It took me a bit longer to get into this one than it did when I first read an Anita Blake, but after sticking with it, I found it to be quite enjoyable and an excellent book. It think introducing the characters and the world itself took a bit. It continues to amaze me how Hamilton takes the time to describe things with such vivid detail. I love the imagination that she uses in creating a world completely different, yet still as addictive, as her Anita Blake series. I also like that Meredith is an entity all her own and not another complete clone of Anita.