A review of Laurell K. Hamilton’s ‘Narcissus in Chains’ chapter fifty five


“You bastard, you fed off her energy while she was in there.”

…. whaaaaaatttttt

So, JC forcibly fed the ardeur on Gretchen, who was locked in a coffin and unable to consent to being fed on.

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JUST STOP JC. YOU ARE AWFUL. AWFUL AWFUL AWFUL AWFUL AWFUL AWFUL.

AWFUL.

Anita is upset – which is a real swing in her characterisation – so JC beats her to the ground and pins her down.

No, please, keep trying to tell me that JC is a romantic hero. Tell me how wonderful and considerate he is, as he beats his girlfriend to the ground to try and defend raping a vampire woman with magic for three years.

JC wants Anita to hear him out and … he’s bleeding from the mouth? I dunno. He tries to argue that this is just what happens if you shut vampires away, forgetting that his girlfriend is a necromancer. And can work this out. And has the ardeur, so can probably tell when that’s involved in things.

arhyrherherrgrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

There’s two pages of Anita recapping what happened in Obsidian Butterfly. Hurray. She can do mummy spells and undo them. Yay. She’s shared these memories with JC. He then whines that he had to drag energy from Gretchen because Anita wouldn’t let him feed on her. SAD FACE.

you mean aside FROM THAT PACK OF WOLVES YOU HAVE TO CALL AND CAN FEED ON AT ANY TIME YOU WANT. YOU HAVE SO MANY PEOPLE TO FEED ON WHY THE HELL ARE YOU BITCHING ABOUT NOT FEEDING ON ANITA? WOW WHAT A CONSIDERATE BOYFRIEND YOU ARE THAT YOU CAN’T LISTEN TO WHAT SHE WANTS, YOU ENTITLED PIECE OF SHIT.

JC sits on her some more and whines about how Anita keeps ‘forcing me to do things I do not wish to do’.

UM ASSHOLE YOU DIDN’T HAVE TO FEED ON GRETCHEN. THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE JUST LOUNGING AROUND IN SKIMPY OUTFITS FOR YOU TO FEED ON. YOU HAVEN’T BEEN ‘FORCED’ INTO ANYTHING. YOU ARE JUST AN ASSHOLE.

JC continues with his whining. Oh, Anita and Richard have too many rules and morality, so he has to rape women he has locked in boxes, and he doesn’t like doing – YOU DON’T HAVE TO DO IT. YOU DON’T HAVE TO DO IT – because Anita just won’t let him feed on her.

She’s allowed to have a hard limit. JC is basically one of those guys who tries to put things in your butt even when you have told him no a thousand times.

They get up, and JC then takes away the mind of Jason, ready for Gretchen to feed. Oh, yeah, unconscious feeding, that’s not problematic at all. Gretchen feeds on Jason and Anita feels awkward because… this is something she should be pretty damn used to, so I have no idea why she’s getting all hot and bothered. She stares at Micah. JC does some magic and Gretchen un-mummifies. Gretchen is all angry but Anita vows to look after her.

Now, let’s rescue Damian. Asher pulls out a gun. Where the hell have all these people come from? Anita swears that they’re going to save Damian.

Ten chapters left.

There are ten chapters left of this.

NOTHING IS HAPPENING.

 

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3 thoughts on “A review of Laurell K. Hamilton’s ‘Narcissus in Chains’ chapter fifty five

  1. This series isn’t ‘Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter’, it’s ‘Filler and Gratuitous Rape: The Series’.

  2. I actually liked J.C. in this chapter, primarily because I didn’t get the idea that he actually HAD fed on Gretchen, just that Anita was accusing him of it. I also didn’t get that he was saying specifically that he had to feed on Anita, but that she wouldn’t let him feed on anyone else either.

    My review of J.C. is pretty favorable: http://tigergray.blogspot.com/2014/07/narcissus-in-chains-chapter-fifty-five.html

    But that is like deciding which rapist you like best. This is what this book has brought me to. And yes she’s allowed a hard limit but I’d empathize a ton more if she respected anyone else’s.

    • Yeah, your interpretation of JC is good and I see why you like him better than everyone else. I just hate him so much that I can’t even contemplate him not being a rapey arsehole.

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