Smolder: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 29 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Vampire hunter Anita Blake is no stranger to killing monsters. It’s part of her job as a Preternatural U.S. Marshal, after all. But even her experience isn’t enough to stop something that is bent on destroying everything—and everyone—she loves.
Anita Blake is engaged to Jean-Claude, the new vampire king of America. Humans think she’s gone over to the side of the monsters. The vampires fear that their new king has fallen under the spell of the most powerful necromancer in a thousand years.
In the midst of wedding preparations—including getting Edward, aka U.S. Marshal Ted Forrester, fitted as best man—Anita gets a call that the local police need her expertise at a brutal murder scene linked to a nationwide slaughter of vampires and humans, dubbed the Sunshine Murders.
But there is more than just a murderer to catch: an ancient evil has arrived in St. Louis to challenge Jean-Claude for his crown, his life, Anita, and all they hold dear. Even with Jean-Claude’s new powers as king and Anita’s necromancy, it isn’t enough; they must embrace their triumvirate or allow primeval darkness to spread across the country, possessing first the vampires and then the humans. Evil will triumph unless Jean-Claude and Anita can prove that love conquers all.
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 14 minutes|
|Author||Laurell K. Hamilton|
|Audible.ca Release Date||March 21 2023|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #8,485 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#23 in Vampire Horror Fiction
#316 in Horror Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,256 in Fantasy (Audible Books & Originals)
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Good: Surprisingly big book (not filled with crap). Action is great, very entertaining! Sex only after page 276 (Brava!). Edward's in it! Anita is not confused with herself and does not question every single move she does.
Bad: Too many characters; it's confusing at times. Lengthy discussions in stressful matters (where do they get the time?). Anita cries about 5 times (?!). This book should have Micah as the main male character, as it is he who is losing his father. However, it is mostly concentrated on Nicky (who the hell be that?).
*FYI: I am the kind of person who bought "Flirt", read it in a night, brought it back to the bookstore and got a refund because it was such turd. I could not go past chapters 2-3 in both "Hitlist" and "Kiss the Dead". If this sounds a bit like you, you will like "Affliction"!
Top reviews from other countries
This storey line is pulling a little back towards the original (not much, but I think there were pages were no one had heart felt chats or hard sex) I think now I stick with the books hoping she'll turn back or kill everyone off. Worth reading to stay in the loop but otherwise is very similer to the last 3.
Oh and if Ms Hamilton does get to see this - I stopped reading the Merry Gentry series because of the boringly long pages and pages of sex with every creature and no story line that didn't have to do with the Fey throne, I started reading that series for the fairy private eye angle and loved the first book. Please stop writing S&M and get back to stories with a plot.
Starts out fairly well, caught my interest and kept me reading and before I knew it I had finished the book! It's certainly a step back in the right direction and although not quite back to its previous level, its a very good start.
This book revolves around Micah and his beginnings, but soon moves beyond that as Anita gets on case. Some really exciting moments in this book and some humor to make the less exciting scenes worth reading. It's a fairly balanced book and I enjoyed it. My only gripe being the occasional 'this sounds familiar' paragraph. I don't know if it's just me, but there were a number of Anita's inner thoughts which seemed almost copy and pasted from previous novels with a few tweaks to make it look unique. It might just be me, but there were a lot of déjà vu moments like that.
So overall, enjoyable but still lacking in comparison to previous books.