Obsidian Butterfly Paperback – Apr 2 2010
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Anita Blake, the tough, sexy vampire executioner, zombie animator, and police consultant for preternatural crimes in St. Louis, hunts monsters in New Mexico in the ninth book of Laurell K. Hamilton's excellent series. Edward, Anita's mentor in slaying, asks Anita to return the favor that she has owed him since she killed a backup he brought in to protect her. He needs Anita's preternatural expertise as well as her firepower. Something is skinning and mutilating a few of its chosen victims, and dismembering others. Edward has no idea what creature could be responsible for such heinous crimes.
Summoning Anita has its downside for Edward, since it means letting her onto his turf. Anita is surprised to find that this normally aggressive man has a personal life, and shocked by his ability to be entirely different from the stone cold killer she's known. She also has problems with the cop in charge in Albuquerque, who believes her powers must be evil, and with the other backups Edward has brought in. Most of all, she has to deal with her own vulnerability--she's tried to shut down her ties to her vampire and werewolf lovers and go it alone, but it turns out to be harder than she thought.
Anita's usual supporting cast is missing, and she's taking time out from her complex love life, but there's plenty of bloody action, vampires, werewolves, and Aztec ritual. Plus a lot more about Edward. Fans will find this installment similar to the earlier books in the series, particularly The Laughing Corpse. --Nona Vero. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
An inhabitant of an alternate Earth very much like our own--except that magic coexists there with natural law, and preternatural beings like vampires and werewolves coexist with humans--Anita Blake is full of contradictions that make her a potent lead character for this continuing series. Although Anita is a licensed vampire executioner, one of her lovers is a vampire (the other is a werewolf); she packs more firepower than a small army, but is a dedicated Christian; she's tough-as-nails yet ultrafeminine; she tangles with seriously dangerous supernatural forces, but she's as matter of fact about dealing with magic as she is about bashing bad guys, and she's as quick with a quip as she is with a well-placed kick to the groin. In her ninth adventure (after Blue Moon), Anita is summoned to New Mexico by Edward (aka "Death"), the cold-blooded killer from previous books to whom she owes a favor. In the course of investigating a series of grotesque murders (victims torn to bloody bits, survivors flayed of all flesh), Edward becomes more human and Anita less so. Celibate for six months, Anita's usual steamy sexual encounters with her inhuman but hunky boyfriends are missing from this novel, but there's still a lot of beefcake to appreciate and the considerable sexual tension is both humorous and supportive of the plot. The gory story line--which wraps around an Aztec vampire goddess, a dwarf necromancer, bull-headed bigoted cops, hearts ripped from chests and a witch who conveniently appears in the nick of time--needs that bit of sustenance, but the book is still a monstrously entertaining read. (Jan.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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"Obsidian Butterfly" reads very much like James Patterson ("Along Came a Spider", "Kiss the Girls") -- fast-paced & creepy, with a few surprises thrown in to keep you on your toes. The difference is that Laurell Hamilton throws in a fierce heroine, wandering spirits, and the undead. Good stuff!
As I understand it, this is the latter in a series of books about these characters. I had never read these previously releasd texts. Despite this, I did not feel I was missing out on anything. Hamilton subtlely throws in enough background information to make you feel whole with the characters and the story.
This is what sets the book apart: Anita, the herione, is fabulous! I like that she didn't fit any existing female stereotypes/prototypes. She was a strong-willed, gun-toting woman who uses her intelligence and draw upon her rich, dark history to do her job.
Why it didn't get the "5": A common theme in the book is the characters' quest for power (physical, mental) in a variety of situations. (Note: For those interested in man vs. himself themes -- this is a great look at how different characters deal with the personal dilemma of good vs. evill.) Often, the characters make statements to the effect of, "You know, I could kill you if I wanted to." At first these encounters were exciting, then became grating in their repetition.
Regardless, this book is a great mix of horror, action, and intelligence.
I'm hooked. I can't wait to read the whole series.
In fact one of my feelings after having read the book was, that the author used this book to give herself a break from Anita Blakes rather complicated life in her hometown, while pondering the future of the character. You cant help missing Jean Claude, Dolph, Richard, Bert and all the others.
Another feeling was that the book was too long. Laurell K. Hamiltons writing style seems more mature and elaborate in this book - something which doesnt always fit the story well. The author often seems to use too many words in the wrong places, and for instance after having read several loooong descriptions of how tough Anita and Edward are, I felt like shouting "YES! I KNOW THEY ARE TOUGH! Now can we move on with the action please?".
Conclusion: Though this book is a side-track from all ongoing plots and really a non-essential chapter in the Anita Blake saga, I will recommend it to fans of the series,- especially Edward fans. Newcommers to the series should steer clear of this book and pick one of the previous books, like Guilty Pleasures.
The novel starts out with Anita arriving to assist Edward on a case of mass mutilations and murder. Edward, some sort of Black Ops Spook, gone private bounty hunter who is hiding out under an alias has also insinuated himself into a fatherless family that is so sickeningly saccharine they have dogs, Peeka and Boo. The great part of these books was how disgusted Anita was by this whole guise Edward has put on and her genuine concern as to how she'll separate a psycho from an All-American family. Then Edward has back up for them in the form of Bernardo, who spends so much time being sexy that he has little time for anything else and Olaf/Otto who is a serial killer.
What set this book apart for me was that there are werewolves, vampires, killers, vampire executioners, cops, witches, wiccans, shamans, necromancers and so on running amok in Hamilton's world, all seamlessly accepted as existing. The question is not who or what is "bad" but to what degree and she spends a considerable amount of time delving into Anita's psyche as she asks some hard questions about being such a hardcase vampire executioner and necromancer. That was really refreshing, Anita doesn't shrug off the knowledge that she's as cold and tough as Edward, who has a fixation on her as his soulmate that would only be weirder if they were a sexual component.Read more ›
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I love Laurell K. Hamilton. She is a fantastic author & I've loved every book I've read. These books have held my interest from the start of the books to the very last page... Read morePublished on May 27 2013 by L. Lively
Great Book, ive read all the books in this series and wait for the release off all the new ones cant wait for new book and wiill be ordering it from here again/ may get first... Read morePublished on Dec 29 2012 by Corey Richard
I am a big fan of Laurell Hamilton's work so she didn't had to win me over with Obsidian Butterfly. Nevertheless, I have to admit that I especially appreciate this novel. Read morePublished on Feb. 17 2008 by Alexandra Gignac
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... Read morePublished on Aug. 27 2004 by bobby
I've read all the previous Anita Blake books, and I have to say this book gave me a pleasant surprise after the crap that was "Blue Moon". Read morePublished on July 2 2004 by Lim Keith
When I first started reading this series I enjoyed it. But up to this book I started to find Anita very annoying and this book seems to cultivate all her annoying characteristics... Read morePublished on June 8 2004 by Amazon Customer
This is my favorite book of the series. The action and detail are outstanding. Anita's moral dilema, accompanied by a perplexing mystery and disgusting murders, make this book very... Read morePublished on April 17 2004 by MiruSedna
This is my favourite of the entire sequence, and a bit of a departure from the others in that all the characters are unfamiliar (apart from Anita and YAY! Edward). Read morePublished on March 14 2004 by Air Marshall Cat
This book feels separate from the rest of the Anita Blake series in that Jean-Claude is missing. He has been one of the "red threads" in the series, and although Edward... Read morePublished on March 7 2004 by Jodi L. Persson