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Monday, June 21, 2010

Review: Blood Noir by Laurell K.Hamilton

Blood Noir (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #16) Blood Noir by Laurell K. Hamilton

"What The Da Vinci Code did for the religious thriller, the Anita Blake series has done for the vampire novel." - USA Today
"[A] wildly popular paranormal series." - Entertainment Weekly

My rating:

Jason Schuyler is a werewolf. He's also one of Anita Blake's best friends, and sometimes her lover. And right now he needs her - not to be a vampire hunter, or a federal marshal, or a necromancer, or even for her rank in the werewolf pack, but because his father is dying. He needs Anita because she's a pretty woman who loves him, who can make him look like an everyday guy, who agrees to go home with him and help him say good-bye to the abusive father he never loved. The fact that Jason is about as much an everyday guy as Anita is a pretty woman is something they figure they can keep under wraps for a couple of days in a small town. How hard can that be?

Really, by now, Anita Blake should know better.

Marmee Noir, ancient mother of all vampires, picks this weekend to make a move. Somehow she has cut the connection that binds Anita and Jean-Claude, leaving Jean-Claude unable to sense what is happening. Dangerous even as she sleeps, buried in darkness for a thousand years somewhere beneath the old country of Europe, Marmee Noir reaches out toward power. She has attacked Anita before, but never like this. In Anita she senses what she needs to make her enemies tremble...

My Thoughts:
This was one of my likes by not loves, of the series. I didn't find the plot very exciting, mostly because it's just Mother of All Darkness drama. But, I DID love the fact that Jason got his own book. Finally.
Jason has been a favorite of mine since he first appeared in The Lunatic Cafe(book4). He's one of Anita's best friends. One with benefits I might add. But who doesn't get a benefit when knowing Anita.;) Okay, that's mean..but if you've read the series, you know what I mean. That being said, I still love Anita and this series. She's a tough, smart, strong female lead, and every book is an addictive one. I can give great news to fans who didn't like books 8- on. Starting with Blood Noir a bit, she's getting back to her usual self. Although, I find she doesn't truly get back to being Anita until Skin Trade and Anita the necromancer until FLIRT.

In Blood Noir. Jason needs Anita. not to be a vampire hunter, a federal marshal, or a necromancer. He needs her to be there for him because his father is dying. So for a friend, Anita gets on a plane(something she dreads) with Jason and visits Jasons hometown of Ashville.
"Marmee Noir, ancient mother of all vampires, picks this weekend to make a move." Why can't Anita have a weekend off? Maybe because then she'd be boring? he he! This particular Anita Blake novel is heavy on the emotional development of its characters. There's family drama and chaos, life threatening altercations, even in Anita's Sleep.

Another thing I found a bit disappointing, is that Jean Claude is not one of the major characters in the book. It was a good book, but I love Jean Claude so much, and find he makes each book worth the read always. But, we do get introduced to a few new characters who are interesting and worth it.
There's no getting around it, the book is mostly about sex. Yes, it's supposed to be Jason's book, but this series is always geared towards Anita, and what we get is, Anita.

All in all, I did enjoy this book. I love the series, and have read past this book. Each book since this gets better and better, and more like the Anita I fell in love with. I am awaiting my copy of Bullet. I'm very excited to see what Anita is up to next. And my advice is, if you've stopped during this series at any point, and think you could give it another go, knowing it will lead back to the Anita you started to like, I would do it. It's worth it to read through. It's a great accomplishment to have as many books as this series does, and I always enjoy Laurell K. Hamilton's work!

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