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The Killing Dance (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 6) Mass Market Paperback – September 24, 2002
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Anita Blake, vampire hunter, is now herself a hunted woman. Who put the $500,000 price on her head--a man or a monster? It's not just her own skin she needs to save; the rivalry between her werewolf boyfriend, Richard, and Marcus, the other alpha werewolf in his pack, has come to full boil. And there's always Jean-Claude, the vampire who's been waiting for just the right moment to slip inside Anita's head and heart. Don't assume anything, though--Hamilton's probably got a few more surprises in store. --This text refers to the Audible Audio Edition edition.
Praise for the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series
“With a heroine as sharp as a stake and slick as a silver bullet, Laurell K. Hamilton sucks you into her fascinating world like a vampire’s kiss.”—J. D. Robb
“Hamilton remains one of the most inventive and exciting writers in the paranormal field.”—Charlaine Harris
“I’ve never read a writer with a more fertile imagination.”—Diana Gabaldon
“A sex-positive, kick-ass female protagonist.”—Starburst
“Monstrously entertaining.”—Publishers Weekly
“Hamilton just keeps getting better and better.”—St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“If you’ve never read this series, I highly recommend/strongly suggest having the Anita Blake experience. Vampires, zombies, and shifters, oh my! And trust me, these are not your daughter’s vampires.”—Literati Book Reviews
Top customer reviews
What can I say? If you liked the others in the beginning of the Anita Blake series, you'll like this one just fine. I think it stands as one of Ms. Hamilton's best. At least, in my own personal opinion The Killing Dance is the Greatest Hit Single in the first several really wonderful books. Another Greatest Hit coming up for you new readers is Cerulean Sins.
This series has become quite controversial among both readers and critics. In each new edition addition (lol) Ms. Hamilton pushes some envelopes a little further. For Anita Blake fans, the latter half or so of the series (I think the series is around Book 25 at this point in time.) is where quite a lot of readers who love the characters in Ms. Hamilton's fictional world, and who have an investment in the books beyond money, react to how the characters are behaving and changing within each book's story VERY strongly pro or con.
You would not believe what a storm this series has created amongst readers! They argue and value judge the author and each other regularly. I must admit I did a little mud slinging myself at one point a few years back, which I regret very much for a variety of reasons.
Rather than worry about all the hoopla past and very present, my suggestion to you is to simply use your own judgement...but only use that judgement to police yourself and your own values and morals. When and IF you get to a point where you feel you want to bail out, then by all means, do so. Otherwise, I wish you happy reading! There is no "wrong choice", there is only your choice.
If you are considering reading this book (6/7? I believe) as a shortcut into Anita Blake's world, I highly suggest you start back at the beginning of the series. While I do think that the first half dozen give or take can stand alone, I also think they read much better, capture your attention and imagination more easily, provide you with the opportunity for emotional investment, and especially that welcome feeling of alt world escapism that every reader of this specific type of fiction is hooked on, if you start with Book One, where you can truly begin your journey into the really wonder-filled world that Ms. Hamilton has created, where you will meet Anita Blake, humans, monsters, monstrous humans and very human monsters.
Don't let yourself be dragged into the ever ongoing great debates! The only person whose judgement you need to worry about and/or listen to is your own! In the end, it's fiction, and fiction should be fun. When it stops being fun? "Tap Out" and find a new fictional world that trips your personal trigger! Peace!
The more Jean Claude's character develops the more he continues to have a 'Lestat-like' quality. Not quite as vicious as Lestat yet.
Edward is also a very interesting character, I can't wait to see how he develops.
Wish I could leave more of a review but 'Burnt Offerings' is calling me.
Hamilton has done a great job of slowly evolving her characters over the course of the series so far. Anita's "it's complicated" relationship with Richard and Jean-Claude is as believable as a menage-a-trois with a vampire and a werewolf can be. Their tension didn't feel forced, and their anger and frustration felt real. Anita's exploration of her magic powers combines with her exploration of her sexuality effortlessly--and quite steamy, if I may say so.
Plotwise, there is one plot point with a decomposing vampire that didn't quite gel together (the plot point, not the vampire, although the vampire didn't quite come together in the end, either) with the rest of the epic-length story, but I'll forgive it. The book is a little long, but it's worth it in the end.
I enjoyed this one almost as much as Circus of the Damned (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter).
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Anita once again proves a winning combination of contradiction and raw ambition in the face of the undead, weres and a love life that...Read more