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5.0 out of 5 stars Anita Blake and the Circus of the Damned,
This review is from: Circus of the Damned (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter 3) (Paperback)Anita Blake is an Animator, an animator is not someone who draws cartoons but rather a person who has the innate ability to raise the dead. Anita and those she works with raise zombies to settle will disputes, have abused people resolve their feelings and other things -- all for a reasonable fee. On the side of this most prolific of professions Anita is a vampire hunter -- she's nicknamed 'the Executioner' by the vampires and (obviously) isn't too keen on them. 'Circus of the Damned' was an excellent read, and I found it to be the best book so far in the series... I would actually say it's perhaps the second best novel after 'Obsidian Butterfly'.
We rejoin Anita as she's once again back on a murder case. There is a new master vampire in town and he's trying to challenge the master of the city -- Anita is the only human who knows who he is, and also happens to be his (in denial) human servant. So she's basically walking around with a whopping great bulls-eye on her forehead; making her a target for this new master vampire. To add to her problems Edward is back in town and demanding that Anita give up the name of the master of St Louis ie Jean-Claude -- Edward, having orders to kill him. Can Anita give Jean-Claude up to Edward? It would leave her free of her human servant marks if she did. Choices choices.
The plot was very well paced and I never felt like the story lagged at all. Edward is brilliant and I enjoyed seeing more of him. Anita has said in the past that she thought Edward would kill her if he ever had to -- but here he seemed quite reluctant to harm her. I look forward to learning more about him future books. I also really love the 'Spook Squad' characters. Dolph and Zerbrowski particularly are really fun; Dolph and Anita at a crime scene are usually some of my favourite scenes in the books.
Circus of the Damned was the same mixture of dark humour, hard boiled detective work and character development as those prior. Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars With each book I feel the series is growing from strength to strength.,
This review is from: Circus of the Damned (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter 3) (Paperback)Circus of the Damned is the third instalment in Laurell K. Hamilton's acclaimed Anita Blake series. Before picking up this instalment, I recommend reading the prior two books in the series to allow the plot to run in a coherent manner. This will save from confusion in relation to the background of the plot and characters.
In this instalment protagonist Anita Blake, whose profession is as a animator and vampire executioner, is caught in the middle and left to deal with the consequences when a rogue vampire is on the loose and is killing citizens of St. Louis in an attempt to challenge the Master of the City, Jean-Claude.
With each book I feel the series is growing from strength to strength. Anita Blake is a strong female protagonist whose sense of humour and dedication to her work and morals makes her viewpoint interesting and exciting to read from. As usual, the book has a lot of suspense throughout mixed with plenty of action. As a result, the plot is fast-paced which made me reluctant to put it down.
I remain compelled with Anita's relationship with Jean-Claude, however it was great to see that Hamilton upped her game by introducing a potential love interest for Anita. Richard Zeeman is a handsome junior high-school teacher who, alike Anita, is mixed up with the monsters. The circumstances in which they meet hints that there is more to come. Could this cause some friction between Anita, Jean-Claude and Richard?
I found this instalment the best of the series so far. It gave me the confidence to purchase more books in the series and I now have them on order up until the eleventh. It was such a compelling page turner and as a result I'm finding this series hard to resist!
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Anita Blake Vampire Hunter" series book 3,
This review is from: Circus of the Damned (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter 3) (Paperback)Anita Blake is back for a third time in this very dark, violent urban fantasy series and she's doing what she does best; hunting down rogue vampires. Unwillingly marked twice by master vampire Jean-Claude, in this book Anita becomes somewhat of a pawn in a supernatural power struggle. A new master vampire is in town and wants to mark Anita as his own servant, yet another wants to take out Jean-Claude and rule the city, Edward is back and wanting information only Anita can provide and the anti Undead groups are on the rampage. Unfortunately Anita with her ability to raise the dead is considered to be an enemy.
Again there is plenty of explosive and gory action. Huge volumes of blood are splattered when Anita and a variety of mortals, vampires, werewolves and a new breed of supernatural creature wage war with each other and there are countless brutal scenes in which Anita struggles for survival. She may be outmatched in strength, but Anita definitely has balls made of steel because this young woman would rather end up dead than become a servant bound to a vampire.
The dynamics between Anita and Jean-Claude change in this book, and throw in a new man interested in Anita plus another master vampire, and things become very interesting. There are some softer moments in the story line; however they are few and far between whilst the frenzied and dramatic ending is almost jaw dropping. My only gripe with this book is the author's fixation on Anita's footwear. It almost comes across as an advertising campaign for a certain trainer with a swoosh.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 4 stars,
This review is from: Circus of the Damned (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter 3) (Paperback)A LOT of people like the Anita Blake series (you know, I always think "Anita Baker" whenever I think of her name, which is an unfortunate image you wanna have while reading this series -- like she's gonna bust out with "Sweet Love" while talking to Jean-Claude). That's another one...Jean-Claude. Can't name a guy that and not think about JCVD. I HAVE to constantly push out these pre-existing names and images out of my brain whenever I enter this world or else I screw myself over with visions of grammy-winning R&B singers and the Muscles from Brussels duking it out. I'm sure Ms. Hamilton wouldn't want that.
Anyway, with that said, I really enjoyed this book. I liked the previous two enough (enough to keep reading the series) but this is the book that has hooked me in. I am beginning to appreciate Anita's character; her way of thinking and talking. The woman has the guilty conscious of two Catholic mothers but I suppose it's what gives her a bit of the humanity she needs to survive (as well as keep her in trouble). In this book, her relationship with JCVD...I mean Jean-Claude...is pushed to the brink and she makes a decision about him that's hard to take, though still believable. I mean she DID warn him. There's a lot of new characters thrown into the mix, some survive, some don't, and the ending is a little bit trite but overall, it got me. I finished the book in one sitting. Will be going to Book Off to try and find the rest of the series
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5.0 out of 5 stars Circus of the Damned,
This review is from: Circus of the Damned (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter 3) (Paperback)DO NOT READ THIS REVIEW IF YOU HAVEN'T READ THE PREVIOUS BOOK AS IT MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS FOR YOU
Circus of the Damned is the third instalment in the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K. Hamilton. This book focuses more on the vampires and shape shifters than the animator side of things. We are introduced to a new creature and personally I am thankful I wasn't Anita. Coming face to face with this creature, I don't think my skin would stop crawling.
Well I was much happier with this book than the last one in the series, The Laughing Corpse. Anita is in amongst all the action once again and she uncovers a few new things about a certain master vampire and her report friend, Irving Griswold.
There was so much going on in this book that I don't want to say too much as I don't want to spoil it for you out there that have not read the book/series yet. What I will say is that loved the twist in the story about the villains and Edward is back.
I think Edward is a rather interesting character. He is a dark and dangerous human being that shows no emotion when he is killing and isn't close to anyone, except Anita. Now why is that? I think it's because they are sort of in the same line of business, killing vampires and he has respect for her. They both have their own rules that they live by and they don't break them for anything. This is real honour and a really good characteristic to have. You know you can always count on them to what they always do as they are sticking to their rules. Anita is sometimes confused as to where she stands with Edward as she doesn't want to call him a friend as she knows he would kill her if he had to but at the same time what else do you call someone else that you trust with your life in violent situations? There's no real attraction between the two so I don't think anything romantic will happen in the series. To me they are friends, but I suppose we will just all have to wait and find out what exactly they are to one another later on in the series. I think they are friends and that's it.
Now as for Jean Claude, what do I think of him? I think he is a very mysterious old man. He wants Anita, but I don't think it's because she is the Executioner although I think that adds to the allure of her. I think he sees someone he could spend the rest of eternity with but he is not above trying to coerce her into being his servant as we see in this book but at the same time he wants her to come to him willingly. But as we have seen previously Anita is totally against being his human servant and keeps threatening his life. They are both attracted to one another so I think something might happen in a later book but I can't be sure as I am not entirely sure that Anita can get over the fact the he is indeed a dead man and a monster. But only time will tell I suppose.
And last but not least, Anita's new love interest. Richard. From his description he is really hot and well built. He works for Jean Claude, who has warned him away from Anita, but this doesn't stop him asking her out on a date. That's all I will say on that matter otherwise I will spoil the story for you.
Overall, I was enjoyed this book thoroughly. The twists and turns in the plot were superb and I loved the new creature that we were introduced to in this book. I hope we keep meeting more mythical creatures in this series.
Disclaimer: I did not purchase this book, I borrowed it from my local library. I have not been paid to review this book and everything I have said is of my own honest opinion.
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Read,
This review is from: Circus of the Damned (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter 3) (Kindle Edition)Third in the series and I am hooked. Interesting characters, funny, sad, witty and good stories to go with the fun.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good series,
This review is from: Circus of the Damned (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter 3) (Paperback)This book is number 3 of a good series. The covers of these series are pretty and I am a big fan of how she writes these books. The main character is sarcastic but you know she cares.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book,
This review is from: Circus of the Damned (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter 3) (Paperback)I read the first novel and was hooked , i will be buying more , a good story about vampires but done in a whole new way , worth a go i say !
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent next chapter in the Anita Blake series!,
This review is from: Circus of the Damned (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter 3) (Kindle Edition)A great read from beginning to end, very descriptive which is great. I couldn't put it down! The Anita Blake series is just what was I was looking for!
4.0 out of 5 stars A little repetative but the twist at the end makes up for it,
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"There was dried chicken blood imbedded under my fingernails. When you raise the dead for a living, you have to spill a little blood" Anita Blake, Circus of the Damned by Laurell K. Hamilton
Circus of the Damned is the third book in the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Series. While books one (Guilty Pleasures) and book two (The Laughing Corpse) can be read alone without the reader really needing much idea of what has happened before, book three, Circus of the Damned, brings together plot points that have been building. It's not one that will really be understood without having read the previous two books. As a result, there will inevitably be some spoilers for the past two books in this review. So, if you haven't read either of those books, don't read this review.
At the beginning of Circus of the Damned Anita is called in to consult on a Vampire victim. Anita determines that the victim was killed by numerous Vampires, not just one. As it is unusual for Vampires to hunt together like that, Anita informs the police that a rogue Master Vampire must be leading a pack of Vampires. As a single Vampire bite cannot turn a human into Vampire, Anita gives the okay for the body to be sent to the morgue. When another body turns up, one that was killed a day before the first body Anita inspected, she notices that there is something odd about the body. Will Anita be able to figure out what has happened to these victims before it's too late?
While all this is going on, Anita tries to figure out who the rogue Master Vampire is. She confronts Jean-Claude, the Master Vampire of the city, and Yasmeen, another Master Vampire in Jean-Claude's company. Anita learns that neither Yasmeen or Jean-Claude are the ones responsible for the killings, but she also learns that Jean-Claude's position is under threat because she won't admit she is his human servant (Anita received two of the four marks in the first two books of the series). Anita is attacked and almost dies because she refuses to ask Jean-Claude to protect her.
Yasmeen and Jean-Claude are the least of Anita's problems in this book. The rogue Master Vampire is hunting Anita. He wants information from her and he will stop at nothing to get it. When Anita receives the first mark of a human servant from the rogue Master Vampire too, an all-out war for control of the city begins. Will Anita live through the battle with two Master Vampires playing tug of war with her?
This book had all of the things that I loved in the first two books of the series (Guilty Pleasures and The Laughing Corpse); Anita was her usual, strong, kick-ass self; Jean-Claude was his usual suave and charming self, and there was lots of violence. That being said, the book fell a little flat for me. I really wanted to like and it and I still do, but there are things in this book that I just don't like. I think the main problem is that there's nothing new in this book. It's more of the same, i.e., a Master Vampire wants to possess Anita. Each time, the Master Vampire gets older and more powerful. The first time, it was believable, but a second time? Plus, there are all the other Master Vampires who are the main antagonist who attack Anita. I'm starting to wonder why all these old Master Vampires are obsessed with Anita. I can see Hamilton's thought process because Anita has become involved with the Vampire community and she is used as a pawn to get power or leverage. I would just like some variety! Maybe if some other supernatural being was after her: a lycanthrope or a witch or a ghoul. Anything, just not another insanely powerful Vampire!
I do like how everything came together in this book. However, the book built up the plot points from the previous books and intertwined them with everything that happens in this book to get the reader ready for an epic ending...that didn't quite work. On the one hand, things about the ending were epic; from mental battles between Vampires, werewolves, a lamia, and Anita getting really involved in the fight and showing a real violent streak. On the other hand, the battle was over far too quickly. There was so much going on and it was crammed into such a small amount of words. It made it hard to follow everything that was happening. I really liked the twist at the end of the book though -I won't mention it here because it would spoil it. Let's just say that Anita has the last laugh--doesn't she always!
Like I mentioned earlier, Anita was her usual strong and gung-ho self. There are some scenes in this book that really showed her strength of character and her survival instincts. There is one scene where she is trapped below ground in some caves and is being chased by humans and supernatural beings. The only way out is a very narrow crevice; a crevice that is too narrow for a human to fit through unharmed. I really admired Anita in this scene and others in the book. At the same time, Anita's "f*** you" attitude did start to grate on me a little. I hate to say it because I think there is a distinct lack of strong female characters in young adult, fantasy fiction. That being said, sometimes this is taken too far and Anita is stubborn for the sake of being stubborn. This usually ends up making things worse and puts her life at risk for something so silly.
Hamilton introduces another love interest for Anita in this book (aside from Jean-Claude and the rest of the Vampires (male and female alike) who seem to want her. The difference is that Anita actually likes Richard, although she can't fathom how he has gotten tied up in the world of Vampires. I like how Anita and Richard's flirting starts, and I love how Anita doesn't let it interfere with her job or what's really important. She has her priorities straight.
Overall, this book fell a little flat for me because there was nothing new. I am going to read the next book in the series, The Lunatic Café, because I am interested to see how the twist at the end of the book impacts Anita. I also hope that some of the new characters will reappear.
Final Verdict: If you enjoyed books one and two in the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Series then Circus of the Damned is a must read. A little repetitive overall, but it ties up plot points that have been building and the twist at the ending somewhat makes up for it!
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