Berkley. (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter, Bk. 28). Feb. 2021. 272p. ISBN 9780593332917. pap. $7.99. SF
Rafael has known Anita Blake since the beginning, and now he is in a position where he needs her, but it may cost him his leadership position as king of the rats. His rodere fears that if Rafael becomes Anita’s animal to call, it will bring the rats under the power of the vampires, especially as Anita still prepares for her wedding to Jean-Claude. Rafael has been challenged and must fight to the death to preserve his authority. Asking Anita to come stand as his ally and queen will lead her to discover even more about the customs and history of the wererats, and the brutal truth about this fight. For this challenger holds secrets from both his king and Anita and, if victorious, could destroy both the wererats and the vampires. Tied together with Anita’s myriad relationships and her own decisions about the men and women in her life, this book is filled with the bloody action and angst Hamilton (Sucker Punch) is known for.
VERDICT The 28th novel in Anita Blake’s world centers on a supporting male character who does not necessarily advance the plot but gives space to see more of Rafael and his rodere.
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