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The Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter backlist takes flight with a whole new look.

In her ninth adventure, vampire hunter Anita Blake owes a favor to a friend-a man almost as dangerous as the ancient evil she's about to face.

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Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake

In the early '90s, Laurell Hamilton delighted horror fans and lovers of all things preternatural when she first introduced Anita Blake, vampire hunter extraordinaire. Now this tough-as-nails but highly feminine necromancer is back for her ninth showing in Hamilton's hardcover debut, Obsidian Butterfly, as twisted a tale as any of its predecessors.

Few writers can bring a fictional world to life the way Hamilton does, creating an alternate earth where magic, monsters, and myriad forms of the living dead are as common as cornflakes. And in the wisecracking, thick-skinned, yet sometimes softhearted Anita, Hamilton has created one of the most unique and unforgettable characters ever to walk the pages of fiction.

This time out, Anita revisits an old acquaintance, Edward (a.k.a. Death) the monster hunter, a coldhearted and seemingly soulless killer whose ruthlessness makes Anita look like a pussycat. Edward calls in a favor Anita owes from some time back by asking her to travel to Santa Fe to help him investigate a monster unlike any he's encountered before. Anita readily accepts because although Edward scares her enough that she doesn't want to turn her back on him, she's also intrigued by the man to the point that she can't wait to get a closer look at his life. And his hedging and lack of details regarding the murders pique her interest as well.

Though Anita thinks she is prepared and there is no way Edward can shock her, he proves her dead wrong right at the start. On the heels of this revelation, Anita is shaken even more when she finally learns the details of the murders Edward is involved with. The crime scenes are sites of unbelievable carnage, with bodies that have been violently torn apart limb by limb, their entrails ripped away. But even more horrifying than the dead are those who have been left alive, each of them skinned from head to toe, their tongues ripped away so all they can do is scream.

Edward has brought in a couple of other questionable assistants, two men who challenge Anita in ways she is ill prepared to handle. Throw some misogynistic cops, a bevy of strange and powerful creatures, and plenty of sexual tension into the mix, and Anita finds herself facing some of her biggest challenges ever. Before all is said and done, she will be forced to face some painful truths about herself and confront one of the most evil and powerful monsters in existence.

Obsidian Butterfly is a scintillating journey to a world where the inhabitants are all fascinating, death isn't always final (and far from the worst thing that can happen to you), and unimaginable horrors are terrifyingly real. Hamilton seems to weave a few spells of her own by crafting a powerful story even as the harsh realities make you want to look away. For gourmands of Hamilton's prior works, Obsidian Butterfly provides yet another tantalizing course in this highly fulfilling meal. Those sampling Hamilton for the first time will likely find it the perfect appetizer, an irresistible introduction to a promised feast of delights.

—Beth Amos

Science Fiction Chronicle
Hamilton has created a genuinely interesting alternate world, peopled it with fascinating characters, and given us a protagonist we can really care about.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
An inhabitant of an alternate Earth very much like our own--except that magic coexists there with natural law, and preternatural beings like vampires and werewolves coexist with humans--Anita Blake is full of contradictions that make her a potent lead character for this continuing series. Although Anita is a licensed vampire executioner, one of her lovers is a vampire (the other is a werewolf); she packs more firepower than a small army, but is a dedicated Christian; she's tough-as-nails yet ultrafeminine; she tangles with seriously dangerous supernatural forces, but she's as matter of fact about dealing with magic as she is about bashing bad guys, and she's as quick with a quip as she is with a well-placed kick to the groin. In her ninth adventure (after Blue Moon), Anita is summoned to New Mexico by Edward (aka "Death"), the cold-blooded killer from previous books to whom she owes a favor. In the course of investigating a series of grotesque murders (victims torn to bloody bits, survivors flayed of all flesh), Edward becomes more human and Anita less so. Celibate for six months, Anita's usual steamy sexual encounters with her inhuman but hunky boyfriends are missing from this novel, but there's still a lot of beefcake to appreciate and the considerable sexual tension is both humorous and supportive of the plot. The gory story line--which wraps around an Aztec vampire goddess, a dwarf necromancer, bull-headed bigoted cops, hearts ripped from chests and a witch who conveniently appears in the nick of time--needs that bit of sustenance, but the book is still a monstrously entertaining read. (Jan.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
This is the ninth book in Hamilton's popular "Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter" series. Anita is feisty and opinionated, and she never backs down from a fight. Oh, and she does dabble in a little vampire slaying. In this story, Edward, a monster hunter even more ruthless than Anita, asks her to come to Albuquerque to help him track down a creature so vicious that even he is spooked: it rips apart its victims and leaves its survivors skinned alive. For help in the investigation, they have to call on the city's master vampire, Itzpapalotl (Aztec for "obsidian butterfly"). This former Aztec priestess/nightclub owner agrees to answer questions--but only after dazzlingly displaying her awesome powers. As in Hamilton's other novels, this book contains an abundance of thrills, chills, violence, and sexual innuendo. Recommended for all public libraries.--Patricia Altner, Information Seekers, Bowie, MD Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
New York Times Book Review
An R-rated Buffy the Vampire Slayer…The action never stops.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780515134506
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Series: Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series, #9
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 608
  • Sales rank: 116,033
  • Product dimensions: 6.74 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.23 (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.


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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Chapter 1

I was covered in blood, but it wasn't mine, so it was okay. Not only was it not my blood, but it was all animal blood. If the worst casualties of the night were six chickens and a goat, I could live with it, and so could everyone else. I'd raised seven corpses in one night. It was a record even for me.

I pulled into my driveway at a quarter 'til dawn with the sky still dark and star-filled. I left the Jeep in the driveway, too tired to mess with the garage. It was May, but it felt like April. Spring in St. Louis was usually a two-day even between the end of winter and the beginning of summer. One day you were freezing your ass off and the next day it's be eighty plus. But this year it had been spring, a wet gentle spring.

Except for the high number of zombies I'd raised, it had been a typical night. Everything from raising a civil war soldier for a local historical society to question, a will that needed a final signature, to a son's last confrontation with his abusive mother. I'd been neck deep in lawyers and therapists most of the night. If I heard, "How does that make you feel, Jonathan (or Cathy, or whoever)?" one more time tonight, I'd scream. I did not want to watch one more person "go with his or her feelings" ever. At least with most of the lawyers the bereaved didn't come to the graveside. The court-appointed lawyer would ascertain that the zombies raised had enough cognitive ability to know what they were signing, then he would sign off on the contract as a witness. If the zombie couldn't answer the questions, then no legal signature. The corpse had to be of "sound" ming to sign a legally binding signature. I'd never raised a zombie that couldn't pass the legal definition of soundness, but it happened sometimes. Jamison, a fellow animator at Animator's Inc., had a pair of lawyers come to blows on top of the grave. What fun.

The air was cool enough to make me shiver as I walked down the sidewalk to my door. I could hear the phone ringing as I fumbled the key into the lock. I hit the door with my shoulder because no one ever calls just before dawn until it's important. For me that usually meant the police, which meant a murder scene. I kicked the door closed and ran for the phone in the kitchen. My answering machine had kicked on. My voice died on the machine and Edward's voice came on."

"Anita, it's Edward. If you're there, pick up." Silence.

I was running full out and skidded on my high heels, grabbing the receiver as I slid into the wall and nearly dropped the phone. I yelled into the receiver as I juggled the phone, "Edward, Edward, it's me! I'm here!"

Edward was laughing softly when I could finally hear him.

"Glad I could be amusing. What's up?" I asked.

"I'm calling in my favor," he said quietly.

It was my turn for silence. Once upon a time Edward had come to my aid, been my backup. He'd brought a friend, Harley, with him a smore backup. I'd ended up killing Harley. Now, Harley had tried to kill me first, and I'd just been quicker, but Edward had taken the killing personally. Picky, picky. Edward had given me a choice: either he and I could draw down on each other and find out once and for all which of us was better, or I could owe him a favor. Some day he would call me up and ask for me to be his backup like Harley. I'd agreed to the favor. I never wanted to come up against Edward for real. Because if I did, I was pretty sure I'd end up dead.

Edward was a hit man. He specialized in monsters. Vampires, shapeshifters, anything and everything. There were people like that did it legal, but Edward didn't sweat the legalities, or hell, the ethics. He even occasionally did a human, but only if they had some sort of dangerous reputation. Other assassins, criminals, bad men, or women. Edward was an equal opportunity killer. He never discriminated, not for sex, religion, race, or even species. If it was dangerous, Edward would hunt it and kill it. It's what he lived for, what he was-a predator's predator.

He'd been offered a contract on my life once. He'd turned it down and had come to town as my bodyguard, bringing Harley with him. I'd asked him why he hadn't taken the contract. His answer had been simple. If he took the contract, he only got to kill me. If he protected me, he thought he'd get to kill more people. Perfect Edward reasoning.

He's either a sociopath or so close it makes little difference. I may be one of the few friends that Edward has, but it's like being friends with a tame leopard. It may curl on the foot of your bed and let you pet its head, but it can still eat your throat out. It just won't do it tonight.

"Anita, you still there?"

"I'm here, Edward."

"You don't sound happy to hear from me."

"Let's just say I'm cautious," I said.

He laughed again. "Cautious. No, you're not cautious. You're suspicious."

"Yeah," I said. "So what's the favor?"

"I need back up," he said.

"What could be so terrible that Death needs backup?"

"Ted Forrester needs backup from Anita Blake, vampire executioner."

Ted Forrester was Edward's alter ego, his only legal identity that I was aware of. Ted was a bounty hunter that specialized in preternatural creatures that weren't vampires. As a general rule vamps were a specialty item, which was one of the reasons that there were licensed vamp executioners but not licensed anything else executioners. Maybe vampires just have a better political lobby, but whatever, they get the most press. Bounty hunters like Ted filled in the blanks between the police and the licensed executioners. They worked mostly in rancher-run states where it was still legal to hunt down varmints and kill them for money. Varmints still including lycnthropos. You could shoot them on sight in about six states as long as later a blood test proves they were lycanthropes. Some of the killings had been taken to court and were being contested, but nothing had changed yet on a local level.

"So, what does Ted need me for?" Though truthful I was relieved that it was Ted asking and not Edward. Edward on his own probably meant illegal, maybe even murder. I wasn't quite into cold-blooded murder. Not yet.

"Come to Sante Fe and find out," he said.

"New Mexico? Santa Fe, New Mexico?"


"When?" I asked.


"Since I'm coming as Anita Blake, vamp executioner, I can flash my executioner's license and bring my arsenal."

"Bring what you want," Edward said. "I'll share my toys with you when you arrive."

"I haven't been to bed yet. Do I have time to get some sleep before I get on a plane?"

"Get a few hours sleep, but be here by afternoon. We've moved the bodies, but we're saving the rest of the crime scene for you."

"What sort of crime scene?"

"I'd say murder, but that's not quite the right word. Slaughter, butcher, torture. Yes," he said, as if trying the word over in his mind, "a torture scene."

"Are you trying to scare me?" I asked.

"No," he said.

"Then stop the theatrics and just tell me what the hell happened."

He sighed, and for the first time I heard a dragging tiredness in his voice. "We've got ten missing. Twelve confirmed dead."

"Shit," I said. "Why haven't I heard anything on the news?"

"The disappearances made the tabloids. I think the headline was, 'Bermuda Triangle in the Desert.' The twelve dead were three families. Neighbors just found them today."

"How long had they been dead?" I asked.

"Days, nearly two weeks for one family."

"Jesus, why didn't someone miss them sooner?"

"In the last ten years almost the entire population of Santa Fe has changed. We've got a huge influx of new people. Plus a lot of people have what amounts to vacation homes up here. The locals call the newcomers Californicatores."

"Cute," I said, "but is Ted Forrester a local?"

"Ted lives near the city, yeah."

A thrill went through me from the soles of my feet to the top of my head. Edward was the ultimate mystery man. I knew almost nothing about him, really. "Does this mean I get to see where you live?"

"You'll be staying with Ted Forrester," he said.

"But you're Ted Forrester, Edward. I'll be staying at your house, right?"

He was quiet for a heart beat, then, "Yes."

Suddenly, the whole trip seemed much more attractive. I was going to see Edward's house. I was going to be able to pry into his personal life, if he had one. What could be better?

Though one thing was bothering me. "When you said families were the victimes, does that include kids?"

"Strangely, no," he said.

"Well, thank goodness for small blessings," I said.

"You always were a soft touch for the kiddies," he said.

"Does it really not bother you to see dead children?"

"No," he said.

I just listened to him breath for a second or two. I knew that nothing bothered Edward. Nothing moved him. But children... every cop I knew hated to go to a scene where the vic was a child. There was something personal about it. Even those of us without children took it hard. That Edward didn't, bothered me. Funny, but it did.

"It bothers me," I said.

"I know," he said, "one of your more serious faults." There was an edge of humor to his voice.

"The fact that you're a sociopath, and that I'm not, is one of the things I take great pride in."

"You don't have to be a sociopath to back me up, just a shooter, and you are that, Anita. You kill as easily as I do, if the circumstances are right."

I didn't try and argue, because I couldn't. I decided to concentrate on the crime instead of my moral decay. "So Santa Fe has a large transient population."

"Not transient," Edward said, "but mobile, very mobile. We have a lot of tourism, and a lot of people moving and out on a semi-permanent basis."

"So no one knows their neighbors," I said, "or what their schedules should be."

"Exactly." His voice was bland, empty, with that thread of tiredness underneath , and under that was something else. A tone-something.

"You think there's more bodies that you haven't found yet," I said. I made it a statement.

He was quiet for a second, then said, "You heard it in my voice, didn't you?"

"Yeah," I said.

"I'm not sure I like that. You being able to read me that well."

"Sorry. I'll try to be less intuitive."

"Don't bother. Your intuition is one of the things that's kept you alive this long."

"Are you making a joke about women's intuition?" I asked.

"No, I'm saying that you're someone who works from your gut, your emotions, not your head. It's a strength for you, and a weakness."

"Too tenderhearted, am I?"

"Sometimes, and sometimes you're just as dead inside as I am."

Hearing him state it like that was almost scary. Not that he was including me in the same breath as himself, but that Edward knew something had died inside of him.

"You ever miss the parts that are gone?" I asked. It was the closest thing to a personal question I'd ever asked him.

"No," he said. "Do you?"

I thought about that for a moment. I started to say, yes, automatically, then stopped myself. Truth, always truth between us. "No, I guess I don't."

He made a small sound, almost a laugh. "That's my girl."

I was both flattered and vaguely irritated that I was "his girl." When in doubt, concentrate on the job. "What kind of monster is it, Edward?" I asked.

"I've no idea."

That stopped me. Edward had been hunting preternatural bad guys years longer than I had. He knew monsters almost as well as I did, and he'd traveled the world killing monsters, so he had first hand knowledge of things I'd only read about.

"What do you mean, you have no idea?"

"I've never seen anything kill like this, Anita." I head an undercurrent in his voice that I'd almost never heard-fear. Edward, whose nickname among vamps and shapeshifters was Death, was afraid. It was a very bad sign.

"You're shook, Edward. That's not like you."

"Wait until you see the victims. I've saved you photos of the other scenes, but the last one I kept intact, just for you."

"How did the local law enforcement like putting a ribbon around a crime scene and wrapping it up just for little ol' me?"

"The local cops all like Ted. He's a good ol' boy. If Ted tells them you can help, they believe him."

"But you're Ted Forrester," I said, "and you're not a good ol' boy."

"But Ted is," he said, voice empty.

"Your secret identity," I said.

"Yeah," he said.

"Fine, I'll fly into Santa Fe this afternoon, or early evening."

"Fly into Albuquerque instead. I'll meet you at the airport. Just call me and give me the time."

"I can rent a car," I said.

"I'll be in Albuquerque on other business. It's not a problem."

"What aren't you telling me?" I asked.

"Me, keeping secrets?" There was a thread of amusement in his voice again.

"You're the original mystery man, Edward. You love keeping secrets. It gives you a sense of power."

"Does it?" he made it a question.

"Yeah, it does."

He laughed softly. "Maybe it does. Make the ticket reservations and call me with the flight times. I've got to go." His voice went low as if someone else had come into the room.

I hadn't asked what the urgency was. Ten missing, twelve confirmed dead. It was urgent. I hadn't asked if he'd be waiting for my call. Edward, who never spooked, was scared. He'd be waiting for my call.

Reprinted from Obsidian Butterfly by Laurell K. Hamilton by permission of Ace Books, a member of Penguin Putnam Inc. Copyright (c) 2000, Laurell K. Hamilton. All rights reserved. This excerpt, or any parts thereof, may not be reproduced in any form without permission.

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  • Posted December 10, 2008

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    Loved it!

    I just finished reading the Anita Blake Series but in reading all of them I chose to skip this book until the very end, not a good idea. This book comes after "Blue Moon" and at the time I was really into all of the male characters in Anita's life. So when I heard that there were none of her men in this book I just couldn't deal with that so I skipped it and decided to read it after I had read the final book "Blood Noir". It was so my luck that in most all of the books after this book LKH mentioned some portion of it and then I knew nothing of what she was talking about because I hadn't read it. Well, I finally finished reading it last night and thought it was amazing. Everything that she mentioned in the other books finally made sense... I loved getting to see this whole other life that Edward "Ted" lives. It was nice to know that underneath that hard shell of his he's actually got a heart and a soft one at that. I loved how much detective, police work was in this book, it was thrilling at how fast paced it really got toward the end. It is a MUST read!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2007

    Butterflies In My Stomach

    Obsidian Butterfly is a wonderful combination of horror, fantasy, and the macabre. In my opinion it's a masterpiece within its genre. I was impressed. The author is totally in command of her talent in this novel. It's almost as if Laurell K. is channeling Anita Blake. She has the characters of Olaf and Edward so down pat that it's almost scary. In fact, it is. Love it. Hang on to your hats. You're in for a real treat with this novel.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2000

    What's Going to Happen Now!

    I love the Anita Blake hunter series, but this one was a little slow. In this latest novel the mysterious Edward is revealed to us as more of a human being with perhaps vulnreable flaws. Jean-Claude and Richard were not in this latest intallment and they were missed. Although the novel had a gory and tense start. It slowed down as the author got too involved in revealing Edward's other life. Anita wasn't quite as tough and some of her actions seemed kind of childish. All in all. Not the best book in the series, but it was still quite entertaining.

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    It seems our heroine needed a break from her love triangle and has gone on a mission to help the very dangerous Edward. They're finding mutilated bodies and are on a race to stop the murders. This book is the most graphic of them all up to date. If you can stomach the gore, the action will have you on the edge of your seat. In this book you will see Edward in a new light.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2000

    Great Read Not Just For Fans, But For Anyone

    I just finished reading Obsidian Butterfly today. I thought it was a great book. The characters are witty and believable. I hope more books about Anita Blake come out soon. Laural K Hamilton writes Anita as a character most women can relate to. Anita Blake talks and thinks very much like a close friend of mine (though my friend denies it). This makes the novel a great read to me on an even deeper level. Anita is especailly realistic because her sexuality is open to readers. We can see the honest feelings that most (if not all) women have but seldom are comfortable or brave enough to express. I enjoyed this book and it's characters imensly. I recomend anyone to read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2000

    Wonderful Characters and What a Mystery

    I must state up front that I had planned on not liking Obsidian Butterfly. I knew Anita¿s ¿boyfriends¿ would not be in the book: Jean-Claude, master vampire and Master of the City of St. Louis and Richard Zeeman, leader of local werewolf pack. There would be no Willie, Jason, Asher or even the annoying Nathaniel. So, for weeks I¿d been grumbling under my breath, bad Anita is better than no Anita, how long until book 10 comes out, where the boys and the gang return. This was Edward¿s book. For eight books I have gotten to know the character Edward, known as Death, assassin of preternatural creatures. But I¿m no die-hard Edward fan. Sociopaths just are not my cup of tea in big doses. I¿d always enjoyed him in a supporting role and had no desire to find out anything more about him. May I say how happy I was none of my premonitions of gloom and doom about the book were fulfilled. The complete opposite, the book was wonderful. Her best mystery to date in my opinion, and maybe her best book to date. Anita¿s voice was stronger, her thoughts more mature. And Laurell K Hamilton¿s gift for characterization shinned in the book. Even thought most of the characters were new to me, I was immediately drawn into their world and left wanting more. I am so intrigued by the new questions about Anita¿s future brought up by this book than any of the others. I won¿t spoil them for you, but as always LKH has surprised me once again. It seems there is more in-store for our heroine than which of the boys to choose. Because the boys and the gang and not an interregnal to the story line, this is a good place to get introduced to the Anitaverse.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2013

    This book is very good, but you can get that from the other revi

    This book is very good, but you can get that from the other reviews.  

    THIS IS THE LAST ANITA BLAKE NOVEL YOU SHOULD READ!  Seriously, stop here, pretend the series is over and save yourself some money and time.  LKH so desperately needs to stop writing these books it's embarrassing.  This was the last good one.  STOP NOW!  

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  • Posted August 15, 2010

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    Shocking and Thrilling

    Obsidian Butterfly is #9 in the Anita Blake Series, and is one of the most shockingly gruesome so far. Anita is brought into the life of Edward (her mentor) after he calls in the favor she owes him. Edward's legal, but fake, alter identity is Ted Forrester, a Texan with an accent who lives in New Mexico. "Ted" is a respected bounty hunter, liked by the local cops, and has a reliable, friendly reputation. It is surprising for Anita (and the reader) that "Ted" is engaged to a middle-aged woman with two kids. We realize that Edward might hold some small amount of humanity, even if it's only wishful thinking. I admit I'll be severely angry if Edward dies because he is one of the characters that is consistently reliable and mysterious (albeit sociopathic and lethal). He is such a strong character to Anita. Will he live through to the end? Will Anita decide to return to Jean-Claude and Richard to mend the holes in her aura? The malevolent creature in this book, whose origins are unknown, is by far the most mysterious and frightening of any Anita has come across yet. Gruesome, tragic, heart-wrenching, dramatic and powerful, this novel has it all.

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  • Posted April 12, 2010

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    Obsidian Butterfly, as with all the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Books - AWESOME

    This book we finally learn more about Edward 'Death' to Anita's 'Executioner' status, in the alternate world where Vampires are citizens, there are all kinds of Shape shifters, Witches and magic of all kind.

    Edward calls Anita to repay the favor owed, to help him discover and solve horrific murders and mutilations. Edward is the one person that Anita is not sure that come to a fire fight between them, if she would be the one last standing. Edward tells her nothing of what is happening in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, New Mexico...only that he needs her there that day in only a few hours.

    When she arrives, Edward is in his 'Ted' personna and to Anita objections, engaged to Donna. Donna has 2 children and her oldest, Peter, has already seen the dark side of life, having to kill the monster that attacked and killed his father to save the lives of himself, his mother and younger sister.

    Obsidian Butterfly is a vampire that claims to be a Mayan God and in her club, many disturbing things take place there and Anita learns more of her own powers. Obsidian Butterfly can only give Anita a limited amount of information on the power that has invaded New Mexico, leaving such carnage or so she says.

    Anita determines that those who appear to have been mutilated are really dead, animated only be the power of the one yet unknown and in their feeding so he gains strength and once he senses Anita, he wants her as well....

    Once you've begun reading the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series you'll find that you can't put them down and have to have the next before you are finished reading the one your on....Enjoy!

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  • Posted April 11, 2010

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    Another fantastic read

    Love how Anita is always the butt kicker no matter who she is with. Love the fact that this book takes place away from all of Anita's lovers/loves. New monsters, new story line only thing that is the same is Anita wins. Love it. Read one and you need to have the next one ready. If you have read any book in this series you know what I am talking about.

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  • Posted March 3, 2010

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    I want to be Anita Blake!!!

    I have fallen in love with this series. I can't put it down. The character development and the details that Laurel comes up with is so amazing and realistic. She is easily becoming my favorite author. The Anita Black series is filled with drama, action, love, and humor. I often find myself so caught up in the books that I laugh out loud, tighten up in tense situations and my stomach flutters all in tune with Anita's emotions. So compelling and wonderful.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 16, 2010

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    I have been hooked on Anita Blake since book 1: the characters are fantastic and the stories are exciting! I liked this particular novel because it gave us insight to the character Edward (whom I find fascinating). That being said, this was the first book that gave me a nightmare, so proceed with caution ;)

    If you like this series, I bet you will also like the Riley Jensen series by Keri Arthur!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2009

    Another Great Book

    I have just recently foung Laurell Hamilton, and her books, and I have been reading non-stop! Obsidian Butterfly, is a great break from the other books in her series Anita Blake! I did find it a little slow at the beginning, but once i got going the book was fantastic, just as her others are!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2009

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    I love the Anita Blake Series!!!

    I happened upon this series by accident but am so glad that I did! All of the books are awesome. Obsidian Butterfly is one of my least favorites but it's a great book, so that just goes to show you how good the rest of the series is. Laurell Hamilton is a great author.

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  • Posted May 7, 2009

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    New world same characters.

    Anita is finally paying her favor back to her friend Edward, but that means taking a backseat and playing in his world.

    I have to confess Edward is one of my favorite characters, and there is nothing better then a book that takes place within his playground. This book has it all action, romance, suspense........(and the occasional grotesque scene, one in particular I could have lived without *shudders*)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2009

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    Fast-paced & captivating

    Obsidian Butterfly had me hooked immediately. Very creative with a broad band of imagination. One of my favorite Anita Blake novels.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 8, 2008

    great action and characters

    Anita Blake, is truly a vampire hunter and necromancer in this book. There are lots of action sequences and a plot to make you think. It's nice the "Ardeur" has not yet manifested and made the series so much about her getting sex on an hourly basis.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2008

    Ms. Hamilton Start Over Here!!!

    If Laurell would go back and start the series over right here after this book, and bring back the story, the excitement, the adventure that the first 9 books in this series had she wouldn't have lost me as a reader. I have read up to 14 in this series and I can tell you she lost me. It was nothing more than disgusting orgy's from book 10 on. I will never pick up another book written by her again. You would think she would read some reviews once in a while.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2008


    I have been reading the Anita Blake books back to back and I can never find a reason to put them down. I love the sex, the violence, and all the gory details! Sometimes my imagination goes crazy and I dream about getting ripped to pieces by rotting vampires, but its totally worth it! Laurell K Hamilton is amazing at what shes does and I'm hoping these books can go on forever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2006

    Very entertaining

    The book Obsidian Butterfly delves deeper into the character of Edward,'Death' as Anita Blake refers to him. The book was fast paced as usual for Laurel Hamilton's books. Anita gets to fight with the big boys and use her human skills more than her preternatural skills. That was great fun to read! There were some surprises about Edward that were funny and shocking. You seemed to get a better feel for his character. Truely a great read. I found the ending somewhat anti-climatic. The whole book is about the gory serial killings of some creature and once I found out what it was, it was dissappointing! But all in all, this book was very good! It was a nice break from the whole Richard and the pack and Jean-Claude problem.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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