Bullet by Laurell K. Hamilton

by Laurell K. Hamilton
ISBN-13: 9-780425-234334
Rating: 3 ♥ / 5 ♥ – I liked it

Anita Blake is back in St. Louis and trying to live a normal life – as normal as possible for someone who is a legal vampire executioner and a U.S. Marshal. There are lovers, friends and their children, school programs to attend. In the midst of all the ordinary happiness, a vampire from Anita’s past reaches out. She was supposed to be dead, killed in an explosion, but the Mother of All Darkness is the first vampire, their dark creatr. It’s hard to kill a God. This dark Goddess has reached out to her here – in St. Louis, hhome of everyone Anita loves most. The Mother of All Darkness has decided she has to act now or never, to control Anita and all the vampires in America.

The Mother of All Darkness believes that the triumvirate created by master vanpire Jean-Claude with Anita and the werewolf Richard Zeeman has enough power for her to regain a body and to immigrate to the New World. But the body she wants to possess is already taken. Anita is about to learn a whole new meaning to sharing her body, one that had nothing to do with the bedroom. And if the Mother of All Darkness can’t succeed in taking over Anita’s body for herself, she means to see that no one else has the use of it, ever again. Even Belle Morte, not always a friend to Anita, has sent word: “Run if you can…”

Bullet is number 19 in the Anita Blake series. I can’t believe I’ve lasted this long reading one series!

I finished Bullet and immediately felt like not a whole lot happened. I definitely see this book as a transition story – which is sad, because I’ve felt that about the last two or three. Anita’s back in St. Louis and the Mother of All Darkness has come to call. Most of the novel is taken up with Anita and her men trying to figure out what to do to ward of Mommie Dearest and her unwanted attentions. This plan involves a lot of weretigers, a lot of sex and not a lot of actually getting anything done (mind you, they are stuck in the Circus because of a death threat and they probably do need to wait for Mommie Dearest to contact them first). Anita does get to consult on a case in Atlanta that sort of effects her, but it doesn’t get much screen time. Again, it’s leading up to more that we’ll most likely get to see in the next book.

LKH seems to have tamed down the amount of sex in the books (only two full-blown sex scenes in this one, and one half-sex scene), though one sex scene takes her about 30 pages to describe, so it really doesn’t seem like less at all. Another thing I noticed was that she really likes to describe the clothes everyone is wearing and what the men in Anita’s life look like. I think that by book 19 she can cut out the people descriptions; anyone picking up an Anita Blake book for the first time is hopefully not starting with number 19. Now, she may have always been this descriptive with the clothes and I just never clued in. Maybe after reading 19 books I just really, really notice it now.

The last chapter of the book is packed with information. Information that I would have liked seen played out in full. It’s like so much time was spent on the sex and metaphysical side of things, that some of the action is delegated to a couple lines at the end. Some of what Anita tells us happened immediately after the plot of the book ends would make an amazing storyline. But that would bleed over into the book taking place over a couple of days rather than a couple of hours. And it’s rare that an Anita Blake book takes place over more than 1 or 2 days at most.

Despite all this, I absolutely enjoy the series and devoured this book. I’m enthralled with the world LKH has created and the characters she’s brought to life (although I’m starting to lose track of them all, there are so many! She needs a glossary of characters at the end of her books). I know I’ll keep reading the books. I need to see how everything turns out for Anita and if she’ll get the happy ending she so deserves. The core main characters all have such unique personalities that after so long reading about them, you really get to know them and attached to them. I’m anxious to see where LKH is taking the plot, especially after some of the decisions Jean-Claude, Anita and Richard make to solidify their power base, not just in St. Louis but in all of America. I’m hoping for a knock-down, drag out political fight as only Anita knows how to do it. We’ll see, eh. Hopefully the next book brings in some action-packed plot.