Laurell K. Hamilton brings us her 21st Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter novel with Kiss the Dead. In this installment of the long-running series, Anita, who is also a US Marshal and Vampire Executioner in the Preternatural Unit, is called in to investigate the abduction of a teenage girl by a group of vampires. When Anita finds the girl, she’s alarmed to find that together with the girl, there is a group of other perfectly ordinary humans who’ve all been recently turned, and who would rather die than serve a master. Anite realizes that there’s a Master Vampire on the loose who’s been turning people into fledglings without tying them to him – a major breach in vampire etiquette. Anita throws herself into the investigation while juggling her complicated love life involving her live-in lovers, were-leopards, Nathanial and Micah, 18-year-old Sin, as well as her vampire lover Jean-Claude.
Oh my! After months of waiting, I can hardly believe it’s just five days to True Blood Season 5! The first episode of the new season is set to air on June 10, and in the run-up to the premiere, HBO has been releasing tiny little tidbits of information about what’s going to happen in episode one. In fact, there’s a great video featuring the cast of True Blood Season 5 at the Hollywood premiere of the first episode where they talk about what to expect this year.
Joe Manganiello says coyly, “I’ve been waiting three years for what happens and what goes down this year.” Dare we hope that this means that Alcide, everyone’s favorite hunky werewolf, gets together with Sookie at last? Certainly, her other beaus seems otherwise occupied. Alexander Skarsgard, who plays sexy Eric, says, “The relationship between Bill and Eric is not us fighting over Sookie. We have a common enemy now.” With both vampires busy with the Authority, and with Russell Edgington, that might really mean that Sookie takes up with Alcide doesn’t it?
There are also these oddly erotic scenes of Bill and Eric in these fetish-inspired outfits. (I kid you not – watch out the two hunks in little straps of leather in the video!) The only thing that detracted from the sexiness were the blinking red lights on their harnesses – surely those aren’t for fun. Perhaps they’re a means of tracking the two vampires – or even blowing them up? In any case, Sam Trammell (who plays Sam Merlotte) says mysteriously, “It’s a dangerous year for everybody.”
So, five more days until the season premiere! Whatever the case, it’s definitely going to be exciting! Janina Gavankar says, “We just saw the first episode, and it’s insane!” Ball adds, “It’s a lot of story paced into one hour!”.
Check out the video to get a glimpse of the first episode, then tune in on June 10 to find out what happens. (P.S. Waiting really does suck, doesn’t it?)
Obsidian Flame by Caris Roane (Guardians of Ascension Series)
If you’re a fan of J.R. Ward and Lara Adrian, and you’re in the market for a good vampire romance book series, then Caris Roane’s Guardians of Ascension series could be what you’re looking for. The Guardians of Ascension vampires are a group of winged vampires who fight to keep mankind from being overcome by Death Vampires, In Obsidian Flame, the fifth in what will be a seven vampire romance book series, we get to learn Marguerite’s story. Marguerite is a powerful seer who’s been imprisoned in a convent on Second Earth for a century. Only nightly visits from her vampire lover Thorne, Leader of the Guardians, keeps her from going mad from her captivity. When Marguerite is finally freed, she leaves Thorne behind to return to mortal Earth, desperate to embrace her long-awaited freedom. But both Thorne and Marguerite still ache for each other, and Thorne goes to mortal Earth in search of her. But Marguerite’s powerful psychic abilities make her a target for the Guardians’ enemies, and it’s up to Thorn to protect his soul-mate for the sake of humanity – and his own sanity.
All right True Blood fans! With True Blood Season 5 set to premiere in just one month, the excitement is mounting. Everyone is dying to know what’s going to happen with their favorite Bon Temps denizens. Will Sookie hook up with Alcide, go back to Bill, or carry on with Eric? What’s going to happen with Jessica and Jason? (And gee, what about poor sweet Hoyt?) Oh and there’s that whole question about what will happen with Terry and Arlene now that the ghost’s gone… And what’s up with Terry’s long-lost army buddy, Patrick Devins (played by Scott Foley of The Unit and Grey’s Anatomy)?
Well the one thing I can tell you this week is that in True Blood Season 5, Terry won’t be spending a lot of time in Bon Temps. It’s not that he’s going to be abandoning Arlene or anything, but according to EW, Terry will be spending a lot of time on the road with Patrick. Foley reveals, “Most of the time we are out in the greater 50 states tracking down other members of our platoon trying to get some closure to this event that happened over in Iraq.” Foley didn’t give anything else away, apart from saying the duo would do “a lot of running and fighting and jumping. There’s a lot of physicality.” Despite all those action sequences, one thing we won’t be seeing in True Blood Season 5 is Foley without a shirt. Foley joked in an interview with TV Line, “It’s so disappointing because I went on a diet, I got into great shape, I lost weight … and nothing.”
Foley’s not the only big-name new cast member on True Blood Season 5. Reports of Law and Order: SVU’s Chris Meloni’s star turn as a big bad vampire on the show have been rife for ages, although Meloni’s been very circumspect about his role. He did reveal at the Kids Choice Awards last month that he’ll be “bringing a lot of fangs and a lot of staking” to the show. He also said that his character would be trying to unite the vampires so that they wouldn’t “go around killing humans willy-nilly.” We get our first glimpse of Meloni’s character in this video that was released a few days ago by HBO. It doesn’t give us much more information apart from the fact that he will indeed be bringing fangs to the show, but it’s still a great first glimpse and teaser for when True Blood Season 5 comes back to our screens on June 10. As for whether Meloni (like Foley) will be keeping his shirt on in True Blood Season 5, Meloni says (perhaps a bit regretfully), “Yeah, unfortunately.”