Plot introduction[ edit ] Bloody Bones continues the adventures of Anita Blake. This time, Anita travels to Branson, Missouri and is quickly enmeshed in a series of supernatural murders and disappearances that she and her vampire would-be lover, Jean-Claude must resolve. As with its predecessors, Bloody Bones blends elements of supernatural , hardboiled and police procedural fiction. Explanation of the title[ edit ] Within the book, "Bloody Bones" is the name of a restaurant that is operated by two of the principal characters in the novel, Magnus and Dorcas Bouvier. Hamilton employed the practice of naming each novel after a fictional location within the story for most of the Anita Blake series. In this case, the restaurant itself is named after a character in the novel, Rawhead and Bloody Bones , making the title somewhat eponymous.
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Unless Anitaverse has moved things around, that means the events of this book events happen about three months after the main events of the previous Anita Blake novel, The Lunatic Cafe. Consequently, either the St. The latter seems more likely. Synopsis There are several different synopsis versions for this book. But as soon as she arrives in Branson, Missouri, to do the deed, the job gets more interesting. A psychotic sword-wielding vampire starts committing multiple murders in the area, and Anita must call on Jean-Claude, her powerful fanged suitor, for help.
Then there were the three dead teenagers in the woods, slaughtered in a way I had never seen before. And then they found the dead girl, drained of blood and left in her bed. I knew what that meant, all right. My name is Anita Blake. But this day is busier than most. Two jobs pop up that make even Anita doubt her own capabilities: raising an entire graveyard of two-hundred-year-old corpses and finding out what happened to three Missouri teenagers—slaughtered in a way she has never seen before Of course, maybe there was just the one newly dead vampire to deal with.
If so, we might all see the sunrise. Assuming the worst was always safer. And usually truer. But even someone who deals with death on a daily basis can be unnerved by its power But luckily for the locals, Anita is an expert—in just the kinds of preternatural goings-on that have everyone spooked.
Plot Edit Like the previous novels, the novel opens with Anita considering a possible job. This time, her manager, Bert , is calculating a possible bid for a mass zombie raising in Branson, Missouri. Bert explains that a law firm is soliciting bids to raise an entire graveyard in order to determine who owns a piece of land needed for a resort complex.
The graves are unmarked and may contain corpses at least years old, which will make the raising very difficult. She agrees to take the job, and takes Larry along to boost her powers, and as a training experience.
Arriving in Branson, Anita meets Raymond Stirling , the lawyer in charge of the development project and his assistants, Lionel Bayard, Ms Harrison and Beau, and learns that Stirling is in a dispute with Magnus and Dorcas Bouvier , two siblings who claim to own the land at issue and refuse to sell.
After reviewing the site and making plans to explore the site further that evening, Anita receives a call from Dolph. Dolph asks Anita for advice on a crime scene back in St.
Louis and also asks her to assist the local police with a nearby crime scene. Anita and Larry drive to the scene and meet Sergeant Freemont, who appears to want to crack the case herself and resents their intrusion.
Anita inspects the murder victims -- three teen-aged or younger boys cut apart with a blade. Anita warns Freemont that in her opinion, the boys were cut apart by a sword wielded something as fast and strong as a vampire, with enough mental power to hold two of the boys motionless while killing the third.
Larry is seriously shaken by viewing his first murder scene. There, they meet Magnus and Dorrie, each of whom is part-fey. Magnus is using glamour to host a date night. By touching the restaurant patrons, he makes them irrestably attractive for one night, in return for drawing some power for himself. After trying unsuccessfully to seduce Anita, Magnus is coy about why the Bouviers refuse to sell their land.
Magnus also admits to destroying several trees outside the restaurant while in a drunken rage, causing Anita to consider him as a suspect for the recent killings. During dinner, Dolph pages Anita again, and asks her to assist on another possible local vampire crime.
Anita tells Dolph that Magnus is part-fey and a potential suspect, then Anita and Larry drive to the home of Mr. There, they meet Sheriff David St.
Quinlan, and their son Jeff. Quinlan refuses to believe them and demands that Anita stake Ellie to prevent her from rising. Anita asks him to wait twenty-four hours to "cool off" and promises to stake Ellie if her father demands it after that time. After instructing the Quinlans to place the Host at each doorway to prevent any vampires from reentering the home, Anita explains that the vampire that turned Ellie probably has a resting place nearby, and that they may catch it if they attempt a nighttime hunt.
She heads out into the woods after it, together with Larry, Sheriff St. John, Deputy Coltraine, and two other police officers, Wallace and Granger.
During the hunt, Anita learns that Wallace was a survivor of a vampire attack and shows him her own scars in an effort to put him at ease. During the hunt, Anita and the others are ambushed by a pack of vampires. While the hunters regroup, Granger, now under vampire control, attempts to shoot Larry, and Anita is forced to kill him. The group then hears screams from the Quinlan home, and St. John and Anita run for the house, leaving Larry and Wallace to bring up the rear.
When Anita gets to the house, Beth St. John is dead and Jeff has been taken. Apparently, Xavier was able to shapeshift and fit through a pet door. Sheriff St. John kills a brown haired, female vampire. Later, Sergeant Freemont arrives at the scene. She explains that after Dolph told her that Magnus was part fey, she went to arrest him. Mangus used glamour to escape, and is now wanted for using magic on police officers during the course of his escape.
Anita calls Jean-Claude for information. Jean-Claude explains that he thinks he knows the vampire Anita saw, and that it is an "exotic" vampire of a sort concealed from humans. Among other things, it is a pedophile. Jean-Claude offers to come to Branson to set up a meeting with the Master of the City. With no way to pursue the Quinlan case, Anita and Larry return to the graveyard to "walk the graveyard" and attempt to sense the location and identities of the corpses in preparation for a later attempt to raise the dead.
However, their powers attract Magnus, who appears and insists that they not raise the dead in that graveyard. Stirling orders Beau to shoot Magnus for trespassing, but Anita, realizing that Stirling intended the evening as a trap for Magnus, draws her own gun and buys Magnus time to escape.
Anita and Larry return to their hotel suite to find Jean-Claude and Jason. Jean-Claude has flown in on his private jet, but it is now too late in the night to track down the Master before dawn. Jason visits with Anita and Larry, and challenges Anita for dominance. Anita wins, of course, and figures out that Jean-Claude has ordered Jason to show his lycanthrope side in an effort to dissuade Anita from marrying Richard. Jason acknowledges Anita as dominant and goes to bed.
Centuries ago their ancestor, a member of the fey, emigrated to colonial North America with a more powerful fey, Rawhead and Bloody Bones trapped in a magic box. While Rawhead was trapped, Bouvier was able to create a potion from its blood and increase his own powers, but eventually, Rawhead escaped and went on a murderous rampage. After a pitched battle, Rawhead was sealed beneath the ground, and the Bouvier family has remained in Branson in order to prevent Rawhead from escaping.
Anita convinces Dorcas to take her to see the mound where Rawhead is trapped, and they agree to go to the mound the following day. That evening, Jean-Claude prepares the group to meet Serephina , the master of Branson. He explains that his visit raises issues of vampire politics. Although the group must be prepared to fight, they may not strike the first blow. Jean-Claude and Anita, accompanied by Larry and Jason, visit an apparently ruined and abandoned home, cloaked in magical shadow, and meet Ivy , Bruce , Kissa , Janos , Pallas and Bettina.
Without offering violence to his group, they threaten to torture two young women, then sexually harass Jason.
Jean-Claude is forced to challenge Janos to a contest of power, which he begins to lose. Ultimately, Anita escapes the trap by baiting Ivy into attacking her, allowing the group to use violence in their own defense. In the ensuing battle, Larry kills Bruce, and Pallas and Bettina are first shot, then torn apart. However, because they are rotting vampires, they are almost impossible to kill. Once Jean-Claude is stabilized, Magnus appears and offers to convey the group to see Serephina under a flag of truce.
Serephina toys with the group, but ultimately agrees that a murderous pedophile master vampire in her territory is a threat, and agrees to track down Xavier. Jean-Claude is astounded that Serephina has somehow become powerful enough to assert mastery over vampires as formidable as Janos.
The group returns to the hotel to clean up. She stays with Jean-Claude as dawn comes and he "dies" for the day and is surprised at her growing sympathy towards him. Anita then falls asleep herself and is visited in her dream by Serephina, who promises to reunite Anita with her deceased mother if Anita agrees to serve Serephina.
Anita wakes, and begins planning to kill Serephina. Anita and Larry meet up with Dorcas Bouvier, who takes them to the mound where Bloody Bones is imprisoned. That evening, accompanied by Stirling, Bayard, and Harrison, Anita and Larry combine their powers to animate a few of the ancient corpses in the Bouvier graveyard. Just before Anita completes the circle of blood needed to activate their power, she feels Bloody Bones stir and realizes that raising even a few zombies will free the monster.
She stops, but Ivy flies from the darkness and attacks. At that point, Stirling and Harrison draw guns, and Stirling shoots Bayard. Anita orders the zombies to attack Stirling and Harrison and incapacitates them both. While she considers whether to kill them, Janos arrives with a newly risen Ellie, accompanied by Bettina, Pallas, Kissa, Xavier and their hostage, Jeff Quinlan.
The vampires feed on and kill Stirling and Harrison, and inform Anita that Xavier has been serving Serephina since her arrival in Branson. Bloody Bones arrives and demands its freedom, but Serephina breaks her word to the fey and announces her intent to continue drinking its power forever.
Unless Anitaverse has moved things around, that means the events of this book events happen about three months after the main events of the previous Anita Blake novel, The Lunatic Cafe. Consequently, either the St. The latter seems more likely. Synopsis There are several different synopsis versions for this book.
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