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Summary: After Anita refuses to raise the dead, her family of lovers is held hostage until she does.
What made the Anita Blake series so good in the beginning was Anita's moral dilemmas. How can a necromancer date a vampire? And how should her powers be used? Anita also has a specific rules about sex, blood and death.
Lately, Laurell K. Hamilton has been all about the gore, with people digging in open sucking wounds, or multiple partner sex with strangers that leaves people dazed.
It's a pleasure to have a nice super natural story with a little bit of violence and vengeance, and a little bit of monster sex, and a mystery and a scene where Anita learns how to flirt. Well, I predict that many of the people who were disappointed in Hamilton will come back. This was one of her shorter novels, but maybe she has a new editor she respects. Cheers to that!