Blood Noir (Review)

Book cover for "Skin Trade" by Laurell K. Hamilton.Title: Blood Noir

Author: Laurell K. Hamilton

Publication Year: 2008

Pages: 340

Genre: Fiction, Horror, Mystery

Source: Borrowed from the public library

From the cover:

A favor for a friend puts Anita Blake in the center of a full-blown scandal that threatens master vampire Jean-Claude’s reign – and makes her a pawn in an ancient vampire queen’s new rise to power.

(This is the fifteenth book in the Anita Blake series, after Guilty PleasuresThe Laughing CorpseCircus of the DamnedThe Lunatic CafeBloody BonesThe Killing DanceBurnt OfferingsBlue MoonObsidian ButterflyNarcissus in ChainsCerulean SinsIncubus DreamsMicah (novella), Danse Macabre, and The Harlequin.)

I think the highlight of this book, for me, was the time that Anita (and thus the reader) got to spend with Jason. I just find him a very likeable character, and his one-liners are especially hilarious.

What I found rather troubling, though, was the storyline with Marmee Noir. I know it’s fiction and it’s supposed to be an attack on Anita and whatever, but I had a real problem with the essential rape-orgy that happens and brings the tigers into Anita’s life. It made me feel squicky. And it was frustrating, too – wasn’t that the whole point of the charm Anita got in the previous book?

I also had trouble with Richard, yet again. It’s almost like he teeter-totters back and forth between being super lovable and being a complete asshole. In Blood Noir, he’s rather more of the controlling asshole figure, which I didn’t enjoy.

All in all, I loved about half of the book and wanted to toss the rest out the window. But I get the feeling that the tigers are going to end up playing a large part in the coming books, so I suppose it’s important to read about how they got there.


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