by Laurell K. Hamilton
Rafael, king of the wererats, must fight to the death to defend his crown. He wants Anita Blake, one of his closest allies, with him as he faces an opponent unlike any he’s faced before. He will ask Anita to risk everything to be at his side.…
But some of the wererats fear that Rafael depends too much on Anita and her ties to the vampires. They believe that there is only room in America for one supernatural king, and Rafael will turn them into nothing more than food for the bloodsuckers.
Among his enemies, a new challenger has arisen who is younger, hungrier, and has dark secrets that could destroy both the wererats and the vampires. Rafael will go into the magical heart of his people to find the power and violence that he needs to save them all, or die trying.
Rafael by Laurell K. Hamilton
I have to say that I was looking forward to understanding more about the rats and found this book did provide many great insights into their dynamic. I highly enjoyed the background into their magic and found the history fascinating.
And here comes but… But, like all the recent Anita Blake series books, this story had many things I enjoyed and a few things that have repeatedly driven me crazy.
Ultimately, Rafael needs Anita to secure the rats. Anita does not want to add Rafael to her main poly-group, but still has sex with him but needs to discuss where and why and when they will have sex and who with… (the very stuff that just bogs down the actual story…and drives me nuts).
Once again, the main story was great. The over-explained relationships, not so much. In the end, I liked it some, skimmed through the blah, blah, blah shower sex, blah, blah, blah, pages later still discussing the why, when, and if they can have shower sex.