Laurell K. Hamilton’s Narcissus in Chains is a real turning point in the series. I love all the Anita Blake books, but my favorites are all after this turning point and one of my absolute favorites in the series is this book, Narcissus in Chains. This book starts the true list of ever increasing powers that Anita gains. In this book, Anita comes back to Saint Louis and realizes she must deal with Richard and Jean Claude. She knows that she must fill her aura with them and that they must fill their auras with her and each other. Before Anita has a chance to talk to either of them, though, Anita is forced to ask for Jean Claude’s help when a couple of her leopards are captured at a D/s club. This starts a chain of reactions that leads Anita to question her humanity and to worry about its loss. In this book, new exciting characters are added to the story that I believe anyone will fall in love with although I don’t promise you will fall in love with them right away or even in this book. Within this book, Anita finally truly accepts her place within the Saint Louis paranormal community. This by no means, means that Anita blithely accepts her lot or that in future books she doesn’t question her place. Here though is one of the first times we see Anita as part of a larger paranormal community where she seems to accept her place in the community. Hamilton is again her fast pace, exciting self, but for those readers who have yet to read Narcissus in Chains and farther along in her series, here her writing takes a new turn. Here Hamilton starts what I think of as her mature storytelling. Hamilton is always fun, interesting, and one of the most deeply compelling storytellers I have ever read, but here she gains a new pace where everything is slightly faster and where the sex, power, and relationships are punched up. I would highly recommend Laurell K. Hamilton and her Anita Blake series to any reader of fantasy or the paranormal. Narcissus in Chains, though, is one of the best books in the series. It will keep you captivated till the end, and it takes Hamilton’s series in a new and compelling direction.
This is a video for an interview with Laurell K. Hamilton that happened in June 2010 about her series.