Title: Bloody Bones
Author: Laurell K. Hamilton
Publication Year: 1996
Genre: Fiction, Horror, Mystery
Source: Borrowed from the public library
From the cover:
Here’s a job to strain even Anita Blake’s capabilities: raising an entire graveyard of two-hundred-year-old corpses.
Even more so than the other books in the series so far, this one was intense. It really stretched the limits of the kinds of things that Hamilton had included in the books up until now, including things like a teenage girl opting into becoming a vampire, her parents wanting Anita to stake her before she “rose”, an ages-old pedophile vampire, and weird fairy mythology and magic. Not to mention the mass graveyard that’s the premise of the story to begin with.
Bloody Bones has a lot going on, which is probably why I liked it so much compared to some of the later books in the series. There’s lots of intrigue and interesting characters, plus some very deep development of the relationship between Anita and Jean-Claude. Up until this point, I hadn’t really considered him a contender when compared to Richard, but I think he might be in the ring now.
Also, this is the first book where we really spend a significant amount of time with Jason not just playing around, and while it was also intense – I seriously need another word for that, but it just seems right – it was also really cool to see him share the action a bit more. I really started to like him after this, parallel to how Anita starts to see him as more of a multidimensional person.
The ending of Bloody Bones wasn’t at all what I was expecting, but it was a fitting resolution to all the things that happened throughout the story. A crazy ending to a crazy book.