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The Harlequin by Laurell K. Hamilton

This is the fifteenth book in the Anita Blake series. Regardless of what some of her critics say about her characters never growing and the sex just getting in the way, I have a hard time putting one of her books down.

Published: 2002

Genre: urban fantasy

Length: 422 pages

Setting: a week after the events of Danse Macabre, St. Louis Continue reading

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Blue Moon by Laurell K. Hamilton

This is the eighth book in the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series I read in a previous year (previous decade at this point!).

Published: 1998

Genre: urban fantasy/romance

Length: 418 pages

Setting: mostly Tennessee, shortly after the events of Burnt Offerings Continue reading

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Burnt Offerings by Laurell K. Hamilton

This is the seventh book in the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series that I read in a previous year.

Published: 1998

Genre: urban fantasy

Length: 392 pages

Setting: Saint Louis, soon after the events of The Killing Dance Continue reading

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The Killing Dance by Laurell K. Hamilton

This is the sixth book in the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series.

Published: 1997

Genre: urban fantasy

Length: 387 pages

Setting: soon after the events of Bloody Bones, mostly in St. Louis Continue reading

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Bloody Bones by Laurell K. Hamilton

This is the fifth book in the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series. I enjoy the series enough I actually bought the books, and didn’t just get them from the library.

Published: 1996

Genre: urban fantasy

Length: 370 pages

Setting: mostly Branson, Missouri, soon after the events of The Lunatic Cafe Continue reading

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The Lunatic Cafe by Laurell K. Hamilton

This is the fourth book in the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series. Considering I read the previous three books in a day each, it’s not surprising I continued with the series.

Published: 1996

Genre: urban fantasy

Length: 369 pages

Setting: St. Louis, present day, a few months after the events of Circus of the Damned Continue reading

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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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