- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group (April 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425188361
- ISBN-13: 978-0425188361
- Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3.5 x 23.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,470,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Cerulean Sins (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter) Hardcover – 1 Apr 2003
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Laurell K Hamilton's legions of eager fans will be pleased to see Cerulean Sins), the eleventh novel in her Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series set on an alternate Earth where magic works and vampires and werewolves are real. When a sinister stranger tries to hire the magically potent Anita Blake to raise the dead, she finds herself embroiled in the search for a vicious, supernatural serial killer, and also in the clandestine international politics of the vampires. And as she becomes more deeply enmeshed in cruel plots and counterplots, her tangled personal life only becomes more demanding, more wrenching and more erotically fraught.
There are 10 previous books in the Anita Blake series and Cerulean Sins is not the place to start. Though author Hamilton artfully reveals the backstory in small doses, the numerous returning characters and the complex history will overwhelm most newcomers (and even the most devoted fans may find that the backfilling slows the pace). Also, the characters frequently stand around talking and psychoanalysing one another which makes for static stretches unlikely to hold a new reader's attention. Newcomers should start with the first book, Guilty Pleasures. --Cynthia Ward, Amazon.com
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 wise cracks by the dozen.')
OUTLAND ('very seductive.. Interesting and gripping')
THE ALIEN ONLINE ('A refreshing change from well-worn vampire tale themes') --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Great as always. Developments and nothing stupid.
I've enjoyed this series but decent stories with a little sex are now a thing of the past. Where has the plot gone? Where is the story? You may find a little of both lurking behind all the bedroom activity - but not much.
Anita now has more lovers than days in her week - including one who doesn't even need to be present.
The star is for the improvement in Hamilton's writing skills, which is ironic considering she's lost the plot!
Having just read the latest Laurell K. Hamilton, Anita Blake Vampire Hunter novel, ‘Cerulean sins’ I was at a loss to explain where the plot line mentioned on the back had disappeared to. Having last read a Blake novel when the tenth in the series was published I found the constant back tracking useful if not a little over used for those of us who have started at the beginning of the series, though understandable for those who have not. I also found it almost disappointing, sure there were the reasons I my self read the books for, the wit of Anita, the werewolves/vampires/witches relationships that seem to get even more complicated as the series develops. Theres also the varied characters, murders and plot lines that usually rarely fail to enthrall me. however, I’m beginning to wonder if Hamilton forgot about the plot in the writing of this latest book, and focused more on the many [many] relationships that Blake is building around herself. Even though the first few books of the series seemed to test our own inhibitions and ideas of morality on the subject of sex and sexuality, this time it seems to go on for too long and strangely enough, it gets a little boring. Moreover, the murders and mystery side of the plot that always mixed so well with the world of vampires and werewolves that Anita has to deal with, seems to take second place to anything else that happens in the book. The ending was almost an after thought and the intrigue and ‘secret to an ancient crime’ mentioned on the back of the book wasn’t alluded to once.Read more ›
So, in this story, Musette, the right hand woman of Belle Mort, the leader of Jean Claude and Asher's line, is sent to St. Louis and Anita is forced to make Asher her lover in order to protect him from her. She loves him anyway, mainly through inheriting Jean Claude's memories of him, so she's not too bothered. What happened to prudish Anita, eh?
Micah is still a girlie wuss who lets Anita do whatever she wants with whomever she wants.
Nathaniel is starting to develop a bit of a backbone and is getting upset by the fact that he's about the only person left whom she isn't having actual intercourse with.
I did enjoy it though, having said all that. I think you just have to get your head around the fact that this ardeur thing makes it impossible for Anita to be a one man, woman anymore, and once I accepted that, and stopped getting mad, I actually started to appreciate all the different men in her life and their uniqueness, as they all bring with them such different trials and tribulations as well as the good aspects and in some cases, power boosts.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Amazing book and amazing series. This one happens to be the most raunchy one yet! Be prepared for a lot of heat!Published 10 months ago by roxi chalk
Love this author and another great book that i could not put down. Can't wait for the next one coming out.Published 17 months ago by S Logan
Very good book, have the series to this point, the vampire hunter is evolvingPublished 22 months ago by louise saunders
I loved these books when I first started reading them as I enjoyed the balance between adult themes and violence but as the series went on it just got more and more about Anita's... Read morePublished on 22 Mar. 2015 by Ren