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Obsidian Butterfly by Laurell K. Hamilton

Obsidian Butterfly (edition 2002)

by Laurell K. Hamilton

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Title:Obsidian Butterfly
Authors:Laurell K. Hamilton
Info:Jove (2002), Edition: Reissue, Paperback
Collections:Read in 2014, Read in 2006, Read in 2009, Read in 2012
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Obsidian Butterfly by Laurell K. Hamilton

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When one dives into an Anita Blake novel, they have to prepare themselves for lots of soul-searching, angst-ridden love and ridiculous reactions by the protagonist, Anita Blake.

Warning: Obsidian Butterfly was the hardest to read, graphic violence against men, women and especially children, torture at the hands of people who wield power, and a gun may not be your best weapon. If you can stomach the gore and mutilations and child abuse, then you might like this book.

Surprisingly, Obsidian Butterfly went against the grain of its earlier novels. I liked the earlier ones such as Guilty Pleasures, Sgt. Dolph and Bert, Anita’s boss at Animator’s, Inc. Later novels introduced Larry as the newbie vampire hunter and zombie raiser, but Laurell Hamilton dropped him in favor of ménage a toa between Anita, a werewolf and a vampire. But I am getting ahead of myself.

This book is very Edward-centric. Edward, as we learned in earlier books, has no morals and kills without conscience or compunction. In fact, in the book he proves to Anita that she is not that far off from that “ideal”. He fakes her out and she immediately pulls out her Beretta calculating a decent shot. Edward says that he was just testing her. That her first thought was not “I’m going to shoot my friend, Edward.” No, it was kill or be killed. The reader thought this was quite provocative. Anita just was irritated.

The plot, as complex as it is, has a thread through it (as others in the Anita Blake series). There’s been a series of grisly murders that are so gruesome that even Anita gets sick and vomits at the sight of the victims; what is skinning people alive and leaving them that way, ripped off eyelids and body parts (and of course sexual body parts – this is an Anita Blake novel after all).

The author introduces a possible love interest in Detective Rodriguez but drops the guy towards the end of the book. We never hear or see him again after the book’s climax, which I consider quite a plot hole. We’re also introduced to Olaf, a psychotic killer that Edward has hired as back-up. Anita, true to her “new” character, purposely yanks his chain and it’s so stupid and adds little to the plot. Yeah, we know he’s a psycho and she’s an idiot – so?

The book is not a complete waste of time. We meet the Obsidian Butterfly which is a place (all the Anita Blake novels’ titles are the names of fictional places) and the name of a vampire that is 1000 years old and still wants vengeance for the Spanish atrocities against the Aztec civilization. Talk about holding a grudge.

As usual, the reader must put up with the ritual of meeting supernatural beings. The vampires always have something going on. Were-jaguars are the favored lycanthropic animal of choice in the New Mexico desert. Anita has to watch some gruesome things – torture, some gay sex and slicing and dicing of some male body parts that make the reading tough for the male reader! And the child abuse by the bad guys, though necessary, scars the mind of one of the kids and is very difficult to read. You are so glad the bad guys get what’s coming to them.

The final confrontation between the dark forces and Anita and her gang is the best part of the book. She meets up with killers as professional and uncaring as she is. Will she and Edward survive?

The silly sexual situations and Anita being embarrassed at the sight of a man’s genitals is particularly nuts and adds nothing – yes, nothing – to the plot whatsoever. Character development? Well, the werewolves and this Nicky Baco character were interesting, but the author only played them up for about ten or so pages. Nicky is a necromancer as Anita is, but we never see what he can do – except in a few scenes which would spoil the story if revealed.

So, several interesting characters not fully developed, Anita finally doing some gun action, a bit of detective work (nothing like Guilty Pleasures) and using her wits more than her supernatural powers – probably the last Anita Blake novel I’m reading. Read the earlier ones of the series, much more entertaining.

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  James_Mourgos | Dec 22, 2016 |
this was my first Anita Blake - found it intriguing and entertaining, and started to read the previous ones in the series... ( )
  jkdavies | Jun 14, 2016 |
Anita Blake, Vampire Executioner and Animator, travels to New Mexico at the behest of super-assassin Edward (or Death as we're continually reminded) to investigate a series of brutal (what else) and inexplicable murders. it's an enjoyable book. It sheds light on Edward (someone we've all wanted to know more about) and manages to extricate Anita from the tangled morass of her personal life in St. Louis. As always the story is fast-moving, evocatively written, and makes us care deeply about the fate of the protagonists. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
I do love this series. Edward is one of my faves! I actually really like Bernardo too. I would have taken Olaf out! He is just creepy as hell. There were a lot of slow parts in this one but it was OK because we got to see a little deeper into Edward. I'm not sure what I think about this family thing. I'm glad he doesn't want to Kill Anita for sport now lol. ( )
  LenaR0307 | May 30, 2016 |
This book is exciting and filled with mystery. Edward (AKA Death) has called in a favor with Anita upon a series of murders going on in his neck of the woods. In this book we learn a whole lot more about Edward and what makes him tick. Edward, as Ted the bounty hunter is on a case were people are being mutilated and no one has any idea as to what is going on. Edward also has a little secret that he hasn't shared with Anita and when she finds out her anger is unleashed. Never involve children with assassins sometimes violent nature. Nothing innocent. And considering that Edward has done something unthinkable I am glad that it all works out. While the bad guys are swarming Anita, Edward, as well as Bernardo (who wants in Anita's pants and is good with knives), and Olaf (who wishes to do unsavory things to women of Anita's type, and happens to be good at what he does) work together to solve the mystery, albeit with a lot of fighting thrown into the mix. While the monster works from the shadows, Itzpapalotl, the master of the city tries to uncover the secrets of the triumvirate, and Edward's secret worms its way into Anita's heart it's an all out rush to the fantastic finish.

Also, just to add, Olaf is particularly frightening and yet entirely too perfect for the book. A man's man woman hater kind of perfect. ( )
  mariahsidhe | May 12, 2016 |
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This one is for all the Edward fans, who by their letters, questions, and sheer interest let me know that they were as interested in knowing more about him as I was.
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'Edward was a hit man. He specialized in monsters. Vampires, shape-shifters, anything and everything. There were people like me who did it legal, but Edward didn't sweat the legalities or, hell, the ethics. He was an equal opportunity killer. I may be one of the few friends that Edward has, but it's like being friends with a tame leopard. It may curl on the foot of your bed and let you pet its head, but it can still eat your throat out...'"
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Anita Blake, the tough, sexy vampire executioner, zombie animator, and police consultant for preternatural crimes in St. Louis, hunts monsters in New Mexico in the ninth book of Laurell K. Hamilton's excellent series. Edward, Anita's mentor in slaying, asks Anita to return the favor that she has owed him since she killed a backup he brought in to protect her. He needs Anita's preternatural expertise as well as her firepower. Something is skinning and mutilating a few of its chosen victims, and dismembering others. Edward has no idea what creature could be responsible for such heinous crimes.

Summoning Anita has its downside for Edward, since it means letting her onto his turf. Anita is surprised to find that this normally aggressive man has a personal life, and shocked by his ability to be entirely different from the stone cold killer she's known. She also has problems with the cop in charge in Albuquerque, who believes her powers must be evil, and with the other backups Edward has brought in. Most of all, she has to deal with her own vulnerability--she's tried to shut down her ties to her vampire and werewolf lovers and go it alone, but it turns out to be harder than she thought.

Anita's usual supporting cast is missing, and she's taking time out from her complex love life, but there's plenty of bloody action, vampires, werewolves, and Aztec ritual. Plus a lot more about Edward. Fans will find this installment similar to the earlier books in the series, particularly The Laughing Corpse. --Nona Vero.

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Vampire hunter Anita Blake is forced into an uneasy alliance with Edward, a bounty hunter specializing in the preternatural, as she searches for a mysterious and evil force that maims, kills, and vanishes into the night without a trace.

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