The Lunatic Cafe (Review)

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

Author: Laurell K. Hamilton

Publication Year: 1996

Pages: 369

Genre: Fiction, Horror, Mystery

Source: Borrowed from the public library

From the cover:

Anita has fallen for the leader of a local pack of werewolves. She’s survived a lot, but this love thing may kill her yet.

(This is the fourth book in the Anita Blake series, after Guilty PleasuresThe Laughing Corpse, and Circus of the Damned.)

Unlike the previous novels in the series, The Lunatic Cafe moves quite a bit away from the vampires and starts to focus on the werewolf pack in the city. It also focuses on Anita’s relationship with Richard, really the first romantic relationship in the series.

I liked the change of venue and characters quite a bit. I felt like it added some breadth to the series, keeping the focus from becoming too narrow. It allows for more possibilities of things to happen and situations to explore.

The power dynamics in the werewolf pack were also quite interesting. I found myself wanting everything to sort itself out for them, just because of how much I liked Richard. I think he’s my new favourite character in the series. And, through him, we’re also exposed to some other really fun characters – like Raina and Gabriel – even though they’re not likeable in the more traditional sense. They’re dynamic and exciting, but definitely not on the “good” side of things.

The Lunatic Cafe is a bit of a turning point in the series, moving things forward and changing the dynamics of the main characters. Hamilton manages to keep everything fast-paced and moving, too, which is one of my favourite things about this series.


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