1 New York Times bestselling author Laurell K. Hamilton offers a sexy, suspenseful novel of human—and inhuman—passions, as vampire hunter. Obsidian Butterfly. There are a lot of monsters in Anita Blake’s life. And some of them are human. One such individual is the man she calls Edward, a bounty. Obsidian Butterfly is the ninth in the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series of horror/ mystery/erotica novels by Laurell K. Hamilton. The events of this novel take.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Obsidian Butterfly by Laurell K. The Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter backlist takes flight with a whole new look. Hwmilton her ninth adventure, vampire hunter Anita Blake owes a favor to a friend-a man almost as dangerous as the ancient evil she’s about to face.

Mass Market Paperbackpages. Published September 24th by Berkley Books first published January 1st Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter 9. United States of America. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about Obsidian Butterflyplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Aug 02, Jeremy Baker rated it really liked it. This was the last Anita Blake novel worth reading, primarily because of Edward. The rest of the series has been garbage including Edwards’ return. Seriously, what was his body count in the Harlequin, one?

I don’t have a problem with the sex, but Hamilton has sacrificed that literary device thingy called ‘plot’ in order to pack the pages with smut. Something happens, they have sex for five hundred pages, then the Ardeur snaps it’s fingers and kills the badguy. In terms of characters it’s This was the last Anita Blake novel worth reading, primarily because of Edward.

In terms of characters it’s obvious that Richard is Hamilton’s personal dumping ground from everything she’s ever felt about her ex-husband, turning the interesting power dynamic present in the first few books into something sad. Also, despite the legions of evil creatures including the oldest and strongest vampires on the planet that attack her at every turn, nobody close to Anita ever dies. Hamilton has stated that she loves her characters and will never kill them off, and that childish petulance combined with the almighty Ardeur robs her books of any sense of danger.

Now Blood Noir is out, and though I will reserve judgment until I hear something more specific about it I’m not holding my breath expecting Hamilton to grow up again. View all 9 comments. He’s calling in a favor and needs her to come to Albuquerque, NM to assist him in a job. She goes to find that there have been several gruesome murders, the victims left horribly maimed. Who is performing these crimes and how far will Anita go to stop them?

Therefore, I have split this review into two parts. One part will probably appeal to those who Obsidian Butterfly: Up to this point, the series had become rather beleaguered with Anita Blake’s increasingly complicated love life. Does she love Jean-Claude or Richard? How does she balance both in addition to her growing powers and her place as lukoi?


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And what about her increasingly dark turn, embracing dark magics and torture? How does she reconcile this with her Christian and moral upbringing? While these questions are very good, Anita needed some space to work them out. It was a great way buttdrfly Anita to get some distance, look at things with a new perspective and realize some important lessons such as: The actual mystery and investigation is very interesting. I liked seeing Anita investigate the murders, ask questions, dig deeper.

Sure, the mystery isn’t the most brilliant or original I’ve ever seen, but at least, for once, Anita is larell these crazy events instead of talking with people who drop convenient plot points. If this were the i part I was reviewing, I would easily give this book a 3.

It brings up some interesting conflicts, new sides to old characters, and mixes up our surroundings so things don’t get too boring.

I cannot believe how misogynistic and disgusting this series has become. I thought I could hold back the floodgates until “Narcissus in Chains”, the one I hear is the beginning of the end of the Anita Blake series, but I can’t. This book is absolute dreck. What makes this book worse than all the previous 8 books?

It’s not that hard: I’ll break it down to my two points. I had noticed since about “Burnt Offerings” that these books seemed to showcase a more and more hostile view of women. Well, this book easily surpasses them all. Anita’s and I almost wonder if the author’s hate for women drips from nearly every single page in the book. Most women never really got the knack of it.

Making broad statements like “women are naturally friendly” or that all women have large purses and pack a bajillion suitcases full of crap is small-minded and foul.

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Letting 14 year old impressionable boys get away with misogynistic statements just keeps the cycle repeating. Starting fights with cops over who’s balls are bigger and then letting a man say rude, misogynistic remarks without a peep just proves that Anita doesn’t have her priorities straight and is nothing like the “strong, independent woman” she purports to be.

Every woman not named “Anita Blake” is a delicate, easily broken flower: I agreed with him but not out loud.

I was willing to trade some of Peter’s innocence for that. From the moment Anita lays eyes on her, she is undermining the woman, demeaning her, and treating her like filth. Instead of tending to her children and trying to comfort the woman, Anita does this: It hurt and it was meant to.

I didn’t betray his secret. First, I wasn’t sure she could handle another shock. Second, it wasn’t my secret to tell. And yet Anita isn’t the one portrayed as the b!

And then we have a major scene where a male stripper is sexually harassed. Leaving Anita as the only one to rescue him. As if that isn’t enough, the number of times rape is brought up is obscene.


Other women are likewise threatened. Child rape, child torture. At one point in the story, Peter and Becca, Edward’s fiancee’s children, are kidnapped. Anita and Edward attempt to rescue them. Before they do, they and the readers are subjected to a brutal depiction of child rape and torture.

A random woman fondles Peter until he experiences his first “Pleasure” and hits him across the face. He screams and protests the entire time.

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A man holds Becca in his lap and breaks her fingers as she screams. I respect that Laurell wants to make sure that we realize that these kids are in real, serious danger, that obsidixn might not come l alive. I even respect her for trying something darker. I understand it’s all too easy for people to say that “X” is a bad guy without having that bad guy do anything to prove he is a bad guy.

But honestly, this scene is completely unnecessary, a chill, pornographic thrill, something to make readers gasp in shock and horror. These characters have only appeared in this book; I’ve heard they don’t reappear ETA: I’ve been told that Peter does reappear in the series, so perhaps there is some discussion about the trauma he has undergone here.

Furthermore, apparently, things like their damaged mental health never needs to be addressed, because Anita sure as hell doesn’t mind withholding Peter’s rape from his own mother: Of course, all the time unfortunately.

But did we really need to “go there” in an Anita Blake novel? In my opinion, no. It’s a horrible, horrible, cheap, awful way to show that these guys are bad and that Anita Blake needs to hurry up and save the ha,ilton. These two main bullets are the reason that this book is rated 1 star. Sure there are other parts of this book I wasn’t fond of–the extreme gore that made me regret every meal I ate, Anita’s constant aggression to authority, her antisocial personality disorder seriously, check it out, it’s astonishing how many bullet points she can tick off –but by far the worst, the ones that made me the most mad were the blatant, undisguised misogyny and no, I’m not talking about misogynistic characters, I’m talking about the whole attitude of the book and the unnecessary, gratuitous, vile child rape and torture scenes.

If oobsidian really like Anita Blake, have always liked Anita Blake, and desperately want more of her and Edward, then go ahead, have a ball with this book. More power to you. But if you are sick and tired of the woman-hating, excessively violent, angry Anita Blake, then you might want to give this a pass–or at least proceed with caution. For those not faint of heart, I recommend taking a look at some of my status updates for the items I forgot to mention, such as the stellar writing “I laughed.

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