Danse Macabre (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Bk 14)
Danse Macabre - Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Bk 14 Author:Laurell K. Hamilton These days, Anita Blake is less interested in vampire politics than in an ancient, ordinary dread she shares with women down the ages: she may be pregnant. And, if she is, whether the father is a vampire, a wereworlf, or someone else entirely, she knows perfectly well that being a Federal Marshal known for raising the dead and being a vampire ex... more »ecutioner is no way to bring up baby.« less
The problem, for me, wasn't that DANSE MACABRE was 300 pages of sex. The Anita Blake Series has become increasingly more sex- based, due to the ardeur that Anita carries and needs to feed. The sex in the book is nothing great, although there are a few attempts to put the people involved in situations and positions that I find would be hard to accomplish for any mortal human. But since everyone in the book is some type of supernatural being, it didn't seem to be a physical impossibility. So, if you can understand the fact that sex is an integral part of this book, you won't have a problem.
What makes the book not that great is the fact that, underneath the sex, there's just no real plot. Jean-Claude has invited a number of various Masters of the City to St. Louis for the showing of an all-vampire ballet/dance troupe. As such, the same Masters have all brought various candidates to become Anita's pomme de sang (read blood & sex dinner). That's the general plot. Unfortunately, the entire book only covers forty-eight hours, and although we know the gist of the storyline, nothing ever really happens. Besides, of course, the sex.
There are lots of hurt feelings in the book. There's a pregnancy scare. There's the typical characters (Richard, Jean-Claude, Asher, Nathaniel, Micah, Jason, Claudia, assorted vampires and werewolves and wereleopards and wererats). There are new characters (the succubs mermaid and her family, the werelions, the Masters of the City). There's crazy sex, ardeur sex, powerful sex, painful sex.
When you strip away the sex, there's not a whole lot else there. Although I will say that DANSE MACABRE could have used a good editor, just to get rid of the repeated phrases that are prominent throughout the book.
Yes, I finished the story, and no, I didn't hate it. But it wasn't all that satisfying (the sex, although large in number, isn't anything to write home about) or fulfilling (almost nothing is resolved at the end of the book that was brought up at the start).
Would I recommend buying a copy? No. Should you borrow it from a friend or the library? If you're an Anita Blake fan, then yes, to see how the storyline (what there is of it) continues. Let's hope the next book has a little more meat to it, and less screaming sexual gratification.
The gloves came off with this book. No more pretense that this is anything other than a salacious read. Outside of the sex, which there was actually a little less of than in other books, this one was mainly what I would describe as character development. It's not a spoiler to say that the pregnancy issue took up a good part, and other discoveries were made as well.
Although I was glued from page one until the last, this reminded me a little of Days of Our Lives. The conversations which go on for days on end, with nothing being resolved. The fixing of one problem only to come across another. That was a bit tedious, and sometimes I found myself wanting to scream.
So many great possible story lines are explored in the first 50 pages, it's sad when the best ones (usually those without possible sex) are ignored. I dislike the way the author goes through and tries to tie up lose ends when she gets to the point where she thinks the story is done. My only hope is that she might bring one of these lose ends into the next book. I guess I just have to wait and see.
Leah (VeganFreak) reviewed Danse Macabre (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Bk 14) on
Helpful Score: 4
I didn't finish reading this one. It was all arguing and sex. I really like some of the characters, but not enough to keep me reading.
I wish that Hamilton would write them like she did in the beginning of this series.
This was a little hard to get through compared to the previous books. I love this author and series but found it hard to dig into the book and read for hours as I usually do/. I found that the story line started very vampiry and all Anita vampire hunter/human slave with a promising and thrilling ride. Then went into a porn session of words that was way too graphic for the story line. Then finally the end of the book finished the thrilling story line with a kind of fizzle. While some of the sex had to do with the story it was a bit much at times. I love this series and won't give up. No matter how many cold showers I may need. Anita is my hero and I love tht she is all woman in a "man's" world. When she gets down to business you know she is control. The Chapter that puts her face to face with Merlin in the best chapter of the entire book. As usual LKH keeps you intrigued in the series by giving you only enough answers to keep you wanting more. I am going to hit the ground running reading the next installment "The Harlequin"
Ardeur or not. The Anita Blake series is awesome. As a writer myself, I really enjoyed Hamilton's writing. Someone recommended this series to me and I'm am so glad I read it. As the series goes along it does get more sexually graphic but Hamilton makes it work. This series is highly recommended and I can't wait to read her Meredith Gentry series.
I loved the Anita Blake series up until the ardeur was introduced. Sadly all they have turned into is Anita's parade of lovers with a very flimsy plot line. The older books were hot without all the funky and very very descriptive sex scenes. They actually had a plot. Sadly at the rate Ms. Hamilton is going she is going to lose me as a reader. Unless there is a redeeming quality about the next couple of books (like a plot)
I really enjoy all of Laurell Hamilton's books. She has such wonderful imagination and creativity in how she spins her tales making exiting and sensual characters endure the most seemingly impossible situations. This book excells in that respect. I hope this series continues for a while. I never tire of Anita Blake's struggle with her real life and her moral life. Her men are not too shabby either.
This was the last of the Anita books with any substance. I am a fan of LKH and like my books to lean toward erotica but, I also like some plot thrown in too. I feel like many of the "old" characters that I have grown to know and love are thrown aside for more and more new characters that LKH doesn't even take the time to develope. I don't mind the orgies and sex that leans heavily on metaphysical crap as much as I do that I don't feel like I know half the characters anymore.
This book lives up the Anita Blake series. I love the twist of her pregnancy. At times it seems she's just go too many men in and out, but I'm hooked on Anita. We get to learn more about the "Mother of All Darkness" and what other master vampires think of Jean Claude's triumvant.
I didn't like it as much as the books before. This book just seems to deal with the same issues without resolving anything. It was still a good book but it left me knowing nothing I didn't know before.