Narcissus In Chains
by Laurell K Hamilton
Category: Fiction / Fantasy
400 pages; ISBN: 0425181685
Rating: 9/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner
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 one who was trying to save her life cut her. Meanwhile a were-Jaguar wants to merge his group with hers. 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.
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