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Review: AFFLICTION (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #22) by Laurell K. Hamilton

AFFLICTION (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #22)
Author:  Laurell K. Hamilton
Source: My Private Stash
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Fiction
Length: Too frellin' long, 570 pages
Reviewed by:  Artemis

Some zombies are raised. Others must be put down. Just ask Anita Blake.

Before now, she would have considered them merely off-putting, never dangerous. Before now, she had never heard of any of them causing human beings to perish in agony. But that’s all changed.

Micah’s estranged father lies dying, rotting away inside from some strange ailment that has his doctors whispering about “zombie disease.”

Anita makes her living off of zombies—but these aren’t the kind she knows so well. These creatures hunt in daylight, and are as fast and strong as vampires. If they bite you, you become just like them. And round and round it goes…

Where will it stop?
Even Anita Blake doesn’t know.

Although I didn't read numbers 20, 20.5 and 21 of the series, I didn't miss a thing. This book is so repetitive, it could have been 150, or more, pages shorter and not a thing would have been lost. Actually, I read to page 506, Chapter 69, said, "the hell with it," and skimmed the rest of the book without skipping a beat. It's gotten to the point where this series needs to end - NOW: S.O.S., different book.

There are a few things about AFFLICTION that baffled me (spoilerish):

  1. Why did Jean-Claude even bother to show up? He made what - ONE - appearance? Maybe it was the needed sex scene.
  2. Why was the entire entourage from St. Louis needed? If the reader isn't familiar with the past series...Too many unfamiliar characters are a waste of space. They sure didn't pile on for any orgy!
  3. The continual references to polyamory and open marriages will surely turn some readers in other directions.

The high point of this book - one word: Edward.

Stick a fork in me, I'm done with Anita and her long list of sidekicks.


  1. great review!

    Edward def was a positive! The repetive nature and the sheer amount of descriptions was insane!!!


  2. Thank you Larissa. With LKH taking past histories and rolling them all into one "big bad" vamp, I don't know how she can move this series forward. It has become stale and I don't think her long time supporters will stay with her.

  3. Hmmm, I liked it. I mean it's not my favorite of the series but I'm still looking forward to the next book and to see where she takes these characters. I like all the sex (I know some people are fed up with all the different lovers and the orgy style sex Anita has) and like seeing a lot of different characters have scenes in the books, even if they're only there for a scene or two. I haven't given up on the series yet.

    1. I may stay with it just to see how she develops Olaf. I've read better sex scenes in historical romance novels.


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