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Micah (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter) by Laurell K. Hamilton
Review by Drew Bittner
Jove Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 0515140872
Date: 28 February, 2006 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /

Anita and Micah find time to be intimate, enjoying a luxury suite he paid for as a special treat, and to expose some painful personal secrets. Micah describes the events that made him a wereleopard in bruising detail, while Anita discovers how little she knew about the man in her bed.

Departing for the cemetery, the task ahead takes over. Her job is to raise Emmett Rose, recently dead of natural causes, to testify in front of a judge. Nothing to it, right? Wrong. There are dangerous secrets underlying Rose's untimely death. Secrets that can get an animator like Anita killed...

In some ways, Micah combines elements of early Anita Blake with more recent stories. Laurell Hamilton's best-known heroine is still greatly changed from her original self, but she returns to familiar ground by having Anita raise a zombie--her primary ability, apart from being a licensed vampire executioner (and newly made Federal Marshal).

This is a good thing. To some readers, Anita Blake's ongoing changes -- some of which should not be described in an all-ages website -- have made her a very different person from the heroine of Guilty Pleasures. Although Ms. Hamilton's skills continue to mature as a writer, and she deserves the lion's share of credit for starting the urban supernatural mystery/romance sub-genre (blazing trails for Jim Butcher, Maryjanice Davidson, and many more), sexual content has claimed a larger share of the books over time. I would not be honest if I didn't admit that I find the development a source of dismay; I feel I don't know who Anita Blake is any longer.

That's a hard thing for any reader -- or critic -- to face: the idea that a favorite author and I are growing apart. But it's happened before and will probably happen again. And my goal here is to describe Micah, after all, not assess Ms. Hamilton's career. However, no review exists in a vaccuum, so I hope you'll excuse my providing context for my opinion.

In short, Micah feels about as close to old-school Anita Blake as we may hope to read. Steadfast readers will enjoy learning some of this new character's tragic back-story, while long-time readers will enjoy seeing Anita overcome new challenges to her most basic skills (which implies even greater challenges to come). Just be advised that these books are NOT appropriate for younger readers.


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