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on August 27, 2004
After reading Blue Moon I really didn't have high expectations for this book. I thought it was going to be loaded with crap and passed off as a novel written by the talented Laurell K Hamilton. Ms Hamilton is an excellent author though I never understood why she wrote such a lame book. When I started to read Obsidian Butterfly it caught my attention from the very first page. This really does show the quality work Ms. Hamilton is capable of.
If you are an avid reader of Ms. Hamilton you will know more details about Edward. Edward is and will always be a cold-hearted murder, or, as he would say a hit man. He started to kill lycanthropes because people were too easy. Edward can put on an act that would have critiques showering him with Oscars. Edward is a complex character and that is shown throughout the story. What meets the eye isn't what it always seems. More of Edward is displayed through the story. And we come to love the character we meet so often in the series.
Anita owes Edward a favour. I wont give away the other stories if this is your first Anita Blake story. She owes him a favour and is surprised when he calls in that favour. He asks her to reach Mexico and help him solve a case he is working on. As a surprise for her he keeps the gory details to himself. Anita and him have this kind of contest. Who is tougher? Edward or Anita? On this case you really do find out.
This book is excellent and has the making of an excellent but gory movie. But please don't take my word for it. READ IT. It is excellent. And if you want that old Ms Hamilton books READ THIS. But words of advice don't read this over breakfast, lunch or dinner because you'll lose it. GO MS HAMILTON, you got your knack back, without the intense sex scenes!!
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on January 5, 2004
Obsidian Butterfly is one of those books you pick up and can't put back down until it's over, and even then with much regret. Laurell Hamilton knows how to keep her readers turning the pages. For those new to the Anita Blake series, here's a quick overview: The setting is present-day America, and the heroine is Anita Blake, the tough, sexy, and smart vampire executioner. She raises the dead for a living, quite legally, for such purposes as settling will disputes. Vampires and werewolves (aka lycanthropes) are legal citizens, only to be killed if they commit a crime. Anita actually has both a vampire lover, Jean Claude, and a werewolf boyfriend, Richard.
In Obsidian Butterfly, Anita leaves her hometown of St Louis to pay back a favor to her friend Edward, who is an assassin. He needs her help solving a string of murders, which were likely committed by something non-human. They team up with the local cops, the FBI, and Edward's mysterious accomplices to find the monster before it can mutilate yet another helpless family.
I would recommend this book to all fans of the Anita Blake series, even if many of the usual main characters are missing. You learn more about Edward and Anita, as well as the nature of her bond to "the boys".
It also goes well alone, precisely because there are not so many pre-introduced characters.
I recommend this book to anyone who likes a smart, well-written plot that is a combination of horror, suspense, and mystery with a little romance mixed in. Anita's constant sarcastic thoughts and witty comments keep the mood light throughout the story. The characters are extremely well-developed and draw you into their world of magic, witchcraft and a constant good vs evil battle that will keep you turning pages all night.
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on December 17, 2003
Obsidian Butterfly by Laurell K. Hamilton is one of the best books I've ever read. The book is about Anita Blake's newest adventure. She is called by Edward to help him solve a mystery in New Mexico. "I was running full out and skidded on my high heels, grabbing the receiver as I slid into the wall and nearly dropped the phone. I yelled into the receiver as I juggled the phone, "Edward, Edward, it's me! I'm here!"' (p. 2) Edward needed her help since she's a necromancer and has solved murders before with the St. Louis police.
The theme of the book is really about Anita finding out about herself. She didn't know much about herself, but in this book she finds out more than she ever thought she would. I do agree with it in the fact that everyone needs to find out about themselves. It doesn't relate to my life lately, but I used to try to hide information about myself from myself. I realized, after other people told me, that I can't do that.
I would recommend this book, simply because it's one of the best books I've ever read. Granted it's a bit unusual, but it still is the best book of this series. Don't read this book without reading the rest of the series, but it's an awesome series to read if you like magic, Vampires, Werewolves/Werelepords/ect, and a female good guy beating the bad guys.
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on May 26, 2003
From all the things I've heard about this book, I didn't think I was going to like it. For one, it doesn't have all our regular characters like Jean Claude (except for a small cameo), Richard (not that I really care he wasn't in this book), Asher, Anitas wereleopards and wolves, etc. But all in all, it's a very good addition to the series.

I'll admit that the beginning is a little...slow. It takes a while to get into the action. I'm not going to give away any of the plot, because I really hate it when i'm just looking for an opinion and they give me the whole freakin plot! So, i'll just tell some highlights.

As always, Edward is a fantastic character. In this book, you really get to see a different side of him. I liked it a lot. Of course, Edward is one of my favorite characters, so he can do no wrong. But I thought he was as good as ever. He shows a little more "emotion." It's refreshing.
The plot itself was very good as well. Some ancient monster stealing the skins off of people. Creepy.
Anita's character continues to grow into something greater. As always, there is character development. In this book, Anita realizes things that might have been better if she'd realized them a while back. She's maturing, but at the same time, backing off from what she is.
So, I really liked this book. I reccommend it, actually. It's one of my favorites. So go out and buy it. Or stay at home and buy it. Whatever tickles your fancy...
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on April 7, 2003
There are few books in my life that I read more than once. Typically the readings are years apart. I read this book uncounted times over a span of 3 days. I literally could NOT put it down.
This is the first Anita Blake book to really part from Ms. Hamilton's usual writing style, but it's worth it.
Back in "The Killing Dance", Anita ended up owing Edward a favor (Want to know why? Go read the book!). In "Obsidian Butterfly", Edward is calling in his favor. He needs backup. Apparently there are a rash of murders so gruesome that even he doesn't know what caused them. So off Anita goes to help solve the case, question a Master of the City, have issues with the local police, run up against a local werewolf pack, and even get into trouble with HUMAN bad guys!
In truth, this book is more about Edward than Anita, so I can see why some who don't like him might not enjoy the book as much. Don't get me wrong, Anita still has her (very large) part, but you learn more about Edward then you'd ever dream. You also get to see how Anita's hard and bloody lifestyle is beginning to catch up with her.
All in all, I'd definitely recommend this book to any Anita Blake fan.
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on July 30, 2002
Obsidian Butterfly is truly a departure from the usual Anita Blake novel. The first thing that jumps out at any reader is the fact that Anita is the narrator, but not really the main character. Anita travels to New Mexico to help out her mercenary friend Edward, and that's where things get weird. On one hand it was nice to read an installment where the plot didn't revolve around Anita's love life (Richard and Jean-Claude were conspicuously absent), it was also nice to see Anita get involved with some straight forward paranormal criminal investigation. There was even a tiny spark of romance with one of the New Mexico cops, but it never developed (we all know by now Anita needs a lot of monster in her man).
The book goes beyond the typical vampire story and sends a message about defacing ancient relics and artifacts when some Aztec vampires go on the rampage and start skinning humans alive. The title 'Obsidian Butterfly' refers to a female master vampire, a character so well-written and powerful that I personally would love to see her in another installment.
I wouldn't recommend 'Obsidian Butterfly' as the best novel in the series, but in combination with the previous installments it is excellent and well worth the reading.
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on April 15, 2002
This is the ninth book in the Anita Blake series. It is mainly about Anita and Edward together instead of Anita with her "boys".
In OB, Anita heads to Santa Fe to fulfill her commitment to Edward (from a previous book). While there, she has to deal with a mixture of Aztec rituals performed by werejaguars and skinned or mutilated humans. Edward is completly lost as to what or whom is doing all this so he calls Anita and two others in to help. On top of all this, Anita is having to deal with the "new" Edward who turns out to be engaged to a woman who has kids and that makes her think about her own relationships. Also, Anita is shown to be doing a bit more soul searching in this book concerning her "new powers" and how they are going to affect her life.
We are introduced to a few new characters, one of which we are likely to see again, namely Bernardo and Olaf. They were the other two "friends" of Edwards who were brought in to help solve the mystery behind the deaths.
This book was a little different from the ones that came before it in the fact that Anita gets her butt kicked a bit more than normal. That, alone, added a nice twist to the story.
I dont think I would say this was my favorite but it is up there. It didnt really focus everything on Anita so it was a bit different than the first 8 books. But I would definatly recommend it!
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on March 31, 2002
I'm a big fan of this series, but Hamilton does seem to have gotten carried away with herself lately in some respects. What was a fascinating sci-fi series--an alternate world in which vamps have civil rights--and an interesting action series, and an occasionally erotic series, had begun to swerve into, well, porn, and kinky porn at that. Every monster seemed to wear skin tight leather pants with no underwear, and drop them rather randomly. Sex was their way of saying "Hi," the kinkier the better, evidently. The sex scenes, esp. the first with Richard, got more and more graphic. Now, I'm not a prude. This is more a practical observation: are we writing porn here, or erotically tinged Sci-Fi? I can get better porn. The plot lines sagged as Hamilton tried to write soft, and sometimes pretty close to hard, core porn, and it sometimes felt like she was losing her way. Blake went from chaste prude to wanton hussy in a hurry, all described in fairly minute detail.
Obsidian Butterfly takes a welcome step back. It's not that I want the erotic nuance eliminated. Let's just remember what we're doing here. In Ob. Butterfly, Anita still ogles guys' butts, but not much else. She still projects occasionally tiresome and strident feminism (does anyone else really care if the door is held for them these days?), but backs off occasionally, too, and shows some balance. Mostly....there is good clean plotting, and the type of witty repartee fans have come to know and love. The series was almost in a rut--even though the books were well written and the dialog and inner thoughts cleverly wrought. It needed this turn, and it's very well done.
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on March 4, 2002
"Obsidian Butterfly" by Laurell K. Hamilton is an enthralling addition to the Anita Blake series. It is filled with expertly rendered horror and action sequences that will have readers nervously looking over their shoulders for days!
In this 9th instalment of the series, Edward the cold-blooded assassin calls in the favour Anita owes him for killing one of his back-ups some time ago. Edward, alias Ted Forrester, needs Anita, tough-as-nails necromancer and vampire executioner, to come act as his back-up in a case that has him seriously spooked (and Edward being spooked is absolutely unheard-of!). So, Anita packs her bags and travels to New Mexico.
Anita is horrified when she sees the gruesome and gory murder victims and the even more horrific "survivors". Everyone is at a loss as to what would be capable of committing these atrocities. In hope of gaining some insight into the case, Anita seeks the help of the local Master Vampire Itzpapalotl (English translation: Obsidian Butterfly), a self-proclaimed Aztec goddess. From that point on, Anita runs into all kinds of nasty people and preternatural creatures, and readers are treated to some fantastic (and violent) action-adventure sequences. Anita is determined to stop whatever is committing these heinous crimes, and as she tries to do just that, she has to fight her way through many perilous situations. The non-stop conflict builds to a wonderfully simple but thrilling climax that is sure to satisfy readers.
I really, really enjoyed this book. I thought it was a fascinating departure on Hamilton's part, though it is certainly not appropriate for the faint of heart. "Obsidian Butterfly" provides a refreshingly different storyline and a very interesting up-close look at the inner workings of Edward. Edward is a highly intriguing character, and his contrasts and mysteries, along with the exciting storyline make the nearly 600 pages of this book fly by. I couldn't help but miss Jean-Claude a little, but the strengths in this story more than made up for his absence. Anita continues to grow and evolve as a person, and I think she is a fabulous character. "Obsidian Butterfly" is truly wonderful entertainment, so don't miss out. It is suitable for first time readers of the series as well as long-time fans, and is sure to be enjoyed by all!
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on March 2, 2002
It is at the same time anticlimactic and refreshing that both of Anita's significant others are not in this sequel; a number of previous stories were so heavily infused with erotica as to take something away from the action, which is the driving force of the series. On the other hand, the incredible level of tension that Richard's and Jean-Claude's competition for Anita had created in the previous work is absent in the "Obsidian Butterfly," and the author naturally looks for ways to substitute for it. I'm not going to reveal anything aside from the fact that Ms. Hamilton succeeds in this admirably.
This sequel, like no other, reveals Anita's dark side and drives home the scary but inevitable truth: In battling evil forces, the diminutive heroine has become more like her adversaries than she cares to admit herself. It is no wonder that Anita finds her soulmate - if not the life's partner - in a stone-cold assasin, Edward, and receives the unwelcome admiration of his psychotic, homicidal and, most importantly, woman-hating "backup." Overall, however, "Obsidian Butterfly" is a worthy successor of Hamilton's previous Anita novels, and I highly recommend it to all.
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