Circus of the Damned (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Bk 3)
Circus of the Damned - Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Bk 3 Author:Laurell K. Hamilton In Circus of the Damned, a rogue master vampire hits town, and Anita gets caught in the middle of an undead turf war. Jean-Claude, the Master Vamp of the city, wants her for his own-but his enemies have other plans. And to make matters worse, Anita takes a hit to the heart when she meets a stunningly handsome junior high science teacher named Ri... more »chard Zeeman. They're two humans caught in the crossfire. Or so Anita thinks...« less
Kerry reviewed Circus of the Damned (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Bk 3) on
Helpful Score: 5
A cross between vampire fantasy and detective mystery. Hamilton continues creating a world where vampires are real, but shady, part of human society.
Like the previous 2 books, "Circus of the Damned" refers to a building located in the vampire district where story events unfold in Hamilton's fantasy St. Louis. Anita Blake, zombie animator and vampire executioner, lives here as well. The main cast plus some new faces return to fight new ancient foes.
Jean-Claude attempts to seduce and coerce Anita in to accepting final two vampire marks thereby making her his human servant. Anita first hears she has great untapped powers that Jean-Claude covets. This book might be sub-titled "Jean-Claude Challenged."
Series is at 14 books and counting. Hamilton writes books to stand alone. She at times repeats lines near verbatim. Reading in sequence allows you to see Anita's powers and relationships emerge.
According to Wikipedia. Anita is celibate in first 5 books. After "Obsidian Romance" (Book 9), series is said to veer more heavily toward romance and strong sexual content.
Great story! Did a really good job of keeping you on your toes trying to figure out who exactly is the bad guy. The characters/creatures in the story are wonderful. Hamilton is easily becoming one of my favorite authors.
I divide Circus of the Damned into 2 parts: the part that sucked and the part that didnt. Aside from one or two nasty run-ins monster/undead and a zombie rising gone awry, the first 150 pages were just filler. Do I need a detailed head-to-toe description of Anitas outfit every time she changes her clothes? No, no I don't. She likes Nike shoes and wears them all the time, I get it! Those are actually funny since the book was written in the 90s and even then Anita seems a bit behind the times, fashion-wise. Maybe she just spends too much time raising zombies and killing vampires and not enough time on her personal style.
Do I need a description of exactly what workout she did at the gym along with the layout of the place? No, definitely not. I kept hoping something would jump out from behind a weight bench and attack her just to make it all worthwhile. SPOILER ALERT: Nothing jumps out from behind a weight bench.
I was really disappointed and was almost ready to bid Anita an early farewell when things started really happening. By the end Hamilton had me hooked again.
Vintage Anita at her best! I read this book with non-stop gusto, and loved every minute of it. I was sad when I reached the end...luckily there was another in the series right after. :) A great re-read for any AB fan who has missed the "old" Anita. A terrific read for any newcomers open to, or looking for, a kick-ass female who means business, takes crap from no one, and is funny (sarcastic) to boot. Plus, the added supernatural bonus of vampires, wereanimals, and other preternatural creatures. I would recommend reading the first of the series, "Guilty Pleasures," to began.
After reading the first book in this series, I thought it wasn't really up my alley but am so glad and decided to try the second. From the second book on I have found the content more engrossing and entertaining and find my self plowing through each book in a day. Although some of the content can be graphic and very disturbing at times, there is enough humor and relationship interaction to balance it out. I will be disappointed to read the last book for thankfully have a ways to go since I am only on Book 7!