Sunday, June 10, 2007

Rating : 3.5/5
Reason for Reading : Part of Summer Reading Challenge and numerous recommendations
Number in series : #1 Anita Blake Vampire Hunter

We are introduced to Anita Blake who is an Animator by trade (meaning she raises the dead, a necromancer) and a Vampire Hunter in her spare time. She bears scars from being attacked by vampires in the past as well as a burn mark in the shape of a cross. There is some confusion as to whether or not she is human near the beginning which isn't really confirmed or denied during this novel. In this tale. against her wishes, she is hired by the Vampire Master, Nikolaos, to find out who or what is murdering local vampires. She gets caught up in a battle between vampires, animators, ghouls and wererats.

It was an interesting book. There are so many of this type of novel around at the moment, and it was fun to read one that was more focused on horror than urban fantasy like novels by Kelley Armstrong, Patricia Briggs etc. It also didn't try to glamourise vampires either which so many other series have done. Anita made an interesting central character. She has human weaknesses with her main one being fear, but she struggles on through it despite overwhelming odds. The supporting characters were also intriging like Philip and Edward. I would have liked to have learnt more about Philip and about the lure of being a "freak" and going to vampire clubs. I get the feeling Edward will show up again in future novels.

I was recommended this series as I love Anne Rice. The two sets of vampires are very different however. This focused more on violence and supernatural powers, whereas I found Rice much more sensual and more about the stories the vampires have to tell. I was also told the Anita Blake series was very sexy and erotic, and was disappointed in this first one to find it really wasn't
I am looking forward to reading more in the series though and seeing how Anita develops and what else will befall her.


Literary Feline said...

Welcome to the world of Anita. I wasn't too taken with the first book in the series or even the second although I liked them enough to keep going with the series. By the third book, I was hooked. The more senuous and erotic side of the series can be found in later books in the series, not so much the early ones. It's been a big point of controversy among Anita Blake fans. I've read all the books in the series with the exception of the lastest release, The Harlequin, which I will no doubt get to when it comes out in paperback.

Valerie said...

I love the Anita Blake novels. I own them all and with every new one I fall in love a little more. I will note though that if you don't have a taste for erotic stories the later books aren't going to be for you. I can't wait to see what you think of the other books!

~ames~ said...

Hey Rhinoa! I became addicted to LKH a few years ago with her Merry Gentry series. I picked up AB while I was waiting for the latest MG and ever since I've been hooked. I really enjoy the early AB novels, but after Obsidian Butterfly, the series turns, IMO, into badly written porn. What I came to love about AB disappeared for a few novels, but I read Kris' review of the Harlequin and she said it's a return to the good old days. Which is a big relief.

I don't want to scare you off of this series, because it is interesting - I am still reading it. :P

Mollie said...

I just finished the newest in the AB series, The Harlequin, I realy miss the early novels. Like Ames, I feel a lot of what I really liked about Anita is missing in the newer books. But I still enjoy them, and I will continue to read them as long as LKH writes 'em! My favs were The Killing Dance and Blue Moon!

~ames~ said...

Hey Mol, I didn't realize you read LKH as well. :P Blue Moon is one of my faves as well. Did you review TH yet? I'm waiting for the library copy myself.

Stephanie said...

I'm sorry you didn't like this one too much. But you have to remember, I think Anita Blake really and Guilty Pleasures was written before the Patrica Briggs and even Kelly Armstrong started writing. I met Laurell when she was in town, but so far I've only read this one!! Another series started and still trying to finish!