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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (1 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755355423
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755355426
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 198,535 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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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 wisecracks by the dozen. (OUTLAND) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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The fourteenth exciting instalment in the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 29 Jun. 2007
Format: Hardcover
I have remained loyal to LKH despite deploring her last 3 or so books and feeling that she had lost her way slightly, I am glad that I did as this book was a return to form for me. Whilst admittedly this book is not as good as her early works, I was pleased that the plot was more robust and that some of the more interesting storylines came back into play. Anita as a character is still probably the least likeable in the book for me though so the books will have to remain on form to keep me reading
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Dr. H. I. C. Dalgarno on 26 Aug. 2007
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Despite my increasing dissapointment with the Anita Blake series I decided to buy the latest book. The first 9 books in the series are still to this day some of the most enjoyable supernatural/fantasy books I have ever read and I must have read them at least a dozen times each. What really hooked me was Hamiltons ability to write really sexy male characters and then build massive amounts of tension between them and Anita. With the introduction of the "arduer"- a need for Anita to feed through sex rather like a vampire feeds on blood - the series rapidly spiralled into barely disguised porn with very little plot.

So I was pleasently surprised with "The Harlequin" which had a great deal more plot than the last couple of books at least. This book was also much better edited than the last one, although I was confused to find that the name of one character kept changing between "Mercia" and "Columbine" in what I can only assume was an editing mistake since one doesn't appear to be an abbreviation of the other.

Some disspointments in this book are that Dolph Storr (head of RIPIT the supernatural police division) is now truly a one dimensional character. He was quite dynamic and strong in the early books and now all he does is turn up in these books to demand a list of how many monsters Anita is currently shagging and then having a temper tantrum. Jason makes an appearence in name only and Hamilton makes a great deal of pages from the same tired themes that are brought out with each book. Anita's worried she's sleeping with too many men, she's upset that the police don't like her anymore, she's upset by Richard.....it really feels like Hamilton is getting very repetitive to sell more books when really she ought to have put this series to bed by now (no pun intended).
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Skargasm on 30 Jun. 2007
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.......I hated having to wait to read this, but my kids seemed to think feeding them was more important!!

This was a very welcome return to moving Anita's story onward - the powers she is growing, the reason behind some of the Vampire rules, and hearing about 'Harlequin' - the Vamp police. I really enjoyed reading this - for some time I have been able to pick up and put down the Anita stories and not worry too much. This one I had to read in one sitting because I wanted to find out what happened.

It was fab to see how Peter is getting on, and how honest his feelings/reactions to what happened to him. And strange though it may seem, it was good to see Olaf back as well. The sheer menace of his character is amazing.

Some bits made me smile - who is bigger than who between Micah and Richard, whilst other bits made me sad because deep inside I always wanted Richard to get over himself and be with Anita properly.

A really good book, and am happy to say I await the next Anita story with true anticipation. Well done.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Seadragonlady on 13 Jun. 2007
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Having been slightly disappointed with recent offerings in this series Harlequin was a welcome improvement. I really enjoyed the story and there was enough plot to keep me turning the pages. With the AB books being written in the first person you are always going to have a certain amount of content dealing with the character's thoughts and issues. As to the changes of other characters I can only offer the observation that none of us remains the same as time passes. We are all shaped to some extent by our life experiences so it is unlikely that any one character is going to be exactly the same book after book. I personally feel that the writer is back on track and I am looking forward to the next installment.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Wyvernfriend VINE VOICE on 24 Sept. 2007
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I'm not a prude, I like a bit of sex in a story if that drives the story forward or adds in some way to character development. This series seems to have thrown away character development in favour of sex scenes or angsting about sex.

This isn't to say that there isn't some plot in the book (phew!) but I felt a great urge to kill several characters or slap them until they woke up.

Several of the male characters are just blending into a few cliches and it's becoming to be a situation where I can't understand why some of the other master vampires haven't just nuked St Louis to get rid of this monumentally powerful person who is threatening everyone.

Despite the angst and the paper-thin characters this does feature Edward, for which it can be forgiven lots, and he isn't completely destroyed as a character.

Interesting but it's really getting to the stage of being repeditive and lacks a push to keep it going.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kelley Townley on 30 Jun. 2008
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Hmmm, when I saw the low star rating on this one I wanted to balance it out and add some stars because I enjoyed it. But first I read the other reviews and, to be honest, I agree with them.

There is too much pointless, plot-less sex in the books (since about book 9) and now any storyline is stuffed behind Anita 'thinking' about sex, relationships and other general moaning. It's not that much fun to read yet read it we (fans) all still do. I finished the book really quickly and I do love all the characters and the politics, but where's the Goddamned story?!?!!? The books are never as good as the early plot driven novels - One thing I get really annoyed at is Anita's immense powers that never seem to amount to much. A sign of dragging the series out too long maybe?

I know that here on amazon.co.uk we're British and maybe sex isn't something we're totally hindged on (The american reviews often praise the sex) and I have to say the sex in the Merry Gentry books is perfectly pitched - I really enjoy that, but we're only on book 6 there, by book 14 that too may not be enough to keep me reading.

I just wonder if it's time for the conclusion of Anita Blake?
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