Circus of the Damned (Review)

Book cover for "Circus of the Damned" by Laurell K. Hamilton.Title: Circus of the Damned

Author: Laurell K. Hamilton

Publication Year: 1995

Pages: 329

Genre: Fiction, Horror, Mystery

Source: Borrowed from the public library

From the cover:

When a powerful centuries-old vampire hits Anita Blake’s town, a battle of the undead ensues.

(This is the third book in the Anita Blake series, after Guilty Pleasures and The Laughing Corpse.)

I really liked the progression of the characters in this book, as we get to know a bit more about Jean-Claude and Richard. In particular, the relationship between Anita and Jean-Claude works through a lot of the tension in this novel, finally allowing them to find some common ground and stop threatening to kill each other quite so often by the end.

The mystery/crime aspect of this novel was actually quite developed, and I enjoyed the intrigue of Anita tracking down the vampire pack that’s been killing people. There’s also a showdown with “the Earth Mover”, which I kind of wish had been more of a character arc, since it seemed like a really important villain and yet it took up only a little bit of time.

Circus of the Damned was a good early novel in the series, as it kept drawing the reader in to learn more about the characters and the supernatural makeup of the city. I really felt invested in the stories by the time I finished this book.


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