Blood Noir (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #16)Blood Noir by Laurell K. Hamilton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Whereas the previous book in the series; The Harlequin, failed to live up to its exciting premise, I’m glad to say that Blood Noir was an overall improvement.

It bears a lot of similarities with the Micah, the novella in that the main cast of characters is reduced down to two with Anita, obviously because all in the series are told in first person from her point of view, and Jason her best friend with benefits. The majority of the story also takes place in a hotel in Jason’s hometown again, just like Micah.

The story is set in Jason’s hometown because his estranged father is on his deathbed and it’s now or never for a reconciliation. Anita tags along to provide emotional support. Naturally, this being an Anita Blake story, things are not exactly smooth sailing but it would appear that the only problem is one of a mortal variety, which makes for a pleasant change, in that Jason just happens to be the exact double for the son of a local politician. To put it politely, this son is a bit of a cad and the media are in town.

An additional bonus is that Marmee Noir once again sinks her claws into Anita, this time with major consequences. It’s becoming clearer that the Mother of Darkness wants Anita but no one is sure what for yet. I’m liking Marmee more and more. She’s doing all this damage and she’s not even fully awake yet!

However, the central story of Jason and Anita is very, dare I say it, sweet and charming. More is learned of both of their histories and especially why Jason is the man he is.

The only reason I’ve not given it the full five stars is because Richard makes an appearrance. I thought that this book would have been free of his constant whining. Alas, no such luck. It remains to be seen what impact a change in his powers has on his character in future books.

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