Title: Circus of the Damned
Author: Laurell K. Hamilton
Publication Year: 1995
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.
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.