Narcissus in Chains
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 Narci ...more
But it was never enough. It go ...more
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...more
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 ...more
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
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
It's no longer about the baddies that come out at night. It's all a ...more
My Internet is out until Monday and I'm using my phone, so I'll keep it short. Anita is still annoying, Richard is still a dick, Jean Claude is still awesome, and Nathaniel is still sweet. ...more
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
Re-read: December 2017
Rating: 4/5 stars
This is the book where the Anita Blake series takes a huge turn away from the urban fantasy/police procedural plots that endeared the character and the world she lived in to an awful lot of fans and introduced a concept changed the way Hamilton wrote this series for years to come.
Anita returns to Jean-Claude and St. Louis after her self-enforced six month absence. Following the events of Obsidian Butterfly Anita has real ...more
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
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
The Ardeur has reared its head and the three have to figure out how to feed it without Anita give up who she is.
Whinny Richard. He is going to get a lot of people killed if he can’t step up or allocate to those who can.
Will she change? I am sure we will know. ...more
So. Much. Damn. Sex. That’s the only reason I’m docking half a star from it. I love my smut, but not when it’s every other page. Also like Anita says she’s Christian but is totally fine sleeping with like 3 guys at once? But God forbid two guys kiss in front of her. The horror! Oh no! 🙄 Other then that it was awesome and so many new things were told to the reader and about the were animals.
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
Many people of have told me “the Anita Blake series is fine until you hit book 10.” That’s this one, and I’m certainly aware that the series is moving in directions that I’m less interested in.
Now, those of you who do not read fantasy or urban fantasy may find the genre silly, what with its legions of vampires, werewo ...more
She also got the ardeur though... :( Poor Anita. It will work out for the most part in the end though.
Micah is exactly what she needs. An uncomplicated man. Well after she killed the bad guy he was. Why can I never remember names. I know he was Orlando but who else was he? Started with an R? I think?
Narcissus is pregnant? OMG. I agree with Anita not sure he should be breeding but it's not really our business.
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
I have no idea how to rate this book. Everyone seemed to hate it so I started it with really low expectations. What can I say, I was surprised.
Some were good surprises, some not so much.
On one hand, there were a lot of things that I didn't like. The long, maybe useless descriptions were annoying (but I got used to them by now). I didn't like the "new" Richard and how he seemed to change from the guy I was used to. I didn't like the sexual relationships (if you can call th ...more
In this installment, Anita is dealing with the fallout of having left for almost 6 months while trying to get her metaphysical shit together. And of course, when she comes back she expects everyone to ju ...more
Ah, the ardeur rears its over-sexed head. I'm not the biggest fan of this turn in the series, but it's not a deal breaker for me. I'm a mildly sex-repulsed asexual, so I normally end up skimming the sexy bits anyways, so it doesn't really effect me.
I love that we get to see the repercussions of Anita's absence in St. Louis from the previous book. Jean-Claude's power base has weakened considerably, and the direction Richard is trying to take the pack in is shaky to say the least. Anita had a ...more
It's been a six weeks since Obsidian Butterfly , 9.
Hamilton does crack me up with her sense of humor. I love Anita's snark whether its actually said or she simply thinks it.
"...other girl talk … pretty ordinary talk. Sex, guys, turning thirty, vampires, werewolves. You know, the usual."While Anita does tick me off with her self-righteous, holier-th ...more
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 really ...more
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
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