The Harlequin: An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Novel

Mass Market Paperback | April 29, 2008

byLaurell K. Hamilton

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Into Anita Blake's world-a world already overflowing with power-come creatures so feared that centuries-old vampires refuse to mention their names.

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Into Anita Blake's world-a world already overflowing with power-come creatures so feared that centuries-old vampires refuse to mention their names.

Laurell K. Hamilton is a full-time writer and mother. Her bestselling Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter novels include Narcissus in Chains, Obsidian Butterfly, Blue Moon, Burnt Offerings, The Killing Dance, Bloody Bones, The Lunatic Café, Circus of the Damned, The Laughing Corpse, and Guilty Pleasures. She is also the author of A Kiss of Sha...

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Format:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 6.7 × 4.2 × 1.1 inPublished:April 29, 2008Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0515144614

ISBN - 13:9780515144611

Customer Reviews of The Harlequin: An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Novel

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Scary The Harlequin are a frightening thing!
Date published: 2013-08-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another book I can't put down! I've been reading Laurell's Anita Blake series since last year... I have to say this is one of my favourite ones (besides Dance Macabre). If anyone likes vampires and werewolves (plus multiple other were-animals) ... this is one for you! But, best to read the others prior to this one.... or you will be lost in what is going on! Gotta love necromancers!
Date published: 2010-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Great Read This is another great addition to the Anita Blake series. Once again, vampire politics are the main event and police work is at a minimum. No zombies were raised in the making of this book (I'm sure that pissed Bert right off). With each book, we have seen Jean Claude's and Anita's power grow. This doesn't make some European vampires happy. When they find themselves under scrutiny by the mysterious Harlequin, basically the vampire police, they soon find themselves in a fight for their lives, and the lives of all the wereanimal groups that depend on them. While not as emotionally charged as some to the previous books, this one still has a lot going on. We continue to see Nathaniel's character grow and the relationships between Anita and her 'sweeties' continue to change. New animal alliances are forged and there is a surprising request from the Rat King. Richard is featured quite a bit in this book, and as usual, I just want to slap him. He is always the fly in the ointment, messing up a good thing. Best of all, this book brings back my favourite sociopathic bounty hunter Edward. I love how the relationship between Anita and Edward has developed. Edward brings some backup along which really helps to make things interesting. All in all, I found this book to be a real page turner. Hamilton is a great storyteller. I'm looking forward to the next book.
Date published: 2009-05-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Getting worried about this series. As a reviewer, I try to give a brief rundown of the book so that those who read the review who plan on reading the book get a small inkling of what’s going on, to explain what I liked, disliked, etc… I can’t do it this time around. That’s how disappointed I am. While I admit this one was better than Danse Macabre, it wasn’t by much. At the beginning, it seems like we’re back to the basic form of Anita and her job, Federal Marshall Anita Blake with one, soon to be two, orders of execution. Didn’t last long, very much to my dismay. While I admit I liked the whole ‘Harlequin’ angle, I thought it original enough, it just turned into the same old-same old. Dull to the point of not wanting to continue. Very little in the way of investigation or fact finding. More explanations that could have used fewer words to get to the point. And while I praise that the sex didn’t overrule the entire book like it did in Dance Macabre, there was still too much of it, especially the last third of the book. There’s got to be a way of feeding the ‘ardeur’ in as close as a manner but not everytime! Good grief! The repetitiveness of it is getting to be too much. I read a discussion earlier where someone posted, and I quote: “I was reading on her blog recently that she no longer was going to feel guilty about so much sex in the stories because some other author pointed out to her that it could be used to progress the story or define the character’s relationships with one another.” Okay, I’m sorry, but I didn’t see any definement between characters. And Richard’s same old-same old “unable to accept it” is getting very, very stale. Constantly running away instead of talking it out, of getting anything more out of it, he high-tails it, no pun intended. It’s getting old, boring, and repetitive ~ I wanted to jump in the book and give Richard a good thrashing, even if only to ease my frustration. I do, however, really like how the end of the book came about. More action, something new to think about. *sigh* I guess I’ll have to wait and see what happens in Blood Noir. While this novel gives me hope after Danse Macabre, I want to see if the series is headed on a downslide. *shrug*
Date published: 2008-10-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not worth my time... Well, what can I say? Nothing to different from her last three or five books. Now to give the credit to her where it's due. I didn't find a sex scene every 20 pages like there was in Dance Macabre. But, I found the book extraordinarily boring. When she wasn't having sex, she was talking, or thinking about past experiences with sex. I don't want to spoil the book for anyone who hasn't read the book. But I recommend that you don't waste your money on it. It seems that her books are all the same now. Anita is a succubus, has to have sex every twelve hours or she dies, taking Jean-Claude and Richard with her as part of one triumverant, and Damian and Nathanial(like that would be the end of the world) with her. And if she not having sex with people, men are coming from ALL over the place to get INTO her bed. Everyone's in love with her, like she's some amazing gift from God. I think that Laurell K. Hamilton has issues that she needs to sort out before she writes her next set of Anita Blake books. She isn't really writing anymore, she's just coasting through her novels. Personally I think that she needs to re-examine the character and the secondary characters before she writes another one. This book let me down drastically and I don't think that I will be buying another one unless she changes her style back to ACTUAL writing instead of filling her pages with mindless sex and men falling down at her feet. Not worth my money or my time.
Date published: 2008-09-17