warn others to not bother with a book. Sorry to say, but after the 5th of the Anita Blake books, Laurel just totally gives up on being an AUTHOR and goes over to porno. If the smut were removed from the rest of the books, then all of them together might make a single novel. Otherwise they are short (very short) stories with lots of sex, sex scenes, people talking about sex and thinking about sex. . .

Sorry, but if I wanted all that sex
May 17, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Crystal Starr Light
Sabin and his human servant, Dominic, approach Anita with a problem. Sabin tried to go vegetarian for the love of his life, but now he's rotting. Can Anita help?

Sure, no problem! Only...Anita promptly drops that thread, and it's only a sheer coincidence (though a rather clever one, I'll admit) that it ever comes back into the story.

Anita is dating both Jean-Claude and Richard--supposedly because "She was forced to date Jean-Claude", but honestly, we all know she actually wanted to, because she's
Is it sad that at this point I'm more interested in the mysterious Edward's backstory than I am in Anita's romantic travails? After a while, Anita's dithering and trust issues get stale - at least this one involves some progress on this front. ...more
Erika ♥OwlwaysReading♥
Jan 08, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-pnr
Book 1: Start
Book 2: Go
Book 3: Go
Book 4: Go
Book 5: Stop
Book 6: Stop Reading!!! STOP like your life (or sanity) depends on it!
Timothy Boyd
Well it finally happened. I knew that book 10 of this series the focus would shift from Urban Fantasy to Supernatural Romance/soft porn. It's been slowly edging that way for a book or so now. I was hoping for a few more books before we topped the hill but the two main characters gave in and did the deed. So now I expect the next 4 books to begin a rapid downhill slide before the full shift over to the soft porn style that I know occurs. I am not mad at the writer, she is just giving the public w ...more
Ugh! I'm going against my rule and talking specifics (a.k.a., spoilers), because I just... I.... Agh! I'm having a hard time with words. So just to make things clear: since I'm at the tablet and I can't hide my review from here... you've been warned: SPOILERS AHEAD.

I'm not sure why, but I don't like Richard all that much, he never made me swoon, he didn't seem "right" for Anita and, heck! I've been rooting for Jean-Claude since book 1. So believe me when I say, I don't care that Anita slept with
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Anna 'Bookbuyer'
So much happened in this book. Anita is almost killed many times. Edward wasn't even able to keep her safe all the time.

She was almost killed in the john. O.o What a way to go!

She went to the premier of the club and now her family knows she's dating Jean Claude. I don't see the issue but obviously she is uncomfortable with that.

Raina, Marcus, and Gabriel are dead. Good. They deserved it. I do almost feel bad for Marcus though as the stupid shit actually love Raina. :/
Jammin Jenny
Loved this installment in the Anita Blake series. Finally some action between our heroine and her two paramours. Go Team Jean-Claude! I really enjoyed the fight between the werewolf alphas. Great story ARC.
Karen McCluskey
I bought Laurell K. Hamilton's first Anita Blake novel, Guilty Pleasures, because a friend told me the first few books in the series are good. Apparently after that, they shift from mystery to erotica. I found the first book entertaining, although Anita feels a bit two-dimensional. Clearly, there is enough intrigue to keep me reading, as I've quickly made my way through six books thanks to the ease of Kindle ordering. But all the time I am reading, I keep wondering why.

The love triangle between
Aug 07, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whee! Anita finally gets some lovin'! ...more
Alice 🌙
5/5 ⭐️
This book was a bit slow at the beginning but it picked up quickly. I so want to jump right into the next book with that ending!
Jan 01, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I rarely read series so the fact that I made it to book 6 of this one is a rare feat. I love Anita and her tough as nails facade. She’s a badass and I find her shoot first, ask questions later mantra refreshing in a sea of helpless heroines. It’s kind of like when Wonder Woman with Gal Gadot was released and women everywhere were like... ohhhh, no wonder men feel so empowered. They have these heroic and fearless characters to look up to from an early age. Basically Anita Blake is my Batman.

I ha
Pam Nelson
Someone wants Anita dead. So she asks Edward to help keep her safe since he won’t accept the bounty on her.

This also gives Richard and Jean-Claude a chance to work together to keep Anita safe. It works for a little while. Richard I find wants to change Anita but he wants her to be herself but not it’s odd. And Jean-Claude just wants Anita I don’t know if he wants Anita for herself or if he wants her to serve him…

Sex happens!! Can you guess with who?

What an ENDING!

Liking the narration :)
Jan 20, 2019 rated it did not like it

This is the last Anite Blake novel I'm going to read, I'm officially done with this series. I know I promised to read through what I have, which was book seven, but this was just Too Much to handle. I'm so tired of being pulled into Hamilton's rape fantasies, and having actually interesting characters sidelined in favor of talking about Anita's hair, or her guns, or her Nikes for the hundredth time. Then we have Jean-Claude's constant use
Anna 'Bookbuyer'
Feb 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Mar 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: calibre-library, 2009
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Sep 20, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 *stars . I know eventually this series plunges more into eroticism than anything else (but finally in newer books starts to revert back towards the horror mystery feel of these earlier ones), but here it is very easy to see Hamilton shifting her narrative from that of the noir-laden horror mystery (with some romantic entanglements) into a full blown paranormal romance. The book starts out strong with Anita being hunted down by an assassin, but about midway through we lose part of that story ...more
Diane Ehrlich
Jan 08, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
The first several novels in the Anita Blake series are great. Funny, scary, a touch gory and a touch sexy. As you read each book, you can really see the character development as Anita becomes more sure of herself and more comfortable with the "monsters". However, some the later books have deteriorated into little more than soft porn for women. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

However, I feel it cheapens the series, which features a great role model in Anita as a women who has accepted
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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

Other books in the series

Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter (1 - 10 of 28 books)
  • Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #1)
  • The Laughing Corpse (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #2)
  • Circus of the Damned (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #3)
  • The Lunatic Cafe (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #4)
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“I was just offered a contract on your life, for enough money to make it worth my while." It was my turn to be quiet.
Did you take it?"
Would I be calling you if I had?"
Maybe," I said. He laughed.
True, but I'm not going to take it."
Why not?"
Try again," I said.
I figure I'll get to kill more people guarding you. If I take the contract, I only get to kill you."
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