The Killing Dance
Reviewed: September 20, 2005
By: Laurell K. Hamilton
Publisher: Jove Books
400 pages, $10.99
Sad to say, the cover copy on this one is accurate: ďRomantic thrills, exotic
I wish this book had actually been about the half million dollar price tag
that someone has placed on the head of Anita Blake, our favorite vampire hunter
and zombie resurrectionist, but it isnít. That subplot is a sideshow to the
romance triangle that Hamilton has been teasing us with for the last book
Blake has a nice boyfriend named Richard, who is sometimes a werewolf but
is at heart a high school teacher. Like the good, religious girl she keeps
telling us she is, sheís refused to consummate the relationship out of wedlock.
It got complicated when the the master vampire of the city, Jean-Claude,
who has been stalking Anita for a number of confusing reasons, forced her
to date him as well in order to save Richardís life. Itís supposed to be an
old-fashioned wooing contest - and may the best boyfriend win.
Now, wouldnít you really rather find out how sheís going to help the other
vampire lord who seems to be dissolving from a wasting disease, or spend time
with her one human friend, Edward the hit man, while the two of them find
out who has taken out a contract on her and why?
Not that we donít get to do these things, but theyíre given short shrift
compared to the love triangle. Yes, Anita has a crisis of relationships and
ends up in bed with somebody. Both she and that someone (read it yourself)
behave wildly outside the parameters of the characters we have been presented
with so far.
And the actual sex is far less intriguing than the double entendres and innuendo
that have kept that tension interesting in the first five books of the series.
So, as I feared when I reviewed the previous book here, this series is taking
a turn Iím not keen on. Iíll try one more, just to see if Anita comes to her
senses and remembers who the monsters are, but Iím doubtful.