This is the 10th Anita Blake vampire hunter book, and it shows us a more grown-up Anita. After spending six months away from her lovers, friends, and police work, Anita is back in St. Louis, hoping to patch things up. Only she finds out that things have gone down the drain while she was gone, and more bad has shown up in town, kidnapping various shapeshifters. Anita takes on the task of finding the kidnapper even as she attempts to mend the ties she has severed between herself and Richard, Jean-Claude, the wereleopards, the werewolves, and the vampires. By rejoining with Jean-Claude, Anita becomes a victim of the ardeur, a frenzied appetite for blood or sex.
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The review of this Book prepared by Sarrah
Anita Blake helped capture and destroy a supernatural being that was killing people and turning them into zombies. Without the help of her clan. Anita carries the mark of a vampire and a werewolf. For she had both as lovers. A kidnapper has taken one of her people and she needs all the help help she can get. The threesome finally merge and Anita has the power to feel everything they feel and call upon their powers as well as her own.
The review of this Book prepared by Sherrie L. Jones
Narcissus in Chains, the 10th Anita Blake book, shows the heroine dealing with the consequences of her burgeoning powers and enmeshment with the vampire, werewolf, and werelepoard communities. When Anita is called to rescue a werelepoard from an S&M club, she merges her powers with the vampire Master of the City and the werewolf Ulfric which results in her gaining werewolf and vampire hungers. She is also infected by a werelepoard scratch. Anita spends most of the book fighting (and failing) to control her various hungers, and fighting her way through the politics of the monster communities.
The review of this Book prepared by A. S.
Laurell K Hamilton
Berkley, Oct 2001, 22.95 400 pp.
It has been six months since Anita Blake has seen her two lovers, Richard the shapeshifter and Jean-Claude the vampire. 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.
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.
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.
The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner