Crimson Death (Anita Blake,Vampire Hunter #25) by Laurell K. Hamilton

Book Description:

Published: October 11, 2016

Format: Audio/OverDrive

In her twenty-fifth adventure, vampire hunter and necromancer Anita Blake learns that evil is in the eye of the beholder…

Anita has never seen Damian, her vampire servant, in such a state. The rising sun doesn’t usher in the peaceful death that he desperately needs. Instead, he’s being bombarded with violent nightmares and blood sweats.

And now, with Damian at his most vulnerable, Anita needs him the most. The vampire who created him, who subjected him to centuries of torture, might be losing control, allowing rogue vampires to run wild and break one of their kind’s few strict taboos.

Some say love is a great motivator, but hatred gets the job done, too. And when Anita joins forces with her friend Edward to stop the carnage, Damian will be at their side, even if it means traveling back to the land where all his nightmares spring from…a place that couldn’t be less welcoming to a vampire, an assassin, and a necromancer.


Review –

After I read Serpentine (#26) I realized that I hadn’t read #25, Crimson Death, so I looked on OverDrive and it was available so I borrowed it and drove right in.  Having read Serpentine, I knew that some VERY bad things were going to happen.

In Crimson Death vampires aren’t supposed be living in Ireland, but it seems something strange is going on across the ocean with dead bodies turning up with tiny holes in their necks. Even worse, whatever is going on isn’t good for Anita’s vampire servant, Damian. He’s suffering badly with night terrors and sweating blood, leading Anita to suspect that his old master could be responsible. Determined to learn the truth, she teams up with Edward in Ireland to hunt down those causing trouble before any more bodies turn up.

Ever since book #10 of this series, Narcissus in Chains, which I may have re-read soon, I’ve been getting more and more annoyed by the relationships Anita has with her men. There are just too many for me to handle,(and keep track  of) and quite frankly, I think Ms. Hamilton is beginning to focus too much on Anita’s relationships and not nearly enough on the investigation side of things when it comes to her job in hunting rogue vampires and shape-shifters or raising zombies.

However, in saying that, every time I read one of Ms. Hamilton’s Anita Blake books, I find myself totally captivated by what Anita needs to do to ensure the safety of humans and those supernatural that are doing the right thing. With this book, readers are taken on quite the adventure with Anita heading to Ireland, and although it takes quite a few chapters for her to get there – since those that are already hunting the rogue vampires (besides Edward) seem reluctant to accept her help – I could not stop listening once she starts investigating.

The dialogue was intense due to the investigation; what happens to Anita and her triumvirate in Nathaniel and Damian; what is happening to Damian with his nightmares and blood sweats (which was a little spooky); what Anita needs to do to figure out who is breaking vampire rules and the ever burning questioning of whether her powers as a necromancer will work in Ireland. Moreover, I liked that Anita finally began to find peace with her triumvirate and worked hard to make it work because she needed Damian, if she was ever to survive what she faced.

I really liked the introduction of characters readers have never met until this book. The fae; the vampires and their animal to call that they were up against, and the people Edward was working with. Anita had to prove herself and faces some tough challenges from each of them. Can she work with Edward and the team he’s currently working with in Ireland? Will the Fae give her grief over her abilities or will they accept her help? The tough challenges Anita faces, especially towards the end of this book are hard, yet the way she overcomes them certainly proves she’s still one of the best vampire hunters.

Overall, this was a good (almost great) book with an ending that brought tears to my eyes because of what happens to one of Anita’s men and with her, yet she’s tough and proves it with how she uses her powers to take down her enemy. I would recommend Crimson Death by Laurell K. Hamilton, if you enjoy strong heroines that hunt vampires but doesn’t have an easy time when it comes to relationships.

Loved it!

Emergent (The Shapeshifter Chronicles #3) by Natasha Brown

Book Description:

Published: June 16, 2014

When eighteen-year-old Chance Morgan kills another shapeshifter to save his girlfriend, Ana Hughes, he contracts a dangerous shapeshifting sickness that makes him crave power uncontrollably—and without restraint he’s a threat to the person he loves most. Desperate to keep Ana safe from harm and to find a cure for himself, he abandons her in the Yucatan and escapes into the wilderness. Violent memories and voices surface in his head, creating a dangerous tug-of-war between good and evil.

Companionless and alone, Ana meets a woman who claims to have the same shapeshifting and healing abilities as her and vows to teach Ana the skills to help Chance, but as weeks pass she begins to question if her new mentor truly intends to keep her promise.

With time running out, Ana must find the power within herself to heal Chance before he loses his battle against the powerful voices inside his head.

Review –

Before Ana would leave the area to go to Lifen’s home/retreat, which happens to be in Canada, she convinces her to go back to Balam’s  mountain home and see if Chance is there. Ana desperately wants to see if he is alright. Lifen is not keen on the idea but goes along. He wasn’t there but Lifen found him when she went out searching animal form but told Ana he was too sick to be around her. They fly to Ana’s home in Idaho, where Lifen stays in the shape of a dog most of the time(fewer questions from everyone). They leave for Canada in a few days and finally arrive at Lifen’s picturesque home built on the ridge of a mountain and near a beautiful lake. The inside was more amazing than the outside and reminded Ana of a museum. There were three other Shapeshifter trainees there but at first there was a lot of tension between the boys and Ana but eventually they became friends. Ana has to learn to focus her mind on pushing energy out and back toward her,how to meditate and learn self-control and finally how to shift properly.

Meanwhile Chance meets Batukhan, who was a friend of Balam and he takes Chance under his wing. Come to find out Batukhan and Lifen had known each other, in fact, loved each other hundreds of years ago but neither one really knew what had happened to the other. While traveling together they meet up with Mac who supposedly can remove some of the bad sickness in Chance’s mind but not all. But something is not right and the evil ones in his mind are taking him over and he leaves to find Ana because it is her strong energy that the entity wants. He finds Ana and she does heal him, or at least he seems to be himself again, but it Ana herself? The book ends with Chance proposing to Ana.  The next book won’t be out for quite a while so I’ll have to try and be patient but it won’t be easy.  Great series.





Fledgling (The Shapeshifter Chronicles) by Natasha Brown

Book Description

Published: January 15, 2012

Set apart from other eighteen year olds, Ana Hughes knows she is different. A life threatening heart condition smothers her future and she yearns to feel normal. Her hopes are pinned on a fresh start in a remote town far from her native Colorado. Among the locker filled hallways in Clark Bend High, Ana keeps to the shadows, not wanting to draw attention to her violet tinged lips and wilted silhouette. And she almost succeeds, until she meets Chance Morgan.

Struggling to keep up appearances, she soon suspects Chance is hiding something as well. His animal-like senses, miraculous healing ability and peculiar reaction to her Thunderbird necklace compels Ana to question if there’s more to the stories about his Navajo ancestry. Without any other explanation, she fears he is playing tricks on her. But the truth may prove too much for Ana’s delicate heart…

Review –

We find out in this book that Chance is a shapeshifter and his grandfather is trying to help him develop his talents but when Ana’s  heart gives out Chance performs a healing move that heals her but kills him(he really didn’t know that much about the healing process) and so his grandfather brings Chance back and thus kills himself. His grandfather was a shapeshifter too and when one dies his power goes into the other so Chance now has his grandfather’s powers and memories, good and bad.  Chance and Ana have to go to Mexico to find a man to mentor him and thus ends books one.

I think I have found a new series. If you like YA literature put this one on your “to be read” list.