Blue Moon (Review)

Book cover for "Blue Moon" by Laurell K. Hamilton.Title: Blue Moon

Author: Laurell K. Hamilton

Publication Year: 1998

Pages: 418

Genre: Fiction, Horror, Mystery

Source: Borrowed from the public library

From the cover:

You never forget your ex-fiance. And when the call came at three in the morning, I thought for a moment it was him. It wasn’t. It was his brother. And it wasn’t good news. Apparently, the former love of my life had got himself thrown into jail for assaulting a woman. Since I make my living as a preternatural expert, I tend to believe almost anything’s possible. But though he may be one of the monsters, Richard would never harm a woman. So here I am in the wilds of Tennessee, Anita to the rescue. I’ve got just a few days to spring Richard and find out who framed him – and why. There’s a full moon coming, and if my werewolf love is still behind bars when it rises, he’ll be facing a lot worse than an assault charge.

(This is the eighth book in the Anita Blake series, after Guilty PleasuresThe Laughing CorpseCircus of the DamnedThe Lunatic CafeBloody BonesThe Killing Dance, and Burnt Offerings.)

I really liked this book, largely because it focused on Anita and Richard. I have a soft spot for the ol’ werewolf, even when he’s being stupid – like in this book, when he refuses to hire a lawyer until Anita forces it on him. Their relationship has definitely changed in this book, and it was interesting to watch everything shift as the story progressed.

What I liked about Blue Moon is that Hamilton did an excellent job of integrating the mystery aspect – what’s going on and why is Richard being framed? – with the personal stories of the characters and their relationships with each other, as well as with the politics of the werewolf pack. I enjoyed the subplot of Anita struggling with channeling the spirit of Raina when she works with the werewolf pack. It was a fitting and intriguing aspect to her supernatural powers, far more interesting to me than some of the other stuff that happens in later books.

By the end of the book, I was pretty happy with where things were headed for the main characters (Anita, Richard, and Jean-Claude), but it’s clear that in this series, nothing lasts forever.


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