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