I have had the pleasure of reading the Anita series for many years. I have been a fan of this series since the beginning. Laurell K. Hamilton has a way of making the characters seem like they are old friends. Reading one of the Anita books is like opens a door to another exciting world. It is hard to believe that Bullet is the 19th book in the series, and my excitement for it has not changed. I believe I was even more excited about Bullet since Laurell K. Hamilton twittered, and blogged about how much Richard has changed.
“The music came back up and the next group of little girls, slightly older, came out. There was a lot of that in the next hour and change. I liked dance, and it was no reflection on the kids, but my will to live began to seep away on about the fifth group of sequined children… ”
Anita Blake is back in St. Louis and trying to live a normal life-as normal as possible for someone who is a legal vampire executioner and a U. S. Marshal. There are lovers, friends and their children, school programs to attend. In the midst of all the ordinary happiness a vampire from Anita’s past reaches out. She was supposed to be dead, killed in an explosion, but the Mother of All Darkness is the first vampire, their dark creator. It’s hard to kill a god. This dark goddess has reached out to her here-in St. Louis, home of everyone Anita loves most. The Mother of All Darkness has decided she has to act now or never, to control Anita, and all the vampires in America.
The Mother of All Darkness believes that the triumvirate created by master vampire Jean-Claude with Anita and the werewolf Richard Zeeman has enough power for her to regain a body and to immigrate to the New World. But the body she wants to possess is already taken. Anita is about to learn a whole new meaning to sharing her body, one that has nothing to do with the bedroom. And if the Mother of All Darkness can’t succeed in taking over Anita’s body for herself, she means to see that no one else has the use of it, ever again. Even Belle Morte, not always a friend to Anita, has sent word: “Run if you can…”
I thought that Bullet had the best balance of sexual content and plot that I have read in this series in a long time. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that there is not a number of sex sense, but it just didn’t seem to take over the book as some have. I believe Anita has became more accepting and comfortable with the Ardeur, the men in her bed, and her own needs, which has in turn gave us new and erotic sex senses.
Laurell K. Hamilton talked about how much Richard has changed in Bullet, which he did, but I don’t remember her mentioning how Anita grew. I was surprised by Anita. She seemed less whiny and didn’t fight those who loved her as much as she has in the past books. Anita had some emotional troubles when she had to kill Haven, but I think it made her realize how much Nathaniel and the other men really mean to her.
As for Haven, I can’t say that I am extremely upset about Anita having to kill Haven. Haven has gotten on my nerves since he has shown up in this series. Haven has always been an all or nothing type of person, he wanted Anita all to himself which couldn’t happen. I didn’t think he fit well with Anita and her men, and knew it was only a matter of time until something went wrong because of Haven.
Many of the characters that I have come to love while reading this series, play a huge part in this book. Jean-Claude gets a lot of book time, as well as Nathaniel, Asher, and Richard. Micah is around but I didn’t feel he had as much of the spotlight as he has had in previous books. There are also some new and interesting characters introduced. The new characters are being accepting and made part of the large family unit that Anita has. I look forward to seeing how the new characters develop in the future books, and how they add to Anita and Jean-Claude’s power base.
Bullet also has a dark and disturbing scene with child vampire Valentina. She has to be the scariest vampire in this series, but maybe vampire children always the worst. I have a feeling that Anita is going to have to make a decision on what to do about Valentina, and soon, before she gets out of control.
Bullet was suspenseful, and erotic. I have to say that Bullet exceeded my expectations and I am glad I have not stopped reading the series. I don’t think it could have been a LKH book with out hot steamy sex, do you? Sex is like breathing to Anita, and her men. I also feel that Bullet was able to tie up a lot of lose ends, especially with Jean-Claude, Asher, and Richard. Bullet sets up book 20 to be a mind blowing, full out fight.