A review of Laurell K. Hamilton’s ‘Obsidian Butterfly’ chapter nineteen

Anita goes through to Edward’s dining room, which is also full of appropriated cultural furniture. Anita hates it.

It had taken me years to break Jean-Claude of his fixation on black and white decor.

You’ve only been dating him for…. what, six months? No, less. Maybe three months. Burnt Offerings and Blue Moon seem to take place in the same summer. And now it’s… May. Anita hasn’t been dating JC since August. So, um, you never changed anything about him. Especially seeing JC has been using red in his décor long before he raped you.

Since I was just Edward’s friend and nothing more, it wasn’t my business how he decorated.

Then why did you insult his decoration in the last chapter?

The room also doesn’t have a single window. Who the fuck designs a room like this without a window? It’s not a terrace. Why would you build a massive dining room without one single window? Other than for Anita to bitch about her claustrophobia.

Olaf then enters the room and merits some more stupid descriptions.

He was taller than Dolph, who was six foot eight, which meant he was the tallest person I’d ever met.

Why did you not just say he was the tallest person you’ve ever met? Why do you have to bring up the absurdity of Dolph’s height again? Do you think I care?

Anita tries to introduce herself to Olaf, who ignores her. She then tries to deliberately provoke him by calling him ‘baby’, apparently instantly forgetting that he is a dangerous rapist. He says that he does not like this and that he is unhappy with her presence.

“Well, Olaf, honey, you need help from someone because the three of you haven’t come up with shit on the mutilations.”

A flush of colour crept up his neck into his face. “Do not call me that.”

“What? Honey?”

He nodded.

“You prefer sweetheart, honeybun, pumpkin?”

What are you doing.

Why are you trying to provoke the dangerous rapist.

Why do you think this is clever.

You already think he’s going to break into your room at night and rape you. Now you’re provoking him because… he’ll skip breaking into your room and just attack you right now?

Olaf says that he is no one’s sweetheart, which makes Anita say how sad that is. When the man is a dangerous rapist. Which is probably why he isn’t anyone’s sweetheart. Because he’s a disgusting sex criminal. Anita then continues to blather on about how everyone should have a sweetheart, and I just want to slap her and make her shut up. Because I don’t want Olaf to go crazy and run out on a raping spree.

Anita tries to backtrack and get to know Olaf by saying that he’s from Hapsburg because her family is from there and how much she seems to be more interested in her white German history than her maternal family for NO reason and how Olaf hates women. They then bring up some more of bullshit dominance/leadership stuff and I just don’t care. Olaf gives a lot of signals that he is not a man to piss off in any capacity, but Anita behaves like a wrecking ball, smashing through life and not caring about what might happen.

She openly laughs in his face.

He pulls a knife, just as I expected him to do. She throws herself backwards and whips out a gun. Edward threatens to kill the first one to draw blood, so they dither around and Edward makes Anita declare how scared she is of Edward (?) and how she is never afraid of anything she can kill.

Then why are you scared of small spaces, Anita? Small spaces can’t kill you. Well, not in a direct way. You might die of lack of air after a few days in a small, locked room with ventilation. Um. The point still stands.

They both drop their weapons, so Anita throws a hissy fit and refuses to be near Edward and Bernardo.

I hadn’t know Olaf for an hour, and I already knew why he was no one’s sweetie.

Before you met him, Edward told you Olaf was a rapist that liked to brag about his crimes. You didn’t even have to meet him to know why ‘he was no one’s sweetie’.



5 thoughts on “A review of Laurell K. Hamilton’s ‘Obsidian Butterfly’ chapter nineteen

  1. She is trying to win a Darwin award. JC bet her she couldn’t so now she’s trying to.

    Olaf has amazing self control. I would probably be trying to knife her at this point.

    She wants him to have a ‘sweetie’. She wants the violent murdering rapist to have someone trapped in a relationship with him, vulnerable to him. I hate her. I really do.

    I really can’t see Anita as a hero if she’s willing to work with someone she knows to be such a monster without even a thought of ‘should I hand him over to the police?’ A hero would only work with someone like that as a last resort.

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