Series: Anita Blake #24
Source: the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Release Date: June 9, 2015
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Blurb from goodreads:
Anita Blake has the highest kill count of any vampire executioner in the country. She’s a U.S. Marshal who can raise zombies with the best of them. But ever since she and master vampire Jean-Claude went public with their engagement, all she is to anyone and everyone is Jean-Claude’s fiancée.
It’s wreaking havoc with her reputation as a hard ass—to some extent. Luckily, in professional circles, she’s still the go-to expert for zombie issues. And right now, the FBI is having one hell of a zombie issue.
Someone is producing zombie porn. Anita has seen her share of freaky undead fetishes, so this shouldn’t bother her. But the women being victimized aren’t just mindless, rotting corpses. Their souls are trapped behind their eyes, signaling voodoo of the blackest kind.
It’s the sort of case that can leave a mark on a person. And Anita’s own soul may not survive unscathed . . .
Must get this out of my system....Book 24?!?! What is this, Xanth? Hats off to having that many books out there. Sadly, I like roughly third to half of them. On the plus side, this is one of them.
For those of you unfamiliar with the series, it started out as a very solid Urban Fantasy type of thing. Romantic interests weren't entirely absent, but they weren't the focus of the books. Somewhere around the 8th book or so, that changed drastically. It was, and can still be, quite the controversy. Honestly, I like both UF and Paranormal Romance, so that wasn't such a big deal. It was more that I felt Hamilton's writing was far superior to her romance/erotica. She's gotten better, but I still prefer her UF. The last few books have felt like she's slowly returning to her strong suit, and the series is better for it.
That's not to say there's no PNR in Dead Ice. Quite the opposite. At times, I thought I was reading two books entwined. There's plenty of naked time for our beloved smuthounds, but Anita is FINALLY more focused on the necromancer mystery solving. It was so good to have a plotline that revolved around something besides Anita sleeping her way to a new power level. (My gamer friends, can you imagine getting through a campaign that way? You roll a 20, your oral skills leave the evil wizard comatose. Loot the clothes strewn about the room and take 50 XP.)
For those who, like me, prefer the old school Anita, it's easy enough to skip through that portion o the book and just enjoy the adventure. I don't know what prompted her to bring back that type of story, but I was very happy to read it.