Title: Cerulean Sins
Author: Laurell K. Hamilton
Publication Year: 2003
Genre: Fiction, Horror, Mystery
Source: Borrowed from the public library
From the cover:
Vampire hunter Anita Blake learns what it’s like to be at the new end of a centuries-old bloodline – and just how far she’ll let herself get pushed around.
(This is the eleventh 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, and Narcissus in Chains.)
The interpersonal relationships between characters really start to get complicated in this book. And I’m not just talking the ones between Anita and all of her various lovers. I also mean between Anita and her “regular” friends, as well as between Jean-Claude and the greater vampire community.
For starters, the plotline with Belle Morte and her proxy Musette really brought home the complications of Jean-Claude’s growing power for the rest of the vampire council. While I really didn’t like Musette, I think that meant that her character was well-written; Hamilton wanted the reader to dislike her, and did a great job of doing so.
I really liked the subplot involving Asher as well, as Anita and Jean-Claude finally decide to include him more … intimately … in their lives.
As well, Cerulean Sins also shows the professional relationship between Anita and Dolph coming to a head. Dolph has been getting increasingly hostile towards Anita and her supernatural friends in the last few books, and shit really hits the fan in this one. It was an interesting perspective to include in the series, since generally everyone Anita interacts with is comfortable in the supernatural community, and we don’t get to see the “other side” that often.
Finally, the major crime trying to be solved in this book is pretty good, and definitely shows an alternative kind of supernatural from those we’ve gotten to know and love in the series. This is really the first time that there’s been an evil shapeshifter in the books, and I think that it was about time. And well done.