Back to work this week, so just a quick book review. I read this some years ago as part one of an omnibus edition of the first three in the series, ANITA BLAKE, VAMPIRE HUNTER.
Having decided to have a paperback clear out, I wanted to read the rest of the book before adding it to the charity shop heap, but needed to read book #1 again as it was so long ago I could barely remember it.
Here is my review of that first book, GUILTY PLEASURES.
Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Anita Blake is known to the vampire community as the Executioner, so it seems a little odd when they try to hire her to track down a serial vampire murderer. She’s caught between two master vampires vying for control of the St Louis, dealing with her regular job of raising the dead, and consulting with the police of the ‘spook’ squad who deal with the undead of several varieties. What she doesn’t expect is that her friends and colleagues will also be put in danger just because they associate with her.
This first book in the Vampire Hunter series hits the ground running at speed and never lets up – from terrifying vampires, to vampire groupies and vampire wanabees, zombies, wererats, and gruesome murders, Anita navigates it all with a variety of weapons and a sharp sense of humour. One of the most impressive aspects of this novel is how terrified and helpless a puny human (Anita) is when pitted against such monsters, and yet she still finds a way to deal with them, negotiate with them, and ultimately outwit them. She has no super-human powers other than her quick mind, and this makes for a breathless, exciting, and scary read.
These vampires are definitely not of the twinkly, brooding variety, but rather the vicious right-on-the-edge-of-society type that you might be fascinated by, but would never be safe with. If this is your type of vampire, then this book is definitely for you.
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