Blue Moon (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series #8)

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The Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter backlist lights up the night.

In her eighth adventure, Anita Blake can't turn her back on a former lover during the full moon. Especially since he's behind bars-and he's a werewolf...

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Overview

The Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter backlist lights up the night.

In her eighth adventure, Anita Blake can't turn her back on a former lover during the full moon. Especially since he's behind bars-and he's a werewolf...

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780515134452
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Series: Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series , #8
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 126,521
  • Product dimensions: 4.40 (w) x 6.82 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Meet the Author

Laurell K. Hamilton

Laurell K. Hamilton is a full-time writer and mother. Her bestselling Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter novels include Narcissus in Chains, Obsidian Butterfly, Blue Moon, Burnt Offerings, The Killing Dance, Bloody Bones, The Lunatic Café, Circus of the Damned, The Laughing Corpse, and Guilty Pleasures. She is also the author of A Kiss of Shadows and A Caress of Twilight. She lives in a suburb of St. Louis with her family.

Biography

The vampire genre has enthralled readers ever since Bram Stoker introduced a certain Transylvanian count over a century ago. Since then vampires have been used as vehicles for everything from romantic novels to erotica to humor to the expected tales of terror. However, very few writers have combined all of these facets of the never-say-die vampire quite the way that Laurell K. Hamilton has.

Hamilton has not always been under the spell of undead things that go bump-and-grind in the night. When she was a young girl, her literary tastes were a bit more on the traditional side. "I wanted to be Louisa May Alcott, who wrote Little Women, because I had never read any science fiction, fantasy, or horror," she confessed in a podcast on Mayor Slay.com. "Then at 13 or 14 I found Robert E. Howard's short story collection [Pigeons From Hell]. It was the first horror, the first heroic fantasy, the first science fiction I'd ever read, and the moment I read that I knew that not only did I want to be a writer, but this is what I wanted to write."

Furthering Hamilton's burgeoning fascination with the fantastic, she discovered Anthony Masters's The Natural History of the Vampire at her high school library. Coupled with the ghost stories her grandmother had told her when she was a child and heavy doses of Hammer Horror movies from Great Britain, Hamilton was well on her way to creating a character that would only be rivaled by Buffy in the field of vampire slaying.

Hamilton first introduced vampire huntress Anita Blake in her third novel Guilty Pleasures. Blake is an unlikely combination of action hero, federal marshal, "necromancer," and lusty dame. Her exploits between the sheets and in the graveyard won Hamilton a rabid following hungry for something new in the well-traveled vampire genre.

Along with the kinds of scares normally associated with vampire stories, Hamilton's books are notable for their unflinching eroticism. Vampires have had a sexual lure since Stoker, but Hamilton particularly draws that aspect to the surface of her work as one of her creatures might draw blood from a victim. "I [want] a kiss to be so believable it gives the reader shivers," she says on her website. "Two things I do well are sex and violence, but I don't want gratuitous sex or violence. The sex and violence is only as graphic as need be. And never included unless it furthers the plot or character development."

Another unlikely trait of her books is humor, vampire tales classically being of the more solemn sort. However, a writer weaned on a book titled Pigeons From Hell is not likely going to shy away from wit. Consequently, her books have been consistently entertaining and fun, as well as creepy and sexy.

Hamilton has also brought her delicious combination of sex, humor, and frights to another series, this one more ingrained in dark fantasy than horror. Her faerie princess/P.I. Meredith Gentry made her debut in Kiss of Shadows in 2001 and has since sparked her own crowd-pleasing sword and sorcery meets pulp series.

Increasingly, the Anita Blake and Merry Gentry books have added more sexual content to their story lines, classifying both series in a new hybrid genre that blends romance, erotica, and paranormal fantasy. To judge from Hamilton's consistent appearance on the bestseller charts, readers find the mix spellbinding.

Good To Know

One thing you will never find in a Hamilton novel is a cliffhanger. She believes that cliffhangers unfairly tease readers who would then have to wait six months to a year to have some sense of resolution. As she said during an interview with Bill Thompson of Eye On Books, "Every book is a full meal. All the way from the appetizer to the dessert, so that you come away feeling that you've had an experience... and at the end you have that satisfied, full feeling."

Before Laurell K. Hamilton made a full-time career of blood, guts, murder, and mayhem, she had more humane pursuits -- she volunteered at an animal shelter where she played with unwanted pets.

In our interview, Hamilton shared some fun and fascinating facts about herself with us:

"I am incredibly stubborn. Telling me I cannot do something, especially if you cite the fact that I am a girl, will make me want to do it more and do it better."

"I am not my characters. We have some of the same traits in common, but we are very different people."

"Everything inspires me. Getting up in the morning, walking the dogs, watching a music video. Inspiration comes from everywhere."

"I love animals. I own four dogs, two of whom are rescues. In fact, Jimmy is with us because they were going to gas him if we didn't take him with us. As an older dog his chances of finding a home were fairly slim. But he has been a wonderful addition to our home."

"I like spending time with my family and friends. Something I often feel I do not do enough of. But there are only so many hours in a day."

"I like to read other people's works. I love reading cozy or historical mysteries when I can."

"I enjoy interacting with fans at planned public events. I enjoy talking to them and have met many wonderful people."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Laurell Kaye Klein (birth name)
    2. Hometown:
      St. Louis, Missouri
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 19, 1963
    2. Place of Birth:
      Heber Springs, Arkansas
    1. Education:
      B.A., Marion College
    2. Website:

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First Chapter

I was dreaming of cool flesh and sheets the color of fresh blood. The phone shattered the dream, leaving only fragments, a glimpse of midnight blue eyes, hands gliding down my body, his hair flung across my face in a sweet, scented cloud. I woke in my own house, miles from Jean-Claude with the feel of his body clinging to me. I fumbled the phone from the bedside table and mumbled, "Hello."

"Anita, is that you?" It was Daniel Zeeman, Richard's baby brother. Daniel was twenty-four and cute as a bug's ear. Baby didn't really cover it. Richard had been my fiancé once upon a time -- until I chose Jean-Claude over him. Sleeping with the other man put a real crimp in our social plans. Not that I blamed Richard. No, I blamed myself. It was one of the few things Richard and I still shared.

I squinted at the glowing dial of the bedside clock. 3:10 A.M. "Daniel, what's wrong?" No one calls at ten after the witching hour with good news.

He took a deep breath, as if preparing himself for the next line. "Richard's in jail."

I sat up, sheets sliding in a bundle to my lap. "What did you say?" I was suddenly wide awake, heart thudding, adrenaline pumping.

"Richard is in jail," he repeated.

I didn't make him say it again, though I wanted to. "What for?" I asked.

"Attempted rape," he said.

"What?" I said.

Daniel repeated it. It didn't make any more sense the second time I heard it. "Richard is like the ultimate Boy Scout," I said. "I'd believe murder before I'd believe rape."

"I guess that's a compliment," he said.

"You know what I meant, Daniel. Richard wouldn't do something like that."

"I agree," he said.

"Is he in Saint Louis?" I asked.

"No, he's still in Tennesse. He finished up his requirements for his master's degree and got arrested that night."

"Tell me what happened."

"I don't exactly know," he said.

"What do you mean?" I asked.

"They won't let me see him," Daniel said.

"Why not?"

"Mom got in to see him, but they wouldn't let all of us in."

"Has he got a lawyer?" I asked.

"He says he doesn't need one. He says he didn't do it."

"Prison is full of people who didn't do it, Daniel. He needs a lawyer. It's his word against the woman's. If she's local and he isn't, he's in trouble,"

"He's in trouble," Daniel said.

"Shit," I said.

"There's more bad news," he said.

I threw the covers back and stood, clutching the phone. "Tell me."

"There's going to be a blue moon this month." He said it very quietly, no explanation, but I understood.

Richard was an alpha werewolf. He was head of the local pack. It was his only serious flaw. We'd broken up after I'd seen him eat somebody. What I'd seen had sent me running to Jean-Claude's arms. I'd run from the werewolf to the vampire. Jean-Claude was Master of the City of Saint Louis. He was definitely not the more human of the two. I know there isn't a lot to choose from between a bloodsucker and a flesh-eater, but at least after Jean-Claude finished feeding, there weren't chunks between his fangs. A small distinction but a real one.

A blue moon meant a second full moon this month. The moon doesn't actually turn blue most of the time, but it is where the old saying comes from -- once in a blue moon. It happens about every three years or so. It was August, and the second full moon was only five days away. Richard's control was very good, but I'd never heard of any werewolf, even an Ulfric, a pack leader, who could fight the change on the night of the full moon. No matter what flavor of animal you changed into, a lycanthrope was a lycanthrope. The full moon ruled them.

"We have to get him out of jail before the full moon," Daniel said.

"Yeah," I said. Richard was hiding what he was. He taught junior high science. If they found out he was a werewolf, he'd lose his job. It was illegal to discriminate on the basis of a disease, especially one as difficult to catch as lycanthropy, but they'd do it. No one wanted a monster teaching their kiddies. Not to mention that the only person in Richard's family who knew his secret was Daniel. Mom and Pop Zeeman didn't know.

"Give me a number to contact you at," I said.

He did. "You'll come down then," he said.

"Yeah."

He sighed. "Thanks. Mom is raising hell, but it's not helping. We need someone here who understands the legal system."

"I'll have a friend call you with the name of good local lawyer before I get there. You may be able to arrange bail by the time I arrive."

"If he'll see the lawyer," Daniel said.

"Is he being stupid?" I asked.

"He thinks that having the truth on his side is enough."

It sounded like something Richard would say. There was more than one reason why we'd broken up. He clung to ideals that hadn't even worked when they were in vogue. Truth, justice, and the American way certainly didn't work within the legal system. Money, power, and luck were what worked. Or having someone on your side that was part of the system.

I was a vampire executioner. I was licensed to hunt and kill vampires once a court order of execution had been issued. I was licensed in three states. Tennessee was not one of them. But cops, as a general rule, would treat an executioner better than a civilian. We risked our lives and usually had a higher kill count than they did. Of course, the kills being vamps, some people didn't count them as real kills. Had to be human for it to count.

"When can you get here?" Daniel asked.

"I've got some things to clear up here, but I'll see you today before noon."

"I hope you can talk some sense into Richard."

I'd met their mother -- more than once -- so I said, "I'm surprised that Charlotte can't talk sense to him."

"Where do you think he gets this 'truth will set you free' bit?" Daniel asked.

"Great," I said. "I'll be there, Daniel."

"I've got to go." He hung up suddenly as if afraid of being caught. His mom had probably come into the room. The Zeemans had four sons and a daughter. The sons were all six feet or above. The daughter was five nine. They were all over twenty-one. And they were all scared of their mother. Not literally scared, but Charlotte Zeeman wore the pants in the family. One family dinner and I knew that.

I hung up the phone, turned on the lamp, and started to pack. It occurred to me while I was throwing things into a suitcase to wonder why the hell I was doing this. I could say that it was because Richard was the other third of a triumvirate of power that Jean-Claude had forged between the three of us. Master vampire, Ulfric, or wolf king, and necromancer. I was the necromancer. We were bound so tightly together that sometimes we invaded each other's dreams by accident. Sometimes not so accidentally.

But I wasn't riding to the rescue because Richard was our third. I could admit to myself, if to no one else, that I still loved Richard. Not the same way I loved Jean-Claude, but it was just as real. He was in trouble, and I would help him if I could. Simple. Complicated. Hurtful.

I wondered what Jean-Claude would think of me dropping everything to go rescue Richard. It didn't really matter. I was going, and that was that. But I did spare a thought for how that might make my vampire lover feel. His heart didn't always beat, but it could still break.

Love sucks. Sometimes it feels good. Sometimes it's just another way to bleed.

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  • Posted December 5, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Still reading one by one...

    I was introduced to these books by a friend. I didnt expect to enjoy them as much as I do since I dont usually like mysteries.
    These books combine a vampire base line with a touch mystery,suspense and the occassional lightheartedness. My fiancee catches me laughing as I read. There are strong, unusual love interest topics. Personally, I dont recommend these books to young readers. These parts are not the typical love scenes. However some adults will enjoy these unusual twists.
    I can't put the book down as they get better and better. I also enjoy that each book provides a different mystery and the story of each book is connected so you dont lose track. This being said, you must read the books in order. I realized as I continued reading that there are some similarities to other stories Ive read. I was slightly disappointed but overall, They are great stories and I plan to continue reading them all. They are easy reading and are not boring.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 24, 2012

    Highly Recommend this series

    I love this series, it has it all suspense and humor with a little romance and for once the woman is the hero:)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 6, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Best of the series so far

    I picked up the Anita Blake series a few months ago and have greatly enjoyed them all, but Blue Moon is by far the best that I have read so far. The story line and characters are incredible! Laurell Hamilton takes you to a place that is so captivating and entertaining it's hard to put the book down. Richard and Anita's dynamic is great...very fun and sexual. Anita's relationship with all the characters in this book is just plain fun. I highly recommend this book and series. I'm currently on the 10th book and am still greatly enjoying them.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2003

    Character Rich

    The entire book was written as if the main character of the story was talking directly to the reader. The conversational tone of the piece makes explanations and bits of history easy to take it. It is funny, conversational, full of well defined characters who own their personalities and lots of creatures and the occational gore...well, maybe a little more than occational gore. There is a lot of feelings to work through, a love triangle that's not your everyday thing and a lot of physical contact, both sexual and otherwise...It's a great read. I especially love her special brand of sarcasm. Enjoy.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    LOVE this series by Ms Hamilton.

    Just good reading

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2008

    LOVE IT!

    I love this book! Im reading Obsidian Butterfly right now and enjoy every second of it but this book did it for me! I love the fact that she finally accepts Richard so he can stop pouting like a baby, but i HATE it because she NEEDS to be with Jean-Claude!! I am in LOVE with him! And then theres Asher, Damian, and all the rest to come...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2014

    Love strong females!

    Not only a great book but a great series! And a fabulous author!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2013

    Fantastic

    Whole series is a must read!

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  • Posted February 18, 2013

    Anita Blake hands down is one of my more favorite female charact

    Anita Blake hands down is one of my more favorite female characters in a book series. What really keeps me motivated to continue reading this series (which is 22 books long! :P) is the fact that Anita's character is developing. You can see the changes that have been made from book one. This helps creates a realistic feel and keeps myself interested.

    Of course with a series this long, there are bound to be books you love and books that are eh. Blue Moon was one of those eh books for me. While I really did enjoy the ending of the book because it got really intense, overall for me the story was okay. I am also biased in the fact I do not care for Richards character all that much in comparison to Jean-Claude. Blue Moon is centered around Richard and Anita and barely involved Jean-Claude within the story.

    What I did enjoy in this story was finding out some "dirty laundry" about Jean-Claude that you always suspected was there, but was never confirmed. As much as i love Jean-Claude I always wondered what his alternative motives might have been. In Blue Moon, some of his story begins to unravel.

    The last part I enjoyed about this story, was the fact that Anita is beginning to accept her powers more and that she can have powers and keep her faith pure. I hope Marianne's character returns in the later books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2013

    Enjoyable

    I really enjoyed this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    Just a good read

    What I like about Hamilton's series is she's not afraid to give me a long book. She doesn't overly draw them out but there are meat and potatoes. She twists a wonderful tale with dragging evrything out. Her books are just a nice delicious read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2012

    Guthix

    *he walks over to a shrine of artemis and kneels on one knee. He places something under the shrine then leaves*

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2012

    Celia

    *unpacks things as ham flies around her head*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2012

    ARTEMIS

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  • Posted October 15, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    love the series the second time around

    Book 8 is the halfway mark for me with this series and I am reading them for the second time

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2012

    Love it couldn't put it down

    I love this series. I couldn't put it down. Would highly recommend!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2012

    GREAT READ!

    All I have to say is, I love her books! This is a great series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2012

    By far one of my favorites in the series!!!!

    By far one of my favorite in the series!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2012

    Amazing

    Laurell Hamilton does it again with another wonderful addition to the Anita Blake series.

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  • Posted February 14, 2012

    Hated it

    I really enjoyed reading this series until this book. There is too much detail regarding apparel & sex while too little detail is given to the characters and story line. The story climax and ending were rushed and just plain silly. I will read one more in the series in hopes this one was a fluke - very disappointed.

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