Blue Moon (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Book 8)
Author: Laurell K. Hamilton
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Warning: Violence, vampires, zombies, animators, werewolves, rotting vampires, night hags (moras), necromancers, demons, torture, mutilation, and a creepy eunuch sorcerer
Length: 418 pages (novel)
When she chose master vampire Jean-Claude over her ex-fiancé, alpha werewolf Richard Zeeman, Anita learned that sometimes love is not enough. But though she and Richard won’t be walking down any aisles, she can’t turn her back on him when he’s arrested on a rape charge in Tennessee. Anita knows firsthand that Richard has the morals of a saint—or at least a boy scout. But his guilt or innocence is not the issue. He’s behind bars, and in five days a full moon will rise…
Why I love it?
I love how Anita is very focused on what matters most. Instead of taking time out to assuage Jean-Claude’s ego, which could use a bruising or two, she focused on getting Richard out of jail before the blue moon. I am a big fan of the little scenes where Anita shuts down Jean-Claude’s I’m-a-master-seducer vibe, so I especially liked the beginning of this book.
There are three main plot lines in this book. The first plotline was Richard’s being arrested for having supposedly raped some girl. The second plot was the story of Mr. Franklin Niley and his search for the lance that pierced Christ’s side. Lastly, we had the storyline that looked at how other master vampires are responding to the triumvirate between Anita, Richard, and Jean-Claude.
Finally, Laurell K. Hamilton wrote a book where the dynamic between Anita and Richard, and Anita and wolf clan were one of the major plotlines. This is the first time where we get to see, on-screen, how much the deteriorating relationship between Anita and Richard is affecting how the Thronnus Roke Clan works. It was very realistic how angry Jamal and Shang-da were with Anita. It’s their job to basically make sure that the pack (or clan) runs as smoothly as possible, and having a lovesick Ulfric, with sudden satyriasis, makes their jobs harder. It also gave us insight on how easily internal pack squabbles can occur. There Anita was, just driving in the car, when suddenly Jamal threatened her, and she had to put him in his place. The werewolf hierarchy is maintained by a very violent system, where anybody can challenge somebody else for a higher status within the pack. Raina showed, when she forced Anita to declare herself Frejya, that it doesn’t matter if these challenges are intentionally issued or not; they must always be answered. I also liked how we got to see what a healthy functioning wolf clan looks like, in the dynamics of Oak Tree Clan.
I really disliked how Richard’s insistence on being a goody two shoes resulted in Anita having to deal with Mr. Franklin Niley. If Richard hadn’t been on insistent on protecting the mountain trolls, which were not in any real danger in the first place, then his mother wouldn’t have gotten her finger lopped off, he wouldn’t have had to come out to his mom as being a werewolf, and the whole demon thing, wouldn’t have happened either. While I hate how Richard’s naivety and insistence on always doing what he considers morally right brought about these events, they’ve made for a bloody fantastic book. There was so much action, tension, and just all around intensity in this book, that I was never bored for a single moment. I also have to give Richard credit for slightly being a little bit of a badass in that scene where Anita and Richard went to meet with Niley and his associates, in the diner.
I hated Colin, the master vampire in Verne’s territory. I think he was a little bit of an uppity little coward, who was afraid to go against two-thirds of the triumvirate, but wanted the acclaim of having killed an upcoming vampiric powerhouse. I loved how Anita totally decimated him and his kiss. I adored the little vampire weenie roast and that moment when Anita screams, “Fly, damn it, fly” to Asher and Damian; I laughed my head off.
I loved the little cameo of Richard’s mom, also known as the bar brawling, rape-accuser-puncher, and religious matron. She made me want to be that cool at her age. I also liked the little foreshadowing of a possible ménage/triumvirate relationship between Damian, Nathaniel, and Anita, during the scene where Damian takes the freaky, flesh-rotting disease from Nathaniel, and Anita then heals Damian.
Overall, Blue Moon was full of a lot of enriching details about werewolf culture, the perceived threat of the triumvirate by other master vampires, and began to unpackage the tense dynamic between Richard and Anita.
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