Review: Affliction by Laurell K. Hamilton
Title: Affliction (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Series #22)
Author: Laurell K. Hamilton
Genre: Fiction/Fantasy/Mystery/Crime/Romance/SciFi/ (Let’s face it, LKH covers multiple genres)
Published: July 2, 2013
Format read: ePub on Nook (bought & paid by moi from B&N)
Synopsis from B&N:
Some zombies are raised. Others must be put down. Just ask Anita Blake. Before now, she would have considered them merely off-putting, never dangerous. Before now, she had never heard of any of them causing human beings to perish in agony. But that’s all changed. Micah’s estranged father lies dying, rotting away inside from some strange ailment that has his doctors whispering about “zombie disease.” Anita makes her living off of zombies—but these aren’t the kind she knows so well. These creatures hunt in daylight, and are as fast and strong as vampires. If they bite you, you become just like them. And round and round it goes. Where will it stop? Even Anita Blake doesn’t know.
:::stands at the front of the room at the mic and states clearly for the room to hear::: “Hi. My name is Deidre, and I’m an Anita Blake addict.” There, I admit it. I love Anita Blake and the world she exists in. :::bows to LKH for creating such a world:::
After each Anita Blake novel, I patiently wait for the next installment, often re-reading the series during the time between so that when the new one is released, I feel as if I’m more fully engaged in Anita’s world. Due to various things happening in personal life this past year, I wasn’t able to do the series re-read before Affliction was released. That, however, did not hinder me from being completely immersed from the first page, and like stepping through a doorway, I was right back in St. Louis at Animators, Inc., beside Anita when she took that phone call about Micah’s dad.
In Affliction, Anita is constantly learning more about herself through her life-and-death experiences with her lovers/guards/friends. A fan favorite, the enigmatic Edward, is back on scene to help her not only with the big bads in saving the day, but also in pointing out and elucidating various things happening with Anita as a person.
Yes, there are many men in Anita’s life. Yes, some I like and love more than others. Tears were shed over one that I didn’t know very well, my eager mind was anxious with anticipation when yet two more walked onto the page, the room got very hot with yet another, my heart broke when Anita realized a truth about one, and my heart leapt when Jean Claude, well…you’ll see.
Admittedly, Anita Blake was the first to show me as a reader, and as a person, that love knows no bounds; not in the number of people that can be loved, nor in the type of love to be shared, and how those loves can shift, change, grow, and/or move on. Anita also showed me that no matter how small in stature, how generous/kind in spirit, you can still be in charge of your life, kicking ass and taking names. For me, Affliction showcased these lessons well.
In Affliction, you get Anita the Federal Marshall, the vampire hunter, the friend, the lover, the woman, and in Edward’s words (and one of my favorite lines), ‘the biggest, baddest motherfucking necromancer’.
If you’ve never read this series, I highly recommend/strongly suggest having the Anita Blake experience. Vampires, zombies, and shifters, oh my! And trust me, these are not your daughter’s vampires :::winks::: Start with Guilty Pleasures, then jump in and explore Anita’s world.
About the author:
Laurell K. Hamilton is a full-time writer. She lives in a suburb of St. Louis with her family. You can find a very in-depth biography on B&N.com in the “Meet the Author” section of any of her book listings. Her website is www.laurellkhamilton.org where she has frequent blog posts about life, love, and writing. and she is on both Twitter (@lkhamilton) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/LaurellKHamiltonOfficial)
Where to buy: Available in both e-book and hardcover, here are some places where you can order Affliction: