I always love reading Anita Blake books because I just never know where LK Hamilton is going to take Anita.
This time she's off on a marshal case with Edward. I know some readers don't like it when Anita's off with Edward but I do. The intensity and relationship between Anita and Edward is interesting, baffling, and completely different than the relationship she has with other men. Though in Hit List I began to wonder if this is going to change. Edward is becoming very protective of Anita and letting his guard down and opening up to emotion with her- both showing her emotion and feeling emotion for her. I know men and women can care for each other without sex becoming involved and that's one of the things I have appreciated about Anita and Edward, the no sex. Especially when she's having sex or a flirtatious sexual relationship with just about every other man that graces the pages of these books. But things are changing with Anita and Edward and I wonder where Hamilton will go with it.
Now the relationship is just a side line to the story in Hit List but since I am more about the characters than the plot a lot of times I get more interested in where the relationships are going to go and how things will progress.
In Hit List the main story is Anita and Edward are hunting something that is killing a bunch of were-creatures. They believe the serial killers are the Harlequin under Marme Noir, The Mother of All Darkness', instruction. And that it's all an elaborate trap to get Anita. Mother no longer has a physical body but that doesn't mean she doesn't want one. And she has her sites set on Anita's. She wants to take over Anita and take over all of Anita's unique powers- powers Anita herself still doesn't understand. Like why she is suddenly getting more seriously injured than normal- it couldn't be just because she hasn't fed the ardeur- she worries there may be more to it- like being so far away for so long, from her men in St Louis.
Things become even more complicated when Otto/Olaf shows up- the case becomes so dangerous Edward called him and Spotted Horse in as back up- but did he just cause more trouble for Anita?
Complications and danger abound along with Anita getting entangled with another weretiger, essentially adding another man to her menagerie of bedfellows. As if it wasn't hard enough to keep track of everyone already. When her bodyguards from St Louis show up to help out I had a hard time remembering who they even were- except for Nicky. I remembered him.
I really wish Hamilton would stop adding more characters to the ever growing and confusing cast of men in Anita's life. I'm not one to have a problem with the sex- my problem is that I would like to see more interaction with the original, main men in Anita's life- Jean-Claude, Micah, Nathaniel, Jason, even Richard though I can't really stand his chauvinistic attitude. I miss these guys and want them back in the books.
I just wonder if Hamilton keeps adding new characters because she doesn't have any fresh ideas on what to do with the original men. I feel it's author avoidance that keeps her away from the characters at least 90% of the readers say they want more of.
Another thing I had some issues with in this book was repetition and confusion. "Anita" explains about Otto/Olaf twice, practically verbatim. I get explaining the serial killer and his fascination with her once for those who need a refresher or perhaps haven't read one of the books featuring him before- but twice is overkill, redundant and unneeded.
Also whenever she is writing about Ethan, the new weretiger, she keeps going back and forth. On one page she says he has three tiger colors, on another, then back to three. In one instance they talk about no one having four forms, yet he now does but then when talking to someone else she says he has three forms. I think Hamilton confused herself. She did the same thing with Anita. Does Anita have three or four weretiger colors inside her? It's like she couldn't make up her mind or remember what she decided and keeps going back and forth. One time Anita talks of herself feeling three tigers inside her- then four. It's sad when the author has added so much to a character/story that even she can't keep track.
I feel that was either poor writing or poor editing. With all the edits and editors who read these books before they go to print someone should have caught that.
And no this was not an ARC I was reading but a final hardcover copy.
All in all the book was good, perhaps not the best Anita Blake book, but it was worth reading. Things progress, there's lots of action and I honestly didn't want to put the book down. A few plot twists and turns were introduced and I look forward to seeing where Hamilton goes with them- like the relationship between Anita and Edward.
I do hope to see more of Jean-Claude, Nathaniel and Micah in future books though.
The #1 New York Times bestselling Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series continues!
Word has leaked to Anita Blake that hit men are headed for St. Louis- and that she, Jean-Claude, and Richard are the targets.