Friday, June 22, 2018

SERPENTINE by Laurell K. Hamilton

Anita Blake #26
Berkley Publishing, August 2018
Obtained via:  publisher
ISBN: 9780425255681

The latest installment in Laurell K. Hamilton’s incredibly successful Anita Blake series, SERPENTINE, is set to arrive in bookstores in August and already the comments, both good and bad, are starting to show up on blogs and web sites.  This reader does love an author that can generate that many strong opinions on her writing book after book.

SERPENTINE has Anita heading to a remote Florida island for the destination wedding of Anita’s best friend and fellow US Marshall, Edward/Ted.  It also happens to be the first vacation Anita has had with two of the three men she is engaged to, wereleopards Nathaniel and Micah.  Of course, nothing ever stays on course with Anita.  While in Florida, Micah is investigating a new and frightening form of lycanthropy believed to be the result of an ancient Greek curse that slowly over time has victims growing snakes for limbs.  And then there is that one bridesmaid who positively refuses to believe that Edward isn’t cheating on Donna, his intended, with Anita, despite everyone, including the bride and groom, telling her it simply isn’t true.  Then women start disappearing from the hotel.

As with all the Anita Blake books, SERPENTINE, is filled with Anita’s many men and how they make their poly-relationship work.  In addition to the sex inherent in Anita’s being of an incubus bloodline, the book is also heavy on magic.  The storyline moves along quickly and the characters are well developed.  The best part of all Laurell K. Hamilton books is the incredible way she has of setting the stage.  All readers’ senses are engaged in every page of each book.  Readers are able to almost feel what her characters are feeling, see what they are seeing, smell the scents around them and easily imagine themselves as an onlooker to the story unfolding.  SERPENTINE is yet another wonderful example of that talent.

Shapeshifters, vampires, magical creatures and more are what you will find in Laurell K. Hamilton’s SERPENTINE.  But it is the relationships between the characters and the incredible world building that always make Hamilton’s Anita books, and most recently SERPENTINE, such successful books.

Reviewed by T. Barringer
"This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book."

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