Author: Laurell K. Hamilton
Publication Year: 2013
Genre: Fiction, Horror, Mystery
Source: Borrowed from the public library
From the cover:
Micah’s estranged father lies dying, rotting away inside from some strange ailment that has his doctors whispering about “zombie disease”.
Anita Blake makes her living off of zombies — but these aren’t the kind she knows so well. These creatures hunt in daylight, and are as fast and strong as vampires. If they bite you, you become just like them. And round and round it goes…Where will it stop? Even Anita Blake doesn’t know.
(This is the twentieth book in the Anita Blake series, after Guilty Pleasures, The Laughing Corpse, Circus of the Damned, The Lunatic Cafe, Bloody Bones, The Killing Dance, Burnt Offerings, Blue Moon, Obsidian Butterfly, Narcissus in Chains, Cerulean Sins, Incubus Dreams, Micah (novella), Danse Macabre, The Harlequin, Blood Noir, Skin Trade, Flirt (novella), Bullet, Hit List, Beauty (novella), and Kiss the Dead.)
By this point in the series, Affliction was a welcome shift back to a primarily action-based novel. There is a great deal going on in this series, and the introduction of this “other” kind of zombie was another addition, but a welcome one. It was nice to see Anita and her guys in fighting mode for such a prolonged period of time in this book. It had almost gotten to the point where this had taken such a backseat to the romance that it felt like a revival to see it again.
Speaking of the romance … something I particularly liked in this book was the fleshing out of the relationship between Micah and his family. We didn’t really know a lot about him or his situation before this, and it was nice to get some background knowledge and to see him interacting with his parents and siblings. It also allowed the dynamics between Micah, Nathaniel, and Anita to be up front again, which I always enjoy.
Affliction is a mix of the two great strengths (to me) of this series: kick-ass fighting and deep reflection on emotional attachments.