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The Killing Dance (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 6) (edition 2006)

by Laurell K. Hamilton

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Title:The Killing Dance (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 6)
Authors:Laurell K. Hamilton
Info:Berkley Hardcover (2006), Edition: First THUS Edition, Hardcover, 368 pages
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Bene....posso dire solo...era ora! Era ora che ci fosse una svolta nella storia Anita/Richard/Jean-Claude. E che svolta! ( )
  AzureStrawberry | Feb 5, 2014 |
This series is my guilty pleasure and so far it hasn't disappointed. ( )
  palelibrarian | Dec 26, 2013 |
In “The Killing Dance”, Anita Blake has a price put on her head. With a bounty of half a million dollars upon her death, it seems like death is lurking behind every door, corner and corridor. With assassins on her trail, Blake must figure out some way to survive while still living her life the way she wants. Luckily, Blake is not your ordinary leading woman and that works in her favor.

As with every other Anita Blake novel, this is not the only thing that she has to worry about: there is also a vegetarian vampire, Sabin, who has contracted a necrotising disease; he has contacted Blake in the hope that she will be able to find him a cure. And as if that isn’t enough, Blake is still juggling two different monster Romeos and hasn’t made up her mind on which one she would rather be with. Her dating life has gotten more complex as she realizes that the men she is dating aren’t the only monsters.

Hamilton has offered up yet another Blake classic filled with multiple storylines, twists and surprises, gore, blood, zombies, vampires and were-beings and humans (as well as a bit of sexiness).
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  JEB5 | Oct 30, 2013 |
This is a great story, probably the best so far in the series. Richard continues to drive everyone crazy. We meet Damian for the first time. We get to spend some time with Willie. Also, Edward joins the party and eventually brings a friend, it is the first time we realize that Edward might actually have friends.

No matter how many times I read/listen to this particular book of the series, it never gets old. ( )
  mlsimmons | Sep 20, 2013 |
Anita is faced with a new challenge- a professional hitman. For vast sum of money, someone is paying professionals to kill her – and kill her quickly. In many ways this is far more terrifying than anything she has faced before – she has faced witches and werewolves, vampires and even faeries all with murderous intent, but never a coldly professional human killing her for business. And never one willing to use modern technology to do it.

She and Edward have to find a way to keep her alive and, for preference draw out both the hitmen and the person paying for them so they can be put out of business. Permanently.

Alas, she can’t focus on anything so simple as a death threat – not with werewolf politics playing such a large role. Tensions between Richard and his pack leader, Marcus are getting ever higher, with the pack splitting in half between the two contenders. Richard could defeat Marcus – but the only way to be the new king is to kill the old one – something Richard refuses to do. Marcus and Raina have no such compunctions and are doing their best to use his morality – and his vulnerable people – against him.

There’s also a visitor in town. Sabin is a vampire who has given up blood and has suffered from a virulent disease because of it, rotting alive. It’s hoped that Anita’s powers as a Necromancer may be able to cure him. But to do that involves Anita exploring her powers with both Richard and Jean-Claude and discovering how their magic can work together – which could also be useful in making Marcus and Raina back down.

And of course, there is the big relationship conflict. Anita and Richard go ever closer but Jean-Claude is still there, demanding equal time. Anita has to make her choice – and deal with the fallout of it when she does. To say nothing of the standard dramas of vampire politics, new arrivals and the drama they can bring.

As ever with Anita Blake, I love how we have several separate storylines yet they all come together. Anita has a busy life but you see how the threads are connected at the end. The only thing I will say is that it’s becoming expected now – an established part of Hamilton’s style that we don’t expect side-plots to be side-plots per se, but more likely a separate branch of the main plot we haven’t seen yet. Still it’s interesting, really well done, comes together elegantly with excellent pacing and the right amount of attention paid to each line. The clues are there, even if you don’t put them together until hindsight. It’s, in short, a brilliant mystery story. Well paced, information well delivered and action, tension and theme well maintained. The world building was also extremely well done, there were some lectures but always within appropriate context and never just info-dumped. Questions were answered but not over explained and plenty was shown as well as told.

I like the wordiness of Anita’s point of view, it sets them theme, adds context, world building and wonderful snarky commentary as well as having an almost noir feeling to it. It is something I’ve liked in previous books as well. But this book definitely crosses the line into over-description, especially with the men. There is too much description of how she and Richard interacts, of what Richard looks like and even of Richard’s house – I really didn’t need an itemised list of Richard’s furniture, or details like his washing up. And with so many vampires and people in spiffy clothes, there was just a lot more excessively lenthy description here that became dull and overdone. Some pages felt skippable simply because so much time was spent on Anita describing things or Richard’s angst train going round and round in circles.

There’s an interesting theme that’s ongoing about Richard’s self-acceptance and whether he could even endure Anita’s acceptance of him since he hates what he is so much. If she accepts him, when he is so awful, then doesn’t that say bad things about Anita? There’s a similarly huge conflict over Richard’s idealism. His morals aren’t wrong – but are they appropriate for his situation? And it’s all very well being willing to die for your convictions, but what about when people have supported you and rely on you for protection? What do you do to protect those you love and care about? Which, of course, also brings us to Sabin’s situation. To say nothing of Anita’s increasing willingness to kill when necessary.

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To Paty Cockrum,
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You should see the pictures
she sends me of Jean-Claude.
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the voice of temptation.
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The most beautiful corpse I'd ever seen was sitting behind my desk.
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Anita Blake, vampire hunter, is now herself a hunted woman. Who put the $500,000 price on her head--a man or a monster? It's not just her own skin she needs to save; the rivalry between her werewolf boyfriend, Richard, and Marcus, the other alpha werewolf in his pack, has come to full boil. And there's always Jean-Claude, the vampire who's been waiting for just the right moment to slip inside Anita's head and heart. Don't assume anything, though--Hamilton's probably got a few more surprises in store.

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Anita Blake lives a dual life as animator and vampire hunter, with a man she loves on both sides of her life, but when she becomes a wanted woman, she must choose between the two men or risk all their lives.

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