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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Jove (September 24, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0515134503
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515134506
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1.3 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (449 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Anita Blake, the tough, sexy vampire executioner, zombie animator, and police consultant for preternatural crimes in St. Louis, hunts monsters in New Mexico in the ninth book of Laurell K. Hamilton's excellent series. Edward, Anita's mentor in slaying, asks Anita to return the favor that she has owed him since she killed a backup he brought in to protect her. He needs Anita's preternatural expertise as well as her firepower. Something is skinning and mutilating a few of its chosen victims, and dismembering others. Edward has no idea what creature could be responsible for such heinous crimes.

Summoning Anita has its downside for Edward, since it means letting her onto his turf. Anita is surprised to find that this normally aggressive man has a personal life, and shocked by his ability to be entirely different from the stone cold killer she's known. She also has problems with the cop in charge in Albuquerque, who believes her powers must be evil, and with the other backups Edward has brought in. Most of all, she has to deal with her own vulnerability--she's tried to shut down her ties to her vampire and werewolf lovers and go it alone, but it turns out to be harder than she thought.

Anita's usual supporting cast is missing, and she's taking time out from her complex love life, but there's plenty of bloody action, vampires, werewolves, and Aztec ritual. Plus a lot more about Edward. Fans will find this installment similar to the earlier books in the series, particularly The Laughing Corpse. --Nona Vero. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly

An inhabitant of an alternate Earth very much like our own--except that magic coexists there with natural law, and preternatural beings like vampires and werewolves coexist with humans--Anita Blake is full of contradictions that make her a potent lead character for this continuing series. Although Anita is a licensed vampire executioner, one of her lovers is a vampire (the other is a werewolf); she packs more firepower than a small army, but is a dedicated Christian; she's tough-as-nails yet ultrafeminine; she tangles with seriously dangerous supernatural forces, but she's as matter of fact about dealing with magic as she is about bashing bad guys, and she's as quick with a quip as she is with a well-placed kick to the groin. In her ninth adventure (after Blue Moon), Anita is summoned to New Mexico by Edward (aka "Death"), the cold-blooded killer from previous books to whom she owes a favor. In the course of investigating a series of grotesque murders (victims torn to bloody bits, survivors flayed of all flesh), Edward becomes more human and Anita less so. Celibate for six months, Anita's usual steamy sexual encounters with her inhuman but hunky boyfriends are missing from this novel, but there's still a lot of beefcake to appreciate and the considerable sexual tension is both humorous and supportive of the plot. The gory story line--which wraps around an Aztec vampire goddess, a dwarf necromancer, bull-headed bigoted cops, hearts ripped from chests and a witch who conveniently appears in the nick of time--needs that bit of sustenance, but the book is still a monstrously entertaining read. (Jan.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Laurell K. Hamilton is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of two series that mix mystery, fantasy, magic, horror and romance. Her Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter novels from Berkley Books began with GUILTY PLEASURES (now a hugely successful graphic novel from Marvel - the first sexy paranormal comic ever!) and continues with the SKIN TRADE, number seventeen in the series, in which Anita's complex personal and professional relationships with a master vampire and an alpha werewolf continue to evolve. There are now more than 6 million copies of Anita in print worldwide, in 16 languages. Hamilton's Ballantine series features Fey princess and private investigator, Merry Gentry and there are now six novels exceeding one million copies in print. Divine Misdemeanors, the eighth in the series will debut Octobe 29, 2009. She lives in St. Louis County Missouri with her husband Jonathon Green, daughter, one pug dog and one boxer/pug dog.

Customer Reviews

I love Anita Blake and I really love John Claude and Richard.
Karen S. Woodring
I enjoyed meeting new characters, Olaf and Bernardo and of course I always love having Edward in a book.
Crystal Sin
Obsidian Butterfly, is a great break from the other books in her series Anita Blake!
Victoria C.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

87 of 91 people found the following review helpful By Andrew P. Lawler on January 16, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Anita Blake, Vampire Executioner and Animator, travels to New Mexico at the behest of super-assassin Edward (or Death as we're continually reminded) to investigate a series of brutal (what else) and inexplicable murders.
First of all, it's an enjoyable book. It sheds light on Edward (someone we've all wanted to know more about) and manages to extricate Anita from the tangled morass of her personal life in St. Louis. As always the story is fast-moving, evocatively written, and makes us care deeply about the fate of the protagonists..
Yet for those who have read the previous books, the old problems remain...
1. Anita MUST intimidate everyone she meets or die trying.
2. Anita MUST bemoan her status as a monster without actually doing anything about it.
3. Anita MUST threaten to kill both friend and foe with equal frequency.
And she does..it seems sometimes that Anita doesn't have conversations. she can only have confrontations. And sometimes I confess, it grows a bit tiresome. As does the constant threat of rape.
Yet still I and so many others read. Why? because in spite of everything, Hamilton tells a great story, creates a great world, and continues to top herself with action each time. Obsidian Butterfly is no different.
But Anita needs a vacation.
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119 of 137 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on January 5, 2000
Format: Hardcover
On an alternate Earth, preternatural beings live along side humans who fear and loathe them. Human Anita Blake is a renowned vampire hunter, needed by law enforcement but loathed by many nosferatu who believe she is a genocide executioner. Anita loves both a werewolf and a vampire. However, she obstinately has refused to see either one of them for over the past year. Because of their species, she is terrified of giving herself to either of them.

The only person capable of killing as well as Anita happens to be Edward, better known as Death. He has saved her life on several occasions and she owes him for killing one of his cohorts. Edward calls in his marker, asking for her help with a preternatural creature like none he has ever encountered before. Anita comes to Santa Fe to meet an Edward totally different then Death. Edward is engaged to a woman with children and he seems to cherish all of them. As she works with Edward to defeat this seemingly invincible creature, Anita now knows she cannot hide from her own nature.

The newest Anita Blake novel, OBSIDIAN BUTTERFLY, is a great tale that is the best story in a wonderful alternate earth series. Part of the reason the story line is so good is that the enigmatic avenging angel Edward plays a starring role that makes him more complete and human. Anita retains her take no prisoners attitude, but is beginning to show signs of doubt and the need to choose that makes her even more complex of a character than before. This heart stopping, mesmerizing tale captures the audience's attention from the very first sentence and gives them a reading experience like no other. First time readers of this novel will scamper for this talented author's previous books.
Harriet Klausner
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By J. Stern on January 12, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book reminded me of the Anita Blake we all grew to love before she got romantically involved with JC and Richard! I loved this book so much. Especially learning more about Edward. I thought he was a scary guy when he went cold and isolated. I was wrong. He's even scarier when he shows his emotions.
The book was more like the old style of Anita. How so? Anita is not the super woman she was in Blue Moon and Burnt Offerings. She had very few new magical powers. She relied more on her wits and firepower. The mystery was the key plot focus - not who she was going to sleep with next. This book was a GREAT way for Anita to get back into what she does best - killing the evil monsters who harm the innocent.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By paula_k_98 on June 11, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I had never heard of the Anita Blake series until a month ago when it became came up on the Amazon discussion boards-romance section. To fellow reviewers JP and Joss, thank you for letting me know about this fascinating series, I'm sure my eye doctor thanks you also since I have killed my eyes reading all nine books in two weeks.
Obsidian Butterfly is the 9th book featuring Anita Blake, vampire executioner and animator. Edward, the mysterious assassinator who has made several appearances in previous books, gets his own story, and what a story it is! Edward calls on a favor owed to him by Anita. No questions asked, Anita goes to his aid and finds a side of Edward she didn't know existed. Side one is the cold-blooded killer she knows, but side two is Edward's second identity as a bounty hunter who is engaged to be married to a widow with two children.
There is something terrorizing people, it skins its victims and takes parts of the bodies. Those who are lucky, die from this assault. Those who are unlucky, end up in the hospital in horrible shock and pain. Edward calls in favors to help him find out what it is and to destroy it before it kills many more.
Thrown into this mess, are two other assassinators who owe Edward favors. Apparently people don't refuse to repay Edward the favors they owe him, not if they want to live. One is called Olaf, and frankly, he scared the daylights out of me. He is truly one sick individual who takes enjoyment from terrorizing and brutalizing people. As the way things stand, I'm sure we will be seeing Olaf again.
While I was fascinated by this story, part of me was disappointed we didn't see the other two main characters play a larger part in the story.
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