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Laurell K. Hamilton , Cynthia Holloway
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July 28 2002 Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series (Book 10)
With the highly acclaimed Obsidian Butterfly, Laurell K. Hamilton's vampire hunter, Anita Blake, came into her own. She survived a supernatural onslaught unlike any she had ever faced before - and she did it without the two men in her life. Now, six months have passed since Anita has seen either Jean-Claude or Richard. Six months of celibacy. Six months of indecision. Six months of danger. For her body carries the marks of both vampire and werewolf, and until the triumvirate is consummated, all three remain vulnerable. But when a kidnapper targets innocents that Anita has sworn to protect, she needs all the help she can get. In an earth-shattering union, Anita, Jean-Claude, and Richard merge the marks - and melt into one another. Suddenly, Anita can harness both their powers. She can feel their hearts...hear their thoughts... know their hungers... Nothing can save Anita from the twist of fate that draws her ever closer to the brink of humanity - to finally surrender to the bloodlust, the beast, and the desire transforming her body and consuming her soul...

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From 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 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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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. Kristine Huntley
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Cathy
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Disappointing, sleazy, and boring.
I could, maybe, have liked this book more, if it actually contained Anita Blake, Vampire Executioner. The sleazy nymphomanic with all of supergirl's powers, but without the risk of kryptonite, kind of left me wondering "Did LKH just use her left-over sex scene notes from Merry Gentry, or what??" It seems like LKH has forgotten that they are two different series. I certainly did not recognize this Anita as The Executioner.
I will say that I liked that the reactions from the people Anita cut off during her 6 month stint away from everyone, and the changes and/or developments that occurred during that time was introduced. Things definitely would have changed in six months, and it was logical to reflect that.
Also, the break-down of Dolph was unexpected, and different. I defintely felt sorry for him.
Those are about the only 2 things I liked in this book.
The Micah thing was COMPLETELY unbelivable-Anita went from basically being a rape victim in their first tete-a-tete (she asked him to stop several times), and afterwards never even questioned her lack of reaction to it. After that, he was a permanent fixation. There was no background to him, he was just a there, flat and two-dimensional. The Anita I had known would have killed him, even afterwards, just because he had basically stolen her willpower, and that would have terrified her. She had always prized her self-control, and now doesn't even raise an eyebrow that she doesn't have any?? Whatever.
Sleeping with Nathaniel completely grossed me out. Anita had said all along how he was anyone's meat, and that she would always protect him, but I did not see much of that. Instead, she took advantage of his severely messed-up psyche and never looked back, at least not seriously.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
... as the review titles suggests, this book is part of a larger series that has seen better stories so far.
After the events in the last two books (Blue Moon and Obsidian Butterfly), it would seem that Anita is ready to face Jean-Caude and Richard, but that would be wrong. It seems that no one in the triumvirate is ready (with the possible exception of Jean-Claude) for the consequences of the growing power from the sharing of the marks. Shapeshifters are missing and Anita is beginning to experience side-effects of the bond she shares with Richard and Jean-Claude. Another variable is introduced in the form of another lycanthrope, a male wereleopard with a pard of his own he wishes to merge with Anita's.
The story moves the reader along as quickly as any of the other books, no failure there at all. Jean-Claude and Richard remain as contradictory as ever, a strong praise for consistant chracterization... and in any good story or drama there has to be some change, but Anita's is too dramatic. She abruptly changes from prudish to wanton, although there IS some precedent for this, the groundwork having been laid with the introduction of Richard in the first place, it seems forced. The objection that there is too much "kinky sex" has some merit... this particular book leans heavily toward the erotic end of the spectrum that LKH has skirted and touched on with the previous books. The book would be much shorter were it not for the graphic descriptions involved in the sexual encounters. Anita has been shown as stubborn, brash, blunt, and , to be fair, she HAS been shown to have strong sex appeal and a repressed sensual nature. She has crossed legal lines and is afraid of losing her 'humanity' as she perceives it, yet she forgets what got her into this end of the business...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love Laurell Dec 29 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Great Book, ive read all the books in this series and wait for the release off all the new ones cant wait for new book and wiill be ordering it from here again/ may get first three books and finish my set.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining but a bit disappointing May 25 2002
Format:Hardcover
I do not want to see a moving van pull up next door and find that Anita Blake is going to be my new next-door neighbor. A fine and interesting person by herself, but I know that before long her house is going to have vampires sleeping in the basement and become a guest hostel for every lycanthrope in St. Louis. Plus it is guaranteed that there is going to be more shooting going on than I've ever seen before, and I work for a gun manufacturer.
That being said, Narcissus in Chains was a terrific book to read and held my attention throughout. It is difficult to try to make the world of Anita Blake seem plausible with all of the strange supernatural challenges she faces, but the author spins the tale in a delightful and intriguing manner.
The frustration with this book and with many of the Anita Blake series is that Anita has a lot of good friends, but she doesn't seem to appreciate them. She holds out on Dolph, the police sergeant who is investigating a huge shootout at her house despite the fact he's giving her tremendous breaks. Rafael, the powerful lycanthrope leader gives her his unqualified support in a shaky situation at considerable risk to himself and she doesn't say thank you. Sylvie, the feminine but secretly vicious lycanthrope also undertakes a lot of risk to herself to support Anita, and yet she fails to appreciate it. I want to reach into the book and shake Anita for being ungrateful.
There are also many subplots that are left unresolved which frustates the reader. Dolph asks Anita for help and we don't find out what happens or if she follows through. Richard, her former fiance who should be her husband if I had anything to say about it, relates a tragic tale of one of his subordinates who inadvertently kills her husband on her wedding night.
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best vampire series by far.the only down fall is waiting for the next ones to come out
Published on April 23 2009 by tami wowchuk
1.0 out of 5 stars Chained down
Narcissus was a legendary young man who fell in love with his own reflection, and starved to death while adoring himself. It seems somehow appropriate that Laurell K. Read more
Published on Feb. 22 2007 by E. A Solinas
1.0 out of 5 stars What is the point of this book?
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Published on Aug. 16 2006 by J. Andrew
3.0 out of 5 stars can we PLEASE move on?!
I think im with the rest of the Ms. Hamiltons fans when I say CAN WE PLEASE MOVE ON? The series are great and I love Anita Blakes character. Read more
Published on Aug. 8 2004 by bobby
2.0 out of 5 stars Can't read it
I stared the Antia books starting from the start and I loved all of them. I even found some things I liked in all of them But this one. Read more
Published on July 12 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars 90% Sex, 10% Crime/Mystery
I started the Anita Blake series during my senior year of high school. I was totally hooked. I am now entering my junior year of college, and I have become very disappointed... Read more
Published on July 8 2004 by Lahnna Epolito
4.0 out of 5 stars Because I can't give it 4.5 stars
I liked this book with the one major exception of the introduction of a new romantic lead that is one of the worst uses of CPD-- Although, I don't like this new character and hope... Read more
Published on June 4 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Anita Blake rebuttal
Okay -- I do not do reviews, but I read these reviews and they were so negative in general that I felt I had to. Read more
Published on May 27 2004 by Phillip Stephens
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun but crazy and different
If there is anything I have learned from reading people's reviews, it's that there's no guarantee that I'll feel the same way as the next person. Read more
Published on May 17 2004 by S. Davis
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If there is anything I have learned from reading people's reviews, it's that there's no guarantee that I'll feel the same way as the next person. Read more
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