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  • Mass Market Paperback: 596 pages
  • Publisher: Ace Books (19 Nov 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441007813
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441007813
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 3.4 x 17 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,872,212 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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Obsidian Butterfly, the ninth of Laurell K Hamilton's Antia Blake Vampire Hunter novels, is not quite the mixture as before, concentrating as it does on Anita's occasional partnership with the stone-cold killer Edward rather than on her love for werewolf Richard and vampire Jean-Claude. Edward brings her down to New Mexico when Ted, his legal bounty hunter secret identity, is called in on an investigation he cannot handle. Some creature hitherto unknown in this world, where mere monsters are commonplace is transforming victims into skinless, bloody automata and no one has any idea why.

Hamilton provides the usual thrills, moments of perverse eroticism and extreme supernatural ickiness; she also delves rather more deeply than usual into what makes her heroine tick and into Anita's fears that she may be becoming too like the sociopathic ruthless Edward for her own sanity and salvation. The stark desert terrain of New Mexico is neatly visualised--the novel's background is effectively used as a counterpoint to the heroine's fears and uncertainties. As usual, Hamilton does an effective job of delivering what her audience have come to love and, for once, she gives them a little bit more. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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'...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

'I've never read a writer with a more fertile imagination and fewer inhibitions about using it' -- Diana Gabaldon

'Supernatural bad guys beware, nightprowling Anita Blake is savvy, sassy and tough' -- P N Elrod, author of THE VAMPIRE FILES --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Feb 2000
Format: Hardcover
Wow, 'Death' has a secret life! And what a life it is. When Edward calls Anita to say he needs a favour she has no idea what she's in for. In "Obsidian Butterfly" Anita Blake rides to the rescue of Edward's public persona 'Ted Forrester', who is helping the police with catching a serial murderer. In between getting to know Edward a lot better Anita also has to deal with a rival necromancer, a local werewolf-pack, a delusional Vampire Master (so what's new) and a serial murderer the likes of which no one has seen before. Of course it doesn't help that Edward has problems of his own, and that he has called in two other 'friends' one of whom wants to bed her and one who just wants to carve her into little pieces.
I really like this book and the way Hamilton portrays Anita Blake as someone who is constantly wondering if killing the monsters has made her one of them. The sarcasm is still there, too, and just makes everything better. The action is fast paced and you never get bored with the plot. Even at the very end there's enough twists to leave you wondering what will happen next. Great read, as usual!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jo Vkowski on 12 May 2003
Format: Paperback
In this book the ninth of the series Laurell. K. Hamilton takes Anita Blake out of Lousiana sending her away from all complicated matters of her love life for an adventure with Edward the assasin, i personally find Edward very interesting and was glad to see he got his own book, in which we find out a lot about him. It also gives us a chance to see Anita as she was at the beginning of the series without any complicated friendships. Edward calls in his favour from when Anita killed his back-up - the favour? To be Edwards back-up and help him solve a case. It is really worth reading again and again i've lost count of how many times i've read it, it is my favourite book of the series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Scriber_scouse VINE VOICE on 9 Dec 2001
Format: Paperback
"Obsidian Butterfly" manages to include all the winning elements of the Anita Blake novels whilst evolving the tone of the series. Scary monsters-check, more secondary characters added to the cast-check, gory crime scenes- check and then some! The main reason I love this book is that we finally return to Anita doing what Anita does best: solving preternatural crime and kicking monster butt. This novel rejuvenates the entire series. I love all of Hamilton's well drawn characters but I personally have grown weary of the love triangle between animator,vampire, and werewolf taking over every plot. "Obsidian Butterfly" breaks this mould by allowing Anita time away from the boys, as Edward (everyone's favourite assassin) calls in a favour and invites Anita to go monster hunting in New Mexico. This is the longest book in the series but the pages fly by as we discover more about Edward's past and (gasp)homelife, as well as uncovering a multitude of villains: a werewolf pack, a sadistic Aztec vampiress who thinks she is a goddess, not to mention a big nasty which skins its victims!
There is plenty of action and all of the separate villains motives and plot threads come together nicely. Hamilton's creation of the scary Olaf (a colleague of Edwards) is terrifying and we're sure to see him again! I warn readers that the plot is much,much gorier than usual with lovingly detailed descriptions of flaying and skinning forming a chunk of the narrative. Its saving grace is as ever the snappy dialogue, especially between Edward and Anita as we are given a new more tender insight into their relationship.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Persephone on 3 Feb 2010
Format: Paperback
Edward needs a favour. He's up to his eyeballs in bloody remains and he's calling in his bargain with Anita to come back him up on a case. Someone or something is busy chowing down on the citizens of New Mexico. Anita gets quite excited (and fearful) at the idea of backing Edward up on his own turf: excited because she will finally get to see what Edward does when he's not killing monsters, and fearful because she can't imagine what could possibly make Edward call her for, that he couldn't handle himself.

Anita is surprised to find that this normally empty and cold person has a personal life, and shocked at his ability to be entirely different from the killer she's known. Anita faces more problems than just Edward baffling her -- there's a right-wing Christian police officer in charge in Albuquerque, who believes her powers are evil, with whom she has to contend. And she's also up against it when she meets Edwards other backup on the case: Olaf a shady character and Bernardo who is very very pretty. There's some long over due soul searching going on here and we get to see Anita reach a conclusion on some things... we also see her deal with her own vulnerability and self inflicted isolation. She's tried to shut down her ties to Richard and Jean-Claude but living without them has turned out to be harder than she thought. I liked this development for her and it's made clear that at the heart of the character, she wants love as much as anyone else does, killer or no. Anita may be afraid of ending up like Edward, but even he demonstrates that he's not completely desolate inside.

'Obsidian Butterfly' is probably the best Anita Blake book of the series. It's very long but I never got bored with the length and felt the need to skim any passages.
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