This latest volume in Hamilton's bestselling Anita Blake series is contrived and convoluted. The bounds of her worldbuilding are stretched to their very limits, and what little plot there is doesn't get going until nearly halfway through the book. Fans of the series may derive some enjoyment from this volume, but casual readers won't.
And on top of these complications is another, more serious one: Marmee Noir, the mother of all vampires, has decided to finally make her move against Anita, and her opening gambit is to sever the psychic link between Anita and Jean-Claude. (Berkley, Jun., 352 pp., $25.95)