The Killing Dance by Laurell K. Hamilton

Took a little break from writing the reviews.  Sorry bout that, but here it is my review of The Killing Dance by Laurell K. Hamilton, book six of the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series.  It was originally published in 1997 by Ace Books and is 387 pages long.  Later, it was featured as the third book in Midnight Cafe.  It takes place after the events of Bloody Bones, and before the events of Blue Moon.  For anyone not familiar with the series it is vampire fiction with a smacking of police procedural mystery, and lots of yummy steamy tension too!  The copy is on loan, and I have not been compensated to write a favorable review in any way.  Just as a refresher, I do this for the joy of going through the series again and though I’ve slowed down recently, I will finish all 20+!  But for now…

It’s been almost two months since we last saw Anita and the gang.  We’re back in the alternate St. Louis, and Sabin, an acquaintance of Jean-Claude needs Anita’s help in fighting a rotting disease he’s developed from abstaining from live human blood.  To top it off, things are heating up with Anita and Richard, but Richard still needs Anita to see him change before they go all the way.  Unfortunately, a call from Edward changes things.  Someone has put a price on Anita’s head, and there’s a deadline.  As if dating a master Vampire and a werewolf wasn’t complicated enough for the Executioner, now she has to dodge would-be assassins.

Despite the promise of the last book, where Anita actually made her own moves on Jean-Claude, she seems to have pulled even further away from him and closer to Richard.  However, things are not exactly seventh heaven with her and the werewolf either.  Richard is still locked in a power struggle with Marcus.  The Pack Leader and Raina his Lupa have resorted to kidnapping one of the wolves Richard has sworn to protect, and forcing him to participate in a pornographic film.  Anita insists on coming with him, being that there’s a price on her head, what safer place to be than a warehouse full of Lycanthropes?  However, Richard’s refusal to back up his threat just might get them into more trouble than the people lining up to take out the Executioner.

Another murderer that targets master vampires is on the loose.  This time, they have a powerful magic-user on their side.  Their methods make them hard for Jean-Claude to detect.  Also RPIT also has a new member, Detective Tammy Reynolds who is a Follower of the Way, Christian based Wiccans.  Hopefully having a magic user with a badge might take some of the pressure off Anita.  When bad guys start showing up at her apartment, then Richard’s place, she’s forced to go to the Circus  until things blow over.

Sexual tension abounds in this installment, not only is there warmth with Richard, but also with Jean-Claude.  Also, there are a few surprises around the corner for the trio.  Things don’t end nearly as happily as I originally liked, even now many years after the first time I read it.  I won’t spoil anything, but Anita makes a decision, but its sort of bittersweet.  The book is action packed though.  We finally get to see Richard transform, Jean-Claude is scrumptious as usual, and plotting things all over the place, and even Anita pulls a few rabbits out of her hat; fanged, bloodthirsty rabbits.

As with most of Laurell’s work, it is not a happy-go-lucky story, and this one has more emotion to it than the last ones.  The emotions are running high and you will be taken on a wild ride with this one.  Also, there’s some twists all around.  This one definitely will not leave you bored.  A tremendous read, and I highly recommend it!

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About Cici Brown
I'm a happily married mother of two and a half. I'm usually pretty bubbly and in some cases, according to my husband, too open about everything. I am and always will be a gamer geek, though I haven't table-top roleplayed for many years. I still manage to hit an MMO or two. My interests include most things geek and Vampire fiction, though not the sparkly kind, that's not vampire fiction. I have goals towards publishing that have yet to be fulfilled but one day...

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