The Killing Dance (Review)

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

Author: Laurell K. Hamilton

Publication Year: 1997

Pages: 387

Genre: Fiction, Horror, Mystery

Source: Borrowed from the public library

From the cover:

In her sixth adventure, Anita becomes a wanted woman – by a vampire, a werewolf, and a creature far more terrifying: a man who puts a price on her head.

(This is the sixth book in the Anita Blake series, after Guilty PleasuresThe Laughing Corpse, Circus of the Damned, The Lunatic Cafe, and Bloody Bones.)

So much happens in this book that it’s hard to parse out which events to talk about. I guess the most interesting to me was probably the dominance struggle over the werewolf pack, with Richard trying to figure out how to take over without killing Marcus. It was also interesting for me to see the parallel relationships develop between Anita/Jean-Claude and Anita/Richard, because it was unclear for much of the book how that would resolve itself. I kept rooting for Anita and Richard, but Richard’s reluctance to “do what needs to be done” kept frustrating both myself and the other characters.

When the final showdown (or, well, one of them) happens between Anita, Raina, and Gabriel, I was relieved. As interesting and weird as Raina and Gabriel’s characters had been in the previous books, I was just done with them. There was so much dancing around the issue that it seemed right for it to finally come to a head. The way it happened was a bit predictable, but necessary.

The way that The Killing Dance ended was a bit … well, annoying, to be honest. The whole “not accepting the vampire marks” thing was getting a bit old, and I have a feeling by this point that it will become a sore point through the rest of the series. I kind of feel the same way about the relationship that Anita and Jean-Claude have with Richard: he’s a bit of a drama queen, and I can see that being frustrating going forward.


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