Yeah, sorry about not posting last night – I was only MOVING INTO MY LONDON DIGS TODAY! I’m getting ready to start my MA in a week, so I’m a bit stressed and off my feet. But the reviews continue on!
A noise turned us to the far hallway. I didn’t recognise the man. He was tall, slender, dark-skinned, maybe Hispanic, maybe something exotic.
Please stop using the word exotic in this context. The word has a lot of negative connotations when being applied to race.
He wore nothing but a pair of black satin pants with silver embroidery along the legs.
This guy is dragging along Hannah, Willie McCoy’s squeeze. This is Fernando, and he is nasty. His father is a member of the council, and then he boasts about how he’s going to rape her. Anita watches as Fernando strips her – and calls Hannah ‘feminine’ to say how she won’t even fight back – and he beats her in the back until she bleeds from the mouth. He then pulls her to her knees in front of him. Willie, who is watching this while being possessed, screams for her. Fernando laughs at how much Willie must love Hannah, and beats her in the face.
Nice that LKH made sure he was an exotic Hispanic.
Anita watches all this and does nothing. She thinks about… wereleopards for some reason. Meanwhile, JC reveals that this forced the Traveler out of Willie’s body, and asks Fernando to let Hannah go, as if this was some sort of plan. Fernando twirls his moustache and says, ‘AHAHAHAA no, I’m all geared up for rape now!’
The black leopard dropped to its belly, crawling closer to Willie, to us.
What black leopard? There’s a wereleopard? Since when? I thought JC and Anita were skipping merrily to see the Vampire Council. Since when have there been any wereleopards at the Circus? JC controls and abuses werewolves – he has no interest in leopards.
Fernando says how he absolutely must rape Hannah now, or else he won’t be able to. I notice that Hannah has not been allowed to say or do anything about her impending assault. Anita is not allowed to stop Fernando because his father is the Master of Beasts, and this is bad. She says she’s going to stop it anyway, which is commendable.
Then the Master of Beasts came in.
The vampire in the doorway was Indian, as in from India.
Wow. There needs to be a prize for the stupidest lines in books because this would win a bunch.
The Master of Beasts is called Padma (which is gender and location appropriate, so kudos there) and he just bursts into laughter. If anyone kills Fernando, he’ll kill them. He has given Hannah to Fernando, so she now belongs to her son. Willie rushes to save Hannah, who is allowed her first line of dialogue – pleading with JC to save her. Nothing for her loving boyfriend, just further ego boosting for JC.
Anita shoots at Fernando, and the bullet hits the wall. Anita says she’ll kill Fernando to save Hannah, and she doesn’t care what’ll happen if she does. Wow, Anita is being an anti-hero I can get on board with for once.
Padma backs down, and forces Fernando to not rape Hannah. Fernando is all pouty, until he asks for Anita instead. She calls him ‘rat boy’ so… is he a wererat? Or what? I’m confused. The wereleopard goes for Anita, but it’s Elizabeth the local wereleopard and Padma stops her. Of course it’s Elizabeth, that wereleopard I have heard of and remember well. There’s another wereleopard, and I have no idea what’s going on at all. What is happening? Why can’t LKH tell me what is going on in this chapter?
Padma says that Elizabeth hates Anita, presumably for her efforts in saving Hannah. Oh, no. Elizabeth was romantically involved with Gabriel. That was obviously so important for her character I’m glad it was mentioned before. Except not. This is the first I’ve heard of it. Padma then monologues how he called the wereleopards and Elizabeth asked for his help to kill Anita. He makes Elizabeth change into a human… and I think he’s the one that’s been buying the services of the wereleopards? I can’t tell. Oh, and Padma can’t do anything to Anita as the Traveler is shielding her. For some reason.
Willie and Hannah are just making out in the background. I see she got over the whole ‘beat and rape thing’ unrealistically quickly.
JC then tries chastising Anita, and you can tell it’s serious as he uses her real name. I believe their love is genuine when he refuses to humanise her by using her name.
Someone then talks as the Traveler and oh no it’s JC i think and there’s POWER and Anita screams and it’s all as indecipherable as the rest of this mess.
This was one of the single worst chapters of a published work I have ever read. Not bad in terms of content (and that’s a small margin) but just in how fucking impossible it was to follow. Very poor.