Early Review: Dead Ice (Anita Blake #24) by Laurell K. Hamilton

June 7, 2015 Review 2

Early Review: Dead Ice (Anita Blake #24) by Laurell K. HamiltonDead Ice by Laurell K. Hamilton
Series: Anita Blake #24
Published by Berkley on June 9th 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Fantasy, Horror, Paranormal Romance, Romantic, Urban Fantasy
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 576
Source: Publisher
Sexual Content: Sex scenes, rape scenes.
Reviewed by: Julia
4 Stars

Anita Blake has the highest kill count of any vampire executioner in the country. She’s a U.S. Marshal who can raise zombies with the best of them. But ever since she and master vampire Jean-Claude went public with their engagement, all she is to anyone and everyone is Jean-Claude’s fiancée.It’s wreaking havoc with her reputation as a hard ass—to some extent. Luckily, in professional circles, she’s still the go-to expert for zombie issues. And right now, the FBI is having one hell of a zombie issue.Someone is producing zombie porn. Anita has seen her share of freaky undead fetishes, so this shouldn’t bother her. But the women being victimized aren’t just mindless, rotting corpses. Their souls are trapped behind their eyes, signaling voodoo of the blackest kind.It’s the sort of case that can leave a mark on a person. And Anita’s own soul may not survive unscathed . . .

In a series that can be its own worst enemy, DEAD ICE is the best Anita Blake book in a long time.  Though there are instances where Hamilton's own voice overwhelms the story, DEAD ICE also offers the necromancy, mystery, and romance of classic Anita Blake.

Everything in Anita's world is a procedural, from choosing clothing to managing poly relationships to interacting with law enforcement agencies. This can be both a strength and a weakness. When the subject at hand flows with the storyline, the details can be mesmerizing. In some cases, however, Hamilton focuses on character vignettes and scenes that slow the story down to a crawl.  At book 24 of a best selling series, it is no surprise that the editors are willing to leave in some "outtake" material, but DEAD ICE could have gone from good to great with a firmer hand on the red pen.

Hamilton knows her characters intimately, and this leads to some of the best and worst parts of DEAD ICE.  Though I could have skipped a few repetitive confrontations and dead end discussions, it was fantastic to see Anita back with the RPIT and living the (mostly) good life with her lovers.

Series Titles:
  1. Guilty Pleasures
  2. The Laughing Corpse
  3. Circus of the Damned
  4. The Lunatic Cafe
  5. Bloody Bones
  6. The Killing Dance
  7. Burnt Offerings
  8. Blue Moon
  9. Obsidian Butterfly
  10. Narcissus in Chains
  11. Cerulean Sins
  12. Incubus Dreams
  13. Micah
  14. Danse Macabre
  15. The Harlequin
  16. Blood Noir
  17. Skin Trade
  18. Flirt
  19. Bullet
  20. Hit List
  21. Kiss the Dead
  22. Affliction - 3/5
  23. Jason - 1/5
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  • For another Paranormal Romance that develops a strong (and dangerous) romance, try Diana Rowland's MARK OF THE DEMON.

2 Responses to “Early Review: Dead Ice (Anita Blake #24) by Laurell K. Hamilton”

  1. Melanie Simmons @mlsimmons

    I love this sounds like to goes back to classic Anita Blake. I’ve been a huge fan of the series from the beginning. However, lately, I’ve been getting burnt out on the excessive repetitive descriptions and couples therapy sessions. I started to listen to Jason and got a half hour in and couldn’t handle the therapy any more and DNF. I won’t end the series on a novella (even if they are listing it as a full length hardback). I consider it a novella, since the novella is just over 4 hours long. I will give this book a try, but if I don’t like it, I’m quitting this series. Great review.

  2. Anne

    Glad it sounds like Hamilton has come to terms with her personal lifestyle and doesn’t seem to need to justify/explain it in her work. I loved the first 4 or 5 books and then it went off the rails.