Published in: 2001
Edition read: Paperback
Book #: Book 10 in the Anita Blake series
Link to my original review: https://shaniquerae.wordpress.com/2011/06/07/narcissus-in-chains-by-laurell-k-hamilton/
Six months of celibacy have made Anita crave the two men in her life like never before. But when a kidnapper targets innocents she has sworn to protect, Anita turns to them for help, which will require harnessing both their powers- and their hungers…
But merging their powers together will give this mortal woman a taste of immortal hunger that she’ll never be able to forget…
Look, second time around, this book is still pretty good. It’s not as good as the previous 9 books of this series, but it’s good. Having read books 1-9, I now actually understand so much more. Like who the wereleopards are and why Anita has inherited them. I also understand what her, Jean-Claude, and assface/Richard end up doing to bring on the Ardour and why this is an issue and really just so much more makes sense. I still hate Richard though. He is really an ass. Why does she keep up with him?
There is a bit of sex in this book, much more than previous books, but it’s at a nice balance of sex scenes and story. It’s a good story, I didn’t get bored by any of it, but the ending was my favourite. Anita having to fight through Narcissus’ club is still the highpoint of this book, it’s got all the action that you come to expect from an Anita Blake book. It’s sad though, you can see the tides are turning in this book and it’s going from solid storylines to just smutty sex scenes that are starting to get really annoying.
Narcissus in chains original rating: 5/10
Narcissus in chains new rating: 7.5/10
Would I re-read it? Yes I would
Who would I recommend it to? Fans of the series, though if you hate the later books in the series, then this is probably one of the last ones you’d enjoy reading as it’s still got some storyline happening – but you can see that it’s not up to the standard that books 1 – 9 had.