Into Anita Blake's world have come creatures so feared that powerful, centuries-old vampires refuse to mention their names. It is forbidden to speak of the Harlequin unless you've been contacted. And contact is a death sentence. (Approx. 496 pp.) 2007.
Hardcover Book : 432 pages
Publisher: Berkley Pub Gp./Mbr Of Penquin Putn ( June 05, 2007 )
Item #: 12-376663
Product Dimensions: 6.0 x 9.0 inches
Product Weight: 19.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
I agree with a lot of the other reviews, too much sex and too much explaining and arguing with every plan. And this ardeur thing is just stupid! Boring, but I finished it but don't think I will be running out to buy anymore of this series.
Reviewer: Pam F
So I read this book a couple months back because someone told me that Hamilton starts going back to good basic Anita Blake. As I said that was a few months ago, I haven't gotten that reading itch to scratch on catching up to the rest of the series out of this book. I used to love Hamilton because she wrote a gritty down to earth female protagonist, but now she uses sex as filler for a good story. At least this book did not prove me otherwise. About 6 years ago I decided to find other writers who wrote the way Hamilton did in the beginning. I suggest to others missing these storylines to turn to Kim Harrison and Kelley Armstrong.
The Harlequin, by Laurell K. Hamilton is a good read, but not a great read. You are not suppose to say their names but, Anita and Jean-Claude always do. I never could find the part in which Jean-Claude ever told Anita their name but she knew it anyway. There was good action in this book but too much sex, not as much as some previous books, but still a little too much. Laurell K. Hamilton's books are very interesting and well written. However, her latest books have been mainly sex. Keep with the action;fighting, hunting monsters, killing, and less sex. I am still a very big Laurell K. Hamilton and Anita Blake fan however. Again,The Harlequin was a good book, not a great book.
Reviewer: Herbert S
This series kept me wanting more. I am hoping there will be more to come. I read the whole series and each book kept me interested from beginning to end.
I stopped reading the Anita Blake series several books back because the endless sex scenes were really putting me off. What I love about L. K. Hamilton's work is her writing style and inventive plots. For some reason, she can't be bothered to really plot anymore and just wants to keep Anita open like a Seven/Eleven. And nothing's changed with this book.
Another thing I don't like about the Anita Blake series is the treatment of most of the male characters. All of Anita's men are subservient to her in one form or another. They exist only to serve and please her. If this series had a lead male character with a female harem who were constantly telling him it was alright to share him with umpteen women and how they couldn't wait to be with him again, most people would be outraged at the sexism of that scenario. But because the roles are reversed, I'm supposed to think it's peachy keen?
C'mon Ms Hamilton. You can do better than this! The first six books in the series prove my point. Please get back on track.
Reviewer: Pam W