Thursday, June 4, 2009

Skin Trade by Laurell K Hamilton

When a vampire serial killer sends Anita Blake a grisly souvenir from Las Vegas, she has to warn Sin City's local authorities what they're dealing with. Only it's worse than she thought. Ten officers and one executioner have been slain - paranormal style. Anita heads to Vegas, where's she's joined by three other federal marshals, including the ruthless Edward. It's a good thing he always has her back, because when she gets close to the bodies, Anita senses 'tiger' too strongly to ignore it. The weretigers are very powerful in Las Vegas, which means the odds of her rubbing someone important the wrong way just got a lot higher.

Oh thank you writing gods- Anita Blake is back! I was really afraid after that last book, I mean, I was terrified. The story was just off and with Jason and his family at the center of it, it seemed less like a stand alone story and more (as a friend of mine put it) like a place holding novella like Micah. I almost wanted Hamilton to take a sabbatical or something, whatever she needed to get her mojo back with her Anita Blake books. This one hit it's stride though, helped along by Hamilton going back to her roots, with the story centering around murders committed by the vampire Vittorio. That, along with having Edward back (and the whole crew from Obsidian Butterfly), just made for a fantastic book and the new characters that Hamilton brings in just add to the whole picture created here. My personal preference has me wishing for a bit more of Jean Claude and a bit more of the relationship aspect that she's done in some of her other books, but I'm not complaining. Hamilton has brought Anita back into her own and given her a whole new set of problems and insecurities that we're be able to explore later in new books.

Overall Feeling - Thumbs up! I'm so happy I can say that!
Series - 1) Guilty Pleasure 2) The Laughing Corpse 3) The Circus of the Damned 4) The Lunatic Cafe 5) Bloody Bones 6) The Killing Dance 7) Burnt Offerings 8) Blue Moon 9) Obsidian Butterfly 10) Narcissus in Chains 11) Cerulean Sins 12) Incubus Dreams 13) Micah 14) Danse Macabre 15) The Harlequin 16) Blood Noir 17) Skin Trade