Bloody Bones by Laurell K. Hamilton

This entry is part [part not set] of 7 in the series Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter Series

Book Review: 2 Treasure Boxes
Fifth Book in Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter
Publisher: Jove (Electronic Edition: March 2004), EBook: 311 KB, Language: English, ISBN-0-7865-4578-X

In the usual Anita Blake Vampire Hunter style there is plenty of action and Anita comes close to death several times, but pulls through. She also needs to deal with her men problems and it is not easy dating a master vampire.

This is the fifth book in the series and to date there are a total of 20 books. This book falls into the contemporary, urban fantasy genre with Anita Blake as a necromancer by trade and a sometimes vampire slayer known as The Executioner. There are vampires and other supernatural beings living together with humans in her world.  The book also falls into the romance genre. The story is told using the character narrative with Anita’s voice and thoughts as we follow her around.

The book starts out with Anita being sent out of town to raise a graveyard full of old bones, it is a job that no-one else can do without a human sacrifice. As the story progresses, things get interesting and Anita quickly gets involved in solving a series of supernatural murders and disappearances. Anita and Jean-Claude’s relationship has a big turning point; she now thinks of him as a person and not a monster.  Richard just keeps pushing himself further and further away from Anita, his self-hate comes through by back-lashing Anita with very nasty behaviour. Larry, Anita’s assistant, has a bigger role and Anita takes on the responsibility of mentoring him.

The book is interesting and well written. I enjoyed reading about Larry and Anita’s interactions. We learn more about Anita’s past and her relationship with her mother which gives us more insight into Anita’s character.  Anita’s powers are growing as she is able to do things that were previously thought to be impossible.  She also solves the mystery by the end of the book. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

If you enjoy reading contemporary, urban fantasy that deals with vampires and werewolves and includes a strong female lead then you will enjoy this book.  The book also has a very definite romantic slant with Anita dating both a vampire and a werewolf.

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