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  • Mass Market Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Jove Books (Oct. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0515133876
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515133875
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 3.4 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,303,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Laurell K. Hamilton is the bestselling author of the acclaimed Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, novels. She lives near St Louis with her husband, her daughter, two dogs and an ever-fluctuating number of fish.

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Like the other Anita Blake books, Narcissus in Chains is about power and responsibility, and the way that any increase in personal power ratchets up a sense of responsibility--or ought to. For much of the book, Anita, necromancer and executioner of the undead, is faced with the possibility that living dangerously has caught up with her--that one of the were-leopards whose protector she has become has accidentally infected her and that she has finally crossed the line into non-humanity. Or are the new strengths and powers she is feeling the consequence of extending the bond between her and her two lovers, the vampire Jean-Claude and the werewolf Richard? There are new and dangerous players in town and Anita is no longer sure that she can cope...

Laurell K Hamilton's inventiveness with supernatural menace has still not failed her, though more of this book than usual is taken up with Anita's complicated erotic arrangements--she has come a long way in the course of this popular series from the rather prim Catholic girl with a collection of stuffed penguins. This is not one of Hamilton's best books, but enough complicatedly happens in it that those already keen will want to know more. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A superb series (Outland)

Death & gore galore...Hamilton writes with ease & vigour...Great fun" Shivers ('I was enthralled - a departure from the usual type of vampire tale which will have a wide appeal to any reader hunting for both chills & fun')

Andre Norton ('I've never read a writer with a more fertile imagination & fewer inhibitions about using it')

Diana Gabaldon ('Supernatural bad guys beware, night-prowling Blake is savvy, sassy & tough') --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By RiotKitten on 9 Aug. 2010
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I am a big fan of Anita Blake and have enjoyed reading of her adventures in the world of the preternatural. Some of her many talents involve zombie raising, assisting the police in their preternatural cases and being a vampire executioner and an all round bad ass. Now she has another skill to add to her list.............. Nymphomaniac!!!! This book has no decent storyline; it's just Anita getting naked and sleeping her way through the entire male population of St Louis with a loose background story that is only there to give Anita chance to meet more men with bigger penises!!! And what is with all the crying that's going on? This series has moved from urban fantasy to Erotic Fantasy, I will keep reading but only because I bought the entire series and will be hoping that Hamilton turns on the old charm that was in the earlier books.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Pouteaux on 5 May 2003
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This book, out of all her books so far, is the best, because we get more into the intricate details of the shapeshifter politics, and helps you fit together many facts (like why there're no baby shapeshifters running around.)
But there is several very frustrating aspects of the book too. Like why there is so much sex in this book? Anita's resistance to sex has always been an aspect of the series, but this is ridiculous! Also, how deep can Richard and Jean Claude be??? They seem to keep coming up with secrets, talents and skills that are never mentioned in earlier books!
I haven't read Cerulean sins yet, but i hope Hamiltons toned down the sex a bit, and is back on track about explained the details of her world!
Don't mistake me though,it's still a good read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 5 Oct. 2001
Format: Hardcover
For those of you who haven't met Anita Blake before,you need to start off at the beginning with 'Guilty Pleasures' to fully understand how the heroine has developed into her zombie raising and vampire servant powers. This is an interesting progression of the series. Several of the other books seem to have got no further in explaining the relationships Anita has, but in this one it is almost as though Laurell K Hamilton is saying goodbye. There's fighting (there's always fighting!) and there's also a new man on the scene, but there's more than just that. Maybe there is another book in production, but by the end of this book, a lot, if not all, of the problems that have beset Anita from the very beginning are sorted out. Anita's life will never be simple, but she seems to be resigning herself to certain parts of herself that she's struggled against for too long. The monsters are still there, but Anita is finding what her place is among them at last.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By sarah on 31 Aug. 2010
Format: Paperback
This book in the series of Anita Blake is by far my favourite! After reading some previous reviews on Anita Blake I was convinced that I would be in for a great disappoinment, especially as I was under the impression that books 1-9 are 'the best'. Yes, ok, books 10 onwards have more sex in them, but its not like Anita Can help it or help herself!
I enjoyed the arrival of Micah, a new love interest for Anita perhaps? Even though Richard's outburst of how he's really feeling left Anita hurt, you just sense that its still not over between them.
Jean Claude shows a side to him that I think is what Anita needs to take responsibilty for her morals/actions.
Definately worth reading just to discover that Anita is a new woman, she's become more comfortable around her pard (which im glad!)and learned to control her powers better.
Lets just say the only thing she has not improved on is her blushing!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Debbie McCarthy on 27 Feb. 2003
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Apart from the middle third of this book - which draws a fascinating picture of shapeshifter politics in Anita Blake's world - this book continues the decline in Hamilton's writing which has been going on for some time. Frankly, I found it really hard work - lacklustre, turgid and downright boring. If you want soft porn, with plenty of violence then go ahead and buy it. If, on the other hand, you enjoyed Hamilton as a storyteller and builder of a truly unique and fascinating mythos in the past, then don't waste your money. I don't think I will be buying any more of her books - which is a real shame, but this happens occasionally.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Oct. 2001
Format: Hardcover
I'm a big fan of this series, and had been eagerly anticipating the next installment. I was not disappointed, and was unable to put this book down once I'd started.
I've been following the series since Guilty Pleasures was published in the early 90s and have introduced a number of friends to this series, who have all become huge fans of Anita and her creator, Laurell K. Hamilton. Characters, plots, settings and the one-liners have all remained strong throughout, and the world in which the stories are set has become a favorite place to escape to.
For people not familiar with the series the premise revolves around Anita, a vampire executioner and necromancer. Her line of work is pretty dangerous to say the least, and her personal life isn't any better. The two men in her life are Richard, a gentle werewolf, and Jean Claude, the master vampire of St Louis, and she's been finding it hard to decide between the two.
This book gets back to the focus of the series following the interlude with Edward in Obsidian Butterfly. Namely, the triangle between Anita, Jean Claude and Richard. I won't spoil things by saying what happens, but Laurell K. Hamilton is at her very best in this book, which finally reaches some resolution after the twists and turns of the previous books.
Again, Anita's morals are tested beyond their limits, and she has to decide whether becoming one of the monsters is an acceptable trade for protecting loved ones. In this book, it is the shifters who are the focus of a malign entity, with the vampires taking on a more peripheral role.
The opposing views of Richard, the pacifist, and Anita, who is more practical (or ruthless?) on how to organise shifter society continue to put strain on their relationship.
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