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Obsidian Butterfly (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series #9)

Obsidian Butterfly (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series #9)

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by Laurell K. Hamilton

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Laurell K. Hamilton offers a sexy, suspenseful novel of human—and inhuman—passions, as vampire hunter Anita Blake must repay a favor to a man almost as dangerous as the ancient evil she's about to face...

Edward is a hit man, specializing in monsters, vampires, shapeshifters, anything and everything.&


#1 New York Times bestselling author Laurell K. Hamilton offers a sexy, suspenseful novel of human—and inhuman—passions, as vampire hunter Anita Blake must repay a favor to a man almost as dangerous as the ancient evil she's about to face...

Edward is a hit man, specializing in monsters, vampires, shapeshifters, anything and everything. There are people like Anita who do it legal, but Edward doesn't sweat the legalities, or, hell, the ethics. He's an equal opportunity killer.

Anita may be one of the few friends that Edward has, but it’s like being friends with a tame leopard. It may curl up on the foot of your bed and let you pet its head, but it can still eat your throat out...

Editorial Reviews

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.
From the Publisher
Praise for the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Novels

“Hamilton remains one of the most inventive and exciting writers in the paranormal field.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris

“If you’ve never read this series, I highly recommend/strongly suggest having the Anita Blake experience. Vampires, zombies, and shifters, oh my! And trust me, these are not your daughter’s vampires.”—Literati Book Reviews

“A sex-positive, kick-ass female protagonist.”—Starburst 

“Number one New York Times bestseller Hamilton is still thrilling fans...with her amazing multifaceted characters and intricate multilayered world, a mix of erotic romance, crime-drama, and paranormal/fantasy fiction. Her descriptive prose is gritty and raw, with a mosaic of humor and horror to tell this complex, well-detailed story. But it’s her enigmatic stable of stars that continues to shine, managing their improbable interpersonal relationship dynamics.”—Library Journal

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Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series , #9
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6.24(w) x 9.22(h) x 1.26(d)

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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 by 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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Laurell K. Hamilton is a full-time writer and the author of the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter and Merry Gentry series.

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

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Obsidian Butterfly (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series #9) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 867 reviews.
Leigh30 More than 1 year ago
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!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!  
MissSiSi More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
ReadingRaven More than 1 year ago
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.
Ayriella More than 1 year ago
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!
corrineCS More than 1 year ago
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.
K8_with_an_ate More than 1 year ago
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.
BluHawk More than 1 year ago
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!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
romance_connoisseur More than 1 year ago
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*)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Obsidian Butterfly had me hooked immediately. Very creative with a broad band of imagination. One of my favorite Anita Blake novels.
MA-Mark More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read all the books in the Anita Blake series and found this one to be one of my least favorite so far. There was a great story line but most of the characters lacked a certain depth that i've come to expect from these books. Granted there was the development into the ever intriguing Edward but that is what i found to be most disappointing. I have come to love the character of Edward for his coy mysteriousness and a nack for getting the job done by any means. However the image i had of him was completely shattered when i found out he could be in love with an emotional basket case with two kids who can't really handle violence. This just wasn't the kind of woman that i saw him with, it was a woman that seemed to be more of a hinderance to the kind of person he is than a compliment to him. Anita played the role that had the kind of action that has come to be expected from her. Overall a good read but not a book i'll be picking up again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i found hamilton books on b&n's web page when a couple of the books i looked at were by the same auther. i got to read all 12 in the blake seares with out having to waite monthes in between {go me} but of all the great reads 1 to 12 this sucked it was nice to get in to eds life. meet his girl frend and her kids. however anita and ed spend way to much time anilizing each other and eds two 'frends' bring nothing to the seares. mabe iam just dissapionted becase it got such great reveiws that i had to stop myself from skipping a head to get to it. or the fact that there is pages on pages of gore. a little i can take but iam in it for the plot. so in run down anita relize that eds dule personatly might just be who he realy is. ed rlizes that anita is not going to leave her boys at home for his well endowed friend. ed's other searil killing friend relizes anita is his sole mate aftter helping her take the head and heart of a vamp. an FBI agent relizes he should not have tryed to get antia on pay roll becase now others know what she is capabul of doing and would want her for ther own ends. 'see book 11' and ed's other friend that i mantion but sayed nothing about thats becase he brings nothing to the plot but his well endowed body. :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I received this book for my birthday one year. I'd never read any of the other books in the series, but once I read this one, I was hooked. Needles to say, I've since read all the books in the series and this one has always stood out for me. I think it's the best in the series, maybe because it's one of the few that's not inundated with sex. It's the essential Anita, in her element as a preternatural expert, with none of the melodramatic love stuff. There's action, but just not solely between the sheets!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Laurell K Hamilton has a way of sucking you in and not letting go. I went to Barnes and Noble to buy an Anne Rice book and walked out with Guilty Pleasures, which was recomended by one of the employees. Needless to say i didnt sleep that night. I went back the next day and bought every book in the Anita Blake series. Ive fininshed all of the ones that have been published and went onto the Merideth Gentry series. I now sit and wait for new books and am constantly re-reading every book in those series. If your an avid reader and like the supernatural, this is for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you were ever curious to find out more about Edward's (Death) personality then this book is definately for you. Couldn't put this one down!! Made me obsessed with his character and I REALLY hope there will be another book with him again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first picked up this series when I discovered 'Bloody Bones' on a Waldenbooks shelf last spring. Since then, I have bought every single book in the series as well as her Merry Gentry series. This is definitely one of my favorites of the Antia Blake series. Edward may seem a little crazy and psychotic, but I love him. I especially loved this book because it peeled away those shadowy layers you've gotten from Edward since the beginning. He's always been a mysterious guy that we knew very little about, but she unveiled a whole different side to Edward, one that I love and couldn't help but not put down for a second. For the six hours it took me to read this book, I was practically a parapolegic (spelling?). All I could do was lay on my bed and read, read, read! I highly suggest this to anyone attempting to read any of Laurell's books: be somewhere confortable, be prepared for one heck of a ride, and never have anything planned for the night, because you'll be spending it dodging bullets, killing vampires, and squeezing Sigmund. Have fun!