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Narcissus in Chains

(Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #10)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  56,569 ratings  ·  1,236 reviews
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 Narci
Mass Market Paperback, 644 pages
Published September 24th 2002 by Jove (first published 2001)
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Mar 20, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
[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

Tilly Slaton
Oct 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Aug 04, 2012 rated it did not like it

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
Mar 11, 2010 rated it did not like it
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 the 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
Just your average book named after a transvestite, sado-masochistic were-hyena. I swear that market is getting flooded!

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.
Jul 23, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 02, 2007 rated it it was ok

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
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Oct 18, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy, fiction, novels
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
First read: June 2006
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
Fangs for the Fantasy
Nov 28, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Jun 30, 2009 rated it did not like it
*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
Cat Russell  (Addicted2Heroines)
Oct 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Pam Nelson
Holy Fucking SHIT! Things just got real, I love Nathiel and I love Micah oh and I love that JC (Jean-Claude) kind of took the gloves off and showed Anita that she isn’t the only big bad. And that he was protecting her from a lot of shit.

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.
Alice 🌙
4.5/5 ⭐️
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.
Amy Imogene Reads
Yes, I reread this just because and decided to rate it this time. I settled on 3 stars because I know this series is a) incredibly polarizing and b) very poorly paced and plotted at time but listen - I don’t care. Yes, I still love it years later.
***Dave Hill
Nov 10, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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(Original review, Dec 2006 )

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
Stick a fork in me, I am finally done. Done reading this Anita Blake novel, which I have found less satsifying than previous offerings. Call it 2.5 stars for my reading experience.

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
Anna 'Bookbuyer'
Anita has found a mate for her leopard self! Micah! So happy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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 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
3.5, closer to 4 though.

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
It's funny, while rereading these I'm noticing that Anita is kind of a hypocrite. Maybe because I'm older now then when I last read them but I'm seeing Anita in a whole new light. But luckily, because there's so many other characters that I still love, it didn't hinder my enjoyment of the series.

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
murphy ✌ (daydreamofalife)
3 / 5

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
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Timothy Boyd
Well I knew book #10 was the last one in the series I planned to read based on reviews I had checked out. The series has slowly morphed from a supernatural Urban fantasy/romance story to some sorta supernatural erotica. I know the series still sells well and so that means someone is enjoying these boos but not me. I just don't enjoy the pages of sex scenes and chapters of werewolf/vampire three ways. Well I am done with this, sad too as the world and premises of the plots were interesting. Not r ...more
Kathy Davie
Sep 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Tenth in the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter horror/urban fantasy series and revolving around Anita, a necromancer and totally conflicted woman.

It's been a six weeks since Obsidian Butterfly , 9.

My Take
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
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 really
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
MJ Codename: ♕Duchess♕
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
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