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Obsidian Butterfly: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter 9 Paperback – 6 Dec 2001

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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (6 Dec. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841491322
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841491325
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.8 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 976,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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


A superb series (OUTLAND)

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)

I've never read a writer with a more fertile imagination - and fewer inhibitions about using it (DIANA GABALDON)

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Laurell Hamilton dedicated "Obsidian Butterfly," to her "Edward fans" - meaning that nice guy Ted Forrester, whose alter ego Edward, a sociopathic assassin, co-star, along with protagonist Anita, in this ninth novel in the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series. Edward, is a hit man specializing in monsters - vampires, lycanthropes, even an occasional human. He is an equal opportunity killer, a predator, no doubt about it. Monsters call him "Death," but then they call Anita "Executioner." Both have bad, but honest, raps in the world of the undead. Edward is also Anita's deadliest ally and good friend, when he's not fantasizing about killing her in a duel to the death to see which is faster on the draw. The book opens with a telephone call, Edward to Anita. He wants a favor. She owes him. He needs her help, backup assistance, in Santa Fe, NM, now. What else can Anita do, but go?
Edward's sociable half, Ted, meets her at the airport. Ted Forrester is Edward's only legal identity, as well as the persona he assumes when dealing with most humans. He is a bounty hunter, it looks better on a business card than assassin. The ease with which Edward switches back and forth, between himself and the likeable Ted, is spooky. Then again, Richard Zeeman, Anita's primary love interest, switches to his werewolf form quickly. And vampire Jean-Claude, the other love...forgive me, I digress. But you get the drift. Ted, rather than Edward, meets Anita because his fiance and her two children are outside waiting for them. Engaged? Her name is Donna, a New Age, naive single mother with an adolescent son and a little girl who could pass for Shirley Temple. Ted must have popped the question while Edward was focused elsewhere, but both halves appear to be extremely attached to this Norman Rockwell-like family.
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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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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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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 obsession with sex than her job hunting and taking down bad vamps and supes! Shame really as they started out so well.....
Not everyone wants to read a book about a vampire/supe hunter that does more vamps than she kills!
If I had wanted to read porn I would have bought accordingly!
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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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