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Narcissus in Chains by Laurell K. Hamilton
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May 21, 2010

did not like it

** spoiler alert ** Definitely where the Crazy Train finally departed. There were shades of things to come in "The Killing Dance," and "Blue Moon" put a little more icing on the cake, but this book? It became official.

We have Narcissus, a hermaphrodite hyena shifter (?!), a panwere (!?!?), and the "marriage" of the marks between the main trio, something that comes off as a cheap way to avoid the final mark but has the same effect. (And frankly, if it was meant to BE that final mark, then the whole "immortality" thing seems to have been forgotten, or Anita just didn't find it important enough to angst over.)

And then we have Micah. Oh, do we ever have Micah. A leopard shifter with "kitty" eyes and hung like a horse (yes, this is a plot point. That will constantly be brought up in subsequent books. You've been warned) who was sent to basically infiltrate Anita's pard, he instead falls for the titular heroine. Because she's just that awesome, of course, which was something of a running gag in the previous books, but is now beginning to grow into ridiculous proportions. EVERY metaphysical so-and-so thinks Anita is awesome. Even the bloody panwere villain thinks she's awesome.

In any event, there's almost painful sex (and despite what future edits may lead you to believe, was originally a fairly obvious near-rape scene), metaphysical sex, Anita's awakening ardeur, and other stuff happens. The only problem is, after the previous books where Anita was almost a prude, the sudden explosion of sexual awakening comes off as frankly ridiculous and almost crass, and detracts somewhat from the plot. And it only gets worse after this.
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