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This is an attempt to present the events of the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series in a single timeline.

The references to months and years within the story begin to contradict each other around the events of Micah. See the inconsistencies section beneath the timeline.

Timeline Edit

Since the series is not set in a specific year, Guilty Pleasures is year 0, and the timeline counts from there to either direction.

year novels and short stories other notable events

Early years Edit

-26 Richard is born
-24 Anita is born
-16 - -19 Manny gives up vaudun [1]
-16 Summer Anita's mother dies[2]
-10 - -11 Anita accidentally raises her pet dog

Anita is sent to Grandmother Flores

Zerbrowski marries Katie

-4 Those Who Seek Forgiveness (short) [1] Bert and Manny found Animators, Inc.
-3 Addison v. Clark[3]

Gaia's law

Anita graduates

Anita joins Animators, Inc.

Anita meets Ronnie

Anita meets Edward

Anita helps to destroy a pack of vampires who killed Beverly Chin's family

-2 Selling Houses (short) [1]

The First Death (comics)

Anita becomes preternatural expert for R.P.I.T.[4]

Anita meets Jean-Claude

Manny retires from vampire hunting after 4 months in hospital

-1

Year 0 Edit

0 Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr Animators, Inc. moves to new offices[5]
May
Jun
Jul Guilty Pleasures [6][7]
Aug The Laughing Corpse[8]
Sep Pioneer program started: vampire counselors provided for the freshly risen

John Burke joins Animators, Inc.[1]

Oct Circus of the Damned[9] Larry joins Animators, Inc.
Nov
Dec The Lunatic Cafe[10][11]

Year 1 Edit

1 Jan
Feb Senator Brewster's daughter is killed by a vampire
Mar Bloody Bones[12] Vampire executioners are officially licensed.[13]
Apr
May The Killing Dance[14]
  • Anita has accepted being Jean-Claude's "declared vampire servant" at the beginning of the book.
  • Anita and Richard form a vampire triumvirate with Jean-Claude, accepting the first three "marks". In addition, Jean-Claude and Richard announce that they are allies within the supernatural community. Taken together, these changes make it impossible for Anita to completely separate her life from Jean-Claude or Richard.
  • Anita kills the werewolf lupa Raina and the wereleopard leader Gabriel in self-defense, resolving some unsettled conflicts from The Lunatic Cafe.
  • Richard becomes the Ulfric, or leader, of his pack.
  • Anita and Jean-Claude become lovers.
  • Larry graduates
Jun
Jul Burnt Offerings [15]
Aug Blue Moon[16]
  • Anita acquires a magical mentor, the Wiccan Marianne. (Marianne is not a lycanthrope but works with the local werewolf pack in Tennessee).
  • Marianne and her pack's Ulfric, Verne, begin teaching Anita how to be a better leader of the wereleopards.
  • Anita's faith in God, and herself as a Christian, is reaffirmed when she faces down a demon with prayer and Bible recitation.
  • Anita and Richard become lovers
  • We learn Damian is showing signs of being Anita's vampire servant and that Jean-Claude gains power from sex. The latter frightens Anita enough that she demands a break from both Jean-Claude and Richard; Marianne helps her to temporarily close off her metaphysical "marks" to them.
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec "The Girl who was Infatuated with Death"

Year 2 Edit

2 Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May Obsidian Butterfly[17]
  • Anita meets Donna, Peter and Becca; (Ted Forester) Edward's family
  • Donna's children are kidnapped and abused. Becca's hand is broken, and 14-year-old Peter is raped.
  • Anita acquires a new power from the vampire Obsidian Butterfly, the first instance of her picking up a power from a vampire. She is able to feed on the live energy of a person
Jun Narcissus in Chains[18]
  • Anita is accidentally but gravely injured by one of the wereleopards and develops secondary signs of lycanthropy.
  • Anita develops the ardeur, a rare power seen only in vampires of Jean-Claude's bloodline, after Jean-Claude used it to "feed" through her. Although this power allows Anita to draw energy from lust, it also requires her to have sex multiple times per day, at least in its early stages.
  • In Anita's absence, Damian, her vampire servant, has become a feral killing machine.
  • Richard has attempted to substitute democracy for the strictly hierarchical nature of the local werewolf pack. Jacob, a new werewolf in town, seeks to take advantage of this chaos by planning to kill first Sylvie, then Richard. The eventual split would probably destroy the pack.
  • A new alpha wereleopard, Micah has arrived with his pard of wereleopards, and seeks to merge groups with Anita and become her Nimir-Raj and mate.
  • Micah and Anita have sex within hours of meeting each other because of the unexpected appearance of the ardeur
  • Anita becomes Lupa of the Thronnos Rokke Clan, but also becomes its Bolverk.
Jul
Aug
Sep Cerulean Sins[19] Anita becomes a U.S. Marshal

Anita and Asher become lovers

Somnolent Marmee Noir "notices" Anita

Oct Incubus Dreams[20][21] Anita accepts Nathaniel as the fourth of her concurrent lovers, and she and Richard also agree to renew their relationship.

Anita inadvertently marked Nathaniel as her animal servant, forming a triumvirate between Anita, Nathaniel, and Damian.

Nov Micah[22]

Danse Macabre[23]

  • Anita wrestles with her increase in powers, and her attempt to raise a single person threatens to raise every corpse in the cemetery.
  • A blood test reveals that Anita carries four strains of lycanthropy: wolf, leopard, lion, and one unknown strain. However, she is not a lycanthrope despite being a carrier.

  • Anita has a pregnancy scare.
  • Anita meets pomme de sang candidates brought by Augustine and Samuel.
  • Anita and Jean-Claude feed on Augustine, the master of the city of Chicago. They draw substantial power for their people, and Asher gains an animal to call.
  • The vampire ballet performs in St. Louis, and Merlin nearly rolls all the vampires in the audience.
  • On accident, Asher nearly kills Anita during sex.
Dec The Harlequin[24]
  • Edward brings Olaf and Peter to help Anita fight.
  • Anita keeps everyone alive by feeding on Rafael (and through him, all the wererats in the city); Belle Morte; and later, all the swanmanes in the US via Donovan.
  • Anita breaks up with Richard again.
  • Malcom blood-oaths to Anita and Jean-Claude, and with him all the members of the Church of Eternal Life.
  • Anita is infected with weretiger lycanthropy.

Year 3 Edit

3 June Blood Noir [25]
  • Jason's hometown and family are revealed, and J. J. is introduced.
  • Marmee Noire rolls Anita for two days, causing her to have sex with two weretigers: Crispin, a 21-year-old white tiger who becomes her tiger to call, and Alex Pinn, son of the queen from the red-tiger-clan.
  • Jason becomes Anita's wolf to call.
  • Anita gains the ability to feed on anger, and first uses it on Richard.
  • Richard is released from the anger he inherited from Anita, but inherits his own version of the Ardeur instead.
August Skin Trade [26]
  • Marmie Noir supposedly meets her end in this book through a bomb that blows up her physical form.
  • Vittorio reappears in Las Vegas, and is more old and powerful then previously thought. He tries to make Anita his human servant.
  • Requiem has requested Jean-Claude move him to another town where he will be away from Anita and maybe be second-in-command.
  • Anita meets Cannibal, another 'living' vampire who is a member of the Vegas SWAT team. He feeds on the memories of people he touches.
  • Olaf hints that he would be willing to try to have a 'normal' romance with Anita.
  • Anita meets Cynric and Domino, who become her blue and black tigers to call.
late summer Flirt [1]
  • Anita meets and feeds the ardeur on Nicky, making him her "bride" to protect herself.
  • Anita raises a whole cemetery with a human sacrifice.

Year 4 Edit

4 July Bullet[27]
  • Anita, Richard, Jean-Claude, and Asher have the BDSM scene.
  • Anita kills Haven, and the werelion pride is left without a Rex.
  • Anita feeds on Shang-Da and Jamil's lifeforces to save Richard after an assassination attempt.
  • Jean-Claude and Anita becomes Master of Tigers.
Aug Hit List[28][29]
  • Anita meets and bonds with Ethan, a weretiger with four colors.
  • Preternatural US Marshals can now deputize anyone they deem necessary to execute a warrant.
  • Anita defeats Marmee Noir.
  • Olaf is infected with werelion lycanthropy.

Year 5 Edit

5 May Kiss the Dead [30]
  • Vampires who want to be free of a master and who are against a vampire council in America attempt to kill Anita, and one takes Nathaniel hostage.
  • Asher injures Cynric and Anita, and Jean-Claude decides to send him away.
  • The police learn more about Anita's personal life and her psychic connection to her lovers when she uses the powers in front of them during the hostage situation.
Aug "Dancing" Micah and Nathaniel go to a cookout with Anita and her cop firends
Nov / Dec Affliction [31]
  • Micah's family in Colorado is introduced.
  • Anita defeats Morte D'Amour, who had taken some of Marmee Noir's necromancy power.
  • Micah asks Anita and Nathaniel to marry him, and Jean-Claude asks Anita to marry him, leading to planning a commitment ceremony with the four of them.
  • Edward helps with the case, and he asks Anita to be his best man in his wedding to Donna.
  • Anita is infected with werehyena lycanthropy.
5 / 6 "Shutdown" [1][32] Richard asks Anita and Micah to talk to his fiance about their relationship.
Jason [1]
  • Anita and Nathaniel join Jason and J. J. in bed to demonstrate rough sex to J. J. Then the four of them join Jade and Domino in bed so J. J. can help Anita with Jade.
  • Anita resolves to set some boundaries with Jade.

Year 6 Edit

6 May Dead Ice [33]

Wounded [34]

  • The FBI bring a case to Anita involving zombie porn.
  • The tigers press to include on of them in the commitment ceremony to fulfill a prophecy.
  • Manny's daughter Connie gets married. Anita, Nathaniel, Micah, and Jean-Claude attend.
July Crimson Death [35]
  • Edward calls Anita to work a case in Ireland.
  • Anita, Nathaniel, and Damian repair their triumvirate.
  • Anita and the triumvirate kill Damian's creator Moroven.
  • The weretiger prophecy is fulfilled with Domino's death.

Other Edit

2016 Nov A Girl, a Goat, and a Zombie (eShort) [32]

Inconsistencies Edit

Time between Obsidian Butterfly and The Harlequin Edit

There is a notable inconsistency in the time reference between Obsidian Butterfly and The Harlequin. When referencing time novel-to-novel, it's just seven months between the events of the two novels. But in The Harlequin, the events of Obsidian Butterfly are stated to be a year and a half earlier.

Time references novel-to-novel showing only a seven month difference:

  • Obsidian Butterfly takes place in May.[17]
  • Narcissus in Chains takes place within a month of Obsidian Butterfly, as stated in Narcissus in Chains chapter 10: "You almost died in New Mexico less than a month ago."
  • Cerulean Sins takes place a few months after Narcissus in Chains, as stated in Cerulean Sins chapter 11: "I'd done my best to forget what happened when Belle Morte caused the ardeur to rise months ago. Thanks to her, I’d participated in the closest thing I hoped to ever get to an orgy." Narcissus in Chains takes place in June, and Cerulean Sins takes place in September, so the events of these novels are three months apart. Obsidian Butterfly happened four months prior.
  • Incubus Dreams is just a month after Cerulean Sins. In Cerulean Sins, Tammy is three months pregnant,[36] and Incubus Dreams opens with her being four months pregnant. Cerulean Sins takes place in September, and Incubus Dreams takes place in October, so the events of these novels are one month apart. Obsidian Butterfly happened five months prior.
  • Micah takes place the following month. Tammy is five months pregnant,[37] and it's November. Obsidian Butterfly happened six months prior.
  • Danse Macabre also takes place in November, referencing several recent sexual encounters in Incubus Dreams that might attribute to Anita's possible pregnancy. Obsidian Butterfly happened six months prior.
  • The Harlequin takes place in December, and references several events in Danse Macabre as being one month before. The Harlequin, chapter 10: "I had a serious pregnancy scare last month." Obsidian Butterfly happened seven months prior.

By these references, it's just seven months between Obsidian Butterfly and The Harlequin.

But then Obsidian Butterfly is stated to be 1.5 years earlier:

  • Micah, chapter 02: "You worked a serial killer case in New Mexico about two years ago."
  • The Harlequin chapter 10: "Oh, so not two years since I saw him (Peter) but more like a year and a half."

Although the time between The Harlequin and Obsidian Butterfly is notably inconsistent, the time between The Harlequin and Narcissus in Chains, which takes place the month after Obsidian Butterfly, is more accurately represented in The Harlequin. Nathaniel and Anita both say it's been seven months since the events of Narcissus in Chains (June) when the they and Micah started living together,[38][39] although it's been closer to six months.

This inconsistency with Obsidian Butterfly taking place much earlier in the timeline is brought up again in Affliction. The events of Narcissus in Chains (when Nathaniel, Micah, and Anita started living together) are referred to as happening three years earlier, while the events of Obsidian Butterfly (regarding Van Cleef and his men) are referred to happening four years earlier, although the events should have been only a month apart and should have both happened about three and a half years earlier.

Anita's age Edit

In the first four novels, which take place between July and December, Anita is stated to be 24 years old.[40][41] In the tenth novel Narcissus in Chains, which takes place two years later in June, Anita is stated to be 26 years old,[42] which is consistent.

In Incubus Dreams, which takes place in October four months after Narcissus in Chains and two years after the start of the series, Anita indicates that she's about 27 years old.[43] In Danse Macabre, which takes place a month later in November, she is stated to be 27.[44] But based on her stated age in the first four novels, she should be 26 during this time. Additionally, in Narcissus in Chains, Anita states that she had "turned twenty-six early in the year," placing her birthday for the year before June; so she could not have aged up from 26 to 27 between Narcissus in Chains (June) and Incubus Dreams (October) or Danse Macabre (November), since she'd already had her birthday that year.

In Hit List, which takes place less than two years after Danse Macabre, Anita is stated to be 30 years old. But even if she were 27 in Danse Macabre, she wouldn't be older than 29 at this time. Based on her age in the first ten novels, she should be 28 at this time.

In Kiss the Dead, which takes place in the year following Hit List, Anita is stated to still be 30 years old. Based on her age in the first ten novels, she shouldn't be older than 29 at this time; she should probably be 28 based on her birthday being "early in the year" as stated in Narcissus in Chains. In Affliction, which takes place five or more months later, Anita is stated to be 30 years old, but based on her age in the first ten novels, she should be 29.

Anita is stated to be 30 years old in four novels: Hit List, which takes place in August; Kiss the Dead, which takes place the following year in May; Affliction, which takes place at least five months after Kiss the Dead, so October or later; and Jason, which takes place within a few months of Affliction. This is more than a year of her being 30 years old, so even if Anita is 30 (and not 28) in Hit List, she should have aged up by one of the later novels. This is possibly an attempt to correct some of the previous inconsistencies with her age, since it brings her age closer to what it should be.

In Dead Ice, Anita is stated to be 31 years old, but based on her age in the first ten novels, she should be 30.

Addison v. Clark Edit

There is some inconsistency on when Addison v. Clark happened, in either year -2 or -3. This inconsistency begins in Burnt Offerings.

Guilty Pleasures, Bloody Bones, and The Killing Dance place the court case in year -2.[45][46][47] Burnt Offerings and Cerulean Sins place the court case in year -3.[48][49] Notably, Guilty Pleasures and Burnt Offerings both take place in July, one year apart; in Guilty Pleasures, Anita claims the court case happened two years prior,[45] while in Burnt Offerings, she claims the court case happened four years prior.[48]

In Dead Ice, Anita claims to have been in her senior year in college at the time of Addison v. Clark,[50] and she graduated at about age 21.[51] Anita is 24 in Guilty Pleasures (July year 0),[40] and her birthday is stated to be "early in the year" in Narcissus in Chains. If Anita graduated in May as Larry does, then she graduated in year -3 at the age of 21. Her senior year in college would be from year -4 to -3, indicating that Addison v. Clark took place in year -3.

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Exact time uncertain.
  2. Wounded: "My mother would die the summer after that snow day. I'd been eight."
  3. Either year -2 or -3. See the inconsistencies section regarding Addison v. Clark.
  4. This happens sometime after Saint Patrick's Day, as in Bloody Bones Anita says she's been working with R.P.I.T. for almost three years, and a few weeks before The First Death.
  5. Guilty Pleasures, chapter 17: "Animators Inc. had new offices. We'd been here only three months." Guilty Pleasures takes place in July, so the move is in April.
  6. Guilty Pleasures, chapter 34: "It seemed to glow in the hot July sunshine."
  7. Guilty Pleasures, chapter 35: "I had decided to sweat in the July heat so I could carry arsenal."
  8. The Laughing Corpse, chapter 01: "The house gleamed in the hot August sunshine."
  9. Circus of the Damned, chapter 02: "It was October and the grass was still green."
  10. The Lunatic Cafe, chapter 01: "December was our slowest season for raising Zombies."
  11. The Lunatic Cafe, chapter 02: "It was a short but lonely walk on a December night."
  12. Bloody Bones, chapter 01: "It was St. Patrick's day..." St. Patrick's day is March 17th.
  13. Blue Moon, chapter 05: "In March, vampire executioners had been officially licensed."
  14. The Killing Dance, chapter 10: "It was May in St. Louis."
  15. Burnt Offerings, chapter 30: "The July sun beat down my back through the black coat."
  16. Blue Moon, chapter 01: "It was August, and the second full moon was only five days away."
  17. 17.0 17.1 Obsidian Butterfly, chapter 01: "It was May, but it felt like April."
  18. Narcissus in Chains, chapter 01: "June had come in like its usual hot, sweaty self..."
  19. Cerulean Sins, chapter 01: "It was early September, a busy time of year for raising the dead."
  20. Incubus Dreams, chapter 01: "It was an October wedding." Note that although the wedding is Halloween-themed, it does not take place on October 31st, but is earlier in the month.
  21. Incubus Dreams, chapter 71: "It was mild for October, and lycanthropes tend to run warm."
  22. Micah, chapter 09: "I shivered, but it wasn't from the early November cold."
  23. Danse Macabre, chapter 1: "It was the middle of November."
  24. The Harlequin, chapter 41: "It was December, but it wasn't that kind of cold."
  25. Blood Noir, chapter 01: "The color not of spring, but of summer skies, before the heat has gotten too hot, but you know it's not May anymore." Not May but early summer, so June is most likely.
  26. Skin Trade, chapter 04: "Two months ago, some very bad men had captured the both of us." Those events are from Blood Noir, which is estimated to be set in June, placing Skin Trade in August.
  27. Hit List takes place in August and is a month after the events of Bullet, placing the events of Bullet in July.
  28. Hit List, chapter 01: "It was fifty freaking degrees here. Whoever heard of fifty being the regular temperature in August?"
  29. Hit List, chapter 03, regarding Anita killing Haven in Bullet: "It's only been a month since you had to make the hardest kill of your life, Anita."
  30. Kiss the Dead, chapter 15: "I took a deep breath of the fresh late-spring air, and let it out slow." It's late spring, and spring ends in June, but it isn't June yet, per chapter 46: "I've lived with Nathaniel for three years, four in June."
  31. Affliction is at least five months after Kiss the Dead (May), see Affliction (novel)#Timeline.
  32. 32.0 32.1 A temporary short story, may not be considered official canon.
  33. Dead Ice, chapter 61: "Crime-fighting was hard to schedule, but I didn't mind as I drove home from the airport in the soft spring dark, or was that early-summer dark? May was one of those months that could be either in St. Louis, late-summer cool or almost midsummer hot."
  34. Wounded: "He'd already started tanning again from running outside, even though it was only May."
  35. Crimson Death, chapter 38: "It felt like autumn although I knew it was still July here, just like home." and "I'd have liked to ask someone if it was always like this in July..."
  36. Cerulean Sins chapter 21.
  37. Micah, chapter 01.
  38. The Harlequin, chapter 05: Nathaniel on his relationship with Anita: "Honestly, I didn’t think we’d still be together this long. Seven months is the longest relationship I’ve ever had." Seven months since the events of Narcissus in Chains (June), although it's actually about six months.
  39. The Harlequin, chapter 41: "Micah’s been living with me for seven months." Seven months since the events of Narcissus in Chains, although it's actually about six months.
  40. 40.0 40.1 Guilty Pleasures, chapter 16: "She's worried that I will be an old maid at the ripe age of twenty-four."
  41. The Lunatic Cafe, chapter 03: "I was twenty-four years old and the pain of that first loss was still raw."
  42. Narcissus in Chains, chapter 01: "I'd turned twenty-six early in the year, and, frankly, at the rate I was going, I probably wouldn't have to worry about hitting thirty."
  43. Incubus Dreams, chapter 01: "I've only got three years to go until the big 3-0; so far panic has not set in."
  44. Danse Macabre, chapter 02: Nathaniel says, "I'm twenty, and you're twenty-seven."
  45. 45.0 45.1 Guilty Pleasures (July year 0), chapter 01: "It had only been two years since Addison v. Clark." Places the court case in year -2.
  46. Bloody Bones (March year 1), chapter 08: "It had only been three years since Addison v. Clark made vampires legally alive." Places the court case in year -2.
  47. The Killing Dance (May year 1), chapter 02: "Three years of legalized vampirism and Vlad syndrome was the highest rising birth defect in the country." Places the court case in year -2.
  48. 48.0 48.1 Burnt Offerings (July year 1), chapter 42: "But that (before Addison v. Clark) was four years ago, and the world had changed." Places the court case in year -3.
  49. Cerulean Sins (September year 2), chapter 04: "It had only been five years since Addison V. Clark had made vamps “alive” again, at least to the law." Places the court case in year -3.
  50. Dead Ice, chapter 04: "It was my senior year of college when it (the law) changed. I guess I hadn’t thought what I’d missed."
  51. Circus of the Damned, chapter 32. Anita started working for Bert at 21 when she had "just graduated college."