Are you following our vampire series?? What’s up next – a continuation of our Anita Blake discussion!
As I said before there are twenty books in the Anita Blake series and that that requires two posts, however that’s not the only reason. In book nine (The Obsidian Butterfly) Narcissus in Chains Anita, who is now bound to Jean-Claude through vampire marks, acquires his ardeur a cross between an illness and a hunger. The problem this hunger is for sex, a lot of sex, a lot of the time. See this change the books severely, so severely that many readers quit reading at this point. Anita fights with everything she can to not sleep with anyone and everyone but that leads to consequences. In much the same way that Jean-Claude has bound her to him, Anita has bound the vampire Damian to herself. If she doesn’t feed the ardeur he begins to weaken and die as does Nathaniel and young were-panther that she has taken on as her responsibility since she is the one that killed the head of the panther pard and has also tied to herself.
This leads to the next five or six books reading much as erotica, which is just one reason I never read the 50 Shades of Gray series, I didn’t need to I had Anita and her many men.
While many readers left the series at this point, some did pick up again several books later when the sex dropped off and the crime-solving picked up again. The problem is they missed some great plots in the meantime. In those middle, sex-filled books, we meet oh so many vampires including those of the Vampire Council and their protectors. They also miss her becoming a Federal Agent, a pregnancy scare, a fall out with her best friend Ronnie, the beginning of the Coalition for Better Understanding Between Human and Lycanthrope Communities, the coming and going of Richard several times, ok maybe that’s a good thing to miss because he is just plain annoying.
Some people never come back and I think part of that has to do with Anita having multiple lovers in her life, a situation that works for her and her men though how I’m not sure. It usually makes me think of polygamist families and wondering how they manage it, all I know is for some it does work and it is not for me to question how or why others’ relationships work so I’m not going to, I’m just going to keep enjoying Anita’s bad-assery (ok probably made up that word but hey it works) the admiration she gets from various SWAT teams across the country while the regular cops hate her for oh so many reasons.
And while I’m waiting for the next Anita Blake book I’ll get to enjoy the newest book in her Merry Gentry series, which I just might write a post about later.
Check out Anita, I think you’ll like it, and don’t let the sex put you off, as a matter of fact if you’re a fan of 50 Shades it might be just one more reason for you to check out Laurell K Hamilton’s books!