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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group (April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425188361
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425188361
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,428,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Laurell K. Hamilton is the bestselling author of the acclaimed Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, novels. She lives near St Louis with her husband, her daughter, two dogs and an ever-fluctuating number of fish.

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Laurell K Hamilton's legions of eager fans will be pleased to see Cerulean Sins), the eleventh novel in her Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series set on an alternate Earth where magic works and vampires and werewolves are real. When a sinister stranger tries to hire the magically potent Anita Blake to raise the dead, she finds herself embroiled in the search for a vicious, supernatural serial killer, and also in the clandestine international politics of the vampires. And as she becomes more deeply enmeshed in cruel plots and counterplots, her tangled personal life only becomes more demanding, more wrenching and more erotically fraught.

There are 10 previous books in the Anita Blake series and Cerulean Sins is not the place to start. Though author Hamilton artfully reveals the backstory in small doses, the numerous returning characters and the complex history will overwhelm most newcomers (and even the most devoted fans may find that the backfilling slows the pace). Also, the characters frequently stand around talking and psychoanalysing one another which makes for static stretches unlikely to hold a new reader's attention. Newcomers should start with the first book, Guilty Pleasures. --Cynthia Ward, Amazon.com

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Death and gore galore ... Hamilton writes with ease and vigour...Great fun" 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 ('The fights are fast and furious, with guns roaring, claws rending and wise cracks by the dozen.')

OUTLAND ('very seductive.. Interesting and gripping')

THE ALIEN ONLINE ('A refreshing change from well-worn vampire tale themes') --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By G. Coale on 20 May 2003
Format: Paperback
Im a big fan of Laurel K Hamiltons books but this is easily her worst one. It continues the decline started with Narcissus in Chains.
Its a virtual rehash of one of the earlier books in the series, with a couple of poorly glued on plotlines in a vain attempt to make it different. The sex scenes continue and neither further the plot or add any eroticism to the story. Ms Hamilton proved she can write a cracking Anita Blake story without gratitous sex (see the excellent Obisidian Butterfly - easily her best work). Ms Hamilton continues her fetishes for men with long hair and thigh high boots - please move on from this too Ms Hamilton!
Without spoiling the plot (such as it is) she strays far too deeply into Anne Rice territory with another one of the plotlines that remains unresolved at the end of the book. Ms Hamilton is a good enough writer that she doesn't need to rip off Queen of the Damned for her ideas.
There are some great idea's here that are just not explored in enough detail. One of the series' main characters appears to be having a breakdown, but Ms Hamilton just skims over this.
There's also a serial killer in town, but this is dealt with poorly as well, and looks tacked on to the rest of the book.
In short this novel reads like a bad first draft not the polished novels we are used to from Ms Hamilton. I would advise anyone but die hard fans to avoid this, and even for them I would advise waiting for the paperback! On this evidence it looks like the Anita Blake series is running out of steam.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 April 2003
Format: Paperback
Everyone has a line they should never cross....so says Anita Blake. Shame Hamilton didn't listen to her character!
I've enjoyed this series but decent stories with a little sex are now a thing of the past. Where has the plot gone? Where is the story? You may find a little of both lurking behind all the bedroom activity - but not much.
Anita now has more lovers than days in her week - including one who doesn't even need to be present.
The star is for the improvement in Hamilton's writing skills, which is ironic considering she's lost the plot!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "raq2h" on 15 May 2003
Format: Paperback
[sent this before, not sure if did it properly!]
Having just read the latest Laurell K. Hamilton, Anita Blake Vampire Hunter novel, ‘Cerulean sins’ I was at a loss to explain where the plot line mentioned on the back had disappeared to. Having last read a Blake novel when the tenth in the series was published I found the constant back tracking useful if not a little over used for those of us who have started at the beginning of the series, though understandable for those who have not. I also found it almost disappointing, sure there were the reasons I my self read the books for, the wit of Anita, the werewolves/vampires/witches relationships that seem to get even more complicated as the series develops. Theres also the varied characters, murders and plot lines that usually rarely fail to enthrall me. however, I’m beginning to wonder if Hamilton forgot about the plot in the writing of this latest book, and focused more on the many [many] relationships that Blake is building around herself. Even though the first few books of the series seemed to test our own inhibitions and ideas of morality on the subject of sex and sexuality, this time it seems to go on for too long and strangely enough, it gets a little boring. Moreover, the murders and mystery side of the plot that always mixed so well with the world of vampires and werewolves that Anita has to deal with, seems to take second place to anything else that happens in the book. The ending was almost an after thought and the intrigue and ‘secret to an ancient crime’ mentioned on the back of the book wasn’t alluded to once.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "raq2h" on 5 May 2003
Format: Hardcover
Having just read the latest Laurell K. Hamilton, Anita Blake Vampire Hunter novel, ‘Cerulean sins’ I was at a loss to explain where the plot line mentioned on the back had disappeared to. Having last read a Blake novel when the tenth in the series was published I found the constant back tracking useful if not a little over used for those of us who have started at the beginning of the series, though understandable for those who have not. I also found it almost disappointing, sure there were the reasons I my self read the books for, the wit of Anita, the werewolves/vampires/witches relationships that seem to get even more complicated as the series develops. Theres also the varied characters, murders and plot lines that usually rarely fail to enthrall me. however, I’m beginning to wonder if Hamilton forgot about the plot in the writing of this latest book, and focused more on the many [many] relationships that Blake is building around herself. Even though the first few books of the series seemed to test our own inhibitions and ideas of morality on the subject of sex and sexuality, this time it seems to go on for too long and strangely enough, it gets a little boring. Also, the main storyline in Cerulean sins seems to be that of vampire politics, again, and Asher’s mourning over the side of his face he will never get back whilst Blake tries over, and over, to convince him that she doesn’t see him as ugly, just as she did in the last book. Moreover, the murders and mystery side of the plot that always mixed so well with the world of vampires and werewolves that Anita has to deal with, seems to take second place to anything else that happens in the book.Read more ›
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