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  • May 26, 2011
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This is book number 4 in the Anita Blake series, and once again Hamilton delivers a riviting story. Its Anitas slow season for zombie raising so this book focuses more on her life outside of her official job. The romance between Anita and Richard is going on strongly, much to my dismay. That is until Anita finds herself at a meeting gone badly at the Lunatic Cafe, an establishment owned and operated by various lycanthropes. After Anita sees a warewolfs true nature Richard is concerned that she will be disgusted by him. When she proves him wrong he springs an unexpected (and less than romantic) marriage proposal on her wich she accepts (blah). An engadgement to a warewolf isnt the end of Anitas relationship issues, she soon discovers that a crazed vampire chick who is in love with jean-claude would rather see Anita dead than be the object of jean-claudes obsession. To prove her displeasure, the vampire attacks Anita and would have killed her had Anita not announced her engagement to another man, the vampire calls off her attack on the agreement that Anita would tell jean-claude of her marriage plans. little does the vamp know Anita and Richards relationship had hit a major pothole eariler that night so severe that neither of them where sure if there was still going to be a wedding. this little scheme may have still worked had jean-claude not sensed trouble in paradise with Anitas relationship and convinced her to allow him to court her in an attempt to woo her (go jean-claude!) This was my favorite part in the whole book! Relationship issues aside Anita is working to solve a murder by a lycanthrope, and also assisting the lycanthrope community with 8 missing "persons" cases. Anita is finding herself ass deep in fuzzy critters throughout this book. Her buddy Edward makes a re-appearance in this book to find some lycanthropes who had participated in a snuff film...yea it gets a little weird at some points. Like all the rest of the books in this series thus far, readers are introduced to more new supernatural creatures. Witchs make a comeback, but a different kind than the voodoo queen we had met previously. There are also new species of lycanthropes and a mythological freature called a Naga (i had to google it..but its pretty awsome). The ending of this one was not quite as dramatic as the Circus of the Damned was but it was still full of dramatic climaxes and shocks, wich i will not spoil for those who havnt had the chance to read it yet.

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