The clearing was huge, but not huge enough.
You’re a terrible writer. Why not try ‘The clearing was huge, but even this great space wasn’t enough to contain all of us’? A little wordy, yes, but it sounds better than ‘this is huge but also not huge’.
Anyway, there are two hundred wererats here and six hundred werewolves. What, there are SIX HUNDRED werewolves? That makes it even more unlikely that Raina and Marcus could do all their raping and torturing without the pack stepping in. I can’t believe that 598 people are powerless to stop two people. Anita feels guilty and wishes she had a gun.
Rafael introduces Anita to Claudia, her enforcer. Claudia is six foot six and wears no make up, so she’s probably secretly evil. Anita needs a bodyguard because she doesn’t have enough leopards to protect her and the pack aren’t a proper pack.
“Even Micah’s people added to yours don’t have the right personnel for a working pard. You have too many submissives and not enough dominants.”
I have been staring into space trying to think of an adequate response to that. That is one of the stupidest things I’ve ever read. Nathanvile begs Anita to take the help but she’s dismissive. Rafael says his pack is full of professional soldiers –
Another entirely stupid thing. This chapter isn’t going to be fun.
– and that he’ll share with Anita. She refuses but she’s going to get the bodyguards anyway. Claudia is joined by Igor who has a lot of tattoos.
He was bald, with a tattoo of a dragon curling around his ears and the back of his skull. Even by starlight you could see the design of the tat was oriental and well done.
You couldn’t say ‘Chinese’ or ‘Japanese’, could you. Went straight for the offensive term. Claudia and Igor are exactly the same person and they owe Anita because she saved their king, blah blah. They then squeeze Anita’s arms because… um, squeezy? Anita then asks if Igor’s name is real, as she’s a rude bitch. It would seem it isn’t but Igor isn’t telling.
I was relieved to have bodyguards of my own. Naw, not me. I didn’t need no stinking bodyguards.
YOU ARE NOT JOSS WHEDON. YOUR REFERENCES ARE LABOURED AND NOT FUNNY.
Anita goes on about how protective she feels about her leopards (yeah, that’s why you ignored them for a year and a half) and thinks about how she doesn’t trust Micah. This makes her reach out and touch him. SIGH. I’m missing James McAvoy in shorts for this. Ugh.
This sends POWER through all of the wereleopards and this is a sign she’s being a queen.
POWER goes through the wereleopards and they bond, without any need to develop their relationships on screen. Convenient. The others form a circle around Anita and Micah, and watch on in awe as they engage in hot steamy makeouts. Anita sees all the bad things that happened to the leopards and sees a vision of Gregory being tied up. No shit. The POWER bursts and Anita starts crying. She turns around to see Richard shirtless, looking all wild and shit. He’s embraced his beast, which is good because now he’ll eat people and rape women without feeling guilty. He has POWER so he looks like a king.
Richard is joined by his tokens, Jamil and Shang-Da. Shang is angry because he couldn’t protect Richard from the pain of… um, Anita being raped by a stranger. But, anyway, Richard has a speech.
“Welcome rat king –
A nitpick, but that’s a title and should be capitalised.
“- of the Dark Crown Clan. Welcome Nimir-Ra and Nimir-Raj of the Blooddrinkers’ –
Nope, that’s two words. And leopards don’t drink blood.
“- Clan. Welcome to the lands of the Thronnos Rokke Clan. The leopards have shown us this night what it truly means to be a clan, be they pard, lukoi, or rodere.
Rodere? A group of rats is a mischief. And why aren’t you greeting the swans?
They show us for what we all strive for – a true melding of all our parts into a whole.”
Surely, Richard is terrible for trying to introduce democracy and diplomacy into shapeshifter politics.
Richard challenges them to win back Gregory. This makes Micah go into raptures on how wonderful Anita’s pack is and how his are the ones with nowhere to hide. Anita asks ‘What is wrong with all of you?’, rude but to the point, but Micah won’t say. It’s a ‘very long story’ which I take to mean ‘I like raping women, so we had to run from where we used to live before I was caught’. Anita can’t be dissuaded, even when Micah starts going on about Gregory. Micah says that the ‘very bad man’ is going to come after them. What, is this the husband of a woman you raped coming for revenge?
I hope he crushes your balls between two bricks. Slowly.
Anita offers to kill the guy but he’s apparently hard to kill. Rafael comes over to praise the leopards because they used to be the woobie of the shapeshifter world despite, you know, turning into LEOPARDS. Anita then muses on how werewolves don’t have a sense of home. Ignoring werewolves, insulting their culture, and generally being entirely disinterested makes you an expert, you see.
Rafael praises Anita for she doesn’t have a sense of right or wrong, just a tender heart.
Keep on saying it, it ain’t going to become true.
Rafael keeps praising Anita for her mother’s love for the leopards. Yeah, that love that abandoned them for a year and a half, refuses to listen to them or respect their culture, demeans and degrades them, and makes them disturbingly dependant on them! Isn’t that what love is?
Rafael KEEPS ON WITH THE PRAISE. Anita has shamed everyone through her… use of nothing, and Anita shits on Richard for thinking democracy is a good thing. Rafael goes on about how ‘kindhearted’ and ‘insightful’ Anita is.
Both hands on the keyboard, LKH.
Anita then sighs about how everyone thinks she’s a sociopath. Um, they’ve just spent a chapter going on about how much you care for people? THAT’S THE OPPOSITE OF A PERSONALITY DISORDER, YOU GOOBER.
All these months I’d been worried I’d fail the wereleopards. I thought failure meant them dying, or getting hurt.
They’ve already been hurt. Most of it has resulted from the terrible abuse you give commas.
What I realized suddenly was the true failure would have been if I hadn’t given a damn.
You haven’t given a damn. You’ve been in charge of the leopards for several books now and you’re only just starting to pay attention to them.
You can bandage a wound, set a broken bone, but not caring… you can’t cure that, and you can’t recover from it.
Let’s see if you can recover from me replacing your tampax with explosives, Anita.