This is a review of “Narcissus in Chains” by Laurell K. Hamilton. It is the 10th novel in The Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter Series.
“Narcissus in Chains” follows on from “Obsidian Butterfly“.
Anita has been taking some off and away from her two lovers Jean-Claude and Richard. She is now ready to reconnect. But after Jean Claude does something that he calls “marrying the marks” Anita encounters some problems. For one she seems to have inherited Jean Claude’s ardeur. It’s cool in that she can draw energy from lust, but it’s bad in that it has to be “fed” sometimes multiple times a day. For two, she seems to have irrevocably linked herself to Damian by raising him from his true death, and whenever she is too far from him, he turns into a revenant.
Richard is attempting to turn his pack into a democracy, but anyone and everyone can see that that is just not going to work. Newcomers sense this “weakness” in Richard and plot to take the Thronos Rokke clan for their own.
Micah, an alpha wereleopard arrives in town. Anita finds herself inexplicably attracted to Micah. There’s also a new group of shapeshifters in town. They’re violent and looking for trouble. And it just so happens that the leaders of various were groups in town have been found to be missing.
Can Anita learn to live with the ardeur? What’s she going to do about Richard and his apparent death wish? What’s the deal with Micah? And what has happened to the local weres and shapeshifters?
This book was ok, but for me it marks the beginning of where this series turns into more of an erotica series than a paranormal/horror/mystery series. I gotta say, I’m not a huge fan. It becomes very unrealistic and I can’t understand why all these men are ok with Anita being so… well… slutty. Yeah, yeah I understand the in’s and outs (lol) of the ardeur, and I know she’s gotta get her freak on. And I am not judging (well ok, maybe a little). It’s just that her ideals/ethics/morals seemed to have completely flipped from the first few novels, where she vowed not to have sex again before marriage. I am also not saying it’s wrong for her to enjoy being with lots of different men, and loving sex. But seriously? I know a fair few men, and in my experience they’re very jealous creatures. Even the gentle ones ain’t that likely to agree to having a girlfriend with a variety of boyfriends.
Ok, ok, I know it’s all fiction, and come on, vampires and werewolves aren’t real either, but I find them more believable than the patience and understanding of Anita’s “boyfriends”.
That’s just what I think.