Warning: torture, and more
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.
“How do you introduce boyfriend C to boyfriend A after boyfriend A has been such a good sport, of late, about boyfriend B, who is no longer in the picture?”
Typically I write reviews for others. Not this time. This will be full of spoilers, both for present and future books. They will be filled with rants and maybe even a little gushing. I don’t want to read these again.
If you have read them before: Enjoy my pain.
If you haven’t: Enjoy my pain.
You have been warned, we’ll see how long I last.
What an absolute mess. Sheesh.
Okay Narcissus in Chains starts off with Anita going to a BDSM sex club to rescue Nathaniel for like the 100th time this series, which is remarkable because he only really showed up in book seven… So Anita sort of rushes to this club, to save one of her wereleopards. And there are actually a bunch of bad guys holding him there, with the intent to torture him if she doesn’t show up in a timely manner, right?
So what happens? She gets to the club and almost immediately runs into Jean Claude and Richard, who heard she was back in town, I guess, and needed to speak to her about something. Which leads to the three of them practically having sex in the middle of the damn club, as they try and marry the marks that tie to three of them together for a third time. And then they sit around with Narcissus, the owner of the club and leader of the werehyenas, who is apparently pitching a fit because he isn’t being treated like the leader he is in the St. Louis region anymore. They have to smooth over his/her feelings. Which takes ages. While Anita doesn’t actually know what is happening to her wereleopard just above her head, and has seemingly forgot what she came here to do. Seriously it was like two hours worth of wasted time.
And then finally, finally Anita goes to rescue the series whipping boy. And lo and behold, more trouble awaits them than Anita expected. Or something. Either way, it doesn’t end up going well, and Anita gets seriously hurt by one of her own wereleopards, Gregory. And now they think Anita is going to turn furry for real the next full moon.
And so a large part of the rest of the book is coming to terms with becoming a wereleopard next full moon. And by “coming to terms with”, I mean “bitching, whining and making everyone around her absolutely miserable the entire time until she finally “accepts” that she can’t change what happened, but really she would change it if she could and everyone knows it because she won’t stop bitching about it”. God what a pain in the ass. Anita this book is annoying as hell. She doesn’t want to believe it. She doesn’t want to be a wereleopard, or a werecreature at all. But the evidence keeps stacking up. She is going to turn.
And if that wasn’t enough for one person to deal with, she now has to deal with the ardeur. When they married the marks for a third mark, Jean Claude unwittingly passed along his worst ability: the ardeur – the ability to feed off sex. And the ardeur can always be fed. And it hungers. Anita is now officially a succubus. She can’t not have sex. She has to feed, and has to feed of sex. For stick-in-the-mud “no sex before marriage – whoops “accidentally” slept with Jean Claude” Anita Blake, that is a very big deal. Which presents itself with her bitching and moaning (heh) and making everyone around her miserable because she has to have a good time regularly. And she doesn’t want to. She just wants to fucking bitch about it endlessly.
I’m going to scream. That’s two things Anita bitches about endlessly, the entire book. The book is 430 pages, and probably 300 of that is bitching in some form or another.
Fight after fight after fight.
All over sex. And things she can’t change.
Plus on top of all this, Anita has to put up with Richard the entire book. Richard, who needs to shut the fuck up and get the hell over himself. Who spends every single spare moment he has in this book, and some he doesn’t have, complaining about his own shit. Because he never wanted to be a werewolf and hates his life, and he has to make everyone around him miserable. These two are a match made in hell. My hell.
And Richard is such a fucking asshole, too. Because Anita is part of the werewolf pack, since being his Lupa, or mate, she is considered part of his pack. Which means Richard thinks he own her or something, because he loses his absolute shit when he thinks she is being “taken away from him”. Nevermind that she hasn’t spoken to him for months before the start of the book. So Richard takes her wereleopard to punish him, and now Anita has to rescue Gregory, on top of everything else. If I were Anita, I honestly would have killed Richard for the shit he pulled in this book.
And then on top of ALL OF THIS, there is another group in town, the group that took Nathaniel in the first place. And for some reason, they are patiently waiting for Anita and everyone to stop fighting among themselves long enough to make their big move, though there are several small attempts before. They’re trying to take over all the packs in St. Louis. And that leader is fuucked up. In the nature of “I’m allowed to use spoilers in these reviews”, the leader trying to take over is fucking insane. It is pure horror what he is doing.
If only there wasn’t all the bullshit fighting the rest of the book, this could have been quite and amazing book. Unfortunately, that’s the way these books are going to go on from now on. And I’m already exhausted with it.