Author: Laurell Hamilton
Published: September 24, 2002
Stars: 3 out of 5
“You can’t trust anyone who sleeps with the monsters.”
That’s what I’ve always said. That’s what I’ve always believed. But now I’m the one sharing a bed with the Master Vampire of the City. Me, Anita Blake. The woman the vampires call the Executioner. From part of the solution, I’ve become part of the problem. So it hits close to home when an arsonist begins to target vampire-owned businesses all over town — an arsonist who seems to want to destroy more than just property. It’s the monsters who are in danger now. And it’s up the the Executioner to save them from the inferno…
Anita can be a frustrating character! This book is the beginning of the series downfall. I felt like the start of this book didn’t add up to the end of the previous book. Supposedly it has only been 6 weeks between the books yet Anita claims she doesn’t love Richard, how she couldn’t handle him being a monster, and the reason she ended things was because he ate the previous alpha. Ok, first off in the last book it was Richard who walked out on her. And Anita is having sex with Jean-Claude who using her words, technically dies every sun rise. And the fact that she watches Jean-Claude tear someone’s throat out and is fine with it… I feel like Anita is being childish in regards to Richard.
Then halfway threw the book, she is claiming she still loves Richard. The love triangle in this book was uncomfortable and depressing. Anita does make a good lupa. It will be sad to see her lose the pack but Richard needs to heal and Anita is toxic to him. Overall, this book was frustrating, sad, but luckily still entertaining. Although, not as entertaining as the previous books have been.