Crimson Death

Crimson Death

eBook - 2016
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In her twenty-fifth adventure, vampire hunter and necromancer Anita Blake learns that evil is in the eye of the beholder...

Anita has never seen Damian, her vampire servant, in such a state. The rising sun doesn't usher in the peaceful death that he desperately needs. Instead, he's being bombarded with violent nightmares and blood sweats.

And now, with Damian at his most vulnerable, Anita needs him the most. The vampire who created him, who subjected him to centuries of torture, might be losing control, allowing rogue vampires to run wild and break one of their kind's few strict taboos.

Some say love is a great motivator, but hatred gets the job done, too. And when Anita joins forces with her friend Edward to stop the carnage, Damian will be at their side, even if it means traveling back to the land where all his nightmares spring from...a place that couldn't be less welcoming to a vampire, an assassin, and a necromancer: Ireland.


From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Berkley, [2016]
ISBN: 9781101987759
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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mindya78
Sep 16, 2018

I have to agree with some of the other reviews. I love this author and I have read both of her series. When I found out Anita was going to Ireland I was so excited to read this book. And I hate to say it but I’m extremely disappointed with this book. I felt almost bereft when I finished the book. Where the heck was Ireland or anything remotely close to the actual lore of Ireland.

Maybe I’m frustrated because I have spent 15 years of my life researching the beautiful rich tapestry of Ireland’s Mythology and Legends. I actually woke my husband up with my strangled cry of frustration in regards to Castle Black (which for me is personal because it was one of my ancestors seat of power), and the offhandedly (and incorrectly) reference to the Túatha dé Dannon. It’s not du Dannon it’s dé Dannon, hell a simple google search will tell you that much. For an author who has shown care in other research, it feels like the after thought it is.

I can honestly say that I have enjoyed learning about and understanding polyamory relationships in previous books. This book has taken it to a level that is almost off putting rather than encouraging some to understand a different perspective.

Laurel K. Hamilton, if this ever crosses your desk, please come back to us or end Anita’s story. I’d rather have a coherent and cohesive ending to her story than death by a thousand paper cuts from watching her story die out slowly as even your die hard fans loose faith in her story.

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bobgrant
Jun 05, 2017

She's actually getting worse. It's hard to believe. According to the blurb, Anita needs to help Damian, blah blah, and they go to Ireland. They get to Ireland 376 pages in. <facepalm> Trust me, I skimmed. Hamilton insists on recycling every discussion you've read before and - heavens - every crappy sex scene as well. That there may be a plot is apparently not her concern. I couldn't even read this in small installments, because every time I went back to it (that would be twice), I was in the same place: the hallway. SKIP IT.

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AshieWithers
Mar 27, 2017

I found this to be Laurel's worst book to date. The book is some 800 pages long and by the middle we are still trying to figure out everyone's emotional issues and haven't even made it on the plane to Ireland. All the good action takes place in the last 100 pages or so of the book. It was honestly a waste of my time to read and this women is one of my fav authors.

I understand the point of character development but she has so many characters to develop now that it is just out of hand and frankly boring. I am not looking forward to her next book at all.

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GAI1776
Feb 07, 2017

Somehow Ms.Hamilton has gotten caught up in her polyrelationships all thoughts are on this(sigh).Crimson Death could have been much better minus 300+ pages. Her blog talks of Damien speaking to her, but the book really doesn't truly focus on Damien. I don't know it would seem her best works were her first 10 books. But who knows maybe the next one will be better. If you're an Anita fan by all means read the book it was ok, she's written better books.

She has pulled way back on the sex, but it still takes up way too much of the book. It's either sex, or talking about sex, when they can have sex or who can have sex with who. It's almost like there is nothing else in their life. Nathaniel seems to be the worst, constantly pushing. The plot didn't really seem to advance much, Edward still isn't married and neither is Anita. They are just talking about the planning but it doesn't even seem like that has gotten far.

I really hate how new characters are introduced at the end that will be a part of other books but really only get a few sentences. No real discussion of the emotional fallout of what happened to everyone, just Damian sleeps with her more.

I keep giving her a chance and hoping she will do better by Anita. This is why I now prefer the world of Kate Daniels. I have never been disappointed by any of Ilona Andrews books.

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barryandlinda
Oct 29, 2016

I have read all of the books in Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series. This book does not disappoint either. Anita is off to Ireland after a call from Edward telling her about vampires running wild in Ireland. She brings a few of her lovers/body guards. It took me a while to read this because it is a very big book, but it was worth it. Looking forward to the next book in this series.

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