In this novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series, vampire hunter Anita Blake learns what it’s like to be at the new end of a centuries-old bloodline—and just how far she’ll let herself get pushed around.
Once a sworn enemy of all monsters, Anita is now the human consort of both Jean-Claude, the Master Vampire, and Micah, the leopard shapeshifter. Not quite as human as she once was, she is consumed by both their hungers—desires that must be sated time and time again. And when a centuries-old vampire targets Jean-Claude and his clan, Anita finds herself tested as never before—needing all the dark forces her passion can muster to save the ones she loves the most…
“Why is everything always my decision?” I asked.
“Because you will not tolerate anything else.”
Oh, I remembered now. “Great”, I whispered.
Typically I write reviews for others. Not this time. This will be full of spoilers, both for present and future books. They will be filled with rants and maybe even a little gushing. I don’t want to read these again.
If you have read them before: Enjoy my pain.
If you haven’t: Enjoy my pain.
You have been warned, we’ll see how long I last.
…. Sigh, alright. Let’s do this.
For more like this, check out my review for Burnt Offerings. Because this is essentially the same damn book, just slightly altered. And worse. And more annoying.
Way more annoying.
Basically, Jean Claude made a deal for Belle Morte to send some people in to his city, after Anita turned out to have the ardeur and put him on her radar again. Belle Morte is basically the progenitor of Jean Claude’s vampire line, and he has to do whatever she says, no matter how fucked up it is. Because that’s the way these things work. And as always with old vampires in this series, Belle Morte is truly fucked up.
And so are her emissaries to St. Louis. Who basically are only there because they like causing pain. Seriously, for a line that focuses on *sex* as a way of power, there sure are a lot of vampires in this line that just like to torture and cause pain. Granted, there is an interesting party member: a young child that got turned into a vampire way too young and is kind of..wrong because of it. But she has grown to like pain, too. Because they’re mostly there to just cause pain and humiliation, not to be interesting. Because this book would be so much more interesting if there was any kind of dimensions to these characters and we can’t possibly have that.
And so Anita did the same thing she did in Burnt Offerings, almost play by play. She tells the emissaries, and by extension Belle Morte to go fuck themselves. They can’t do whatever they want. this is her city, blah blah. It leads to a lot of hurt feelings, things Anita doesn’t want to do, and sex. Which leads to bitching. So much bitching. Always with the bitching.
And so spends a large portion of the book. Anita feeling bad about the things she has to do in order to save her people from the bad guys because she is playing by the rules and she is trying to force them to, too. Which means that she has to have sex with Asher. Which is the worst mistake in the series. Shoulda just killed him, before she got attached. Would have saved me a world of pain later on.
Seriously this entire book is just internal bitching, followed by Anita standing around with people she “loves” and bitching outwardly to them. And I put love in quotes because this isn’t love. It is unhealthy as hell, and they all try and make each others lives miserable by saying that they love the other. But I’m onto them. What they really have for each other is hatred and a grand desire to make the others suffer for as long as possible. Also, all of the side characters just enable Anita’s terrible behaviour and attitude, when they should be telling her to shut up and get on with it already if she is going to do it at all. Which I think actually does happen once, so good for them.
Plus Anita is constantly fighting with the cops too. Her excuse is because she isn’t what they want her to be – completely human. Which is why they came to her in the first place. Plus, they are angry at her because she is “dating the monsters”. And Dolph fucking hates her right now because his son is marrying a vampire. And that’s just annoying as hell. And it’s quite frankly a bit abusive. And he mostly gets away with it. And I hate this entire plotline. Anita fighting the cops is probably the most boring plot within the entire series. Because it barely makes sense and just serves to fuel her outrage with the world.
For the record, my excuse is because Anita is a loose cannon that they only turn to because she is stupidly good at what she does, but she causes them so much damn trouble in the process that it is worth it make her want to go away. I can’t imagine any other single person being able to get away with the crap Anita pulls with them throughout this series.
However, at least previous books had a good distraction from all the bullshit above. This book just had some boring gruesome murders that weren’t at all special, except that they are particularly bloody and they have some visitors in town who really like causing blood. At least the end to it is really interesting, because of the way Anita ended up killing the bad guy. I’m surprised that this method of execution didn’t make a bigger impact on the series at large, actually.
But if I have to spend one more paragraph reading about Richard being an asshole to Anita because his life didn’t turn out how he expected it to, I’m going to fucking scream. It only ends up with Anita feeling sorry for something she has to do that is a bad choice because he is yelling at her for making it. “The Lesser Evil.” I hate that damn phrase. It was the “only” choice these idiots could think of that was a “good” option. Which is to say there were a ton of choices but they never, ever see those choices. And then Richard storms out and metaphorically leaves Anita, again, which makes her feel bad because “she still loves him”. And then she goes and does what she needed to in the first place. Every. single. time. I hate it. This cycle is bullshit.
Plus, all the guys wanna have sex with Anita, and Anita doesn’t want to have to have sex with any of them. Even the ones she loves. And it adds nothing but drama, and complaining, and fighting. All of which we already have enough of already. And I’m really tired of it.
All of the characters are shit people doing shit things and complaining about their shit lives and it’s boring and I currently hate it.