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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In the sixth adventure in the #1 New York Times bestselling series, Anita Blake’s unique skills make her a wanted woman—by vampire, by werewolf, and by a hit man...
Though she’s dating a vampire and a werewolf, Anita is keeping them at arm’s length. Which isn’t easy considering that Jean-Claude is the master vampire of St. Louis and Richard Zeeman is the sexiest junior high school teacher she’s ever seen.
Just to complicate Anita’s already messy life, someone has put a price on her head. Love cannot save her this time, so she turns to Edward, hit man extraordinaire for help. But finding the person behind it won’t be easy, because she’s made a lot of enemies—human and otherwise.

Product Details

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: 68,074
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.70(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. 870 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.
MrsMich02 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The questions surrounding Anita and Richard's relationship comes to a final answer as she discovers more about and involves herself more in his lupine community.
Ceysa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The consequences of lots of choices is something that is an underlying theme for Anita, Jean Claude and Richard. How can everyone prove stregnth and protect the ones they love, who depend upon them, and how to save the entire supernatural world of St. Louis.Dolph begins to question Anita's honesty with him, even as her life is endangered. How can she be involved with Jean Claude and still be on the right side of the law?
janersm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book, especially after the disappointment that was Bloody Bones. Laurell K. Hamilton pretty much redeemed herself in this book. The writing was much better, though there were some proof-reading issues.The characters definitely became more defined than they had been in the past. Unfortunately, I still think that Anita Blake is too dependent on violence, but she the fear from the threat to her life did allow her to be a bit more human and quite a bit more likable. I definitely feel that Richard is excessive in his childish behavior, and I don't know that he could be the alpha that he wants to be. I wouldn't be surprised if (at some point) Richard ended up being as much of a monster as Marcus and Raina had been. His "inner darkness" seems to be more like an almost unrestrained abusive nature. Jean-Claude once again became the most likable member of the main character brigade, proving himself to be the better man.I am happy that there was some resolution to some story-lines that had continued for too long. Even with the heightened level of violence and sexuality, this book actually seemed the least soap opera like book in the series. It seemed to have a rawer edge that gave it more power than any of the previous books in the series. Hopefully, the edge will remain in the future books, but I have been disappointed in the past with this series, so I can't help but be worried that the future will hold some level of disappointment.
averitasm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Liked it, I love all her books so far
susanbevans on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Three words: I HEART EDWARD! This is my favorite Anita Blake book so far.
jimmaclachlan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this book or just beyond, the sex is getting out of hand, detracting from the story. Still a great world & set of characters, though. I own it & keep collecting them.
teharhynn on LibraryThing More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year ago
A price on Anita's head? A ripping good time! I love this one.
orangejulia on LibraryThing More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year ago
Interesting thru and thru .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 3rd time reading this book and I love it!
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