Serpentine by Laurell K Hamilton
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Reviewed by: Brit Yancey
Fiction Addict Scorecard: A
Laurell K Hamilton has done it again. Serpentine is the 26th Installment of the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series, and it does not disappoint. Hamilton is the queen of Urban fantasy novels, and Serpentine is sure to show you why she is at the top of this genre. With the last few books in the Anita universe there have been complaints from the fan base that the books have focused too much on sex and polyamorous relationship drama. However, fans should be overjoyed as Serpentine delivers a well -balanced novel that includes Anita’s crime fighting as a United States Marshall while not ignoring the men in her life and their wants and needs.
Most of the Anita Blake series takes place within St. Louis, Missouri. But the new installment has Anita and company traveling to the Florida Keys. This is the perfect destination for her first vacation with two of her primary partners: Micah and Nathaniel. Fan favorite, Edward (oh wait, Ted) is officially tying the knot to Donna. The novel is full of wedding preparations along with a much-needed vacation for Anita, Micah, and Nathaniel (and don’t forget some of your favorite body guards!).
But trouble follows Anita wherever she may go. No rest for the wicked so to speak. Anita and Micah both struggle with leaving work to have a vacation as a crime is committed. Micah must continue to work with the Coalition of Lycanthropes he has built across the country. How will she balance her duty to be a Marshall all while being the best man at Ted’s wedding, and sprinkling in a bit relationship drama? By doing what Anita does best: kicking ass and taking names.
For fans of the series Serpentine is a must read. Are you a fan that has sorely missed Anita and her crime solving skills? Serpentine will be the book to bring you back to the series. New to the Anita universe? Pick right up with Serpentine, because Hamilton always does a good job with quickly getting new readers up to date with the plot basics of the series. Serpentine by Laurell K Hamilton is a must read for veterans and new fans alike!