Title: The Harlequin
Author: Laurell K. Hamilton
Publication Year: 2007
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 Pleasures, The Laughing Corpse, Circus of the Damned, The Lunatic Cafe, Bloody Bones, The Killing Dance, Burnt Offerings, Blue Moon, Obsidian Butterfly, Narcissus in Chains, Cerulean Sins, Incubus Dreams, Micah (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.