The Harlequin (Review)

Book cover for "The Harlequin" by Laurell K. Hamilton.Title: The Harlequin

Author: Laurell K. Hamilton

Publication Year: 2007

Pages: 496

Genre: Fiction, Horror, Mystery

Source: Borrowed from the public library

From the cover:

Into Anita Blake’s world – a world already overflowing with power – come creatures so feared that centuries-old vampires refuse to mention their names.

(This is the fourteenth 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 DreamsMicah (novella), and Danse Macabre.)

Honestly, this was probably one of my least favourite books in the series.

I liked the idea of the Harlequin, the pseudo-secret police force of the vampires, and could even follow along with them going rogue and trying to take over St. Louis. But there was just too much unexplainable magic – on both sides – for me to be able to take in. It was particularly bad with Anita and the way she was creating psychic links and feeding off energy from pretty much anyone in existence. It just seems like, in this book, her powers are presented as almost all-encompassing, and it was just too much.

I also spent most of the book being pretty pissed off at Richard, and he’s one of the characters that keeps me interested in the series. So wanting to skip past pretty much all the parts he was in was not helping my experience with the book.

Overall, I’d say to skip The Harlequin, except that it’s not really possible. There are too many plot elements and details that come up in the book that are important for the rest of the series. Just don’t expect it to be as good as some of the others.


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