As a recent convert to the Laurell K Hamilton, Anita Blake series, I wanted to see if there was anything else out there that was as addictive and enjoyable. I have to say that I was unsure as to whether I would find anything that lived upto my expectations. However, I was pleasantly surprised.
The whole premise of the vampires existing is totally different to Hamilton's, but this is a difference NOT a negative thing. Its just another way of approaching the long standing myth of vampirism.
The setting of the book was very normal. Gabrielle Maxwell's life is extremely realistic, the background is believable and the supporting characters are gently introduced. But although this is total fantasy, the paranormal aspects of the story are sympathetically injected into her surroundings.
The only reason that this book didn't rate 5 stars is because its not as intricate a read as a Hamilton. I was able to sit and read it in one sitting. However, this may well be a positive thing, as it was a highly addictive read and I'm definitely going to be ordering the next one in the series.
For those readers who have disliked the extensive sex in the later Anita Blake books, be warned that this book is very explicit and erotic in parts. It isn't necessarily the main thrust of the plot, but it does play a major role. Personally, I found this enjoyable and well written.