I had a longer review written, but it went poof. Basically, the gist of it was this, the world is interesting and despite a rushed and clunky final act, so was the story. What didn't work for me was Anita Blake. She sounded like a kick ass heroine I could get behind in theory, but she did not work for me in practice. I don't feel like I know who she is or why she does what she does. She has a very dangerous job, and I don't know for the life of me why she pursues it, and that bothered me.
I read this book because I was told by multiple people that while the series later becomes a mess, the first ten or so books are enjoyable. I did enjoy this book, but the emptiness at the center that is Anita Blake pulled me out of the story time and time again.
So in the end this book was like a mildly entertaining action movie. I enjoyed it while it lasted, but I won't be back for the sequel.