The Killing Dance (Anita Blake #6)

killing dance

Author: Laurell Hamilton
Published: April 4, 2006
Pages: 368

Stars: 4 out of 5


Dating both a vampire and a werewolf isn’t easy. But 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, hitman extraordinaire, for help. But finding the person behind the threat won’t be easy, because as both a vampire hunter and zombie reanimator, Anita has made a lot of enemies-both human and otherwise.


Anita, Anita, Anita! Oh she defiantly plays with fire in this book. And Poor Richard!! More of her character comes out again but it’s easily missed. I think the first time I read this book, I overlooked it.

Although Anita says she doesn’t like monsters, I believe she is turned in by them. We saw this a little bit in the previous book with Jean-Claude but it is more obvious in this book with Richard. When they go into his room for what Anita thinks will be the break up talk, Richard transforms a couple fingers into claws. Although this scares Anita, she ends up going further with Richard than they have gone before while he played human. It makes the reader wonder what would have happened if they weren’t interrupted. This side of Anita comes out again on her date with Jean-Claude. She wears a sex short dress with a teddy underneath. Anita provides a lame excuse for the outfit but I believe she likes playing with what she refers to as the monsters.

Like I mentioned above, I feel bad for Richard. In this book, Anita bullies Richard into changing, accepting his beast, and killing. But once she sees how scary an Alpha wolf can be, she wants nothing to do with him. It probably doesn’t help that Richard transforms into his wolf right on top of Anita. But did she really have to run and sleep with Jean-Claude? I don’t blame Richard for leaving her. She deserves what she gets even if I wish things to be different.

Anita has all three marks now and will forever be bound to Richard and Jean-Claude.

I’m not sure how I feel about Anita’s actions in this book. She is a complicated character who has a lot of faults.

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