Review: The Killing Dance by Laurell K. Hamilton

The Killing Dance - Laurell K. Hamilton

Description:
The first hit man came after me at home, which should be against the rules. Then there was a second, and a third. Word on the street is that Anita Blake, preternatural expert and vampire killer extraordinaire, is worth half a million dollars. Dead, not alive.

So what’s a girl to do but turn to the men in her life for help? Which in my case means an alpha werewolf and a master vampire. With professional killers on your trail, it’s not a bad idea to have as much protection as possible, human or otherwise.

But I’m beginning to wonder if two monsters are better than one…

Review:
The Killing Dance is the sixth book in the Anita Blake series, so far I’ve found the books gripping with plenty of mystery, a good hit of violence and a small dose of romance thrown in. The Killing Dance however was slightly disappointing.

We start by discovering that a hit has been taken out on Anita’s life and from there her hit man friend Edward comes into the fray to act as a bodyguard. What follows is a story built around the hits which have been taken out on her life meaning there is some of the action expected from an Anita Blake novel but focused on her relationships with the vampire, Jean-Claude and werewolf, Richard.

One of the things I have liked most up to this point is that the relationship aspect of these books hasn’t taken centre stage, it has been a side-story which has moved slowly and been a part of Anita’s life but not the main focus. In this book the story moved to centre stage and it became too much and this didn’t feel like an Anita Blake novel the way that I have enjoyed them.

I found the tug of war between Jean-Claude and Richard a little tiring and confusing, I really don’t like Richard he is supposed to be an Alpha Werewolf yet is quite naive, insecure and whiny. I found reading the passages with him in really annoying. I didn’t find this novel as fast-paced as the others and especially after the last novel, Bloody Bones which was outstanding I was expecting far more.

I far prefer the Anita Blake novels with her being kick-ass and take names, investigating crimes and not having her personal life taking over.

I also felt this book dragged on and then suddenly ended with a summary chapter over two pages, which was a real disappointment! Hoping for a return to the norm in the next book.

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

TitleThe Killing Dance
SeriesAnita 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: eBook, Hardcover, Audio CD
Pages: 464
Buy: Amazon Nook iBook

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