Vampire hunter Anita Blake has managed to overcome everything she faces. But this time there's a monster that even she doesn't know how to fight...
A remote Florida island is the perfect wedding destination for the upcoming nuptials of Anita's fellow U.S. Marshal and best friend Edward. For Anita, the vacation is a welcome break, as it's the first trip she gets to take with wereleopards Micah and Nathaniel. But it's not all fun and games and bachelor parties...
In this tropical paradise Micah discovers a horrific new form of lycanthropy, one that has afflicted a single family for generations. Believed to be the result of an ancient Greek curse, it turns human bodies into a mass of snakes.
When long-simmering resentment leads to a big blowout within the wedding party, the last thing Anita needs is more drama. But it finds her anyway when women start disappearing from the hotel, and worse--her own friends and lovers are considered the prime suspects. There's a strange power afoot that Anita has never confronted before, a force that's rendering those around her helpless in its thrall. Unable to face it on her own, Anita is willing to accept help from even the deadliest places. Help that she will most certainly regret--if she survives at all, that is...
Yeah, the first book in this series that I had to wait for, and I didn't have to wait the whole time! Though it was worth the wait! Such a great book, though snakes, ugh, I'm afraid of them. Though they weren't a big percentage of the story!
There were two big things in this book for me. The aftermath of Crimson Death, Anita's feelings regarding Nathaniel's close brush with death, and for the two remaining triplets. And then the wedding, because the lie that Anita had an affair with Ted rears its ugly head and causes a lot of problems!
There were other things going on as well, Micah trying to help the unusual shapeshifters, some dissatisfaction with the way things were going with the status quo, the missing bridal party members with a focus on Anita's guys as suspects, and those were so great to read, so there was always something going on!
I think this is the first book that Otto/Olaf has been in since he became a shifter. Which changes the dynamics between him and Anita, because she doesn't have that edge anymore. And that she doesn't have a guy for her lioness. So that was a fun situation for Anita to deal with, and totally read this sentence with full sarcasm!
That climax was totally creepy, and I totally wish that we had more of it! This book was pretty hefty, but that's almost always a good thing when it's a good book. And yeah, I kinda wish we had more, especially that epilogue, to get a few more answers, and more time with the happy ending!
This book was really awesome, and I can't wait for more in this series, it's just so great!
Author: Laurell K. Hamilton
Series: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #26
Read: May 29th, 2018
Reason Why: Love this series, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Book and a WoW Book!
Expected Publication: August 7th 2018