Amazon Blurb:

Into Anita Blake’s world-a world already overflowing with power-come creatures so feared that centuries-old vampires refuse to mention their names.


“One of my other boyfriends said I hated being in love, and he was right. It always felt so stupid, like your insurance rates should go up, because you’re impaired. Romantically handicapped.”


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.


You know, this wasn’t as bad as the last one was. It wasn’t good. But it wasn’t as rage inducing as the last. So that’s something. I always remember The Harlequin as one of the worst books in the series. And it is. But… it actually had some plot? And there were only like two or three sex scenes in the entire book, which is a vast improvement over the last one. I’m not so hard on this book now than I was before. It was mostly just kind of a disappointment instead of making me hate absolutely every part of my existence.

So…yeah. The Harlequin has some actual plot I can talk about. I don’t have to just bitch about her relationships. There is a super powerful force of vampires in town, named The Harlequin. They’re what serves for justice in the vampire world. Only they don’t really do justice so much as keep humans from slaughtering all of the vampires due to vampires being generally horrifying monsters. They’re technically here to deal with the situation Malcolm and his Church of Eternal Life has put them all in. The situation where none of the newly turned vampires are under his, or anyone’s, control. They’re also there to keep an eye on Anita and Jean Claude. The Harlequin actually solves a lot of the problems we’ve had up until this point where you wonder why humans hadn’t wiped vampires from existence long ago based off what you learned about them. I liked this development.

It is just that there are still a ton of relationship issues. Just, half of this book is relationship drama. At least. If we could wipe out most of it from this book, this book would be so much better. Like from one star to three or four star good. And it’s the worst kind of drama, too. Every man in her life is pressuring Anita to do things she doesn’t want to do. And she has to justify herself to them. And they always have a reason for why she isn’t right or even lying to herself. It is disgusting. Especially because one of those things they’re pressuring her over involves a 16 year old boy. Anita herself is still an awful person, too. Which is a whole other story.

I don’t have much to say about this, because while I listened to it, I listened to it very passively. It didn’t outrage me, it didn’t interest me. In fact, I was often bored. Other than the introduction of the Harlequin, which was a neat idea, this wasn’t a very interesting book. We’d seen most of it before in this series already. This was just a further spiraling down in the destruction of what was once a good series.