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Saturday, October 31, 2015

55 Review: Dead Ice by Laurell K. Hamilton

Anita Blake has the highest kill count of any vampire executioner in the country. She’s a U.S. Marshal who can raise zombies with the best of them. But ever since she and master vampire Jean-Claude went public with their engagement, all she is to anyone and everyone is Jean-Claude’s fiancĂ©e.

It’s wreaking havoc with her reputation as a hard ass—to some extent. Luckily, in professional circles, she’s still the go-to expert for zombie issues. And right now, the FBI is having one hell of a zombie issue.

Someone is producing zombie porn. Anita has seen her share of freaky undead fetishes, so this shouldn’t bother her. But the women being victimized aren’t just mindless, rotting corpses. Their souls are trapped behind their eyes, signaling voodoo of the blackest kind.

It’s the sort of case that can leave a mark on a person. And Anita’s own soul may not survive unscathed .
This book continues the evolution (or devolution, depending on your point of view) of the Anita Blake character and the series as a whole. At the beginning of this series, the sex was rated PG, the violence R. As the series has progressed, the violence has remained constant, the sex become more prevalent. In "Blue Moon", the book two before this in the series, I said that the sex had matched the violence. Now, it has surpassed it; if you truly care about such things, I have to say that the sex in this book could be rated "X" This one's written light years better than any other Erotic book I have read, but that doesn't make the sex any less graphic.

I loved this book. It had a little of everything in it. Anita is becoming a more well rounded person than she has been previously. She has become more comfortable in her skin. I hear so many negative comments about the Anita Blake series from people who had previously enjoyed the books. I have enjoyed all of the books and watching her transformation, metamorphosis...into who she is now. A beautiful, confident, bloodthirsty, tender, loving, empathetic woman.

I've always liked Hamilton's writing style. She writes her books as she sees them in her imagination. She also concentrates more on the story at had than filling in the in between. I've seen a lot of criticisms for her abrupt endings, but I love them. In truth, it's doesn't relate to the story or message she is trying to convey.

I recommend this book for all Anita Blake Fans. I can't wait until the next installment.


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