Cerulean Sins (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series #11)

Cerulean Sins (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series #11)

by Laurell K. Hamilton

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Overview

In this novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series, 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.

Once a sworn enemy of all monsters, Anita is now the human consort of both Jean-Claude, the Master Vampire, and Micah, the leopard shapeshifter. Not quite as human as she once was, she is consumed by both their hungers—desires that must be sated time and time again. And when a centuries-old vampire targets Jean-Claude and his clan, Anita finds herself tested as never before—needing all the dark forces her passion can muster to save the ones she loves the most...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780515136814
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/28/2004
Series: Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series , #11
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 90,137
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Laurell K. Hamilton is a full-time writer and the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series and the Merry Gentry series. She lives in a suburb of St. Louis with her family.

Hometown:

St. Louis, Missouri

Date of Birth:

February 19, 1963

Place of Birth:

Heber Springs, Arkansas

Education:

B.A., Marion College

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Interviews

An Interview with Laurell K. Hamilton
The Mother of All Vampire Hunters herself, Laurell K. Hamilton, answered a few questions for Barnes & Noble.com about her wildly successful Anita Blake series and her prolific writing group, the Alternate Historians.

Paul Goat Allen: One of the many things I love about your Anita Blake novels are her sarcastic and irreverent one-liners, spoken and unspoken. They're absolutely priceless! How much fun is it to write these books, and how similar is your sense of humor to Anita's?

Laurell K. Hamilton: It's a lot of fun to write Anita. She gets to say all the things we don't dare, at least silently in her own head. Give me two hours and some paper, and I'm as witty as Anita, on the fly not so much. My sense of humor seems to migrate closer to hers during the writing of a book. It takes about six weeks for the Anita-isms to fade from both my mind and conversation.

PGA: Another noteworthy quality about the Anita Blake novels is the density of plot. Cerulean Sins is no different; there's so much going on simultaneously. How difficult is it to weave plot lines so thick?

LKH: Difficult, sometimes. On the books that are more pure mystery, I just need a plot outline and a mystery outline, or really clue outline. On the books that are more romance- or relationship-involved, I need a plot outline, a mystery outline, a relationship arc outline, and sometimes an overview outline to see how the three interact. It can get quite complex. My outlines are not point by point, but more rambling discussions at first, then the rambling is trimmed down to something closer to a traditional outline, but truly I never do anything very traditional in an outliney sense. But since it works for me, I don't worry about it.

PGA: I can't think of another author or series of books that has so effortlessly crossed genres -- fantasy, horror, mystery, romance, mainstream fiction -- and has such a diverse fan base. Why do you think your Anita Blake novels have become so wildly popular -- with both men and women?

LKH: Search me. I sat down to write what I wanted to read and was lucky enough to find that a lot of other people wanted to read the same thing. I think part of it is the fact that I mix genres. I hear over and over again: I never read horror, but I read you. I never read romance, but I read you. I never read mysteries, but I read you. I never read vampire books, but I read you. So it seems the genre mixing is part of the appeal. Beyond that, the fans, men and women, tell me it's the characters. They love the characters.

PGA: You've acknowledged your writing group, the Alternate Historians (which includes authors Deborah Millitello, Marella Sands, Sharon Shinn, and Mark Sumner, among others) in several novels. How important is the group in your writing process?

LKH: Early on they were essential. My writing group didn't make me a better writer at first; they made me a better editor of my own work. I believe that editing your own words is a skill harder to learn, and harder to keep sharp, then the writing. As a writing group, we have one of the most prolific track records that I'm aware of. Between our little group, we have sold over 40 novels, uncounted short stories (mainly because I've lost count), and no other group that I'm aware of began with nothing sold and has that track record. You will not be able to trace the 40 books using the names listed; some members of the group, not me, have written under various pseudonyms. We all have our different areas of expertise. Between us all, we have degrees in anthropology, biology, computer technology, geology, literature of various kinds, history, and that's just the official degrees that I can bring to mind. We then go out to our areas of hobby, or just things we've picked up, sometimes through research, sometimes not. Genealogy, herbs, ancient medicine, folklore, mythology, fisheries, archaeology, physics, caves, scuba diving, and the list could go on. When one of us has a particular research question, we often find that someone else in the group knows the answer or can recommend a book or article. I've always felt privileged to be a part of the Alternate Historians, and that has not changed.

PGA: Ever dressed up as a vampire (or vampire hunter) for Halloween? What was your most memorable Halloween costume?

LKH: Once, because I already owned a black velvet skirt outfit and didn't have to buy anything. Most memorable Halloween costume? Hmm. Perhaps the year that my entire family did their first theme costumes. My daughter was Tinker Bell, I was Wendy, and my husband was Peter Pan. He wore green tights in an area of the Midwest where that doesn't go over all that well. Brave man. Last year we all did characters from the J. K. Rowling books.

PGA: Can you give your fans a hint as to what the 12th book in the Anita Blake series will be about?

LKH: No hinting. I'm really bad at hinting. I always give too much away. Sorry.

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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 More than 1 year ago
perfect++
silentq on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Some fall out from Obsidian Butterfly, and a visit from Belle Morte's lieutenant are complicating Anita's life this time. The Mary-Sue quotient spiked as well, as it felt like LKH was treating Richard like an ex she was disappointed in. Despite taking a month long break, we definitely get the sense that Anita's burning out on all the horror's she's been forced to witness. But at least she gets to raise a zombie in this book. :) The Mother of All Darkness stirs as well.
Flamika on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This novel was a continuation of the series' downward spiral. Anita's relations with the police continue to deteriorate, more vampires are in town, Anita has ardeur sex with more people, and so forth. I've never reread it, and I don't plan on doing so any time soon.
miyurose on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I still like these books, but like I said about the last ones, they're starting to contain a bit too much sex. With this book, it seemed like the first 100 pages or so was Anita moving from one sexual scene to another. I think the series lost something when Hamilton saddled Anita with this supernatural sexual appetite that has to be satisfied (or what, I don't really know).Maybe I'll understand more when I read the one I've skipped, Narcissus in Chains. Don't have that one yet. I also skipped over book #9, but that was actually the first one in the series that I read, which happened to take place during a time when she's not really having *any* sex at all.I'll continue to read the series, I just hope that Hamilton recaptures some of the formula that made the first 6 books or so of the series so great.
susanbevans on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Anita Blake started this series as a really great heroine - I don't know what is happening to her. The other characters are still good but again, the plot is somewhat lacking.
bookwormteri on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Everyone talks about these books and how they aren't written well or how they "descended" into porn...This series (and most like it) aren't supposed to be high art, they are entertainment. If you don't want sex and violence in your entertainment, go read some Nicholas Sparks or Christian fiction....This series is just pure fun!The big bad in this book is Musette, the second for Belle Morte (the creator of Jean-Claude and Asher's line). Anita struggles with the ardeur and is hired by a hitman to raise his ancestor. There is also someone tearing women apart in St. Louis and Dolph is losing his grip on who is good and who deserves to die. There is a lot going on in this book, and it all stays true to the characters. Richard struggles with his conscience, Anita struggles with her own "monstrosity", and Jean-Claude and Asher struggle against Belle. You can always count on Anita to get the job done though, and I love her toughness and her protectiveness. Just enjoyment!
TadAD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A good action series has become a poor erotica series. So poor that I'd almost call it porn.
storming on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good beginning. Good end. Too much sex in the middle.
TheSolitaryBookworm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am again disappointed. I don't know what happened to the series but after Blue Moon. From a plateau, it went downhill and fast. I used to love Anita, don't get me wrong I still love the series but I just think that the plot of the series was lost with all erotic scenes and the coming of the ardeur.I have come to the point where I skip all the sexy scenes to where the action is and I am left with only a few pages to read. I mean that's a great degrade to the previous books that the series had. The sense in the plot seems to go nowhere, the characters just gets bad every time, the ending are flat.I can still recommend this novel to people who love the supernatural but with caution. I can tolerate erotica at some point but too much of it - that I can't handle. Would still be reading until the end of the series due to curiosity of how the story will progress and what the characters would be like but not as in love with the series like before.I do hope Hamilton turns the series around. Such a great series to go to waste.
Ceysa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The book starts off with someone wanting to raise a zombie, then heads to the cemetary where Anita has to deal with a widow who has issues with Anita and what she is paid to do for the court. Body guards who tape what is happening and the sudden appearance of Asher at the graveyard makes Anita's life more difficult when he brings her the bad news.Musette, a representative of Belle Morte, arrives in town with vampires in tow, months too early. Anita and Jean Claude have sex with Asher to save him from Belle Morte calling him back to her side as a virtual slave, while Anita has to deal with Richard's nasty attitude.(This is one book where I wish Anita kills Richard to save us all from his garbage. That man needs to grow up!)Jean Claude discovers that he has become a soudre de sang and is no longer under Belle's control. And that means he can finally send the horrible vampires back to France, but not before two of them mess Stephan and Gregory's mental health up by bringing up horrible memories of their past child abusing father.Then of course there is the added twist of Anita having to hunt a werewolf serial killer thoutgh Dolph tries to keep her out of the case. His explosion explains a great deal, and Anita ends up on national television taking care of this serial killer in a mall. Oh, and don't forget, Anita meets the Mother of All Darkness in this book, too.No one can say this book is boring.
ReginaR on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the first bad book for me in the series. I am hugely happy that I enjoyed 10 books. 10 very good urban fantasy books, not many other series give readers that many strong books. So I am not disappointed that I started. Additionally, there have been no cliff hangers, so it is fine to just walk away. And that is what I am going to do. I am going to walk away. What was the plot of this book? Well, no true plot per se, perhaps I am just being a stickler for literary guidelines, but there were definitely themes! 1. Visiting super strong vamp ¿ I know a super strong vamp with amazing abilities from another territory visited in an earlier book (or wait, was it books?), but this is a DIFFERENT super strong vamp with DIFFERENT amazing powers. 2. The visiting vamp wants to control Anita. Familiar? 3. The visiting vamp tries to get to Anita or see how she will react by threatening ¿her people¿. Hmm, I know I have read this one before. 4. Anita protects her people and pisses off visiting vamp. Yes yes you know this already BUT she does this in a really new different way ¿ she has sex with the person she is trying to protect. 5. The cops Anita works with give her a hard time and yell at her. They harass her at the crime scenes. Why call her then? Why does she continue to go? How many years has this been going on? I swear, I feel like I have read Anita¿s posturing with cops in other books but I could be wrong ¿. 6. Some bodies are being raised, some general people in the background hate Anita. 7. Anita needs to feed the ardeur. Okay, this is new. Because of the ardeur, Anita needs to constantly have sex and sexual contact and then feed off her sexual partners desire. Constantly. All the time. A lot. 8. Anita talks about feeding the ardeur. A lot. With everyone. All the men in her life talk about Anita needing to feed the ardeur. A lot. 9. The ardeur. 10. The ardeur. 11. Oh there is a murder or two. 12. Richard. Ah yes Richard. Anita talks about Richard. A lot. Why their relationship failed. How it failed. The moment it failed. I will let you read the details, I don¿t want to spoil it for you. 13. Some silk underwear is involved ¿ I lost track of all the men wearing tight silk stuff. 14. Lots of men need to take care of Anita, help her walk because she is overwhelmed by stuff, but she is still a toughie and wants to have access to her gun. 15. All the men want to have sex with Anita.
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Gets less plot and more soft porn as the series goes on
onefinemess on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It was better than the previous one, sort of. I didn't have to wade through more descriptions of horse sized schlongs, so that was a good thing. She tried to have 3 or 4 plot threads here going at a same time, and I'm not sure if it was a good thing or bad thing. I don't think the extra plots were really needed, but they helped to keep the RIPT squad characters involved.Nothing really great or really terrible here, if you liked the other ones you'll like this one too.
tuffstuff08 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very sexy and has a good plot. One of my favorites in the series.
la_librarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In Cerulean Sins there are some "bad guys" following Anita, in addition the Belle Morte, the head of Jean Claude's line has send visiters to torment Jean Claude. Anita is, of course, in the middle. This book focuses on the relationship between Asher, Jean Claude, and Anita. Richard is apparently still pitiful in this one. I very much enjoyed this on in the series.
dragonfairy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sensual, fantastic, and wonderful. Anita never stops and never slows down!
teharhynn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Alot more "action" in this one that the other ones, but I liked it! I like Jason, he's one of my favorite characters, so I was glad to see him a little more. It felt like the actual plot arc of the book was a little rushed into at the end, but being this far in the series, Hamilton spends alot more time on the life of Anita and the other characters. It was a good read, I'll read the next one, and I'm sure the rest after that as well.
vampyredhead on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The 11th in a series about Anita Blake, vampire hunter. Just keeps getting better and better. This series is highly addictive. So much romance and adventure.
sdtaylor555 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really liked this one dispite all the sex. It still had good writing and the sex was plausible. At least Anita has sex with people she knows and trusts.