- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Headline (4 Feb. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0755355350
- ISBN-13: 978-0755355358
- Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.9 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 232,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Burnt Offerings: 7 (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter 7) Paperback – 4 Feb 2010
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When the vampire Master of St Louis starts an affair with the city's most notorious necromancer and executioner of vampires, it was bound to cause comment.
Anita Blake finds out, in Burnt Offerings, that there is something even her lover Jean-Claude fears--and that is the Council, the body of old and magically powerful vampires who decide policy and can condemn those who question their authority to a lingering undeath of supernatural torture. Among their servants is Jean-Claude's ex Asher, who blames him for his disfigurement at the hands of the Inquisition and for the death of the woman they both loved--and Asher has a perfect vengeance in mind.
As Laurel K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series proceeds, Anita becomes ever more powerful in her magics and her capacity to control supernatural entities; she also becomes ever more sexually magnetic, and the books more erotic, as she learns to cope with life as boss of a pack of were-leopards with a taste for SM and snuggling. And as the books proceed, the stakes get higher and higher--Laurell K. Hamilton does a nice line in sheer terror, whether fear of decay or fear of the preternaturally hot fire a pyrokineticist can throw at those who offend him. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Death and gore galore ... Hamilton writes with ease and vigour..." SHIVERS ('I was enthralled - a departure from the usual type of vampire tale which will have a wide appeal to any reader hunting for both chills and fun')
ANDRE NORTON ('This fast-paced, tough-edged supernatural thriller is mesmerizing reading indeed')
LOCUS ('Supernatural bad guys beware, night-prowling Anita Blake is savvy, sassy and tough')
P N Elrod, author of THE VAMPIRE FILES ('When the vampire Master of St Louis starts an affair with the city's most notorious necromancer and executioner of vampires, it was bound to cause comment. Anita Blake finds out, in Burnt Offerings, that there is something even her lover Jean-Claude fear) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Ms. Hamilton's plots are extraordinary, but the reason I am so addicted to the Anita Blake books is because of the characters. Anita is not the only one who has developed in a major three-dimensional way through seven novels.Read more ›
The ever-widening epithet also describes Anita Blake's powers and responsibilities. Not content with 'merely' being a necromancer, as the books in this series have unfolded she has gained position as a lupa (female alpha wolf), leopard pack leader, vampire human servant and more. However this reader has found that the more this series continues, the more abstract and distant Anita Blake seems. In the first few books it was possible to identify with her as a woman trying to hunt monsters and not to become one. However at this point in the story I have found that Anita has become someone fairly unlikeable with her idiosyncratic set of rules that just don't work for this reader.
This story contains all the complexity of the previous stories, if more. The love-triangle is settled for the moment so more time is spent on the difficulties of Anita's life as she juggles her varied tasks. She is asked to investigate a possible supernatural firestarter, she finds herself getting involved with were-leopard and werewolf politics and her lover, Jean-Claude, needs her help with the European Vampire Council. The level of violence in this book seems rather over-the-top at times and some aspects of the plot seem rehashed from previous books, plus I have serious doubts about Anita's sanity and her self-awareness as to her limits. The author's skill in telling the tale lift this book above many in this genre but I didn't feel it was a patch on the first four in the series.
Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book © Helen Hancox 2008
From the beginning I loved the interaction between Anita and Jean Claude (he's my favourite main character if you haven't guess from previous reviews) and the more intimate scenes between the two. I can't wait to see how their relationship develops in the coming books in the series as Anita seems to have a lot of uncomfortable conversations regarding her relationship with Jean Claude in this book with her work colleagues and peers.
There are quite a few confrontational moments between Anita and Richard and even some heated moments with the pack. The tension between the Richard and Anita is exciting but at the same time I don't want anything to happen between these characters because I am very much an Anita and Jean Claude shipper. But I know LK Hamilton isn't wriitng these books just for me so it will be interesting to see how Anita, Richard and Jean Claude deal with their connections to one another. We see a glimpse of it in Burnt Offerings, but somehow I think this is only the beginning of a very long and bumpy ride.
Overall, I enjoyed this book and I have thoroughly enjoyed this series so far. LK Hamilton is an awesome writer and can't wait to read more of the series and delve further into her sensational animating/vampire world. My hopes for future books in the series are that we see some more development and learn more about Anita's progressive animating powers and obviously more scenes with Anita and Jean Claude.
Disclaimer: I do not own this book, I borrowed it from my local library. I have not been paid to review this book and everything I have said is of my own honest opinion.
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Did not enjoy it the same as the previous books as I found it more difficult to keep my interest. However I will persevere with the next book as I have really enjoyed them until... Read morePublished 10 months ago by sorrel e marr
I loved these books when I first started reading them as I enjoyed the balance between adult themes and violence but as the series went on it just got more and more about Anita's... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Ren
I love this series of books and this one is yet another reason why I love lately k Hamilton books.Published 11 months ago by vicki
I couldn't put the book down ! I ended up reading it everywhere lol 8.5 out of 10 5 stars doesn't do it justice !!!Published 12 months ago by grant stobo
Ordered this series following recommendations!
Could be okay but I had to give up because the main character loves herself too much and it ruined the story for me!