Published in: 2010
Edition read: E-book
Book #: Book 19 in the Anita Blake series
Anita Blake is back in St. Louis and trying to live a normal life-as normal as possible for someone who is a legal vampire executioner and a U. S. Marshal. There are lovers, friends and their children, school programs to attend. In the midst of all the ordinary happiness a vampire from Anita’s past reaches out. She was supposed to be dead, killed in an explosion, but the Mother of All Darkness is the first vampire, their dark creator. It’s hard to kill a god. This dark goddess has reached out to her here-in St. Louis, home of everyone Anita loves most. The Mother of All Darkness has decided she has to act now or never, to control Anita, and all the vampires in America.
The Mother of All Darkness believes that the triumvirate created by master vampire Jean-Claude with Anita and the werewolf Richard Zeeman has enough power for her to regain a body and to immigrate to the New World. But the body she wants to possess is already taken. Anita is about to learn a whole new meaning to sharing her body, one that has nothing to do with the bedroom. And if the Mother of All Darkness can’t succeed in taking over Anita’s body for herself, she means to see that no one else has the use of it, ever again. Even Belle Morte, not always a friend to Anita, has sent word: “Run if you can…
Wow, what a pointless 350 pages that was. Anita has an orgy with some of her men, then is attacked by vampires in spirit forms or something, then she has an orgy with like 50 people (never mentioned how many people, but its something like that), then she kills a lover, whinges about it for the next 50 pages, has another orgy, then has random sex with random strangers in front of other random strangers until the end of the book, which ends abruptly.
For about 10 pages, we get an actual storyline, when Anita has to act like the federal mashal she is meant to be, but its mostly brushed over. 70 people killed in a bloodbath? Meh, nothing special there cause Anita needs to get her sex on with 4 different guys in 20 pages.
These books went from a pleasure to read, to just a chore. If Anita isn’t having sex with someone, then she is either fighting with them or they are fighting with her. It’s dull as hell to read, and where there is promise for a seriously good story to emerge, it just never happens. The thing about the rotting vampire who killed all those people could have been a great story, but no, it’s mentioned briefly and never mentioned again. The whole mother dearest haunting the bodies of the council could have been more, but it isnt. It ends up being about how many more notches can Anita get on her belt. Answer = a lot of men, and one woman.
This book was just painful to finish, but I powered through it in the hopes that maybe a story would emerge. Good thing I didn’t hold my breath waiting for the story to turn up. Maybe the next book will be better?
Bullet rating: 3/10
Would I re-read it? No
Who would I recommend it to? Fans of the series, fans of paranormal fiction, mostly fans of books about extreme sex scenes. If you wanna read about a lady getting it on with multiple different people in multiple different ways, then this is the book for you, with no pesky storylines to get in the way of those sex scenes.
Author’s website: http://www.laurellkhamilton.org/works/anita-blake/bullet/