"A scintillating journey into the world of Laurell K Hamilton's Anita Blake"
This 12th installment into the Anita Blake series takes the
reader on a journey into Anita's heart. What will Anita do
to protect those she loves? Does the ardeur continue to
wreak havoc across all her relationships? What will become
of the new triumvirate between Anita, Damian, and
Only some of these questions will be answered, and more
questions are raised as the reader is encapsulated in the
sensually charged world of Anita Blake. There is a serial
killer stalking strippers, and Anita is called in to
investigate with RPIT. Vampires are killing these
strippers; can Anita handle it if the killers turn out to
be some of those she has sworn to protect with her life? Or
will she turn her back on the job that keeps her just this
side of human?
Richard appears with a new girlfriend in tow. His hatred of
himself and Anita is still front and center, and he
witnesses an exchange between Nathaniel, Damian, and Anita.
This exchange makes things clearer in his mind as to how he
feels about Anita. What will this do to the original
triumvirate? Can it ever be as powerful as the council
fears, or will it fall apart because of all the anger
associated between Anita, Jean-Claude and Richard?
Damian is put into some dangerous positions because the new
triumvirate isn't controlling him. Is Anita strong enough
to be the center of this triumvirate the way Jean-Claude is
the center of the first? Will Anita learn enough to save
Damian, or is he lost to them forever?
Anita admits to herself how she feels about all the men in
her life. Does she accept that she loves them all? Or does
she push them all away?
Incubus Dreams brings Anita back to her roots and to her
wings. She is learning to fly on her own without depending
only on Jean-Claude. She is learning to trust her own
instincts and those of her consorts. Jason continues to
provide her with a mirror to reflect her inner most fears
outward. Nathaniel is forefront in this book and he has
grown into one of the best characters in this series. He is
poetic and timeless and one bad kitty.
Each Anita Blake book is a further extension of this world,
and is written amazingly and the characters take more of an
active role. This book is extremely character driven, but
after 12 books in a series, most books should become
character based because interpersonal problems need to be
examined and become a plot on their own. I believe Hamilton
is a master at weaving a major plot line into the
interpersonal relationships of her characters. I highly
recommend this book for all lovers of the Anita Blake
series, those who love the beginning books, and those who
love the latest, there is a little bit for everyone.
Reviewed by Meredith Link
Reviewed for Hardcover edition: Berkley Pub Group /
October 1, 2004 -
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted December 10, 2006