Blood Noir


Jason Schuyler is a werewolf. He’s also one of Anita Blake’s best friends, and sometimes her lover. And right now he needs her – not to be a vampire hunter, or a federal marshal, or a necromancer, or even for her rank in the werewolf pack, but because his father is dying. He needs Anita because she’s a pretty woman who loves him, who can make him look like an everyday guy, who agrees to go home with him and help him say good-bye to the abusive father he never loved. The fact that Jason is about as much an everyday guy as Anita is a pretty woman is something they figure they can keep under wraps for a couple of days in a small town. How hard can that be?

Really, by now, Anita Blake should know better.

Marmee Noir, ancient mother of all vampires, picks this weekend to make a move. Somehow she has cut the connection that binds Anita and Jean-Claude, leaving Jean-Claude unable to sense what is happening. Dangerous even as she sleeps, buried in darkness for a thousand years somewhere beneath the old country of Europe, Marmee Noir reaches out toward power. She has attacked Anita before, but never like this. In Anita she senses what she needs to make her enemies tremble…

The Phoenix’s Perspective

I have been a fan of Hamilton’s Anita Blake series for a while, but have been feeling like we have been getting less and less of the necromancer/vampire hunter with every novel. When I read the description, I was excited. I thought we were getting back to stories like the beginning of the series where we really followed Anita and were in awe of her abilities no matter what type of paranormal thing crept into her path.

But alas, it was not a return to the Anita of old. Instead, it was a decent even further into the realm of paranormal erotica. The first 3 chapters are simply a setup and play-by-play of a ménage a trois between Anita, her lovers Nathanial and Jason.  In fact, the majority of the novel is just descriptions of different sexual situations between Anita and Jason and/or other men.  In between those situations, there is an attempt at a plot, but all that is lost.  I wish there was more to describe to you, but there wasn’t enough in between to really have a novel to describe.

It wasn’t a bad read, but it didn’t really feel like reading paranormal fiction at all. It felt like I picked up a short porno. I really hope that Laurell K. Hamilton can once again find her focus for the Anita Blake series.  That or finally make the switch over into erotica so that readers at least know what they are getting themselves into.

Would I add it to the library?

I don’t know.  The collector in me says yes because I have her others, but I would probably say no if this was my introduction to it the series (it doesn’t necessarily need to be read in order).


Genre: Fiction – Paranormal Thriller
ISBN: 9780515146370
Rating:  meh

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