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Burnt Offerings (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter) Hardcover – December 4, 2007
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Then there are members of the vampire council who came to town and takes over the Circus. Not only do Anita and Jean-Claude have to save their own people and allies, but their presence is causing problems with weaker vampires. And if that wasn’t enough on their plates, Humans First is causing problems.
There’s a great deal going on in this book and you get a really good idea of just how seriously Anita takes what she feels is her responsibility for others. She’s not about to back down from anyone or anything and the council learns more about her.
This book has been reread a number of times throughout the years and many things that occur here are important to the rest of the series. This is the only book so far in the series where Anita is in the physical presence of the council members other than in the metaphysical. You’ll love to see how she deals with one and how you’ll feel about another; well you’ll have to make up your own mind.
A variety of situations are faced and there is plenty of action. Something really interesting occurs between Anita and Richard that you won’t want to miss. I love the world and character building and could easily accept seeing many of these characters walking down the street.
Anita has now vowed herself to her Vampire lover and Master of the City, Jean Claude, and Richard, Alpha Pack Master and ex boyfriend, which comes with certain responsibilities and obligations that she has discovered at the dawning of Burnt Offerings. Her non-regretting guilt from unavoidable events have led her to bestow protection to the shifters that can not help themselves. She also learns that Richard has let his emotions get the best of him; the nonacceptance of his beast, where he stands morally, and her rejection; thus, putting her in the position to take action as lupa and make decisions she feels are necessary to protect the ones she has promised.
On a date with her yummy sex vamp, Jean Claude, they encounter the council minions and have concluded that this visit is far from pleasant. The council is convinced that Jean Claude and the triumvirate that he has created is a threat and that mutiny is in store. Although Jean Claude has expressed that he does not have any disposition to go that route, they refuse to believe him and insist on taking out their anger on the ones that follow him.
Anita will not stand for threats to her and those that she loves and is willing to protect. She somehow is able to use the triumvirate power several times to show not only herself, but all others, what she is capable of. She is able to channel both Richard's pack (alive or dead) and Jean-Claude's power by way of emotion, chokingly thick anger or a sexually arousing gesture; such as a kiss, to release this build up of strength. The taste of this ability leaves the council begging for mercy.
Although Anita is humanly hesitant to give all of herself to Jean Claude, I, on the other hand, am yearning to take him to that next level. Ill admit, Jean Claude, has hooked me with with his vampire lore. Technically she has chosen, but inwardly, she is still confused with her feelings. I hope that she makes a decision between her wolfe and vampire; her indecisiveness is becoming a bit unrelenting. I fantasize about what I would do if put in her position. Hey, a girl can dream!
This sensuous and seductively biting series has me oozing with fervor. Ecstatic for what is to come next!