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Friday, February 24, 2006

MICAH by Laurell K. Hamilton

Laurell K. Hamilton
Jove - The Berkely Publishing Group
375 Hudson Street, NY, NY 10014, USA
ISBN: 0515140872, $7.99, 245 pp, 2006

Laurell Hamilton's extraordinary imagination is a major inspiration to my own writing.

Micah is Laurell Hamilton’s latest Anita Blake, vampire hunter novel–the thirteenth in the series. Anita is a complex woman with many conflicting facets: she’s a U.S. Marshal authorized to hunt vampires, an animator (zombie raiser), necromancer, and her love life is to die for. In the past Anita has been bitten by vampires and wereanimals and has unique talents and strengths, but is not a wereanimal herself; she is, however, a gutsy, no-nonsense female unafraid to take on anything in the preternatural world.

She’s called out of bed from between Nathaniel and Micah in St. Louis to fill in for a friend who was to animate a dead witness in Philadelphia for the Feds–Emmett Leroy Rose died of a heart attack before he could testify. Her cases and conflicts with the FBI add some spice and purpose, but at the heart of the novels is Anita’s internal, personal conflicts about her relationships with the men in her life–Jean-Claude and Asher, vampires; Richard, a werewolf; Nathaniel, a wereleopard and Micah to name a few.

Micah is head of the St. Louis wereleopard pard and King to her Queen. He is the only one of her lovers who can stir her blood with just a glance from his chartreuse cat’s eyes and has been with her for six months–a longtime relationship. For all her strengths, she’s afraid to fly and Micah volunteers to go–their first time alone.

Agent Franklin challenges Micah’s qualifications as her assistant, and I quote:

"If he’s not an animator or a vampire executioner, then what does he assist you with, Marshal Blake?" He almost managed to keep the sarcasm out of the "Marshal Blake."
I was tired of Franklin, and I’m not that good at lying. I’d had less than two hours of sleep and had to fly on a plane. So I told the truth, the absolute truth.
"When you need to have sex three, four times a day, it’s just more convenient to bring your lover with you, don’t you think, Agent Franklin?" I gave him wide, innocent eyes.

Laurell Hamilton’s novels all have a strong erotic flavor and Micah is no exception. She’s a pro at plot, characterization, setting and style, and this story is a fun, fast-paced read with suspense, action, and unique ending.

I’m so green-eyed over her sensitive, loving lovers–only in your dreams.

Reviewer: Kaye Trout - February 24, 2006 - Copyright 2006


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