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Obsidian Butterfly [Hardcover]

Lauren Hamilton
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Book Description

Jan 2000

An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, novel

'I was covered in blood, but it wasn't mine, so it was okay.'

Edward is a hit man. He specialises in monsters. Vampires, shape-shifters, anything and everything. There are people like me, Anita Blake, who do it legally, but Edward doesn't sweat the legalities or, hell, the ethics. He is an equal opportunity killer.

I may be one of the few friends that Edward has, but it's like being friends with a tame leopard. It may curl on the foot of your bed and let you pet its head, but it can still eat your throat out...

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 386 pages
  • Publisher: Ace Books (Jan 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441006841
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441006847
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.1 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 664,703 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.


'...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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chilled me to the bone. 17 April 2007
By m
I'm up at 02:31 because I've just finshed this book. Believe me when I tell you that not only is this book harrowing, it is shocking and chilling.

I have a tendency to be unnerved of what goes bump in the night. The fact that I had to wait at the bottom of the stairs, come up and decide the hallway to my bedroom freaked me out, go back downstairs, turn the light on to the landing and then run to my room and smack the light switch to make sure there was nothing in my room, should tell you how much this book got to me. Even now, all the lights are on, and I find myself looking behind my shoulder to make sure there are no monsters. I'm 20. Writing this makes me feel a little ridiculous, but I suppose procrastination makes us all tick.

Now, to the actual review.

Laurell K. Hamilton has done it again, once more only with relish. The amount of imagery this novel is steeped in is incredible. She has outdone herself with the plot and made it genuinely creepy, exhilerating and most importantly, human.

Anita goes to New Mexico to meet Edward for a favour she owes him for killing one of his back ups. There she meets some people that give us and her more insight on this previously enigmatic character. I myself was as shocked as Anita was when some of the personal revelations were discovered. Hamilton cleverly incorporates these people creatively into the fray and I have no idea how she does it. She creates believeable characters, people that you or I might know, and charges the book with emotions. You can completely understand how Anita is willing to pull a trigger for people she has just met. Now, that is scary.

I have to say, this review is more of an exorcism for me, so it probably hasn't made much sense. There are more detailed plot reviews below.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Obsidan butterfly 12 May 2003
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Edward needs a favour... 19 Feb 2000
By A Customer
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars At Last! 27 Feb 2002
By A Customer
At last we get to know more about Edward the shadowy bounty hunter that pops in and out of Anitas life. He is a great character and I have to admit that I was more interested in what the book told us about him than the story itself.It was made even better as it took Anita away from her tedious love triangle with Richard and Jean Claude which was initially interesting but began to detract from her stories. I hope we see more of this , development of other characters and development of Anitas increasing powers instead of the trend of a romantic sexual story with a few monsters on the side. This story was truly disturbing in many respects.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hamilton delivers once again...BUY BUY BUY!!!! 9 Dec 2001
By Scriber_scouse VINE VOICE
"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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1.0 out of 5 stars A pile of rubbish.
I will forever be surprised that this was ever published. The mystery, which is interesting, drags for sixty chapters purely because the characters ignore evidence and have... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really scary read
I don't know where Laurell gets her story lines form - this is one of the most fabulous yet. Truly terrifying and I had to read it with the light on. Read more
Published 2 months ago by PerfectPurplePak
2.0 out of 5 stars child abuse and child rape
how sad a good writer has to resort to this sort of garbage i loved the early Anita blakes what happend to this writer , she seems to have lost her love of her character and is... Read more
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1.0 out of 5 stars why write about rape!!
I don't understand how she continues to get published, when all she does is write about rape, and people being tortured and abused it's completely messed up!! Read more
Published 7 months ago by pretty little shopper25
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant.
I always try to mug the post man when I am waiting for my latest purchase of an Anita Blake book to arrive and when they get here I cannot bear to put them down until I have read... Read more
Published 12 months ago by S Sugar
4.0 out of 5 stars Focus on Anita and Edward
This is a book dedicated to Edward fans so if you are looking for a hot date with Richard or Jean Claude prepare to be disappointed. Read more
Published 23 months ago by lyra
5.0 out of 5 stars five stars as usual
It feels like you are actually in Anita Blake's world, seeing through her eyes, the emotions of the hunter and the hunted really come through here
Obsidian Butterfly (Anita... Read more
Published on 16 Jan 2012 by jacqueline
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good story.
I'm quite new to the Anita Blake series but so far I have really enjoying them. In Obsidian butterfly we learn more about the character Edward/Ted. Read more
Published on 13 Sep 2011 by Emma Clarke
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite Anita book
I love any of the books with Edward in but this one is simply the best story of the series and is the one that I re-read the most. Read more
Published on 9 Sep 2011 by Mrs. L. Wild
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