The Killing Dance (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series #6)

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The Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter backlist-now dangerously beautiful.

In her sixth adventure, Anita becomes a wanted woman-by a vampire, a werewolf, and a creature far more terrifying: a man who puts a price on her head.

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Overview

The Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter backlist-now dangerously beautiful.

In her sixth adventure, Anita becomes a wanted woman-by a vampire, a werewolf, and a creature far more terrifying: a man who puts a price on her head.

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Anita Blake's idea of a stakeout usually involves something twitching messily on the business end of a sharp stick, and she handles that with marvelous aplomb. Unfortunately that doesn't help her handle this book's biggest crisis: her love life. Blake fans must not miss this novel. I've become a big fan of this gun-toting, smart-talking vampire killer, and I'm not a fan of the vampire sub-genre. Terrific fun.
—Michelle West
Jayne Ann Krentz
Romantic thrills...Erotic chills...A real rush!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780515134513
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Series: Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series , #6
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 144,939
  • Product dimensions: 4.32 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.10 (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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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2003

    One of the better, but not one of the best...

    The series up until The Killing Dance focuses mainly on Anita Blake and her rapidly growing relationship with the 'monsters' of St. Louis Missouri. However, the series takes a slight turn in subject and begins to circle around the romantic entanglements between Anita and not only Jean-Claude, the Master Vampire of the City, but also the soon to be Ulfric of the local ware-wolf pack, Richard. While the previous books do hold some amount of romantic intrigue, The Killing Dance truly begins this part of Anita Blake¿s life. Don¿t get me wrong, there is some Richard/Anita/Jean-Claude plot line throughout the first of the series, but the romance is nowhere near this intense. This is partly because the character¿s become more of the spotlight rather than the detective and Executioner plot-lines. If you¿re going for the other-worldly urban fantasy/romance read this will be up your ally as would Cerulean Sins, but if you¿re going more for the mystery with an edge read I would suggest something like Obsidian Butterfly or Lunatic Cafe, also by Hamilton. The Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series is one of the few series that can and is sometimes more enjoyable if not read in order. At least that is my opinion. Hamilton has a great talent for reminding readers of the previous plot lines and bringing them up speed, and like wise, if you go back-wards (which I have seemed to do) the short story-line reminders do not bore or interfere with the content and quality of the read.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2011

    Totally Disappointed!!!

    Hamilton paints a perfect picture. Her details are tremendous. Her character has taken a turn along a path I can no longer follow. "Anita" was once an endearing presence that walked the raged-bloody edge, but Hamilton decided to make her both bi-polar and the run of the mill unethical, no moral, blood-thirsty zombie with a pulse and a gun. If you're into unreasoned S&M erotica this is possibly the book for you. For me it will be the last book of this series I will read. I simply flipped through to last few chapters glancing for an ending. When the supporting characters make more sense than the main character, the author is having issues and should end the series.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 17, 2009

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    Tantalizing from the beginning...

    Laurell K. Hamilton's 6th edition to the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series, The Killing Dance, was absolutely phenomenal. It's a must read and will keep you anxious to turn the page.

    Anita Blake, Vampire Executioner and Animator, vows to protect those she cares about, including members of the local wolf pack. When the tables are turned, Richard tries bringing Anita into the pack as one of their new leaders to help protect her. As more challenges for Anita's safety develop, more from inside the pack than outside, Richard struggles between morality and being a werewolf.

    Meanwhile, back at the Circus, as Jean Claude and Richard compete for Anita's affections, a visitor from another territory arrives. While they all struggle to prove a strong power base, and decipher if this new visitor is a threat to Anita and the cause for some of the mishaps that have been going on, the three of them must put their feelings aside to provide a united front.

    The Killing Dance is just what Hamilton's readers love. This book holds everything we look forward to the most - Lust, passion, thrill, and suspense. Not to mention the erotic sex and a great plot. She leaves nothing out in this 6th edition and is sure to leave you wanting more.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 14, 2009

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    The Killing Dance

    This is one of my FAVORTIES by far, I really enjoyed it. If you kill a little love, blood, and violence.. THIS IS THE BOOK FOR YOU!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 13, 2012

    Read from September 05 to 12, 2012 ¿ I own a copy, read count:

    Read from September 05 to 12, 2012 — I own a copy, read count: 1

    ** spoiler alert ** Its funny how when I finished book 5, Bloody Bones, my one concern was that Richard wasn't in the story enough. He had started out as a great character and I really wanted to see how their relationship was going to develop. Don't get me wrong though, I enjoyed Bloody Bones a lot! I sure got what I wanted in book 6, The Killing Dance!! Practically all of book 6 reveled around Anita, Richard, and Jean-Claude.

    At this point in the story, I've been waiting for Jean-Claude and Anita to make something happen between them. Now that she was dating both Richard and Jean-Claude I had a feeling i was going to be waiting even longer because of the high morals she holds and the fact she didn't want to give in to Richard and then be forced to give into Jean-Claude.

    Book 6 involves very intense scenes between Anita/Richard and Anita/Jean-Claude. It got to the point where you didn't care who she chose you just wanted her to sleep with someone already! And wow my choice surprised me!

    The end of the book really took for a surprise as well, not only did Anita choose someone (and sleep with them) there was a pretty big twist at the end. I totally didn't see it coming!

    I do have to say I'm not sure how I feel about the end of the story. I feel a little bitter sweet just because of how the story ended. Still a great read though!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2012

    Am loving the series

    I was so disappointed in the man Anita finally slept with I quit reading for a couple days. Anytime you get truely angry at a character in a book, it must mean you have found an amazing author. I love the series but I am still terribly disappointed with Anita... I mean...How dare she???

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 10, 2011

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    Loved It!

    This book is my favorite in the series so far !

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 26, 2010

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    6th book in series

    Finally we see some lovin in this book and she choose the one I wanted to see. So much was going on in this book that I couldn't put it down. I read in another reviews that this book wasn't any good. I disagree but we shall see for the next book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 2, 2010

    Why...

    Do I continue to torture myself with these books??? Bloody Bones was the last of the good ones, in my opinion.

    Anita's interactions with the Pack are just confusing. i find myself angry at her, OFTEN, and frustrated with the plotline in general. I just cannot follow it. Now, many of you hardcore fans are probably going to be angry at me for saying this, but I feel it should be put out there: Jean-Claude ANNOYS ME. He says 'ma-petite' EVERY. SINGLE. SENTENCE. He should be acting like a VAMPIRE instead of a besotted human guy!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 29, 2009

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    LOVE IT

    I really enjoyed the killing dance. I love this series I can't seem to put any of the books down.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2009

    GREAT!!!

    I read it in about two days. I just can't put her books down.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2002

    WOW

    This is my favorite by far of the 10 Anita Blake books. Ms. Hamilton's bathtub scene with Jean-Claude (I am SO glad it was him) made me cry, it was so sweet and touching. I read these in order, and the character development through the other 5 books brought us to this point. WoW.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2014

    Great book!

    Live them all!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2013

    Love Anita!

    Great book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2013

    Silvermoonstar's bio

    **bio is at 'silvermoonstar' first result**

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2013

    Best in the series

    I've just read this one and I am blown away! The love triangle with Ricard and Jean-Claude gets steamier and the there's a shocker at the end as to who Anita picks. Anita also taps in to her necromancer side and it is cool as well as scary!
    My husband is a huge comic book fan, and I've gotten to look at some of the comic series too. It is a must! The graphics are incredible!
    Other recommendations: The Carriger Soulless Series - if your into steam punk, plus they are hilarious! Turn of the century England, it's a good series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2013

    Book will not open

    I was so excited to read this book, but do to problems this book will not open. Very disappointed

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    Great

    Couldn't put it down

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2013

    Interesting

    While the books have taken on a sexual level I didnt originaly anticipate, I still am enjoying the stories and the characters very much.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    Couldn't put it down!

    Kept me interested through the whole book! Great series!

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