Circus of the Damned by Laurell K. Hamilton

Published: 1995

Genre: urban fantasy

Length: 329 pages

Setting: St. Louis, Missouri, 1990s, two months after the events of Guilty Pleasures

Interest: It’s the third book in the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series. If you’re interested, the first one is Guilty Pleasures, and the second is The Laughing Corpse.

Summary: We have several interlocking plots occurring throughout the book. Since Anita won’t take the fourth mark from Jean-Claude, his power base isn’t secure. Therefore, there’s some jockeying for power among the vampires of the city. Several times, Anita is approached (by humans and vampires) to give up the resting place of the Master of the City so they can destroy him. She resists the temptation each time. At the same time, Anita has been called into an investigation into a series of murders by a rogue pack of vampires. It all comes together in a big fight between Mr. Oliver and Alejandro, two vampires trying to gain control of Anita as a human servant. Anita manages to kill both of them and survive, with the help of Jean-Claude and Richard.

Final thoughts: Excellent as usual. I blew through this in a day or so. I really have to make sure I have nothing on the docket once I start an Anita Blake book, since I can’t stop once I start. We start to see Anita question her belief that all the “monsters” are inherently evil, especially after meeting and being attracted to Richard (who’s a werewolf working with Jean-Claude).

Title comes from: The location of the final battle, and Jean-Claude’s resting place.

Reading challenges fulfilled: none since this was a review of a book from a previous year

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