Review: Bloody Bones by Laurell K. Hamilton
When Anita Blake’s boss at Animators, Inc., informs her that she’s expected to raise 300-year-old zombies from a field of jumbled bones just to settle a land dispute, she’s understandably annoyed. But as soon as she arrives in Branson, Missouri, to do the deed, the job gets more interesting. A psychotic sword-wielding vampire starts committing multiple murders in the area, and Anita must call on Jean-Claude, her powerful fanged suitor, for help. As always, Anita prevails over the undead, keeping Jean-Claude at arm’s length, clearing the cemetery land of an ancient enchantment, and nailing the vampiric killer in one fell swoop.
“First, there were the dead in the graveyard – two-hundred years dead. I’d been hired to raise them to settle a dispute over who owned the land they were buried in.
Then there were the three dead teenagers in the woods, slaughtered in a way I had never seen before.
And then they found the dead girl, drained of blood and left in her bed.
I knew what that meant, all right. It didn’t take a degree in preternatural studies to figure out that something was very wrong in and around Branson, Missouri. My name is Anita Blake. Welcome to my life…”
I started the Anita Blake series about five years ago and read the first four books in sequence. I then got caught up with various other books I’ve been reading and have only just got back to this series despite having loved those first four books immensely.
Anita Blake isn’t your usual protagonist. She is 5’3″ with a quick tongue which gets her into a lot of trouble with humans and supernatural beings alike. You either love her or hate her.
One of my favourite things about this series is that the romantic aspects of the story isn’t condensed into a few days as it often is in these books. Where you can get a romance shoved into the space of a book which can be enjoyable it can also be quite unrealistic to see people meet and fall in love in the space of a few days. Laurell K. Hamilton has really taken the pace down with these books, knowing that she planned this to be a series she wrote the romance for Anita Blake at a steady and realistic pace which is spread throughout the books. It makes reading them much more interesting and also makes each book far more about the paranormal and mystery aspects and the main storyline of that book rather than Anita Blake’s sex life!
Bloody Bones takes Anita Blake out of the city with her trainee Larry. She has to raise a cemetery of bodies a few centuries old to find out if they are from a particular family. Of course as always things are not straightforward and when it appears there may be a serial-killer vampire on the loose nearby she has to call in help from Jean-Claude her vampire-boyfriend, a helping hand her werewolf-boyfriend Richard is unlikely to be happy about when he finds out.
This book was probably one of the darker books in the series so far. There was a lot of gore, fighting, and plot twists. It started to get difficult to know who to trust, who had died, and who was more powerful than whom. It was a gripping novel and had strong storyline.
I really enjoy Laurell K. Hamilton’s writing style it is so easy to read and she knows how to weave the mystery so that it is difficult to guess where the story is going. I’m really looking forward to continuing this series.
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Title: Bloody Bones
Series: Anita Blake Vampire Hunter
Author: Laurell K. Hamilton
Genre: Mystery, Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
Publication Date: 7 January 2010
Review Format: Paperback
Other Formats: Audio, eBook, Library Binding
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