Affliction by Laurell K. Hamilton
Source: Personal shelf
Series: Anita Blake #22
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.
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Things are always interesting in Anita Blake’s world and she’s got a doozy of a case this time. It’s one of the least predictable mysteries we’ve seen in recent Anita Blake books and I really enjoyed it. After all, who doesn’t like a story with a good “zombie disease”, especially one that completely stumps our resident zombie expert? It’s probably one of the most interesting mysteries I’ve seen in an urban fantasy novel of late and I have to give major kudos to the author for coming up with a fast-paced, dangerous story for her readers.
Anita gets drawn into this problem when they get a call that Micah’s estranged father has been infected and will die. Micah, Anita, Nathaniel and some guards rush off so that Micah can reconcile with his father and Anita gets called into action. She’s not thrilled about abandoning Micah to his mostly prejudiced family but what can you do when you’re a marshal? Because of the situation, Anita is pulled in two different directions, and it really makes for a great emotional storyline. Anita is finally secure in her polyamorous lifestyle so I wasn’t sure how Hamilton would pull off emotional tension but she does a wonderful job in AFFLICTION. You can really feel how torn Anita is between duty and family. And it’s nice to see the usually even-tempered Micah off his game. We learn a lot about Micah in AFFLICTION so it’s a must-read for people who love the character.
The sexy stuff is still there but it’s a bit sidelined by all of the mayhem and panic. It wouldn’t be a Laurell K. Hamilton book if sex didn’t have a strong presence, and there are pages devoted to Anita’s sexual encounters, but it isn’t as overwhelming as it has been in previous instalments in the series. For me, AFFLICTION has a nice balance of the erotic stuff that seems to polarize readers and the meaty storylines that first caught my attention in the early Anita Blake books. It’s something I’ve really enjoyed and it’s definitely gotten me into the mood for DANCING, the e-novella that was released a little while ago.