Cerulean Sins
2003 US hardcover edition
AuthorLaurell K. Hamilton
Cover artistCraig White (US editions)
CountryUnited States
SeriesAnita Blake: Vampire Hunter
Genremystery, horror, Erotic novel
PublisherBerkley Books (Berkley edition)
Publication date
2003 (Berkley edition)
Media typePrint (Paperback)
Pages405 (Berkley edition)
ISBN0-425-18836-1 (Berkley edition)
813/.54 21
LC ClassPS3558.A443357 C4 2003
Preceded byNarcissus in Chains 
Followed byIncubus Dreams 

Cerulean Sins is a horror/mystery/erotica novel by American writer Laurell K. Hamilton, the eleventh book in the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter.

Plot introduction

Cerulean Sins continues the adventures of Anita Blake. In this novel, Anita continues to try to bring some order to her personal life, while simultaneously confronting a power play by Jean-Claude's vampire master, Belle Morte and attempting to solve a series of brutal killings by an unidentified shapeshifter. As with the other later novels in the series, Cerulean Sins blends elements of supernatural, detective, and erotic fiction.

Explanation of the title

The meaning of the title is not apparent, but may refer at least in part to the sheets in Jean-Claude's bed, which Anita refers to several times as cerulean blue in this novel, and to the activities that occur in that bed.

May also refer to Asher's eyes, which Anita describe as cerulean blue, seeing as the novel has a very Asher-oriented plotline.

It was suggested by Laurell K. Hamilton that Cerulean Sins was the name of another of Jean-Claude's businesses, a store dealing in lingerie and other 'adult' products. However, this was deemed too racy for the books and eliminated before publishing.

Plot summary


Major characters

Cerulean Sins features the following major characters.

Other characters

Recurring characters include:

Non-recurring characters include: Two werewolves that were used to track the rapist who was an alpha werewolf from a different country.

The death toll in Cerulean Sins includes: Four murder victims, three women and one man. The man was running from something and his death was a message for others who had tried to hide. The other three were unrelated but by the same bad guy who died in the end after Anita received an execution order for him. He had slaughtered the three women, reduced them to handfuls of meat and other body parts, essentially painting the wall with their blood. (2 police officers also die while trying to apprehend the suspect)

Major themes

Power struggles are central to this novel, and at this point Anita has become an equal power to the Vampire Council, as discussed in a comparison of the series to Buffy the Vampire Slayer by media scholar Kevin Durand.[1] Durand argues that the power imbalance between men and women in earlier novels, where Anita is still gaining new powers and learning to deal with new responsibilities, is now equalised.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Durand, Kevin K. (2014). ""It's all about power"". Buffy Meets the Academy: Essays on the Episodes and Scripts as Texts. McFarland. pp. 46, 51. ISBN 9780786453740.