Something of a mixed addition to the Vampire Hunter's story in this novella as, kidnapped by a group of mercenary were-lions, Anita is faced with the choice conducting an illegal zombie raising with a human sacrifice, or allowing her lovers to be murdered. Naturally, neither choice is acceptable to our favourite necromancer, and she has to use all her powers and skills to keep her men safe and her soul intact.
There are both strengths and weaknesses to a story in a shorter form: with less space to work with Ms Hamilton avoids the shapeshifter politicking and ardeur which has tended to bog down some of the more recent full-length novels; but, equally, there's little time to develop anything, and the final denouement is disappointingly reminiscent of that of The Laughing Corpse
. Nevertheless, this is a reasonable read for a quick Anita fix, and it does introduce a couple of characters who will have a role in Bullet
, and who might otherwise present something of a puzzle.
The final part of this slim volume, though, is taken up with an account by Ms Hamilton of the creative process and inspiration which led her to write the story. Again, this is somewhat mixed: if you are interested in where an author gets her ideas, and how she uses them to create a story, this will be worthwhile; but if you just want a good read, you may end up wishing that she'd put the energy into writing a longer book, instead.
Overall, then, while this is a must for die-hard Blake fans, more casual readers might prefer to give it a miss, and skip straight to the next full-length novel.