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Narcissus in Chains (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #10)

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Hamilton's vampire-hunting Anita Blake faces a plethora of foes in her tenth outing. Just returned to St. Louis after six months away, Anita is still no closer to choosing between her lovers--Jean-Claude, a vampire, and Richard, a werewolf. But she has to rely on both for help after two of the wereleopards that she has been watching are abducted at a seedy club called Narc...more
Mass Market Paperback, 644 pages
Published September 24th 2002 by Jove (first published October 11th 2001)
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CJ
The beginning of the end. I was fascinated with the whole human servant thing. I was fascinated with the werewolf added into the fray thing - talk about a messy love life! I thought that her powers increasing was fine - they had to if she was hanging around the kinds of monsters that were in her coterie. The twist with her being able to have a vampire servant bound to her was a nice one....after all, her power is to control the dead, and what are vampires but dead?

But it was never enough. It go...more
Rick
[My opinion, for what it‘s worth...exactly:]

With the exception of Micah, I've read the entire Anita Blake series up to this point (Blood Noir, #16) and, in the aforementioned opinion, Obsidian Butterfly was the last decent book, after which the series should have been renamed Anita Blake, Vampire Humper since the majority of what little action takes place occurs in the bedroom, the back seat of automobiles, on the kitchen table, the bathroom floor...etc, etc, etc.

Beginning with Narcissus In Ch

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Tilly Slaton
This book is the beginning, the core foundation of everything to come.

All of the books prior to this one were filled with death, gruesome and violent homicide scenes, bestial pornographic rape scenes to unquestionable love. Totally weird stuff, but worth every minute of couch time!

This book takes the entire series, and swings it into a completely different direction. This book really rocks the boat, and takes you by surprise. The once innocent and strictly moral and you must be in love to have s...more
Crystal Starr Light
Anita Blake is spending some much needed time with her friend, Veronica "Ronnie" Sims, when she gets a call. Apparently, submissive Nathaniel went to the club, Narcissus in Chains, and got into some BIG TIME trouble. Against the wishes of Ronnie, Anita calls Jean-Claude to give her an assist. At the club, she reunites with her other lover, Richard. From there, BIG changes happen.

NOTE: For some odd reason, the only audiobook version I could find is the abridgement. So I'm sure there are tons of n...more
Damecatoe
TOTALLY SPOILERY, BEWARE

Hamilton managed to work in at least two Triple Word Scores with use of terms that resonate well with genre fans: ouroboros (remember Scully's tattoo, anyone?) and oubliette (yay! Jareth would be so pleased). But the newest term created for the Blakeverse? Panwere. Because it was not enough to have werewolves, wereleopards, wererats, wereswans, weresnakes, weretigers, werehyenas, weredogs and werebears. Nay, we also have to have someone who can shapeshift into multiple an...more
Stacy
Jul 23, 2007 Stacy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Horror, Fantasy, and Romance
This is probably my favorite book in the series. I loved loved loved this one. I know many people think that after Obsidien Butterfly things went down hill and there was nothing but sex sex sex all the time, but if you look at the emotions involved and Anita's blossoming power in this book it is more than any book yet, plus there is nothing wrong with liking a little bit of sex (or alot) with your reading. So Since I do like those things I name this book my absolute favorite and I'm sure there a...more
Grace
Gaaaaaaaaaaaaah.

You know who I'm thinking of here? Marion Zimmer Bradley. That is not a compliment. Talk talk talk sex whine talk cry sex cry sex sex talk whine politics whine sex talk talk mope sex pine sex sex talk cry. Except with Anita, so there's also stomping, threatening violence, and being a total asshole.

The outfits in this book are a cross between a West Village queen's fever dream, the erotic etchings of a courtier during the reign of the Sun King, and the yearnings of some sort of...more
Kari Ramirez
It's really sad the direction this series has gone. The first few books we SO GOOD! Scary and tense with a little sexual tension, but mostly just scary and tense. Then she introduced Richard and things started to go downhill. I don't mind a little romance in my blood & gore, but this is ridiculous. If I wanted to read supernatural porn I'd read Merry Gentry's series. Wait, I already did. So why would I want to read this crap?

It's no longer about the baddies that come out at night. It's all a...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
This for me is where the series went to crap. Before this I'd rate no book in this series lower than a four, but this one falls off a cliff. I held on and read to book 18, Flirt, because I had genuinely loved the series until this book, and back then once I invested in a series I kept with it, and with the books published up to The Harlequin, momentum kept me going, at least until I had to wait for the next book to be published. But Hamilton did something here that made me want to hurl the book...more
Cat Russell  (Addicted2Heroines)
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Fangs for the Fantasy
I normally begin my reviews with a summary of the book’s plot. So I’m going to scrape some plot out here to write about

Anita has, after the drastic events of the last book, decided to end her 6 month separation with Richard and Jean-Claude and re-bound the marks since without the marks being properly linked all three of them are walking around with a great big target painted on their foreheads. Unfortunately, because Jean-Claude is an incubus, uniting the marks means Anita gains the adeur, becom...more
Lahnna
*le sigh*

So, this is one of my least favorite novels of all time. In and outside of the Anita Blake series. I began reading this series as a senior in high school (about 2002) and was enraptured by this giant world of were-folk, vampires, and our favorite ball-busting, vampire staking, caustically witty Anita Blake.

I followed the series dutifully and enjoyed every page. Obsidian Butterfly was wonderful with more Edward! But I got to this novel and became extremely dumbstruck and disappointed. Wh...more
Chris
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Samantha (Book Lover's Cozy Cafe)
this was an intense book, so much going on. Anita poor Anita it's hard to be a badass when your badassness is running on low. Richard at first I was like oh awesome he's becoming cool, calm and collected and getting with the program ummmmm WRONG!!!! This man was more up & down and more emotional than a woman on PMS.

Jean Claude was as usual as calm and cool and sexy as always except when he attacked Micah now that was a trip.... OK so what is it with he shifter boys, they all seem to be rea...more
***Dave Hill
(Original review, Dec 2006 http://hill-kleerup.org/blog/2006/12/... )

Overall: 3/5
Story: 2/5
Re-Readability: 4/5
Characters: 2/5

The tenth installment in the Anita Blake novels is where the series really, truly, goes off the rails. This is as far as I’ve gotten, both in my original reading and in this current rereading of the series — though I’ve every attention of going on from here — but this book exemplifies what’s gone wrong with this series from its initial excellent start.

1. If things don’t se...more
Jennifer
oh dear. After possibly the best, tightest, most suspenseful Anita Blake book yet (Obsidian Butterfly), we get this WEIRD story. At first I liked it because Anita's back in St Louis and it looks like she's reuniting with both JC and Richard and apparently everybody is going to be OK with that (after god knows how much drama to get there). But then she gets attacked, contracts lycanthropy (supposedly), and wakes up with strange naked men, one of whom she pretty much immediately screws in the show...more
mlady_rebecca
This is still one of my favorite books in the Anita Blake series. Part of that is that it was the last book I read when I first discovered the series and read them in one great rush. (In other words, "Cerulean Sins" was the first book I had to wait for.) But a lot of it is the fact that I like the possibilities this book opened up.

This book represented a turning point in the series, one that many readers disliked, but I was quite fond of.

There is an underlying theme in these books. Anita goes f...more
Heather
This book is probably the worst of the series so far. I couldn't even get through it. It got to the point where after chapter 8 (I think) I said screw it and skipped to the last few chapters and read them.

You can't have a good book if you can't take the sex out and have a decent story line.

Then there's the small fact that in the beginning, Blake was strong in her faith and believed in what she was brought up to believe through her religion. Now, she's pretty much her own god.

Not to mention the...more
K.T.
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Manee
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Pete
With trepidation I started this book having read a few bad reviews. But, I have liked LKH so far, and I love series that can actually take on a new direction and focus. I would like to think all of us remain strictly moral and loyal as Anita has, but I hoped such a strong willed lady could enjoy some more steamy scenes.

As with preceding books, Narcissis in Chains is the name of a submission night club operated by Narcissus, a werehyena. Anita, on a supposed vacation is back in the issues of pack...more
Anna
There are 3 episodes in this novel showcasing: 'Anita Blake Vampire Hunter' the opening rescue (unsurprisingly in an S+M club) the retaliation at her home about 60% through the book and the final showdown - no prizes for guessing where. The rest of the novel is 'Anita Blake, Furry Succubus'. To be honest I've read so many forum comments about Anita Blake turning into the 'Vag of Doom' that it was a relief to finally find the novel where it all comes together/falls apart depending on your perspec...more
Lisa H.
One of the things I initially liked about the character of Anita Blake was that she had a moral compass, and her job as an animator (the kind that raises the dead, not the kind that draws Bambi), her consulting position with the cops, and her burgeoning skills as a necromancer all kept putting her in positions where she had to evaluate her behavior and decide if she was still one of the "good guys." Not that I'm saying I'm the kind of person who carries multiple guns, hangs out with vampires and...more
Vettech
Ok, this is a first for I think. I've never done a review of an Anita Blake book before. The author Laurell K. Hamilton should be proud of me...maybe! I really love this series and Anita Blake is such an awesome strong female lead character. I usually find these books very complex with so much going on it's hard to do a review that gives it justice, so I'll do my best here.

While reading this book in particular, I found when Anita wasn't fighting for her life, she was giving some very good messag...more
Aisha



If I hear ARM WRESTLING one more time, I'll be shooting Anita Blake myself, and ask questions later.

The character clothes are startlingly late 80s to early 90s kind of sexy, I wouldn't know I was a baby then but Bitch please! A healthy coat of vinyl body tight suit with matching boots ON A MAN'S BODY is hardly sexy! No matter how sexy that man is!

Last book Anita was becoming this unrelatable character badass and the author tries to humanize her in this one by making her cry all the time and thro...more
Regina
This is often noted as the first book in the great decline of Anita Blake, but I noticed that it many of my GR friends have given it 4/5 stars. For me, this book was a weak book. It was weak because it lacked the horror and fear element. My favorite Anita Blake books are the ones with a very strong horror background. This was also a weak book for me, because really I couldn’t figure out why there was the conflict. It seemed to be a weak set up. And finally, the back and forth between Richard and...more
LJ
Narcissus in Chains - Ok
Laurell K. Hamilton - 10th in series
Wounded in battle at a bondage club while trying to save one of the were-leopards she is protecting, Anita Blake, vampire hunter, wakes up naked in bed with a couple of strange men and discovers that the wounds she suffered in the rescue may be turning her into a werewolf herself. As usual in this series, there's lots of sexual tension as Anita tries to balance her two lovers, vampire Jean-Claude and alpha werewolf Richard, but this tim...more
Kipi
Aug 23, 2012 Kipi rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who like Mary Sue -porn
2% (sucky) plot
8% Anita gaining new powers
10% bringing other characters down (no one can be even nearly as awesome as Anita)
40% teeth-grindingly bad sex (everything from group to nearly-a-rape, YACK!)
40% praising Anita for being such a hot/strong/wise/powerful/special person

= CRAP

If I hadn't read Black Dagger Brotherhoods and Twilights, this would get 1 star.

Edit: Oh yeah, erected penises waltzing around and "wet pounding"?... Bitch, please.

Edit: I'll take it back, this totally deserves 1 star.
Sascha
No es que el libro sea malo malo, es que no se puede juzgar algo que no tenga trama, realmente este ha sido un libro de transición en la serie todavía no se si para bien o para mal.
¿Que pasa en este libro? Anita tiene encuentros sexuales ( o no según ella) con todos los personajes masculinos de todos los libros , pero no me molesta tanto como la actitud de estos personajes a este comportamiento, son los seres menos celosos que existen.

Si hay algo que me irrita de Anita es el hecho que no tiene s...more
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Laurell K. Hamilton is one of the leading writers of paranormal fiction. A #1 New York Times bestselling author, Hamilton writes the popular Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter novels and the Meredith Gentry series. She is also the creator of a bestselling comic book series based on her Anita Blake novels and published by Marvel Comics. Hamilton is a full-time writer and lives in the suburbs of St. Louis...more
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