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

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

by Laurell K. Hamilton

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ISBN-13: 9780515134513
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/28/2002
Series: Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series , #6
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 85,155
Product dimensions: 4.21(w) x 6.72(h) x 1.03(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.


St. Louis, Missouri

Date of Birth:

February 19, 1963

Place of Birth:

Heber Springs, Arkansas


B.A., Marion College

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The Killing Dance (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series #6) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 864 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
BK36 More than 1 year ago
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.
bobbles2034 More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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???
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
zgarza01 More than 1 year ago
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.
MunsterMovie13 More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
teharhynn on LibraryThing 28 days ago
It hurts to rate this book as good. I knew that things would go in the direction that they did eventually because someone leaked a spoiler, but I didn¿t want to believe it. I feel like I finally got what I wanted and it was tainted. I will miss Richard¿s character. I really liked him. You screwed up Anita, and I¿m sad for you.
Darrol on LibraryThing 28 days ago
The essence of a good Vampire story requires that the main character not feel really safe around the supernatural characters, even when there exist a major sexual element. Anita Blake experiences the fact that both of her "boyfriends" are seriously not human.
onefinemess on LibraryThing 28 days ago
You knew eventually Anita was going to have sex with SOMEONE. All that buildup must have been too much even for the writer. Decent as far as the series goes, but the crazy idiot Harley guy Edward brings in at the end was just stupid and pointless, other than to place Anita in Edward's debt, surely to be used as a plot device in a following book.
la_librarian on LibraryThing 28 days ago
The Killing Dance is where Anita really starts questioning her own humanity, she really begins to see herself as a possible "monster." The only major flaw at this point is Richard. He's hot and sweet, right, but other than that I'm not sure what makes Anita "in love" with him but not "in love" with Jean Claude. It seams they just represent both sides of Anita's personality. Obviously as Anita is embracing her dark side the life with Richard isn't possible.Hamilton's writing is sharp and precise and they are getting better and better!
vampyredhead on LibraryThing 3 months ago
The 6th in a series about Anita Blake, vampire hunter. Romantic, erotic, and funny. And full of edge of your seat adventure. This series is highly addictive.
sdtaylor555 on LibraryThing 3 months ago
A price on Anita's head? A ripping good time! I love this one.
orangejulia on LibraryThing 3 months ago
At this point in the series, I became extremely frustrated with Anita's prudishness especiallyy given how explicit the sex in the books was getting. This book focused a lot on Edward, a buddy of Anita's, and an interesting metaphoric deal with the devil Anita makes. Still worth reading, though with some grumbling tossed in.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Interesting thru and thru .
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My 3rd time reading this book and I love it!
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Live them all!
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