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It may also appeal to fans of the early books in the series
on 18 June 2012
I've always been a fan of this series and this book was no exception.
This book is divided into two sections that reflect the split in how the series has progressed, and was written. The first half of the book is very much centred on Anita's police work as we head straight into a new case. This was reminiscent of the first 10 books of the series, where the plots revolved more on Anita's animating and Marshall work, I enjoyed reading about Anita in the field again as an interesting case such as this, has been missing for a few books now. The second half of the book reverted back to her various lovers and relationships, and was much more like books 11 onwards. Plenty of the sex we have come to expect.
It's well known that many of LKH's fans stopped liking the series at around book 11 due to the change in style of writing and direction. This is the first book in the second half of the series that may appeal to those 'original' fans, as it reverts back to some good all fashioned police and hunting work. Although there are quite a few sex scenes later on they don't dominate the book, and let's be honest it wouldn't be a LKH book without a steamy sex scene or two!
LKH has clearly started to resolve some of Anita's lingering issues, and this book did feel like the beginning of the end. It felt like there may not be too many more books before the series is completed. Anita is no longer controlled by the ardeur, she is feeling less guilty about the amount of men she has in her life, seems to be coming to peace with the idea that she is not able to love them all equally, or in the same way. She is also coping with her anger better and is picking her battles rather than letting her temper control her. It really felt like she had grown a lot emotionally in this book.
I also really enjoyed the section on Asher. His relationship with Anita and Jean Claude has been one of the most difficult and painful throughout the series, and I felt that the steps Jean Claude took to resolve this issue were necessary if a little sad. Asher is prime example to show that if you cannot love yourself, it makes it very hard for anyone else to love you too.
Overall another Anita Blake book that I loved! It won't be to everyone's taste, but LKH has definitely taken a step in the right direction to bring her older fans back into the fold.