Aah I fear I have finally encountered the beginning of the decline in quality of Anita Blake books that everyone tried to warn me about. During the last few instalments Anita had decided she was with Jean-Claude and had begun having a relationship with him. However in this book she ends up sleeping with Richard but this does not stop her still having feelings for Jean-Claude. In fact she decides that most probably she will continue to see both men and what’s even more shocking is the fact that both men seem to be fairly ok with this. Weird right?
Actually no. That’s not the weird part of this book. That’s the part that is the most normal. Not only does she sleep with Richard while supposedly being in love with Jean-Claude, she has sexual feelings towards many other men including Asher and Damien (both vampires) and also Jason and Nathaniel (both lycanthropes). She ends up in sexual situations with nearly all of these men even though she keeps saying that she doesn’t want to be.
Don’t get me started on the part where she’s channeling Raina. She becomes this sex-mad fiend who asks everyone and anyone to fuck her which results in a race through a forest with a lot of very horny werewolves chasing her who want to ‘take her’. Of course she doesn’t really want to be taken, it’s just that creepy bitch Raina speaking, and so she ends up causing a lot of people to be hurt trying to protect her. It’s all very strange and the first book where everything was overtly sexual. Nothing was just a simple gesture or affectionate touch, they all meant something worse than what they seemed and to be honest it all got a bit tiring towards the end.
The plotline about Richard and the trolls and the whole vendetta against him was interesting enough but I feel like it got sidelined a lot to deal with everything going on with Anita and all her men. Niley and Linus had the makings of really scary bad guys but we didn’t meet them until very near the end and they got killed off a bit too quickly and easily in my eyes. Also, was there any need for Richards mother to be raped? I mean come on… Enough with the sexual violence already.
It wasn’t terrible, there were still a lot of parts to enjoy but I just hope I haven’t finally reached the beginning of the end for Anita.