Danse Macabre (Review)

December 3, 2014

Book cover for "Danse Macabre" by Laurell K. Hamilton.Title: Danse Macabre

Author: Laurell K. Hamilton

Publication Year: 2006

Pages: 496

Genre: Fiction, Horror, Mystery

Source: Borrowed from the public library

From the cover:

In the thralls of supernatural passion, Anita Blake faces a most human dilemma.

(This is the thirteenth book in the Anita Blake series, after Guilty PleasuresThe Laughing CorpseCircus of the DamnedThe Lunatic CafeBloody BonesThe Killing DanceBurnt OfferingsBlue MoonObsidian ButterflyNarcissus in ChainsCerulean SinsIncubus Dreams, and Micah (novella).)

For the first time in the series, this book doesn’t touch on any of Anita’s work as either an animator or a Federal Marshall. It’s all about vampire politics, Anita’s relationships with those around her, and the possibilities that she is both pregnant and some kind of a wereanimal.

Danse Macabre wasn’t my favourite book, but there were some things that I think it did really well. For one, I found it interesting the way that Anita’s possible pregnancy brought about a deeper understanding of Anita’s relationship with each of her partners, particularly considering which of them accept her how she is and which of them – *cough* Richard *cough* – expected that she would change her life completely if it turned out to be true.  It was yet another thing that made me want to strangle Richard, but also that made me really enjoy her other relationships so much more.

I didn’t love the politics part of the book, and that really took up most of it. I get where they were coming from, but I just found them … contrived and a bit boring. Plus, I feel like there are already enough characters to keep track of in the series, and now a bunch more have been added. I’m starting to have trouble remembering which is which.

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