Narcissus In Chains: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter 10 Paperback – 5 Sep 2002
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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
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')
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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.Read more ›
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!
Richard and Jean-Claude re appear in this book, but from there the story seems to spiral a little out of control. I think that's what made this book so different from the rest. Previously the stories have all been very well structured, intricate but interlinked, so it felt like you were getting somewhere gradually but definitively. This book didn't have the same feel. The story i think had too many elements working together to make it as clearly defined.
First theres the marriage of the marks between Anita, Richard and Jean-Claude, then theres the question of Anita being lycanthrope infected, then there's the ardour and introduction of an entirely new character, then the relationship questions, then the whole plot with disappearing Weres. I think it was just too much to carry well in a single book. Yes, some of it was titillating and kept me reading, but there were moments when i suddenly raised my head and thought "What on earth is the writer thinking?".
It was a decent read but, for me at least, the weakest of the series so far. I truly hope the following books can untangle some of the mess this book made.
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I have read all Anita Blake books up to this point but I found this particular book very boring .Published 14 months ago by Kindle Customer