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

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In her tenth adventure, nothing can save vampire hunter Anita Blake from a twist of fate that draws her ever closer to the brink of humanity.

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In her tenth adventure, nothing can save vampire hunter Anita Blake from a twist of fate that draws her ever closer to the brink of humanity.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Laurell K. Hamilton’s sexiest book, and that’s saying something… The relationships between the characters take center stage.”—St Louis Post-Dispatch

“The definitive book in the series…Laurel K. Hamilton has written the best book of her career because she gives the audience the answers they have been waiting for. This action-supernatural thriller is a keeper and with the passage of time will be considered a classic.”—BookBrowser

“In [this novel] tough, sarcastic Anita Blake…torn between her inner vamp and wolf makes a final mating choice that no fan will expect…Better pounce!”—Kirkus Reviews


“Amorous.”—Publishers Weekly

“[Hamilton’s] sexy, edgy, wickedly ironic style sweeps the reader into her unique world and delivers red-hot entertainment.”—Jayne Ann Krentz

“Hamilton just get better and better… Narcissus in Chains hits the ground running and never stops.”—St Louis Post-Dispatch

“Steamy… engaging reading for vampire cultists.”—Booklist

Publishers Weekly
Bestseller Hamilton's Anita Blake, police consultant, executioner, necromancer, private eye and wereleopard protector, returns in her amorous 10th adventure, driven more by conflicting desires for the lovers she neglected in her last outing, Obsidian Butterfly (2000), than by the urge to solve any mystery. Once again, in a world where vampires and werecreatures are protected by law, Blake attempts to resolve her libido's constant crisis. Plunged into the netherworld of a leather D/S (dominant/submissive) bar, Narcissus in Chains, by the abduction of one of her inherited wereleopards, Blake finds herself deep into shapeshifter politics and a were creature power struggle that is all a metaphor for her own inner struggle. Whom should she choose werewolf Richard or vampire Jean-Claude? Or should she take a new lover? Who cares? Blake is eventually infected by the "ardeur" from the vampire clan and tinged with shapeshifting abilities from the were clan. As she becomes more like the fantastic creatures she protects or kills, she, alas, doesn't get any more interesting as a character. Her obsessions with lust serve mainly to overwhelm a rickety plot. Blake needs to put her clothes back on and get back to work. Too much flesh and not enough plot leads to the old but so true saying, "Less is more." (Oct. 9) Forecast: With a 15-city author tour and 100,000 first printing, this should be as successful saleswise as previous books in the series. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780515133875
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/24/2002
  • Series: Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series, #10
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 656
  • Sales rank: 127,260
  • Product dimensions: 6.64 (w) x 10.96 (h) x 1.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Laurell K. Hamilton

Laurell K. Hamilton is a full-time writer and mother. Her bestselling Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter novels include Narcissus in Chains, Obsidian Butterfly, Blue Moon, Burnt Offerings, The Killing Dance, Bloody Bones, The Lunatic Café, Circus of the Damned, The Laughing Corpse, and Guilty Pleasures. She is also the author of A Kiss of Shadows and A Caress of Twilight. She lives in a suburb of St. Louis with her family.


The vampire genre has enthralled readers ever since Bram Stoker introduced a certain Transylvanian count over a century ago. Since then vampires have been used as vehicles for everything from romantic novels to erotica to humor to the expected tales of terror. However, very few writers have combined all of these facets of the never-say-die vampire quite the way that Laurell K. Hamilton has.

Hamilton has not always been under the spell of undead things that go bump-and-grind in the night. When she was a young girl, her literary tastes were a bit more on the traditional side. "I wanted to be Louisa May Alcott, who wrote Little Women, because I had never read any science fiction, fantasy, or horror," she confessed in a podcast on Mayor "Then at 13 or 14 I found Robert E. Howard's short story collection [Pigeons From Hell]. It was the first horror, the first heroic fantasy, the first science fiction I'd ever read, and the moment I read that I knew that not only did I want to be a writer, but this is what I wanted to write."

Furthering Hamilton's burgeoning fascination with the fantastic, she discovered Anthony Masters's The Natural History of the Vampire at her high school library. Coupled with the ghost stories her grandmother had told her when she was a child and heavy doses of Hammer Horror movies from Great Britain, Hamilton was well on her way to creating a character that would only be rivaled by Buffy in the field of vampire slaying.

Hamilton first introduced vampire huntress Anita Blake in her third novel Guilty Pleasures. Blake is an unlikely combination of action hero, federal marshal, "necromancer," and lusty dame. Her exploits between the sheets and in the graveyard won Hamilton a rabid following hungry for something new in the well-traveled vampire genre.

Along with the kinds of scares normally associated with vampire stories, Hamilton's books are notable for their unflinching eroticism. Vampires have had a sexual lure since Stoker, but Hamilton particularly draws that aspect to the surface of her work as one of her creatures might draw blood from a victim. "I [want] a kiss to be so believable it gives the reader shivers," she says on her website. "Two things I do well are sex and violence, but I don't want gratuitous sex or violence. The sex and violence is only as graphic as need be. And never included unless it furthers the plot or character development."

Another unlikely trait of her books is humor, vampire tales classically being of the more solemn sort. However, a writer weaned on a book titled Pigeons From Hell is not likely going to shy away from wit. Consequently, her books have been consistently entertaining and fun, as well as creepy and sexy.

Hamilton has also brought her delicious combination of sex, humor, and frights to another series, this one more ingrained in dark fantasy than horror. Her faerie princess/P.I. Meredith Gentry made her debut in Kiss of Shadows in 2001 and has since sparked her own crowd-pleasing sword and sorcery meets pulp series.

Increasingly, the Anita Blake and Merry Gentry books have added more sexual content to their story lines, classifying both series in a new hybrid genre that blends romance, erotica, and paranormal fantasy. To judge from Hamilton's consistent appearance on the bestseller charts, readers find the mix spellbinding.

Good To Know

One thing you will never find in a Hamilton novel is a cliffhanger. She believes that cliffhangers unfairly tease readers who would then have to wait six months to a year to have some sense of resolution. As she said during an interview with Bill Thompson of Eye On Books, "Every book is a full meal. All the way from the appetizer to the dessert, so that you come away feeling that you've had an experience... and at the end you have that satisfied, full feeling."

Before Laurell K. Hamilton made a full-time career of blood, guts, murder, and mayhem, she had more humane pursuits -- she volunteered at an animal shelter where she played with unwanted pets.

In our interview, Hamilton shared some fun and fascinating facts about herself with us:

"I am incredibly stubborn. Telling me I cannot do something, especially if you cite the fact that I am a girl, will make me want to do it more and do it better."

"I am not my characters. We have some of the same traits in common, but we are very different people."

"Everything inspires me. Getting up in the morning, walking the dogs, watching a music video. Inspiration comes from everywhere."

"I love animals. I own four dogs, two of whom are rescues. In fact, Jimmy is with us because they were going to gas him if we didn't take him with us. As an older dog his chances of finding a home were fairly slim. But he has been a wonderful addition to our home."

"I like spending time with my family and friends. Something I often feel I do not do enough of. But there are only so many hours in a day."

"I like to read other people's works. I love reading cozy or historical mysteries when I can."

"I enjoy interacting with fans at planned public events. I enjoy talking to them and have met many wonderful people."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Laurell Kaye Klein (birth name)
    2. Hometown:
      St. Louis, Missouri
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 19, 1963
    2. Place of Birth:
      Heber Springs, Arkansas
    1. Education:
      B.A., Marion College
    2. Website:

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Chapter 18

Somewhere during the dressing process I came to my senses. I stayed up against the headboard, Asher's robe belted securely over the red pajamas, my face averted, forehead pressed to the wood. Control was the heart of who I thought I was. I could do this, or rather not do this. I had to try and let this pass me by, because to do anything else I could not do this.

The bed moved, and just the sensation of the men moving around on the bed was enough to tighten my body, speed my pulse. Dear God, help me. This couldn't be happening. I'd feared ending up as a vampire. I'd come close many times, but I'd never thought it would happen like this. I was still alive, still human, but the hunger rose inside me like some great beast trying to dig its way out of me, and all that kept it from surfacing was my fingers digging into the wood, my forehead pressed against the carvings. I wasn't sure which hunger I was fighting. But the ardeur colored all of it, whether I was craving flesh, or blood, the sex was there in all of it. I couldn't separate them, and that was scary all on its own.

I felt someone crawling towards me, and I knew without looking that it was Jean-Claude. I could just feel him.

''Ma petite, all is prepared, we need only you.''

I spoke with my face still pressed into the wood, my fingers clinging to it. &'grave;Well, then you'll just have to do without.''

I felt his hand hovering over my shoulder, and I said, &'grave;Don't touch me!''

''Ma petite, ma petite, I would change this if I could, but I cannot. We must make the best of what is given us.''

That made me look at him. His face was too close, eyes that intense midnight blue, hair a dark glory around his pale face. I flashed on another face just as pale, just as perfect, with a wealth of black hair, but with eyes a rich brown like dark amber. They grew in my vision until the world drowned in the dark honey of her eyes, as if it were poured over my eyes, over my skin, my body, until it filled me, and when I raised my eyes to Jean-Claude's worried face, his hand on my arm, I saw something close to terror in his eyes.

He scrambled back from me, and when I turned and stared at Asher, he spilled off the bed, to stand shaking. Jason and Nathaniel stayed on the bed because they didn't know any better. &'grave;What's wrong?'' Jason asked.

Nathaniel whispered, ''Her eyes.''

I turned and caught sight of myself in the standing mirror in the corner. My eyes had filled with pale brown fire, not the darkness of my own eyes, but hers.

''No,'' I said, softly. I felt her thousands of miles away. Her pleasure at my terror rolled through my body, raised my beast and sent me falling onto the bed. My hands strained for something to hold on to, some help, but there was nothing to fight; it was power and it was inside me.

She explored me, raising my beast until it rolled just under the surface of my skin. She touched that part of Richard that was still inside me and raised his beast, until the two energies entwined and my body started to convulse.

I heard yelling. &'grave;She's going to change!'' Hands holding me down to the bed.

But Belle had learned what she wanted and let them slide back into my body. She separated out the powers inside me like you'd sort a deck of cards. She touched Jean-Claude's link to me and it puzzled her, I could feel it. Until that moment she'd assumed I was a vampire, and now she knew I wasn't. She let what puzzled her slide back deep inside me, then she called the ardeur, the incubus, and the moment I thought it, I realized it was the wrong word. Succubus, she whispered in my head, succubus. The hands that had been holding me down, poured over my body, responding to the ardeur. It was like being covered in pure lust, rolled in it, like flour on a piece of meat before you cook it.

Hands slid along my skin, a mouth closed on my mouth, and I couldn't see who was right above me, kissing me. I could feel the weight of their body, another set of hands, but I could see nothing but a shining amber light.

Belle kept the ardeur on the surface, because it amused her. I couldn't see whose hands were where, or who was doing what, all I could do was feel them; the brush of silk, the press of flesh, a curtain of hair, the scent of vanilla, but I could not see. Belle Morte was using my eyes for other things. She touched that part of me that allowed me to raise the dead. She caressed my necromancy, tried to bring it to the surface as she had the two; beasts and the ardeur, but everything else she had explored was hers to call, it was all in some way part of her lineage, her blood. But the necromancy was all mine.

My magic welled up through me, pushing her back, but I couldn't cast her out, not with just the raw power. It was as if she floated near the surface of some dark pool and I sat at the bottom trying to push her out. I couldn't cast her out, but I could see again, think again.

I was nude from the waist up. Nathaniel's mouth closed on my nipple drawing it in. I cried out, and Jason lowered his mouth to my other breast. There was a moment when I stared down at the two of them pressed to my body, the blond head, the auburn, their mouths working at my breasts, the line of their bodies pressed along mine, the marks of my teeth still visible in Nathaniel's flesh, when the ardeur, when Belle Morte spilled over me again. Jason's hand slid down the front of the red silk bottoms, his fingers finding me as if he'd always known just where to touch me. I writhed under his touch, their touch.

I grabbed Jason's wrist, tried to pull his hand away, but he fought me and it was a tender place to fight over. I screamed, ''Jean-Claude! Asher!''

''Ma petite?'' Jean-Claude made the name a question as if he wasn't sure it was really me. I found the vampires standing beside the bed, not helping, not hindering, just watching. But I understood; the ardeur called to them too. They were afraid to touch us.

''Feed,'' I said.

''Non, ma petite.''

&'grave;I can't fight her and the hunger. Feed, and let me feed.''

''You cannot break free of her, ma petite.''

''Help me!''

He looked across the bed at Asher, and I watched something pass between them, something built of sorrow and old regrets. ''She is right, mon ami, she cannot fight Belle and the ardeur.''

&'grave;She doesn't understand what she's asking,'' Jean-Claude said.

''No, but she asks, and if we do not do it, we will always wonder. I would rather try and fail, than regret having never tried at all.''

They stared at each other for a second or two, then Asher crawled onto the bed and Jean-Claude followed him. Asher stretched out beside Nathaniel, and Jean-Claude mirrored him with Jason. Belle Morte's joy flared through me, filled my eyes with honey-colored flames, and I lost my grip on Jason's wrist. His hand slid back over me, but when I turned to look, I could see Jean-Claude through the dark glass of her eyes and Asher on the other side. I knew that once they touched either pomme de sang they would be caught in the desire, and they would not break free. It was a trap. I opened my mouth to say, don't, but three things happened all at once. They each struck into the neck of the man on their side, as if they'd known exactly what the other would do, and Jason forced me over that shining edge of orgasm. I screamed, body bucking against the bed, and only their weight kept me from sitting up, from clawing the air, because it wasn't just my own pleasure I was feeling. I felt Asher's fangs in Nathaniel's neck, felt Nathaniel's body build, build, and finally release in a rush of pleasure that made him bite down on my breast, made me score not his back, but Asher's with my nails. Jason drew his mouth back from me and screamed. The vampires rode their bodies, and I knew with Belle Morte's awareness that the only reason they didn't orgasm with us was the blood pressure wasn't there yet. But the pleasure was. The five of us were locked into wave after wave of pleasure. Like the heat the ardeur was named for, it passed over and through us again and again. It was like floating, skinless, formless, just above the bed, and I could feel their heartbeats inside my body. Finally I could feel Jean-Claude and Asher, feel their hearts give a massive beat and feel the life flood through their bodies and spill in a long, hot, line of pleasure that seemed to be pulled from the soles of their feet to the tops of their heads, as if every piece of their bodies, every atom, exploded in pleasure at once. Nathaniel, Jason, and I screamed for them, because their mouths were still locked on the blood, still drinking, still feeding. Then it was over, and the five of us lay motionless, except for the frantic rise and fall of our chests, trying to breath, trying to remember what it was like to be inside our own skins, with just one heart inside us, instead of five. We melted back into our own skins, only the faint dew of sweat and the panicked thunder of our pulses beating against each other's bodies.

Jean-Claude and Asher pulled back from Nathaniel and Jason just as they'd bitten them—together, in a synchronization as perfect now as it had been two centuries ago. Belle Morte filled my mind with images—images of the two of them making love to her before Asher was scored, when they were her perfectly matched pair. I had a confused image of them making love to her at the same time. The feel of them pushing inside her, as perfectly aware then as now of where each other's bodies were, and of exactly what they would do. She missed them, and it was partially my love of Asher, my seeing him as beautiful, that made her regret. The sharing wasn't only one way; she was getting my feelings, too. But I was myself again. The desire had been well fed, sated, so now I could do what I did best.

I called my magic, pulled it around me like a breath of cool wind against my sweat-soaked skin. Nathaniel and Jason pulled back from me, eyes still unfocused.

Jean-Claude and Asher raised up above each of the smaller men, their eyes as out of focus as the lycanthropes', but Jean-Claude said, ''Ma petite, what''

I reached for him. ''Take my hand.''

''Ma petite''


Belle's power cut through me like a whip in a practiced hand. She'd been using it to tickle my skin; now she meant it to hurt. I writhed on the bed, only Jason's and Nathaniel's weight keeping me from flailing. My vision was being consumed by brown flames.

A hand in mine, cool flesh, and the moment Jean-Claude touched me I could see again. I was his human servant, he was my master, we were part of a triumvirate of power. If Richard had been here we could have chased her back to the hell she crawled out of. I sent the call in my head, screaming psychically for Richard, but the answer came against my skin. Jason stared at me, confused. He said, ''Anita'' I felt Richard's power in Jason, the link of their pack. The power of the triumvirate leaped between Jean-Claude's hand, my hand, and Jason's body. It would work, it had to work, because I could feel Belle Morte rising inside me again, and I wasn't sure I had it in me to chase her back.

I drew my necromancy like a great dark cloud, a storm ready to break, filling the room with the tingling brush of magic. Nathaniel drew back, whispered, ''Nimir-Ra.''

The power pressed like lightning in a bottle, but the bottle was my body, and there was no release without one more thingblood. The last time we'd done overt triumvirate magic I'd asked the boys to give me blood, watched as Jean-

Claude had sunk fangs into Richard for the first time, but not today. Today I needed the blood, I wanted the blood. I would not share.

I used my free hand to lower Jason's face towards me, but I didn't kiss him. My mouth moved down the side of his cheek, and I whispered, ''I need blood, Jason. Say yes.''

He'd been holding himself off of me with his arms, but he whispered, ''Yes,'' and collapsed his upper body across my breasts, his hand sliding along my stomach as if he meant to do other things. I could smell the blood just below the surface of his neck, could taste his pulse like candy on my tongue, and I bit him. I wasn't a vampire. There were no mind tricks to make it pleasant. We weren't having sex anymore, there was no distraction, only my teeth tearing his flesh, his blood pouring into my mouth, and the moment the blood poured over me the necromancy flared and I pushed it into that honeyed touch. She laughed at me, at us, then the laughter stopped, because she felt the push of my power. I was a necromancer, and she was just another kind of vampire. My magic didn't differentiate between her and any other corpse. I shoved her out, cast her back, locked her outside us. I'd been training in witchcraft this year, so I bound her from us, bound her from harming us in any way, bound her from contacting us through her power. My last thought to her was, If you want to find out what the fuck is going on, pick up a phone. Then she was gone.

-Reprinted from Narcissus in Chains by Laurell K. Hamilton by permission of Jove Books, a member of Penguin Putnam Inc. Copyright © 2001, Laurell K. Hamilton. All rights reserved. This excerpt, or any parts thereof, may not be reproduced in any form without permission.

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  • Posted July 20, 2011

    Want the bad ass back

    Book was ok but wished she could do a little more hunting and a little less sex time. I am not saying cut out the sex but aat least balance things ut, this is not Hustler.

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  • Posted April 17, 2010

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    Where are we going?...

    So I actually like what Anita has been up to in regards to her love life... I think the story needed a bit more of discussion as to what her life is like with all these guys in her life! However, I feel like the story line of this one has gotten a bit off track. While I still love all the characters, the otherworldly things going on, I feel a little lost with this book! I am looking forward to the next one, but I still feel like there is too much stuff going on with just Anita's personal life and not so many mysteries etc. I really liked getting to know Edward and he's gone in this one! So I will keep reading and hopefully still love Anita after all this?

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  • Posted January 2, 2010

    What else could she possibly become?

    This was one of my least favorite in the series so far. Anita is becoming too "powerful" for my tastes. I think in this book the last bit of humanity slips away from her. Also the series becomes even more sexually charged in this book. It becomes down right raunchy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2009

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    Good turning point in the series

    This book was a huge turning point in the series. The new characters in the book turn out to be my favorites.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2007

    Dull read

    I can't believe some of these reviews, really this book does not deserve a 5 rating. To say it's a disappointment is an understatement. I mean, I'm already 3/4 finished with the book and that's when LKH decided to introduce the plot. Come on. I find myself glossing through paragraphs just to finish the chapters. It's boring, it's repetitive, AND the sex scene is sooooooo grueling to read. 1, 2 or hell even 3 sex scene per book is ok. BUT to be subjected with chapter after chapter after chapter of repetitive sex scene is just way too much. I mean not even a soft core porn book have as much sex scene that LKH crammed in this book. I can't believe she took the great Anita character into this path. The Anita character that I fell in love with is gone. She has been replaced by this annoying slut pretending to be Anita.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2001

    More Than Disappointing

    There are many things to say about Narcissus in Chains. It was suppose to be the book that resolved Anita¿s relationship with Richard and Jean-Claude. After the very promising first chapters in Out of this World, I can¿t think of a book I¿d been more excited about. Once upon a time I considered myself a die-hard Anitaverse fan. After NiC, I can no longer make that claim. The book looses focus after the first few chapters, dissolving into low-end erotica and two-dimensional characters. The sex is meaningless and everywhere. You might say it¿s the plot of the book because you¿d be hard press to find another one. And because of who Anita is having sex with and why it has a cheap pornographic quality that I found distasteful and patently contrived. Only the one scene with Richard that was in the back of OB was even remotely reminiscent of the other books. What may be sadder is the emasculation of the characters we¿ve come to care about or would that be the introduction of so many new ones that seemingly have little purpose. Anita¿s world really didn¿t need yet another shifter species or seven. I¿m going to have to pretend that NiC never happened and hoped that whatever possessed Ms. Hamilton during the writing of this book is exorcised by the time the next Anita book roles around.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2013

    Guilty Pleasure run amok

    What I love about Hamilton's books is she's not afraid to tell a story, a full story. She doesn't get to page 198 and then say well damn gotta wrap this up soon. She writes and tells a complete story and I love it. I love that it takes me more than 3 hours to read her novels. The story line for this one was great. True fans of her writing style will love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2013


    Anita Blake certainly isnt th sme girl she was 10 books ago. Laurel K. Hamilton has no inhibitions when it comes to exploring her imagination and he sedy underbelly of the surnatural world she has created. Love it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2001

    A Sounding Disappointment in # 10 of the series

    A year of anticipating and was totally disappointed. I loved the first 9 books. I liked them so much I have two sets, the paperbacks and then the hardback editions from Science Fiction Book Club. The 10th book found myself totally disillusioned with the characters in this book. What happened to the real Anita? Who was this pathetic creature that claimed to be Anita! Did the writing of the Anita Blake Series get some how mixed up with the Meredith Gentry series? Was there a plot in this book other then the lead character (still cannot be the REAL Anita) sleeping around with everyone she saw when Anita was suppose to be pretty wrapped up in her boys (Richard and Jean-Claude)? I'm not sure if I want to see an 11th series written if it continues in this fashion.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    the definitive book in the series

    It has been six months since Anita Blake has seen her two lovers, Richard the shapeshifter and Jean-Claude the werewolf. During that time she has been learning how to control her powers so something unpleasant doesn¿t shock her. She is almost ready to get in touch with her two men and see if they can come to an amicable arrangement since Richard, Jean-Claude and Anita are bound together in a triumvirate of power. <P> Before she can make the first move, two of her were-leopards are being tortured at the S & M club NARCISSUS IN CHAINS. She calls on Jean-Claude for help and he agrees only if she acquiesces to open herself up to the marks of power so she has a fighting chance of coming out of this encounter alive. After Anita takes care of business, she fears changing into a were-jaguar since she was cut by a were-jaguar. Meanwhile a were-Jaguar wants to merge his group with her. Before anything can be arranged, an enemy strikes out at the triumvirate, forcing them to put personal problems on hold and learn who is after them so they can stop him. <P> NARCISSUS IN CHAINS seems to be the definitive book in the series. The protagonist has come to terms with what she is and accepts that her vampire lover is a part of her life because he needs her. She also sees that Richard will never change and makes plans accordingly. Laurel K. Hamilton has written the best book of her career because she gives the audience the long waited answers they have been waiting for. This action-supernatural thriller is a keeper and with the passage of time will be considered a classic. <P>Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2015

    A twist with some explanations

    This book is a bit of a wild ride, but isn't that just what we are all looking for here with Anita? If you are paying close attention Lauren has answered some of your many questions about the way the way the lycanthrope cultures work, her own special moral code, and her deep love and friendship. Good read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2015

    Great book

    Great book! I loved the story line, the fight scenes, hot sex, and.most of all, Anita's new love - Micah! Richard was just getting tiredsome with his constant whining and weak personality. Go Anita! Can't wait to read the next book of the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2014

    One of the worst Anita Blake books so far. I do like the tie-in

    One of the worst Anita Blake books so far. I do like the tie-in and catching up of what has happened during the past six months that Anita was staying out of the picture, but there was so much about beasts rolling through each other every time that the arduer woke up. It did make it easy to skip those pages though and try to get to something new.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2014

    Love this series!

    I'm new to this series, but I am hooked. Definitely recommend it to anyone who likes supernatural romance!

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  • Posted December 14, 2013

    A must read!!!!!

    I love her books they keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end, cant put it down kinda book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2013

    Great series

    I love the series but Anita's love life needs ALOT of help.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2013

    Loved it!

    I thought a lot was going on in this story. One confrontation to the next. No Jean Claude was ok with me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2013

    Cool book

    Love this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2013

    highly recommended

    If you are a Anita Blake fan this is one of the most exciting books of the series. Anita's life takes a signicant change. She accepts the responsible roll of protector, without the help of the two significant men in her life. She gains more love from new her kinred spirit, Micha.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2012

    Couldn't finish

    At chapter 7 I skipped to the epilogh and didn't care to go back and try to figure out why Richard was out bed and Michah was in. I might check for her books in the library but won't waste my money buying any further samples of sex scenes and descriptons of s&m interspersed with some story line. Books 1-3 were worthwhile, after that thlngs went downhill

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