I received this book for free from Berkley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Crimson Death (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #25) by Laurell K. Hamilton
Published by Berkley on October 11th 2016
Number of Pages: 576
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Urban
Purchase: At Amazon
Now, in her twenty-fifth adventure, vampire hunter and zombie raiser Anita Blake learns how far she’ll go to save someone she loves…
When Damian—Anita’s sometimes lover, servant, and friend—is kidnapped, Anita heads to Ireland. There she must face off against the vampire who created him. M’Lady, Moroven, Nemhain…under every name she brings terror and destruction. But Anita brings her own weapon to the party: Edward, the man known as Death itself…
Like the last book, Anita is finally getting back into police work and crime scene investigation more. There is still sex in the book, at least 3 different scenes (I didn’t count, but there were that many minimum.) Which when compared to the length of the book, and the amount of time spent on other things? Not really an issue for me. There are also a number of gory or gross things mentioned in the book. But if you’ve read the early books in the series, it won’t bother you much as the scenes are less bad than some of the early crime scenes Anita went through.
I loved that this book was focused on the triumvirate interactions between Anita, Nathaniel and Damian. There were some really interesting twists in there, and I like that even with how much Nathaniel has already grown, he is still growing and evolving as a character. They all are. Damian had a bigger part in this book than he has had in quite a while, and I liked the way the relationships worked. Mostly.
Two different characters came to Anita’s attention as possibly needing help because of the way they acted, or the fact they seemed to have lost weight. But other than her noting that she needed to talk to someone about them, or check something out, nothing else happened. Not sure if it will be a plot point in another book, or if it was accidentally forgotten about. It also was distracting, that instead of calling them her animals to call like she has in all the other books, they’re now using “moitié bête”. But those were really my only major quibbles.
I liked the way magic worked in Ireland. It was interesting to see Anita without the use of her necromancy for most of the book. The Irish cops however were fairly irritating in the whole “doing everything possible to not kill/harm anyone, even when the person had just killed two of their own.” (And no, that’s not a quote, just a summation of the roadblocks in the book.)
We got to see a different side of Edward in the book. We’ve seen him as Death, we’ve seen him as Ted. But there was a completely new facet of his personality in here that even surprised Anita. This was definitely a suck you in and keep reading until the book is over book. There were a few minor slow spots, but overall I really enjoyed it.