… the horrors that humans inflict on zombies? The latest of Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake* books, Dead Ice, takes a bit of a twist by making zombies the victims. Unfortunately, these zombies aren’t mindless corpses – they’re fully aware women, trapped in their dead bodies by people who are using them to make pornography.
You’ll find more than horror in Dead Ice, however. The Anita Blake series has always had a little of everything – horror, mystery, romance, adventure, fantasy, erotica, and more – but in my opinion, this book does a particularly good job of bringing all of those aspects together. It’s a long book (over 550 pages), but in addition to the zombie pornography investigation with the FBI, Anita is dealing with an overly-lifelike zombie of her own creation, politics within the vampire and shape shifter communities, her polyamorous relationships, and mediating problems between the various people who work for Jean-Claude.
This isn’t the best starting point for this series, although Ms Hamilton does a good job of giving the basic information necessary to keep up with all of the long-standing story arcs. Really, in a series that has been running for more than twenty books, it would be hard to write a good starting point that didn’t bore the long-time fans. If you like cross-genre stories with plenty of LGBTQ characters and as much relationship building (and maintenance) as action, dive in and give Dead Ice a try!
* Other books in this series include Guilty Pleasures, The Laughing Corpse, Circus of the Damned, The Lunatic Cafe, Bloody Bones, The Killing Dance, Burnt Offerings, Blue Moon, Obsidian Butterfly, Narcissus in Chains, Cerulean Sins, Incubus Dreams, Micah, Danse Macabre, The Harlequin, Blood Noir, Skin Trade, Flirt (novella), Bullet, Hit List, Kiss the Dead, Beauty (eBook only), Dancing (eBook only), Affliction, and Jason (novella), as well as some stories in Strange Candy.
Reviewed by Fran (staff)