Monday, December 5, 2016

Review: Crimson Death by Laurell K. Hamilton

Publication Date: 10/11/2016
Series: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #25
Rating: 3.5 Stars

Official Blurb: 

In her twenty-fifth adventure, vampire hunter and necromancer Anita Blake learns that evil is in the eye of the beholder...

Anita has never seen Damian, her vampire servant, in such a state. The rising sun doesn’t usher in the peaceful death that he desperately needs. Instead, he’s being bombarded with violent nightmares and blood sweats. 

And now, with Damian at his most vulnerable, Anita needs him the most. The vampire who created him, who subjected him to centuries of torture, might be losing control, allowing rogue vampires to run wild and break one of their kind’s few strict taboos. 

Some say love is a great motivator, but hatred gets the job done, too. And when Anita joins forces with her friend Edward to stop the carnage, Damian will be at their side, even if it means traveling back to the land where all his nightmares spring from...a place that couldn’t be less welcoming to a vampire, an assassin, and a necromancer.

I don’t know if it’s the fact that this was the first paranormal series that I every read or if I just love the characters too much, but I cannot ever pass up an Anita Blake book.  I know over the years that this series has taken a tumble in terms of the over-usage of the ardeur to expand Anita’s lover list or the constant overly description of each of the men’s attributes yet here I am at book #25 still reading.  Judging by the other reviews I’ve read in the past few weeks before picking up this book, I am not in the minority with my thoughts.  While I love the characters deeply, the series itself has fallen far from the reason I fell in love with at fifteen.  Until recently, the entire books were nothing, but Anita’s sexually exploits and far less about the crimes she used to solve.   However, Hamilton has strove to add in more of the investigation while still maintaining the balance of all of Anita’s relationships.

Crimson Death and its over 700 pages is the proof of that last statement.  This hefty book seemed to dragged on at times with way too much description of the men I’ve known for years and far too much squabbling about who is sleeping where in the big puppy pile on the bed.  I will boldly admit that this wedding is being far too drug out and I wanted to see more of Micah in this story.  He may be my favorite character, but he is by far the most level-headed of them all.  The one bright spot for this story, for me at least, is Nathaniel’s transformation from puppy to alpha dog.  He is finally showing his dominance outside of the occasional bedroom dom sess. While this book was more about Damian backstory, it was just as much as Nathaniels.  I can only hope as this series continues that we see more of this change in Nathaniel.  I also want to note that it was nice to see Richard back into the picture other than him belly-aching about Anita’s lifestyle and the lack of the white picketed fence he wanted with her. 

All in all, Crimson Death receives a solid C+ from me.  It had all the elements that I loved about Anita’s stories, but the plot line itself was way too bogged down with the poly-squabbles.  I can only hope that maybe with book #26 that we’ll finally get back to the story telling that Hamilton is known for instead of the cluttered mess this series has turned into. 

1 comment:

  1. I'm So glad I am NOT the only one that thinks the same about her books. I love to read. Obviously I'm a book Nerd that usually falls in love with her Hunky Male Leads, Usually wishes she WAS THE WOMAN THEY DESIRED. I'm sure I'm not the only one. The Anita Blake Guilty Pleasure book was the FIRST book I picked up and got hooked. It was all down hill from there.I try to read at least 40 books a year. Its Kinda hard with four kids and a full time job.

    I looked forward to her books. To the plots. The way that she was such a Bad ass and Had No fear. She was a COP & Necromancer First. Looking Good while doing it & getting these hot guys that actually liked her for HER was a bonus. THEN the Poly situation started. I understood the whole Ardeur thing. We ALL got it, But it became TOO much. Yes she has her main squeezes and has to take in some more. But she DOES NOT NEED A HAREM of lovers. That whole Situation with The Girl Were Tiger Jade was driving me NUTS in the book Jason. WE GET IT YOU DON'T LIKE GIRLS THAT WAY. SHE NAGS YOU. TOO NEEDY BLAH BLAH BLAH... I was hoping she would get more into Jason's story (Hence the Title of the Book WAS JASON) or was I assuming? They basically spent the whole book in bed and when they came up for a breather they talked my damn brain to mush. lol Sorry. I was venting a little.

    I loved the days she went to different city's and showed those Misogynistic assholes WHO WAS THE REAL BAD ASS and when she got together with Edward that was Icing on the cake. I miss the times where she was bombarded with trouble and just had to blow stuff up to be done with it. Where did all that go? I'm dying to find out what happened With OLAF. THE Serial Killer that was in some sick way in love with Anita and NOW TURNED WERE SOMETHING (I cant remember what he is exactly).

    When are they going to have a show down? that whole scenario was creepy but kept things on edge at all times. I miss those days.

    Laurel her self is in a Poly relationship if I'm not mistaken and I think her books reflected her life in a sense. Don't get me wrong I love some kink & menages and Orgies just as much as the Next GAL, but please don't get me to the point that I'm ACTUALLY skipping the sex scenes because I'm in dyer need of some ACTUAL action.

    To be honest I'm scared to Read Crimson Death because I don't want to be disappointed. In a perfect world I would skip it all together but Give me a break I'm faithful to a fault. I have to see this Series to the end.

    Thank you for you review, and thank you for being so honest. Will definitely be back next time.