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The Harlequin: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Volume 14 [Hardcover]

Laurell K. Hamilton
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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7 Jun 2007 Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter

The first warning is unexpected, calculated. Malcolm, head of the vampire Church of Eternal Life, is no friend to Anita Blake. So when he asks for help, against creatures so feared that no vampire will willingly speak their name, Anita is surprised. But the Harlequin require different rules. The second warning is presented like a gift, with 'Anita' printed on the box. Inside, carefully wrapped in folds of pristine tissue paper, is a plain white mask. The fact that it's white is good news. White means they are only being watched.

The power connecting Anita with Jean-Claude, vampire Master of the City and Richard, Ulfric of the werewolves, has been increasing exponentially - and this has attracted very unwelcome attention. Anita Blake has the authority to pass judgment on vampires. The Harlequin have the authority to pass judgment on her. It is forbidden to speak of the Harlequin unless you've been contacted. And to be contacted by The Harlequin is to be under sentence of death.

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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; First UK Edition edition (7 Jun 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841494755
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841494753
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 516,019 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 )

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The fourteenth book in the New York Times bestselling Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series: sharp, sassy, sexy and bloody good fun.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than the last few.. 29 Jun 2007
By Clare
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
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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 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Getting back on track... 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
4.0 out of 5 stars On the up (no spoilers) 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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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Better but still far from LKH's best 12 Jun 2007
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As the previous reviewers noted there is less sex than in the other recent Anita books. There is more of a plot than the previous novel but the book still lacks the detective aspect that I enjoyed so much in the early novels.

Anita is once again the object of desire for every male she comes into contact with, Anita is once again gaining in powers at a ridiculous rate. The book was readable and in parts enjoyable it is still too heavy on the Anita-worship and there are too many characters in play at the same time.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Still not what it used to be!! 16 Nov 2007
I believe this is the final nail in the coffin for me. If you've read the last few books, well its the same again, richard is a pain in the arse, anita sleeps a bunch of men and theres a crisis bla bla bla.
However it is better than the last two books, bit more story and a bit less sex. Nothing on the first, say, nine books.
My big issue with this is how anita has developed and has become so difficult to like, i don't see where laurell will be going with this. Ugh nevermind, i recommend this to people who have enjoyed the last few books. If you are new to this DO NOT start here! and avoid at all costs going past number 10!
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Published on 14 Jan 2011 by Kevin Pemberton
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoy all Laurell K Hamilton books.
I enjoy all Laurell K Hamilton books.
Never read a bad book by her yet.
Published on 21 Jan 2010 by Mr. Aj Rigby
3.0 out of 5 stars Well it sort of worked!
I thought the premise of this book was great, and the Harlequin were finally going to be the bad guys to bring things back towards a decent storyline, and for a while that... Read more
Published on 9 Aug 2009 by S. Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Another excellent book coming from one of thee all time best noveliest of this kind of story telling.Again could not put the book down till it was finished.
Published on 12 May 2009 by Mr. Martin Kieran
5.0 out of 5 stars Vamp lover 'enchanted'
I enjoyed The Harlequin very much and can't get enough of the 'Anita Blake' series . I think Hamilton delivers everytime and I have developed a great fondness for many of the... Read more
Published on 2 Jan 2009 by vamp lover
2.0 out of 5 stars Better -but still disappointing
I loved the early Anita Blake books, they had a plot, action, romance and humour, then came the sex. If it is as bad as it is written Anita deserves pity. Read more
Published on 18 Aug 2008 by Fren
3.0 out of 5 stars Hamilton picks up the fumble.
For those who've read previous instalments of Falcata Times know that I've criticized Laurells work for quite some time. Why? Read more
Published on 7 July 2008 by Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog
3.0 out of 5 stars Time for an end to Anita?
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. Read more
Published on 30 Jun 2008 by Kelley Townley
3.0 out of 5 stars finally getting back on track
okay there was the obligatorary sex fest that seems to have become the staple of anita blake books recently. But this was leaps and bounds better than Danse Macabre. Read more
Published on 11 Jun 2008 by Ms. C. N. Sweeney
2.0 out of 5 stars Why did I do it?
I promised myself that, after the 'plot outline masquerading as a full length novel' debacle that was Dance Macabre (not to mention the increasingly plot free preceding 4 or 5... Read more
Published on 5 Jun 2008 by Little Ray of Sunshine
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