Friday, October 15, 2010

Review: Danse Macabre + The Harlequin + Blood Noir by Laurell K. Hamilton

Since I am re-reading the Anita Blake series, my blog has been populated by reviews about the series. To minimize posts, I started to combine reviews since I tend to keep it short and simple. So here's a combine post of books 14, 15 and 16 of the Anita Blake Series. Enjoy!

Danse Macabre (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 14)Title: Danse Macabre (The Vampire Hunter #14: Anita Blake Series)
Author: Laurell K. Hamilton
Pages: 576
Publisher: Jove
ISBN: 0515142816
The uniquely complicated life of Anita Blake, the St. Louis–based necromancer, gets even more complicated when Anita discovers she may be pregnant in the 14th novel in bestseller Hamilton's vampire hunter series (Micah, etc.). Her sexual magic powers require multiple lovers, so there are six potential fathers. One possible dad, werewolf Richard, has trouble understanding that, baby or not, Anita's still a federal marshal who raises the dead and executes vampires. In addition, terrifying, life-threatening obstetrical challenges are involved, since the maybe-mommy has to deal with vampirism and several strains of lycanthropy coursing through her veins. That Anita has no detecting to do may disappoint some fans, but playing hostess to a gathering of North American vampire Masters of the City, ostensibly in town for a performance by a vampiric ballet troupe, keeps her plenty busy. When the vampire ballet takes the stage toward the end, several new plot elements emerge. The very lack of a finale suggests that there's no end in sight for this fabulously imagined series.


The strength of the Ardeur rises but Anita has come terms with her power in addition to her other supernatural abilities. Not only has she been The Executioner, investigator, Jean-Claudes human servant, a member of two triumvirate, and other obligations that wears her down everyday. Now she is faced with the possibility of having a child and what's worse, with Anita's multiple partner, the gang doesn't know who's is it. Which makes it more complicated.

From the previous book we know that Anita carries 4 types of lycanthropy which is harder for her to control together with the ardeur. With the complications, she adds more men to the already growing pile of lovers that she has to date. Because of her condition, Anita shows signs of changing into animal form but she refuses and everybody works harder to help her control her powers.

Also in this book, Anita and Jean Claude discovers that feeding the ardeur with a Master Vampire not only makes them stronger but it also gives power to everybody connected with the triumvirate.

I actually like this better than the last few books that i rated so low. On my opinion the series is picking up it's pace and I do wish that it continues  until it reaches it's peak like before. There are still a lot of graphic scenes that I skip sometimes but being used to reading it, I come to like reading it now than before. Another thing that I don't love about the series is the numerous addition of characters that's making my head aches. Sometimes I feel like I have to make a Venn diagram just to remember who is who and with what purpose.

The Harlequin (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 15)Title: The Harlequin (The Vampire Hunter #15: Anita Blake Series)
Author: Laurell K. Hamilton
Pages: 432
Publisher: Jove
ISBN: 0425217248

Anita Blake is about to face the challenge of her life. Into her world-a world already overflowing with power-have come creatures so feared that powerful, centuries-old vampires refuse to mention their names. It is forbidden to speak of The Harlequin unless you've been contacted. And to be contacted by The Harlequin is to be under sentence of death.
Long-time rivals for Anita's affections, Jean-Claude, Master Vampire of the City, and Richard, alpha-werewolf, will need to become allies. Shapeshifters Nathaniel and Micah will have to step up their support. And then there's Edward. In this situation, Anita knows that she needs to call the one man who has always been there for her...


Anita is in trouble, again! But this time, the villains are bigger and badder. With the great threat, Anita seeks the help of her friend Edward. With the increasing power of Anita's first triumvirate and all their allies, The Harlequin looks into their affairs for a little "straightening".

Anita eventually removes her allegiance from the were-lion due to complications that their Alpha cannot provide. With the attack of The Harlequin and their disregard of rules gives Anita's camp their leverage and opening for an attack. and because the mother of all darkness seems to awaken from her deep slumber, she uses her children (The Harlequin) to attack Jean Claude and Anita to take over their territory and start their expansion from there.

Anita lost some of her allies but gained another through a different source. Again, Anita seems to add more men to her already long list and seems that she doesn't get bothered by casual sex anymore unlike she used to in order to survive. The series somewhat made Anita practical from her conservative insights earlier in the series.

And yes, the series is picking it's pace again after a slump with the previous books and I am lovin' it in spite the sexual scenes that I skip through. :) I know that many have abandoned the series already, I was close to that before, but I gave it another shot and made a great decision. I love the newer books and I am eagerly excited to what will happen to Anita and the gang in the next books.

Blood Noir (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter)Title: Blood Noir (The Vampire Hunter #16: Anita Blake Series)
Author: Laurell K. Hamilton
Pages: 432
Publisher: Jove
ISBN: 0515146374

A favor for Jason, vampire hunter Anita Blake's werewolf lover, puts her in the center of a fullblown scandal that threatens master-vampire Jean- Claude's reign, and makes her a pawn in an ancient vampire queen's new rise to power.


Anita is back and she is pissed! What way can the bad guys pissed this heroine? It's simple. Attack her love ones or pester her during times that her people needs her.

Well this is what Marmee Noir did. Jason seeks Anita's help with his dying father. During this time, Marmee Noir somehow disconnects Anita's connection with Jean Claude which leaves him not knowing what is happening and Anita helpless even in her sleep.

The powerful mother vampire manipulated Anita and rolls her causing Anita to have sex yet to another wereanimal. Also in the book, Jason becomes Anita's wolf to call because Nathaniel became a part of her second triumvirate. A promotion, in a  weird way. You should definitely need to read the previous books because it keeps on getting complicated even for readers like me that have re-read the series.

ardeur from Jean Claude, Jean Claude gained Anita's stubbornness, Richard Anita's anger. This book tells us that Richard copes with his gaining Anita's anger but also gained a new power - the ardeur. This book, Hamilton gave me a new version of Richard. I can say better and more powerful which is a good thing.

To sum it up, Hamilton decided to make a 360 degrees turn and "improved" the book from the slump that it went after Blue Moon. I love how Danse Macabre changed the mood for me because I was seriously close to giving up on the series which I don't really do.

With exemption of the sexual parts of the book, which is a lot I might add so conservative readers might want to rethink reading this series, the book actually gave me the excitement I first felt reading the first few books of the series. I love the fast paced style of the series + Hamilton's way of graphically painting us the story of the characters. Good job for Hamilton on these three books.

I'm excited to read what's next to the series.

1 comment:

  1. I'm working my way through the series again as well. You are so right about Hamilton's fast pace. She seems to cram a lot of stuff into each book!

    My review of Blood Noir is up too, here.



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