Blood Noir (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series #16)

Blood Noir (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series #16)

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by Laurell K. Hamilton

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A favor for a friend puts Anita Blake in the center of a full-blown scandal that threatens master vampire Jean- Claude's reign-and makes her a pawn in an ancient vampire queen's new rise to power.  See more details below


A favor for a friend puts Anita Blake in the center of a full-blown scandal that threatens master vampire Jean- Claude's reign-and makes her a pawn in an ancient vampire queen's new rise to power.

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"Delicious detail."

"Steaming hot."

Times (London)
A hardcore guilty pleasure.
Best Reviews
Spellbinding and provocative.
Entertainment Weekly
[A] wildly popular paranormal series.
USA Today
What The Da Vinci Code did for the religious thriller, the Anita Blake series has done for the vampire novel.
Publishers Weekly

The florid 16th Anita Blake novel (after 2007's The Harlequin) updates Anita's endlessly erotic adventures as a living vampire with many weird lovers. Anita serves her vampire sweetie Jean-Claude, Master of the City of St. Louis, obsessed with feeding him and her own need to leech off of others' sexual pleasure or "ardeur" while retaining her rep as vampire executioner (despite the seeming conflict of interest), U.S. marshal and necromancer. She's also accompanying her bed-buddy Jason Schuyler to visit his dying estranged father in North Carolina. After arriving, Jason's mistaken for his rich cousin Keith Summerland, who's ditched his bride-to-be to run off with the wife of a vampire Master, giving Anita a case to solve between wild orgies with wereanimals. Hamilton chronicles Anita's escapades with a growing air of ennui, which longtime readers can't help sharing as sex increasingly takes the place of plot and character development. (June)

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Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series, #16
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4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.30(d)
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18 Years

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Blood Noir (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series #16) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 826 reviews.
cryptaknight More than 1 year ago
I wouldn't say this continued the downhill drive of the Anita Blake books, but perhaps it hit a plateau. It has the same flaws as most of the recent books in the series- poorly written erotica, far too much navel gazing, not enough meaty plot- but the flaws seem to have been acknowledged and have been worked on.

There were only two of the over-the-top erotica scenes, both with Jason (although one included Nathaniel), although I could have done without the preceding chapter of discussion of who, where,why, and how the sex was going to take place before each scene. There was a third scene that is only alluded to, which is even more pleasantly surprising. I don't think we can expect a change from the multiple partners and graphic yet not sexy scenes- that seems to, as Anita would say, "flat do it" for LKH- but at least she seems to be using the scenes and lifestyle reasonably.

As far as the plottiness of the book is concerned, it was a little light until the end. Mostly, there is a lot of introspection and wibbling from Anita about her relationship with Jason, and a lot of background on Jason, his hometown, and his family... and then wham! Quite a bit of action at the end. Still, we haven't seen a lot of Marshal Anita Blake in recent novels, so it was nice to see those elements re-emerge. It gives me hope there may be even more in the next novel, as from what I understand, this was intended to be more of a "side" novel ala Micah. Anita even references both of her jobs, as federal marshal and reanimator, so maybe eventually we'll actually see her do them again.

As you can expect, there is of course a lot of wonky ardeur complications, Marmee Noir antics, and ever more were-animals insinuating themselves into Anita's life. However, in the plus column, although we see the usual wanky Richard, we also see Richard as he was in the early days. Dare I say I have hope for his character, too?

All in all, it seem that LKH has heard her fans' concerns, and is addressing them to some small degree. I do believe that some things will never change, and those that keep reading the series will have to live with the ardeur and the "his-em", as I have heard LKH call Anita's bevy of men, as well as Anita's continually growing powers. I think the best we'll get is a blend between old Anita's action-packed adventures and new Anita's erotically charged ones. I guess I can live with that.

ETA: Reading reviews, I remembered a couple other little quibbles I had. First, the dialog. My god, these characters should not be tossing "like" into their sentences like teenage MySpacers, especially when it's inconsistent with their speech patterns from previous books. As well, every time Jason referred to someone as "soooo hot," it yanked me out of the conversation. I know he's supposed to be a bit frivolous on the surface, but really; again, he's not a thirteen year old girl. I like Jason, he's one of my favorite characters, so LKH, please, stop undermining him.

Second, complete FAIL on understanding how birth-control works. One missed pill should not create the pregnancy angst and drama that it did in this book, especially since Anita's pregnancy "scare" a few books back was a complete false alarm.

Ahem. Anyway. Two stars. Or, for Anita and company, like soooo two stars.
XXXOOOBookwormOOOXXX More than 1 year ago
It continues from book 15 and my curiousness is aroused to say the least. It was what I expected and more, the incredible experiences Anita had me on the edge of my seat, wanting....anticipating for Harlequin and Mother of all Darkness. When the moment arrived I was stupefied into a state of delight, which seemed never to end. This time Anita leaves town to meet werewolf stripper Jason's family, since his father is sick & dying. On top of that Marmee Noir adds drama & more chaos to Anita's life. I personally love all of the Anita Blake books!! If you've read any of Laurell K. Hamilton's books, you should enjoy this one. The only downfall I see in the last few books has been the plot holes and things that are not addressed. They are like the elephant in the room. Things that are huge and very much touched on but aren't addressed by the end of the book, not even in passing. Conversations that should have happened just don't. Blood Noir included.  
Katsp1ay More than 1 year ago
I'm shocked that there are still so many Anita Blake fans out there today...Like many, I fell in love with the first several books in the series. Hamilton's imagination & the world that she took you into was enthralling. I could hardly put a book down & I could practically have expired while waiting for the next one to get published. And while I found Anita's love triangle with Jean Claude & Richard exciting, I'm a bit confused on how her character did a complete 180* from being a touch too reserved to being so promiscuous...When I pick up an Anita Blake book today, I feel like I'm reading soft porn! This was part of the reason I never caught on to Hamilton's Meredith Gentry series, because I felt there was a true lack of originality in the story line. I mean, sex sells, but you can only go so far with it. I mean, we get it, Anita has sex with these men. Do you have to describe EVERY encounter??? What happened to all the serial killers & evil magical entities that were in St. Louis? Did they just suddenly stop? Anita still had friends on the Police Department. If a crime came up & they needed her, they would still call. And what happened to all the weird things that used to happen while she was working her job raising the dead? Those all suddenly stopped too...I gave this book a bad review because I don't believe it was Hamilton's best writing. As a matter of fact, the only two REALLY important things that happen in this book are (A) Jason becomes Anita's wolf to call (By the way, did anyone else predict Anita was soon going to become tied to him in some way? As she is with ALL the men in her life???) & (B) the anger Richard inherited from Anita is replaced by his own version of the ardeur. This book, honestly didn't even need to be published to have any overall importance to the series. We're also introduced, through word of mouth, to Maximilian, who's the Master of Las Vegas, & who will most likely be introduced with his wife (the Queen of the white tigers in Vegas) in Hamilton's next book, Skin Trade, which from the preview, I am holding out hopes for since it involves her receiving a severed head from a vampire serial killer in Vegas. Could this be a slight come back to the Anita Blake most of us love??? I do hope so, & if there are other readers out there who feel similar to me, I would urge you to write to Hamilton, or to simply write a review yourselves. There was a large movement to get Richard back to his old calm self, which apparently worked, so maybe another movement could convince Hamilton to find a medium ground where Anita can finally be comfortable with who & what she does, instead of constantly being a self-hypocrite about what she really wants.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was so anxious for this book to arrive...what a disappointment! Boring, slow-moving, no plot. More than half the book revolved around Jason's family issues, with a little excitement thrown it at the very end as a second thought. I was literally surprised at how such an awesome series could go downhill so badly.
McMonkey More than 1 year ago
Ugh, chapter after chapter of group sex. Where is Anita Blake, vampire hunter and zombie raiser? What happened to the plot? Sorry, LKH, but I'm done with this series unless the real Anita Blake returns, rather than this Queen of Slutsville.
caduceusperserve More than 1 year ago
I wonder if Ms. Hamilton used mad libs to write this book since it was so formulaic of recent books. In fact read this book and mad lib your own Anita Blake story. Part1. Anita sexes it up in ways that makes the karma sutra look prudish. Part 2.Anita whines how insecure she is,not sexy enough,not strong enough,needs constant affirmations from her 8 boyfriends. Every one constantly psychoanalyzes each other. Head honcho vampires try to take over Anita's brain. Part 3. Half the town wants to kill her while the other half wants to bang her so she must oblige them,maybe throw in some bestiality with some metaphysical bull. Part 4. Must have epic argument with Richard then try to have make up sex. Part 5. kill the bad guys. Part 6. add on another boyfriend
vampgirl84 More than 1 year ago
With that said i didn't know how much i had missed the executioner an Marshal side of Anita until i got to the end of Blood Noir. Which is a very good book. The gun fight at the end maybe short but it reminded me of how kick ass Anita can be. I can't wite to read Skin Trade b/c it has Edward "yum" in it an Otto can't forget him! If you've not read any of Hamilton's work i recommend you start with Guilty Pleasures and not to stop until you've read them all. Now if you have read some of her book but not all and you love Edward as much as i do Obsidian Butterfly is the book for you it is my all time fave!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Years ago, I started a thread on Laurell K. Hamilton's message board asking that the character Jason's story be explored more. Even in those days, the minute character development kept me coming back for more. 10 years later, and, 'A book about Jason?? YES!' Surely, my wish came true - a story about my favorite character kicking mucho buttocks with Anita, all the while ignoring her egocentric rants and compliment-fishing. I was so excited... And I couldn't be more dissapointed. Blood Noir is a continuation of Anita rounding up more anonymous himbos. By chapter 3, Jason is a self-depreciating, whiny baby with a serious bout of Perceived Paternal Acceptance disorder. By chapter 6, he's already morphed into just another unrealistic boy toy - alternately chattering incessantly about Anita's feelings and looking for the hook on her bra. Even the tough cop who protects her and Jason's rough, right-wing, bitter father are wimpering wusses by the end. And the writing...oh, the writing. It's 3rd grade at best. There are more commas per sentence than in the national deficit. All the characters speak like extensions of, I mean Anita. The word 'actually' is everywhere. Hamilton chooses repetitive catch phrases over more gratifying description 'i.e., 'He gave me a hint of that smile that makes the customers give him all their money.' Really... AGAIN!?' Inconsistencies abound: Suddenly, Anita can venture into another master's territory without prior consent? She called a gazillion folks to tell them she was taking the trip...was work NOT important enough to call? She apparently forgets'?' that wounds from wereanimals heal 'human-slow'. There's a kind of inbreeding in Jason's home town, yet he's had sex with almost everyone? The characters are just now figuring out that female weres can bare children if someone will 'accept their beasts' in the interim. 'Uh, DUH! That was an obvious implication the first time it happened to Anita.' And was there something wrong with Richard's phone? The sex scenes are now well-beyond hilariously cheesy. They're now followed by Hamilton', sorry...ANITA's own counseling to the reader on what 'good sex' is/should be. So, now, I don't have time to laugh at all the camp...I have to grab my pen and paper for the lesson. In honesty, I didn't pay for this one. Hamilton stopped earning my money several books ago. But the chance to read more about my favorite spunky character? Had to be done. 10 years ago, I pled so desperately to learn more about the straight-talking, wise-cracking, take-no-prisoners, self-accepting, nonchalant man who would rather die than feed Anita's ego. I'm saddened to say, I'm sorry I asked.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Let's face it, by this point you've read every description (Asher's husky blue eyes and hair like tinsel), every possible variation on sex (unless this book introduces hermaphrodites), and despite the beginnings of a plot early on, the only climax reached happens between hopefully consenting characters, not the plot. Early fans, like me, miss the plot, the sexual tension (no I don't mean ropes and whips) and a solved mystery or captured bad guy. C'mon, Laurell! Let Merry Gentry have her harem, give us Anita back!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A twist with a great ending that Anita always has in all the books so far!
Shadow-_-Trail More than 1 year ago
I don't know what these other people are talking about, but this is the best book I have ever read. I lllluuuuvvv Nathaniel and I think that he along with Jean Claude and Micah are my favorites. She needs to drop everyone else and stay with those three.
--ank-- More than 1 year ago
I have read and re-read all of Laurell K Hamilton's Anita Blake series, and have loved them all. I was a bit skeptical when I first began this newest installment, because it took Anita away from some of the most dangerously delicious characters... but I was pleasantly surprised that it still containted all the thrills, mystery, sex, character development and intrigue that all her other books contain. It was nice to finally learn more about Jason, for he has been an important part of Anita's life, yet until now, readers knew nothing about him. I did love this novel, and I would encourage everyone to read it. Hamilton can capture the imagination like no other reader, and pull them into her dangerously seductive worlds that she has created. I already pre-ordered her next book, and hope she keeps them coming! While i wait, I'm starting her Meredith Gentry series, and I hope they are just as good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Blood Noir was one of my favorite books in the Anita Blake series. First of all the fact that you get to see more from Jason, who I have thought was one of the most lovable werewolves. Laurell K. Hamilton has a way of mixing romance with action and adventure in a way that doesn't seem completely pornographic. The story was well written and kept my interest from the second I picked the book up till I read the last word. I've read a lot of mixed reviews about this book and I can't seem to help but wonder why. I read quite a few bad reviews right here on this site before I read the book and thought they just might be right. Although, when I started reading the book I knew they were wrong. The things they seem to find wrong with the book I couldn't figure out how exactly they came to those conclusions, it was as if we were reading completely different books. Or perhaps some readers are offended by sexual encounters. One of the main reasons people didn't seem to like it is because it's so much different from how the stories were when she first started the series. All I have to say to that is of course it's going to be different. If she kept the stories the same book after book there wouldn't be 16 fabulous Anita Blake stories that seem to be just as well received. In the humble opinion of an avid book reader, and lover, Blood Noir by Laurell K Hamilton is a must read for all fans. By that I mean fans of: Laurell K Hamilton, Anita Blake, Vampires, the Supernatural, or just books in general.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't think a good Anita Blank book exist anymore. I wish I could read something as good as the first books she wrote. I don,t know who told her to change, but ...hell they were wrong.Everyone use to love her books and now all I see is how bad they are. It sucks! she is a good writer and had a good book. Now.........I wait till paper back and read a little bit before I pay the full price, which is never so far.Please write one more we all read everyone knows you can do.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read the first chapter of this book. The emphasis is not on the dilemma Jason faces with his sick father. It revolves around sex. Then because the writer doesn't understand pace, suspense, plot or character development it does more sex. This book was supposed to be about Jason? How is going to the 'country' of Old Europe related to Jason's story? Sadly I think those who want story rather than badly written erotica need to go elsewhere. Even those who read for erotic content need to go elsewhere as this writer has lacks any writing ability to bring true sensuality to her characters.
milamberrex More than 1 year ago
SUPERSLUT POWERS, ACTIVATE! Superslut Anita Blake is back! While the overall story was good, Hamilton's attempt at erotica, as usual, was lacking. When reading erotica, I expect, well, MORE. The erotic sections are bland and unimaginative. The horrible display of BDSM is appalling in that Hamilton has a main character in the series IGNORE the safe word. No matter how well the characters know each other, there is no justification for ignoring the safe word. <P> If Hamilton wants to improve the erotic portions of her work, she should provide more details to fire the readers' imagination. Longtime readers know that Micah is better endowed than Richard who is in turn larger than Jason, but in erotica, size matters, give us the details - how large is large? In "Blood Noir" we are told several times that Anita is riveted by Jason's stomach - could not figure out if he was doing crunches or what, but it would help the reader to have more detail. I presume since Jason is a stripper that he has an appealing and ripped body, but details would help feed the imagination. It takes more to fire the imagination than stating that Jason has business-short blond hair, a shade of blond of which Hollywood stars are envious. Yes, we know Jason, he's been a supporting character forever, but please provide details if you want us to lust over him in the scenes. Lack of more personal details and more imaginative sex, drags down the erotic sections of the book as it has with previous books. Unfortunately, by this point in the series, the ardeur is played out. How many people superslut Blake can perform with to save everyone is to clich&#233;, as we all know that is the only way Anita can save the day anymore. <P> Excluding the unimaginative erotic portions of the book, the story was a nice piece on Jason. Jason has been one of my favorite characters since his to brief appearance back in "Lunatic Caf&#233;." It's good to see him featured and learn more about his past, his family, and his motivations. Fortunately, as in the last few books, the erotic scenes are becoming fewer, but unfortunately, they are the only scenes giving the book direction. <P> What was missing was the paranormal. Where was the zombie raising? Where was the use of Anita's necromancer abilities? Is her power growing? If so, how and to what extent? As in the last few books, the Mother of Darkness makes some appearances and Anita goes in superslut mode. Anita appears to be a necromancer in name only these days. Gone are the days of true action and paranormal abilities outside the tiresome ardeur. <P> I miss her stuffed toys, her coffee mugs to irritate Bert, how she flaunts her wardrobe at Animators, Inc. to irritate Bert. I miss new and/or interesting villains - dragging out the Mother of Darkness storyline into each and every book is becoming repetitive and indicative of lazy writing. Anita lacks substance these days as she threads water. What happened to the days when Anita was trying to save children and people and struggled with real world issues in a paranormal world? <P> Please do not get me wrong as the book is a good read for the Jason story, but for the love of God, please do yourself a favor and skip over the bad erotica unless bad porn is your thing. <P> Review originally posted on GoodReadsand Amazon on May 31, 2008.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a disappointment. This author is capable of so much more. The plot is weak, the story line rambles, and who is this Anita Blake? Certainly not the person the readers fell in love with. It's all well and good to say that charaters have to grow but let's be realistic here. If any one of us made such a drastic deportment from ourselves the people we love would have us locked up. Of course, when you surround yourself whipped monsters I guess it's easy to get away with just about anything. I have a feeling these books have become little more then a sounding board for Ms. Hamilton to vent and lecture all those people who would never pay attention otherwise. I think I have most likely put the last dollar I'll ever spend on one of her books in her pocket already.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the Anita Blake series, and I know I will continue to read it. However, I must admit that this book was not my favorite. The one things that the Anita books always have is action, suspense, and paranormal happennings but this time I felt like I was reading a biography about Jason that just continued on and on. By the time the action happened it was the end of the novel and I was left unsatisfied. Though like I said I will continue to read her novels but this novel was one of my least favorites, and you'll probably have to be a true fan to want to continue to read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm trying so hard to hold onto this series but every book makes it more difficult. This one is purely filler. On the plus side it has less sex than the most recent books but on the negative side it's not really about Anita too much. Jason seems to be the main character and there's little plot development. Sure there's a crisis or two but nothing like the high drama and level of excitement when she's around the vamps and werewolves back home. It's hard to separate this book from the overall feeling of disappointment I get from the series as a whole. When I picked up the first book I was hooked and enthralled. Now I just hang on and hope for the best. It gets harder and harder to stay with the series when other authors are doing it better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the Anita Blake series. I go out and buy the books on the first day usually and they're fantastic but the last couple have been a disappointment and this one is no exception. I wanna know where the old Anita is and why Richard is so annoying now. He used to be one of my favorite characters. He was strong and a leader and now i skip all the pages with him in them since all he does is whine and talk about how things could've been. The relationship between Anita and Richard is so predicatable now that there isn't even a reason to read it. One thing i was excited about was to see my absolute favorite lovable character Jason getting his own book only to have it be slow paced and dull and nothing like we've come to expect from Jason. Overall I would say we need the old Anita back and Richard just needs to get over it and give me the Jason I've come to love so much with his hidden intelligence, witty comments and just outright appeal
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed The Harlequin much more than the last few books, not because there was less sex (I don't think there was less, was there?) but because we saw the more aggressive, ballsy side of Anita once again. Where did the Vampire Hunter go? Or the necromancer? It feels as though the charecter has become lost or her personality has been overtaken by others. I just didn't feel the charecter in this book. It's disapointing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Harlequin got my hopes up it seemed as though LKH and Anita were back. Then Blood Noir - no story, no plot, no research. LKH says she still cares about Anita, but it sure doesn't show in her writing. This is so very sad - Anita used to be great. Now she's just pathetic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have loved LKH. books for many years, however the sex in the books seem to have taken over all plot lines. I have continued to read her anita blake books in the hopes that some of her old creative style will be back. I don't mind some sex mixed in but for God sakes when that is 80 percent of the story it gets boring. But i'm still hopeful the stories will get more interesting. Mabey she'll consult with the police again or something. Who knows?
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been an avid reader of Laurell's but this book was very lacking in actual plot. Not what I expected after reading the inside cover jacket. Only 2 short chapters of what it says the plot is. I'll probably keep reading this series hoping that the next book isn't just a romance novel like this book. If I want to read romance novels i'd buy them. What happened Laurell????
Guest More than 1 year ago
I expect sex scenes from Anita Blake, but I also expect an interesting storyline. Sadly only the first were present in this book and they were nothing special. The only purpose of Marmee Noir's visit was to provide an excuse for more Anita sex. At the end of the previous book I got the impression Richard was going to have some character growth but he returned as his whiny self in this installment. He has gone from a beloved character to something that makes me cringe and skip ahead when he enters a scene. Jean-Claude has also lost much of his appeal (although he was not really featured in this book). He has transformed from being interesting, sexy and dangerous into a lapdog. Yuck.