Incubus Dreams – Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter – Laurell K. Hamilton

Incubus Dreams (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Book 12)

TOTAL CRAP! This book was the worst of this series. I only read 45% of this book. I tried to go on and force myself through it but I just can’t do it anymore. It’s time for me to say goodbye to the Anita Blake series. I know there are at least 8 more books in this series but I won’t be reading them. I stuck with them this long because I thought the author, Laurell K. Hamilton, was slowly developing the character of the protagonist, Anita Blake. I also liked some of the secondary characters but since they are now all in love with the great and powerful Anita, I no longer can stand them.

I thought the author intentionally made her readers dislike Anita Blake’s character by making her rude, narcissistic, judgmental and bigoted and then by life lesson’s would allow her to mature into someone more likeable. Instead, she made her a cold blooded killer and a sex fiend. She did get less prejudice but that is probably the only thing that improved. Unfortunately, the author really believes Anita Blake’s character is cool. After looking up the author and seeing her pictures, I think that the author made Anita Blake to look just like her and may be vicariously living through her character which makes me think that maybe Laurell K. Hamilton is a little narcissistic herself. She makes every man in the book…and there are a lot of men…want Anita Blake like she is irresistible. All the men lust after her and want her to be theirs. She is so irresistible that men are willing to share her with other men just to be able to have her attention. It’s pathetic.

I didn’t even get to the halfway point of this book and Anita had already had sex with 3 men in one day. She had sex with Damien, the vampire, in the morning in front of a bunch of people or were-animals in her living room. Later, she was at work and had sex with Nathaniel, the were-panther, in her office. Then at night she had sex with some random vampire stripper named Byron in the back room at the strip club. Of course, all of this sex is supposedly because she is possessed by something called the ardeur that she has to feed by having sex or she could go crazy blah blah blah.

The sex and men part of this series has just become ridiculous. At first, Anita was dating Richard, the were-wolf, and even agreed to marry him but she wouldn’t have sex with him because she had some kind of old fashioned values so she wanted to wait until marriage even though she wasn’t a virgin. She had sex with her fiancé in college but he had dumped her when his family found out that she was half Mexican and they were white and thought she wasn’t good enough for him. She didn’t want to make the same mistake again. She was dating Jean-Claude, the master vampire of the city, at the same time because he was in love with her and told her that he would kill Richard unless she gave him an equal chance. He told her if she chose Richard over him then he would step away and let them have their life…well, as far as he could. You see, they all were connected through some metaphysical bond that can’t be undone.

She sees Richard turn into a were-wolf and runs to Jean-Claude and has sex with him. Richard breaks up with her. Then she goes on a trip to get Richard out of jail and ends up cheating on Jean-Claude and sleeps with Richard. They agree to share her but Richard tells her that as long as she is with Jean-Claude, he will sleep with other women. Then she decides to stop sleeping with both of them for six months. Jean-Claude gives her the third mark to make her his human servant and it gives her the ardeur which makes her into some kind of sex fiend where she has to feed off of sex all of the time. Richard breaks up with her. She sleeps with a stranger named Micah who is a were-leopard. She has some metaphysical bond with him too. Jean-Claude agrees to share her with Micah. Nathaniel is a were-leopard who is a submissive. He’s been abused most of his life. Anita saves him and he now sleeps with her in her bed like a security blanket but they are both hot for each other. She feeds her ardeur off of him but never has actual intercourse with him. She sleeps in between Nathaniel and Micah when she is at home. She then involves Asher into sex with her and Jean-Claude. She won’t let any of the men have sex with anyone else not even each other even though Asher and Jean-Claude love each other. She acts like it is her right to sleep with them because she needs it and all of these so called powerful beings agree with her terms. Oh and once, she had sex with Jason, a were-wolf, because she was desperate and needed to feed the ardeur. The author makes it all the fault of the ardeur. It is like she has to find an excuse for Anita Blake to be such a slut.

It’s funny how Anita has defeated the most powerful vampires with her awesome powers but she somehow cannot manage to control the ardeur. The author just wants to have an excuse for Anita to have sex with everyone.

I’m tired of it. The men who I thought were great characters and powerful have all turned into sniveling idiots who pine after Anita and it has ruined the story for me. So, now I am off to find a new series. Any suggestions?

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2 thoughts on “Incubus Dreams – Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter – Laurell K. Hamilton

  1. I’m going to bookmark the url of this review as a reference. Some of the issues you’ve had with this latest book I could easily slip up and write in my own novels (and it’s eerie that I’ve chosen the same name for my protagonist!). So it sounds like the main issue you had was that Anita was an unsympathetic character who had no empathetic growth. I do prefer to read books about characters I can relate to on an emotional level. I really need to keep this in mind when writing (maybe you’re right and that’s what Hamilton forgot?)…
    As for other series, the only paranormal books I’m liking at the moment are Meghan Ciana Doidge’s Dowser series. I would definitely recommend that if you haven’t read them already.


    • Marigold,
      I was willing to overlook the protagonist’s personality issues, at first, because I thought she would grow and the other characters were interesting but the main character’s personality became cold and narcissistic and the secondary characters went from being powerful to pathetic love-sick fools. Sometimes, a disagreeable protagonist works like say in the shows Sherlock Holmes and House but they pull it off by being geniuses at what they do.
      I’ll check out Mehhan Ciana Dodger’s Dowser series. Thanks for recommending it.

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