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Cerulean Sins (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series #11)

Cerulean Sins (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series #11)

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by Laurell K. Hamilton

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Vampire hunter Anita Blake learns what it's like to be at the new end of a centuries-old bloodline-and just how far she'll let herself get pushed around.


Vampire hunter Anita Blake learns what it's like to be at the new end of a centuries-old bloodline-and just how far she'll let herself get pushed around.

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The Barnes & Noble Review
Laurell K. Hamilton's tough-as-nails vampire executioner and necromancer, Anita Blake, is back with a vengeance in the 11th book of Hamilton's wildly popular series. In Cerulean Sins, the sexy federal marshal is faced with a plethora of problems all at once.

A serial murderer is on the loose around St. Louis, and from the looks of the gruesome crime scenes, it appears to be the work of a rogue werewolf or some kind of insane shape-shifter. Anita's friend Jason is implicated by Dolph Storr, the ill-tempered head of the Regional Preternatural Investigation Team, who appears to be on the verge of a very violent nervous breakdown. While investigating the crime scenes, Anita realizes that two suspicious men are tailing her, and one turns out to be a known international terrorist. The complicated, centuries-long relationship between Jean-Claude and Asher is at a breaking point, and Anita decides to do anything (and I do mean anything) to save not only their relationship with each other but also her relationship with them.

What makes these Anita Blake novels so much fun? Every novel is breakneck-paced, action-packed, and filled with plenty of suspense and unadulterated sensuality. Add to that Hamilton's wicked sense of humor and her adeptness at character building, and this series becomes purely addictive.

Any fan of vampire-related fiction that hasn't already discovered this series should make it a point (no pun intended) to do so as soon as possible. Paul Goat Allen

Publishers Weekly
Anita Blake is one the more fascinating fictional heroines since Scarlet O'Hara-and a hell of a lot more fun than most. Despite her satin lingerie, short skirts and high heels, she kicks both human and non-human bad-guy butt-hard. Having gained immense supernatural powers and become an important force in the vampiric and lycanthropic communities of St. Louis in the 10 previous books, Anita begins this fantastic dark adventure by raising the dead and ends it by tackling a murderous monster. In between, she wades (literally) into a bloody investigation of a preternatural serial killer and (metaphysically and physically) into dangerous vampire politics. ber-vampiress Belle Morte has sent her dreaded surrogate, Musette, to demand that Anita's paramour, Jean-Claude, Master Vampire of the City, return the vampire Asher to her-a fate worse than a stake through the heart. In order to save Asher, Anita must be both sexually and psychically creative. Anita and the vampires also need head werewolf Richard to help defeat Belle Morte's designs. But can Richard, who recently dumped Anita because she was more "monster" than human, be relied on? Meanwhile, cop Dolph Storr, who's gone violently anti-preternatural, won't let Anita (now a federal marshal) help stop a series of gruesome murders. If this all seems complicated, it's nothing compared to Anita's sex life. There's plenty of the hot stuff, but it's presented with a certain morality and definite hilarity. After unraveling, to the detriment of writing and plot, some character and story line knots in previous bestseller Narcissus in Chains (2001), the author is back on track with the best Blake yet. (Apr.) Forecast: Backed by a coast-to-coast author tour, this is sure to hit bestseller lists-hard. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
In her 11th Anita Blake book (after Narcissus in Chains), Hamilton opens with Belle Morte, a truly nasty member of the Vampire Council, who has sent her retinue to the territory of master vampire Jean-Claude. As a psychic powerhouse as well as Jean-Claude's human servant and lover, Anita is desperately needed at his side. Adding to her list of problems is a series of grisly murders that police suspect are of preternatural origin and that requires her expertise as a vampire hunter to solve. Anita is a smart gal who can think fast and shoot even faster, but her weaknesses revolve around the many men in her life. Jean-Claude is not the only guy to share her bed or need her personal attention. Earlier books in the series focused on a mystery rather than Anita's complex private life and were much more interesting. Still, this is from a best-selling author and should be considered for purchase.-Patricia Altner, Information Seekers, Columbia, MD Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Hamilton abandons her Los Angeles Faerie Princess/private detective Meredith Gentry to return to her long-running St. Louis heroine, Anita Blake, who hunts rogue vampires, sleeps with a werewolf lover, and at times reanimates zombies (as last seen in Narcissus in Chains, 2001). A licensed vampire executioner, Anita herself bears the mark of the wolf and has left a love union with ravishingly beautiful vampire Jean-Claude, her Master, and Micah, shape-shifting King of the St. Louis Leopard pack. As it happens, Anita's union with these two lovers has had a synergistic effect in deepening her own powers and insight into the supernatural. She's also mixed up with her ex-fiancé Richard, an Alpha werewolf, although the two have been apart for a month. All this is set slightly in the future, and Anita is a consultant both for the city and for federal agents bent on investigating preternatural crime. In an ironic scene, we watch her reanimate a corpse to determine whether its previous inhabitant died of a self-inflicted gunshot, a question that bears legally on his will and insurance. When Anita is visited by master vampire Asher, she finds she's up against the European Council of Vampires, which has sent knockout gorgeous but dangerous Musette to check on Jean-Claude. Musette represents Belle Morte, the 600-year-old fountainhead of modern bloodsuckers, to whom Jean-Claude bears allegiance. Does Belle Morte want to move in on St. Louis? Asher warns that killing Musette-or, heaven forbid, Belle Morte-is simply not done. Anita is never logical about her love life, especially her ties with Richard, who dumped her because he longs to be human and she's much too bloodthirsty and comfortable withmonsters. The feds call Anita in when something un-human perpetrates a series of murders. As with the SM joint Narcissus, the new deaths turn on a fun center, Cerulean Sins, an erotic video store for vampires that leads us to father-abused child vampires Valentina and Bartolomé. Sexy as a blue vein. Author tour. Agent: Merrilee Heifetz/Writers House

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Penguin Publishing Group
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Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series , #11
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4.17(w) x 6.73(h) x 1.16(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

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.

Brief Biography

St. Louis, Missouri
Date of Birth:
February 19, 1963
Place of Birth:
Heber Springs, Arkansas
B.A., Marion College

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Cerulean Sins (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series #11) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 853 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read this series from book 1 (Guilty Pleasures) and have loved each book. Anita has become such a complex character and her supporting cast members are enigmatic and beautifully created. Yes, the books are much different than they were in the first few installments, but I don't believe that to be a bad thing. Cerulean Sins carries on with a character introduced in the previous book (Narcissus in Chains). This character is Belle Morte, the vampire who turned Anita's boyfriend, Jean Claude, into a vampire. She also created Asher, Jean Claude's second in command. Both men are former lovers of Belle Morte. She is insulted (to put it mildly) that both Jean Claude and Asher chose to leave her, as she considers herself the most desirable woman/vampire in the world. Thus, she sends her second in command vampire to "visit" Jean Claude's territory. The troubles that this visit causes are the central plot in the story (and there's definitely a couple surprises). There is also a sub-plot involving a series of murders that Anita helps to solve. Some readers of the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter books believe the series has gone downhill since Anita began engaging in sex with multiple partners as a result of a condition passed on to her from Jean Claude. This condition (called the arduer) causes the person to experience intense sexual desire until "fed". I don't believe this is a problem in the books, or just an excuse for Anita to have sex. I think this condition represents the only thing Anita has found that she can't yet control or kill. It's something she has to face head-on and must be patient with until she learns control. In the books leading up to Narcissus in Chains, where Anita first learns she has the arduer, there are references to her reliance on guns to control situations. I think the arduer is to teach Anita that guns won't solve all her problems. Plus, she's not having sex with random people on the streets and, considering the length of the book, I didn't feel there were too many sex scenes in this book. I never felt like I wanted to just get past the sex and get on to the plot, as I do with some books. I think the Anita Blake series is still going strong and Laurell K. Hamilton continues to add new elements of surprise.
BluHawk More than 1 year ago
I love the characters of this series, and this book started out particularly strong and witty. Somewhere in the middle, it got a bit repetitive, almost like Hamilton forgot she had already covered some things. Either way, I still enjoyed it thoroughly, and look forward to seeing where the story goes next. If you like this series, you will definitely like the Riley Jensen series by Keri Arthur, the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs, and perhaps the Rachel Morgan series by Kim Harrison.
vampirechicAC More than 1 year ago
I started the Anita Blake series out of order with Cerulean Sins and fell in love with the story and characters. I became a fan immediately and promptly bought the whole series. The first book Guilty Pleasures was bit dissapointing because it was very short and also because Anita's introduction to Jean Claude was not fully developed. The story line got extremely interesting after The Killing Dance, when Anita chooses Jean Claude over Richard (werewolf). My favorites in the series where Blue Moon (the section with Raina's Munin invokes the mating ritual was heart stopping and also I was so glad when Richard and Anita get together), Obsidian Butterfly (full of gore but kept me at the edge of my seat the whole time especially the part of the zombies at the hospital in the maternity ward!. Relationship development with Ted/Edward and his team of assassins and the Master Vampire, she was scary) Narcisus in Chains (the exploration of the SM and Bondage was very vivid and fascinating as well as the introduction of the ardeur and Anita with Michah), Incubus Dreams (personal favorite, HOT, HOT, HOT, what can I say I love Nathaniel, he is one of my favorites), Dansce Macabre (loved the cookie monster/Haven, was dissapointed she was able to resist making him her werelion to call), The Harlequin (LOVED it , the action was amazing especially the fight scene at the hospital with the weretigress Soledad) and Skin Trade (loved the developing plot around the weretigers and curious to see if Anita will choose a king among them like Victor he is hot, also loved the transition of the Wicked Truth into Anita's "food menu"). This series combines horror, action, erotic romance and some humor (Anita is a tough cookie and I love how she considers weapons as part of her dressing accessories). If you wish to escape to a new world of fantasy and excitement this is the series for you!
pdubz More than 1 year ago
I loved this one. You have to be familiar with Anita Blake and how she has gotten to this point, this is not a stand-alone read. To fully understand her thoughts, her actions, and her relationships, don't pick this up and start here, start from Guilty Pleasures.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This isnt a book you can just pick off the shelf and read, you have to read the other books of the line. The Anita Blake books are a collection, and this is near the end of the line. Start with Guilty pleasures. Anyone who thinks this one was horrable didnt read the others. And those who are annoyed with Richared and the Aurder are just feeling the way Anita is. These books have a tendency to have you feed off the Main characters emotions. And all the metaphyisical stuff and sex is just a journy in Anitas life. Theres a reason for everything kids. Philip had a small part in the first book, but he forshadowed how Anita would be with other Characters, and told why she cares so deeply. Think outside the box people
herpetoculturist More than 1 year ago
A friend of mine pesterred me for years to read this series. I started out with book 1 and immediately became addicted. The last few books, tho (I've read through "Micah") have become more like an XXX story with a little bit of zombie raising & a few vampire kills. Mostly she's having sex with every creature she meets, the ardeur is tedious and a little (?) over the top. I had intended to buy a few more in the series, but after re-reading I got sick of the highly descriptive passages of unrelenting (and increasingly violent) sex and the neediness of all the "men" she surrounds herself with. Tired of reading about "pile of puppies" (how many times can she mention that in 2 pages?). I definitely wouldn't recommend this series for anyone under 21, and am disappointed in the direction the overall story has taken.
Anonymous 8 months ago
I really enjoyed this book. I love all her books, but this one was just different enough to make it awesome. No super fight where everyone almost dies, just great action and mystery. And wonderful characters with great story lines.
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Love them all, love them keep them coming! Thanks so much!
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Absolutely love this series! Though you don't have to read it in order as each book is a story in itself, it is best to start with book one. There are quit a few back stories and characters that you might be confused with if you don't start at the beginning. Anita Blake is a great no holds barred character, kills without mercy, loves with total abandon. These books progress in sexual fantasy and can be detailed, if you are not a fan of that type of writing these books may not be for you. Happy reading!
meljk More than 1 year ago
i've read all the previous anita blake books...but i'm starting to get disappointed in them. nothing wrong with sex, but i've never been into romance novels...and it seems that's the main content lately. not so much zombie raising & vampire hunting...as anita trying to deal with this ardeur. i find much of the story to be repetitive from previous books...things said, who is who...just some of the same repetitious lines. i WAS REALLY enjoying this series, until the last book & this one. oh well. it just seems as though anita has turned into this whiny, unsure, mememe...person. not as much 'action'...most of the action is in the bed, or car, or where ever.
Notogo More than 1 year ago
Only if you have read all the other books first. Yo would be totally lost on all the characters if you do not start from book 1.
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An erotic book needs detail and lots of it. Thus book seriously lacks there....bad. Also, had the author added the badly needed detail it would have also made for a longer read. Very disappointing
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I love the series very much. Love the story lines and everyting inbetween. No complaint whatsoever Add me as a friend z a r a t e . l u z 1 3 2 6 @ a t t . n e t :)
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