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


Anita and Edward skip off to Nicky Baco – after stopping to put sunglasses on. Because they’re cool and tuff, you see.

Nicky gets the joy of being questioned for half an hour by Ramirez, which I guess must be something along the lines of ‘It was you what done it, wasn’t it’, over and over. Nicky won’t say anything, which is wise considering witches get the death penalty. Although how you ensure executing a magical being I have no idea. I’d just magic myself away.

The gang get word Marks is on the way, so they have to get the truth from Baco before the meanies arrive. Anita asks what will Red Woman’s Husband do to Nicky if he tells the truth. It’s death, and from this Anita extrapolates that the Red Woman’s Husband has been slaughtering everyone else with magic ability and skinning normal people.

Funny how there are still WITCHES AND PSYCHICS AND PEOPLE WITH MAGIC WALKING AROUND IN NEW MEXICO THEN.

Anita whips off her sunglasses and ZOMG her vampire eyes are so scary they send Baco into a freak out. Ramirez then winks and goes out to get Baco’s ‘lawyer’. This is so Anita can torture Baco to get the information or generally procure the information in a really illegal manner.

I don’t find torturing suspects for information ‘cool’. I prefer my detectives to be competent and not to even consider doing such an awful thing. The fact that Anita has to resort to this tactic shows how poor of a detective she is.

Anita grabs Baco’s face and stares at him until he cries. She threatens to bury him alive and asks where his master is. Nicky says he’ll take her there. Ramirez comes back in, and Anita suggests that Leonora ward him to prevent letting Red Woman’s Husband know what’s going on.

Edward then bursts in with the news that Riker

has kidnapped Donna’s children and is threatening to torture and murder them if he doesn’t speak to Anita. Edward and Anita go off to save them. They don’t tell Donna. It’s not considered important for her to know that her two children are in danger. But she doesn’t matter because this proves that Edward really wuvs them, awwwwwwhhhh.

Bleugh.

Why are we going off to deal with Riker now? This is too late for the conclusion of this poorly included subplot. We should be working up to the conclusion of the mystery.

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6 thoughts on “A review of Laurell K. Hamilton’s ‘Obsidian Butterfly’ chapter fifty three

  1. The sad thing, I don’t know if it’s better or worse than once the books become consumed with sex, they at least focus on one plot — the screaming, squirting mess that is Anita’s sexcapades — unlike these older books, which were becoming quite the tangled mess. I still remember the one book (a few after this one?) where the main bad guy was completely forgotten halfway through, only for a page at the end to mention “oh yeah, he got away. Lulz.”

    • Seeing as how the Donna-Riker subplot seems to be taking up a fair chunk of the next few chapters, I have no idea how Red Woman’s Husband is going to be resolved properly.

      • Well, for one, it probably won’t. Also, Riker’s almost certainly involved with the whole Red Woman’s Husband mess, because that’s just how LKH rolls – all the villains are working together, regardless of how little sense it makes.

        Bear in mind, I haven’t read any of these books, so I’m just guessing.

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