Published by Penguin on June 5th 2012
Number of Pages: 352
Genres: Mystery, Paranormal Romance
Purchase: At Amazon
When a fifteen-year-old girl is abducted by vampires, it’s up to U.S. Marshal Anita Blake to find her. And when she does, she’s faced with something she’s never seen before: a terrifyingly ordinary group of people—kids, grandparents, soccer moms—all recently turned and willing to die to avoid serving a master. And where there’s one martyr, there will be more…
But even vampires have monsters that they’re afraid of. And Anita is one of them…
This is one of those series that’s kind of like a train wreck. You don’t really want to keep reading it, but at the same time, you can’t really help yourself. The series was GOOD in the beginning, I adored the characters and the plot, even the crime-scene stuff was good. And then somewhere around book 7-8? All this sex started being added for what seemed silly reasons. The series turned into a smut-fest.
But I still really had some characters I loved, and I had to know what was going on with them. So I started picking up the books used, or really cheap, instead of buying the hardbacks right when they came out. And some of the books got better. Not as good as the first ones, but better.
This is one of them. The sex scenes are still there, but they actually made some kind of sense in the story. And they weren’t until nearly the end of the book. This book focused more on Anita’s relationships with her favorite men. There was still chasing down of bad guys, and crime-scene investigations, and hostages, and all that.
But there was also a lot of focus just on her current relationships. She’s finally getting over herself a little bit, figuring out that all the best relationships she’s gotten into were the ones that she tried so hard to stay out of. She has a new guy in her life, Cynric, who she is angsting about because he’s only just turned 18. He’s a weretiger, tied to her metaphysically, and in love with her. But she feels like a pervert and is having issues with the fact that he’s so young, 12 years younger than she is.
Anita and Jean-Claude also deal with Asher and some of his issues in this book. They’re both tired of his manipulations and the way he treats them and others. And are putting their feet down. It doesn’t get resolved in this book, but at least they’re both at the point of not letting themselves be pushovers for him anymore.
It is still the series of a thousand characters, more people are introduced with every book. And some characters that I love, seem to fade into the background or only get a comment about them made every once in a while. I love Wicked and Truth, but they hardly ever seem to be in the books anymore.
Nathaniel has always been a favorite, and he is very much in this book. He actually seems to have grown slightly as a character, compared to when you first meet him. Anita notices it to, he is less a victim and will stand up for things that mean something to him.
Jean-Claude is there of course, but he isn’t as focused on as Nathaniel, Micah, Nicky and Cynric. I’ve always had hope that the books would get better again. And while this isn’t one of the best books, it isn’t one of her worst either.