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Power is the essence of life and in ‘Anita Blake’ this most certainly extends into the undead lives of Vampires as well as those that are still living. Rarely seen is a power structure this intricate with many nuances to navigate through as the story progresses. Laurell K. Hamilton has done a good job of tying parts of the story together while still managing not to tangle the entire story into a giant ball of convoluted rubber bands.
Tied into that power concept is allegiance and laws, both the legal government variety and the paranormal were-animal or undead controlling kind as well. Paranormal power for the sake of power is useless in a series because every vampire or were-animal has different powers they develop as they age. This has been established in vampire lore and gives rise to the belief that different vampires have different powers depending upon who their sire descended from. What Hamilton has done is taken it one step further, creating a power structure similar to the feudal system of government.
This makes a lot of sense since ancient vampires have a concept of ownership that far outdates our own. The idea is that vampires in the Anita Blake universe have a fountain
Le Sourde De Sang stands for “Fountain of Blood” and gives Master Vampires, both on and off the council, protection as a fountain
This interconnected ecosystem of power, for the lack of a better term, is what makes Anita Blake different from other members of the paranormal genre. Groups of vampires or werewolves may exist together in many other literary works, but it is rare to see them working together, acting together through a strength of unity bound by a metaphysical chain of command so powerful that they transcend physical strength. For example, as Anita is the human servant to Jean Claude, as Master of the City of St. Louis, his power is not multiplied when they touch but squared instead. Thus metaphysics is a force unto itself within the Anita Blake universe.
Where the start of the Anita Blake universe saw the vampires, were-animals, and other paranormal factions fractured apart; the last dozen or so novels in the series have brought all of these groups together to form one cohesive unit of power that can challenge an ancient darkness not seen for millions of years.
With its 21st full length novel just published, The Anita Blake universe seems poised to continue its long standing spearhead as one of the longest raunchiest vampire fiction series to be set forth on paper. With plenty of promise remaining in the series, it is up to Laurell K. Hamilton to keep things fresh and original lest the series grow repetitive. After the events of the last two books, fans may be wondering what is in store for Anita Blake with only an inkling of what is foreshadowed in the most recent book titled Kiss the Dead.
Featuring more vampire politics than ever before, Anita Blake continues to lead a complicated life in this newest installment of the series. Faced with the usual police work that interferes with her home life, an emerging terror threat sets Anita on edge as she struggles with keeping her morals straight and saving her loved ones from a grisly fiery death. Kiss the Dead is a page turner of the expected caliber from Laurell K. Hamilton that will not disappoint fans. The full review of Kiss the Dead will soon be published on ToonariPost.com.