Saturday, October 9, 2010

Review: Narcissus in Chains by Laurell K. Hamilton

Narcissus in Chains (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 10)Book: Narcissus in Chains (The Vampire Hunter #10: Anita Blake Series)
Author: Laurell K. Hamilton
Pages: 656
Publisher: Jove
ISBN: 0515133876
Hamilton's vampire-hunting Anita Blake faces a plethora of foes in her tenth outing. Just returned to St. Louis after six months away, Anita is still no closer to choosing between her lovers--Jean-Claude, a vampire, and Richard, a werewolf. But she has to rely on both for help after two of the wereleopards that she has been watching are abducted at a seedy club called Narcissus in Chains. Anita and her boyfriends rescue the wereleopards from the sinister people holding them, but Anita is wounded in the fight and put at risk of becoming a wereleopard herself. Richard angrily captures the wereleopard he believes is responsible and threatens to execute him. Anita must now rescue that wereleopard from Richard and the werewolves he leads, even as she mourns the apparent end of her relationship with him. Then she realizes that those who kidnapped the first two wereleopards are targeting other lycanthropes. Maybe she will be next. With plenty of steamy sex and graphic violence, this is engaging reading for vampire cultists.

As I said in my last review, I was hoping that the downhill slope that Hamilton is heading with the series must stop with this book, but I was left disappointed. The book remained in the pattern that it took after Obsidian Butterfly and if this continues, the fans of the series will certainly look for alternative options.

This novel indeed introduced a new character but also was an addition to the growing pile of Anita's lovers which is not really a good since if you ask me. I don't mind reading erotica but reading it 80% of the novel is just too much for me. As Anita was described to have embraced her growing powers but it just somewhat made her more promiscuous and made the novel soft porn. I don't want to use that term but it's what the book is giving me.

Reading the book I realized that I skim through pages to avoid reading the steamy parts. The initial story of the book seemed lost and I'm wondering if Hamilton can bring justice to the series again with the future books.

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