The Harlequin by Laurell K. Hamilton (‘Anite Blake’ series Book #15)

  The Harlequin by Laurell K. Hamilton

‘Anita Blake’ series Book #15

Paperback: 448 pages – Publisher: Jove (April 29, 2008 ) – Language: English – ISBN-10: 0515144614 – ISBN-13: 978-0515144611

Back of the Book reads:

Into Anita Blake’s world – a world already overflowing with power – come creatures so feared that centuries-old vampires refuse to mention their names…

The Harlequin’s warning to Anita Blake is presented in a gift box, left where she’d be sure to find it. Inside, carefully wrapped in folds of pristine tissue paper, is a white mask, utterly plain. The fact that it’s white, Jean-Claude tells her, is the good news. White means they are only being observed.

The flow of power that connects Anita Blake with Jean-Claude, vampire Master of the City, and with Richard, Ulfric of the werewolves, has been growing and changing, increasing exponentially. Their power seems to have attracted attention, and it’s a kind of attention no one would desire. Jean-Claude and Richard need to be strong allies now. Nathaniel and Micah need to give all their love and aid. And Anita will need to call on Edward, whose utterly human ruthlessness in her defense makes him the right man for the job.

Anita has the authority to pass judgement on vampires. The Harlequin have the authority to pass judgement on her. It is forbidden to speak of The Harlequin unless you’ve been contacted.

And to be contacted by The Harlequin is to be under a sentence of death.

The Harlequin at

The Harlequin at

The Harlequin at

8-Oct-08 to 9-Oct-08

Review: Getting worried about this series.

As a reviewer, I try to give a brief rundown of the book so that those who read the review who plan on reading the book get a small inkling of what’s going on, to explain what I liked, disliked, etc…

I can’t do it this time around. That’s how disappointed I am.

While I admit this one was better than Danse Macabre, it wasn’t by much. At the beginning,  it seems like we’re back to the basic form of Anita and her job, Federal Marshall Anita Blake with one, soon to be two, orders of execution. Didn’t last long, very much to my dismay.

While I admit I liked the whole ‘Harlequin’ angle, I thought it original enough, it just turned into the same old-same old. Dull to the point of not wanting to continue. Very little in the way of investigation or fact finding. More explanations that could have used fewer words to get to the point. And while I praise that the sex didn’t overrule the entire book like it did in Dance Macabre, there was still too much of it, especially the last third of the book. There’s got to be a way of feeding the ‘ardeur’ in as close as a manner but not everytime! Good grief! The repetitiveness of it is getting to be too much. I read a discussion earlier where someone posted, and I quote: “I was reading on her blog recently that she no longer was going to feel guilty about so much sex in the stories because some other author pointed out to her that it could be used to progress the story or define the character’s relationships with one another.” Okay, I’m sorry, but I didn’t see any definement between characters. And Richard’s same old-same old “unable to accept it” is getting very, very stale. Constantly running away instead of talking it out, of getting anything more out of it, he high-tails it, no pun intended. It’s getting old, boring, and repetitive ~ I wanted to jump in the book and give Richard a good thrashing, even if only to ease my frustration.

I do, however, really like how the end of the book came about. More action, something new to think about. *sigh* I guess I’ll have to wait and see what happens in Blood Noir. While this novel gives me hope after Danse Macabre, I want to see if the series is headed on a downslide. *shrug*

Rating: .5


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