The Killing Dance: An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Novel by Laurell K. HamiltonThe Killing Dance: An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Novel by Laurell K. Hamilton

The Killing Dance: An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Novel

byLaurell K. Hamilton

Mass Market Paperback | September 24, 2002

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In the sixth adventure in the #1 New York Times bestselling series, Anita Blake’s unique skills make her a wanted woman—by vampire, by werewolf, and by a hit man...
Though she’s dating a vampire and a werewolf, Anita is keeping them at arm’s length. Which isn’t easy considering that Jean-Claude is the master vampire of St. Louis and Richard Zeeman is the sexiest junior high school teacher she’s ever seen.
Just to complicate Anita’s already messy life, someone has put a price on her head. Love cannot save her this time, so she turns to Edward, hit man extraordinaire for help. But finding the person behind it won’t be easy, because she’s made a lot of enemies—human and otherwise.
Laurell K. Hamilton is a full-time writer and the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series and the Merry Gentry series. She lives in a suburb of St. Louis with her family.
Title:The Killing Dance: An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter NovelFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 6.75 × 4.2 × 1.07 inPublished:September 24, 2002Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0515134511

ISBN - 13:9780515134513


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good. Believe it or not the love triangle is one of the least confusing romantic relationships poor Anita will ever have to deal with. I can't quite remember if this is our first meeting with Edward but I do recall him playing a rather large part in this novel and he has to be one of my all time favourite characters in the series. Also if I recall correctly the 6th book is when the author begins to include sex scenes in the story. Overall i'd say this is one of the better books in the series.
Date published: 2018-02-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Liked It One of the better ones in the series.
Date published: 2017-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! This is probably my favorite book of the whole series. It cuts out a lot and we get to the meat of what everybody wants to see: Love triangle.
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of my favourites This was one of my favourites of the whole earlier series !!!
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Goody Looooovvvvee it so happy with the always in the end antia never fails to amaze me
Date published: 2013-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! Anyone who enjoys a great vampire story with a chick (who would hate to be called a chick) who can totally kick butt, would love this book. It had a little of everything, violance, tears, romance and the wonderful sarcasm of the one and only Anita Blake. What more could you possible want.
Date published: 2010-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dirty Dancing Werewolf Style The Killing Dance is the 6th offering in the Laurell K Hamilton series. Many have sought unsuccessfully to kill Anita in the previous books but an unknown foe has now hired professional hit men to finish the job, luckily for Anita Edward declined the contract in favor of acting as her bodyguard. Her boss Bert is as always driven by the almighty dollar & has accepted a job for Anita to assist a degenerating vampire named Sabin. Anita doubts her ability to accomplish such a feat but perhaps she does not yet fully understand her powers as a necromancer or that others might seek to covet / extinguish that power. Anita’s relationship as dating both Richard & Jean-Claude has become frustrating to say the least & the time has come to see Richard along with his beast but can Anita handle all of him? Anita’s notion of who the monsters are seems to change from day to day but the events leading up to & following the full moon ceremony are pivotal in Anita’s making a painful decision. This book was the most emotionally charged & riveting story line in the series to date; cannot wait to start Burnt Offerings!
Date published: 2010-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bring's New Meaning to the Phrase, May I Cut In? The Killing Dance, the sixth book in Hamilton's Anita Blake series, is packed with everything that makes this series so great. There is plenty of action, great characters including some old ones that come back to visit and new and horrible ones making a first appearance. There are thrills and gore and plenty of erotic tension. But The Killing Dance also represents a bit of a turning point for Anita's character. Torn between Richard and Jean-Claude, her relationships with the two men in her life are put to the test as the power struggle for the Lukoi comes to a head. Anita also finds herself in unfamiliar territory, as the hunted rather than the hunter, when someone puts a $500,000 price tag on her head. Lucky for her, Edward, the assassin/bounty hunter, decides he'll have more chances to kill people if he protects her rather than take the money for the hit. While this book is a departure from the others because there is very little police work, and no zombie raising, there is still plenty of action and intrigue. I love the interaction between Anita, Richard and Jean Claude. These characters are so well developed I feel totally invested in them. This makes what happens between the three that much more poignant. Anita's character continues to grow and change as her powers become more pronounced. You also see her relationship with Edward (strictly platonic) go to a new level as Edward's respect for her abilities grows. A lot happens in this book, events that will set things up for future installments of the series but don't worry, you will feel more than satisfied with the outcome of this installment. 2010-093
Date published: 2010-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Anita is becoming more powerful The Killing Dance is the sixth book in the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter novels. Anita is asked to help a Master Vamp named Sabina who is literally rotting away. They believe that Anita who is a necromancer can help him. Anita continues to date both Richard, a sexy science teacher who is also a werewolf and Jean-Claude, a vampire who is the Master of the City. Anita seems to be leaning towards Richard because he seems more human. Richard won’t let their relationship go any further until Anita sees him change into his “beast”. Can Anita handle seeing Richard a monster? Edward aka Death who is a dangerous hit man calls Anita. He has been offered half a million dollars to kill Anita. While Edward attempts to find out who wants Anita killed she must attempt to keep herself alive with a few attempts already made. Richard is struggling to gain power over Marcus and Raina the current pack leaders. The wolves are torn between the two. Richard is reluctant to kill Marcus. Anita tries to help Richard “come to terms with his beast” and tells him he needs to kill Marcus. Richard wants to preserve life but to gain the power he needs to kill the pack leader. Anita is coming to the realization that she is a monster herself. She rarely gets any remorse anymore for killing people. She starts to see herself turn into Edward. A triage is born in this book involving Richard and Jean-Claude. They work together to bind their powers. Anita feels the power in her grow. In the end of the book, Anita makes a choice between Jean-Claude and Richard. It’s the first sex scene in the series so far. This book has less of the police crimes that the previous 5 have and is mainly centered on the werewolves and shifters. This book was fantastic and a great continuation of the storyline.
Date published: 2009-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Possibly the best so far. Well, this book was such a page turner that I finished it in one day. I loved it so much that I've started reading it a second time. It is by far the best of the first five novels. Anita truly learns about her abilities and the way Hamilton portrayed her evolution is amazing. I love how Hamilton teases her readers with magic and danger...with the possibility of sex and great desire. Her storylines are so coherent and consistent that i know as soon as I pick up one of her books, I am about to embark on a whirlwind adventure. Anita learns that she is much more powerful than she ever thought. She becomes more torn between her two loves and finally has to choose between both of them. She also realizes that she is much more dangerous and cold than she ever thought she was...almost to an Edwardish degree. easily a 10 out of ten. Loved it.
Date published: 2009-01-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My favorite so far When a hitman is after you the only sensable thing to'll have to read the book to find that one out but it's huge! And Richard seriously needs to grow a pair!
Date published: 2008-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome The killing Dance is amazing. i am in love with edward, he is the most interesting character i have ever seen. finally anity has sex with jean claude. it is an awesome book
Date published: 2007-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Killing Dance I found this book thrilling and intoxicating, one of Hamilton's best to date. The romantic dilemma for Anita Blake takes a surprising turn and becomes even more complicated for the Executioner. After this book, it's hard to imagine a better one. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2003-12-21

Editorial Reviews

Praise for the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series“With a heroine as sharp as a stake and slick as a silver bullet, Laurell K. Hamilton sucks you into her fascinating world like a vampire’s kiss.”—J. D. Robb“Hamilton remains one of the most inventive and exciting writers in the paranormal field.”—Charlaine Harris“I’ve never read a writer with a more fertile imagination.”—Diana Gabaldon“A sex-positive, kick-ass female protagonist.”—Starburst“Monstrously entertaining.”—Publishers Weekly “Hamilton just keeps getting better and better.”—St. Louis Post-Dispatch“If you’ve never read this series, I highly recommend/strongly suggest having the Anita Blake experience. Vampires, zombies, and shifters, oh my! And trust me, these are not your daughter’s vampires.”—Literati Book Reviews