Saturday, July 18, 2015

Review: Dead Ice by Laurell K. Hamilton




Publication Date:  6/9/2015
Series: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #24
Rating: 3.5 Stars



Official Blurb:

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 fiancée.

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 . . .


I was skeptical about this book after the big disappointment that was Jason. In recent years, the series has tremendously gone downhill with the story lines moving more away from the police cases that Anita works to who is warming her bed. My hope was that Dead Ice would revive the series, but it kind of fell in the middle of “Woot! Anita Blake is back” and “Well.. That was boring.” Don’t get me wrong, I love this series, but after 24 books, I think it’s time to maybe begin wrapping up the story. Anita has added so many people to her sexual entourage in her humping like crazy phase that I’m not sure who’s who anymore outside of the main characters. I wish we could get a little more Micah, Nathaniel and Jean Claude time rather than her far and wide split between these men. From the very beginning of the series, I was pro-Richard, but we fans know how fate in the relationship realm. He does make a brief appearance and he’s calm demeanor is back while he keeps the beast at bay.

Dead Ice had such potential with the story line of living zombies.  I honestly loved that part of the story and wish it took more of a forefront to the multiple times poly relationships were explained in detail. The romance was quite lacking and I missed that. Hamilton has gone from orgy to Amish in this book. This is the kind of series you love to hate and hate to love depending on the book. While it was nice to see Anita finally getting back to her job, the other parts of the story really bogged it down to the point I had to deduct a few stars for it. Now, the end gives you a bit of teaser of the future development of Anita’s powers which left me wanting to know more. She has come so far from being a necromancer to a full on crazy powerful woman.  Like I mentioned above, this book was a love-hate relationship for me, but was far better than the last full length novel and Jason combined.  Let’s hope this was the emotional, non-sexy transition into a developing plot lime phenomenon. 

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