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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 2006, Read in 2009, Read in 2012
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Obsidian Butterfly by Laurell K. Hamilton

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This book in the series was a little over the top for me. Also, the resolution of the villain fell a little flat after she built up how big and bad he was. I thought it should have been a little harder to get rid of him. ( )
  Ahnya | Jan 25, 2014 |
“The Obsidian Butterfly” is my favorite Anita Blake book thus far in the series. When Edward (aka Ted Forrester) calls in his favor, Anita is on a plane bound for Albuquerque to help him solve a series of mutilation murders. This novel takes place approximately 6-7 months after “Blue Moon” and finds Anita taking a break from not only Richard but also Jean-Claude. Without the boys, she is able to focus on her monster hunting, well as much as Anita can ever not focus on her “monster boyfriends”.

This novel focuses more on Anita, her faith, her career as police/FBI expert, and her ability to hunt monsters. Readers will see how much Anita has grown and developed from the first in the series. It is a refreshing novel, partly due to the change in locale and also for the supporting role of Edward/Ted. This is the first novel in the series that allows readers into his life and to learn about him, his career and his relationship with Anita. The relationship between Edward and Anita is one of the main parts of this novel that makes it such a quick read – you just want to see what other secrets they can get out of each other.

Overall, it is a great example of Hamilton’s ability to bring characters and a world filled with monsters to life. With every page there is an element of danger, mystery and gruesome that keeps you coming back for more until you can put all the pieces together.
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  JEB5 | Oct 30, 2013 |
I really enjoyed this book. It is the book where you really get a glimpse into Edward's real life. We also meet Bernardo and Olaf. Bernardo drives me crazy. His ego is enormous and it get tiresome. Olaf also has an ego, but it isn't tiresome. I think it is because Olaf gets pissed and Bernardo whines. This series has several male whiners and I get really sick of it.

We also meet Peter. I won't go into detail about who Peter is and what he experiences in this book. I really like Peter. Donna and Becca are not as big of characters to me. They are just victims that Edward and Anita have to save or console. ( )
  mlsimmons | Sep 20, 2013 |
Anita killed one of Edward’s backups – which means she owes him a favour and he has finally called to collect. Or his alter ego has – reassuring Anita that what he wants in New Mexico is nice and legal. And a holiday away from her love life is probably not a bad idea.

Little did she imagine she’d be plunged into Edwards and that the cold, lethal assassin has a fiancée and she has 2 children – all of which have no idea about the man she’s going to marry.

And while the job may be legal – it’s brutal. Dozens of people have been killed or mutilated – and the deaths are some of the worst Anita has ever seen. Worse, it’s been done in a way neither she nor Edward’s erstwhile and experienced back up have ever seen.

Anita has to find and stop the murderer even as the death toll rises. That means facing Aztec gods, a fellow necromancer, ancient vampires and a prejudiced police force – even before she gets to the monster itself, which can feel her looking for it, and is watching her.

The writing style of this book – indeed of this series – walks that line between being evocative, setting the scene and having that fun, snarky, hard boiled internal narrative that I so love and being extremely over descriptive, pointless and dull. Since this book is set apart from her lovers, it pulls it back and goes back to earlier books where it is more for setting scene, theme and mood, rather than us enjoying 20 pages describing just how blue Jean-Claude’s very blue eyes are.

And it really does convey the sense of place. It’s one of those books where you’re nearly sure the author must have spent some time in the location in question because they seem to know it. There’s such a realness to the scene and the area that you rarely get from second hand accounts.

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  FangsfortheFantasy | Sep 20, 2013 |
"...tough-as-nails but highly feminine necromancer..." That's fairly laughable. Short skirts and lipstick do not make thee "feminine." Neither does being shorter than every one of your monster hunting crew. Or having long curly hair.

While the story is good for the most part, there's a lot to hate about where this series is headed. Anita has found her inner monster and isn't afraid of it or using it. ( )
  lesmel | Jul 13, 2013 |
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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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I was covered in blood, but it wasn't mine, so it was okay.
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There are a lot of monsters in Anita Blake's life. And some of them are human. One such individual is the man she calls Edward, a bounty hunter who specializes in the preternatural. He calls her to help him hunt down the greatest evil she has ever encountered. Something that kills and maims and vanishes into the night. Something Anita will have to face alone...
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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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