Two 4-star reviews in one week!

  • Posted on: 19 May 2011
  • By: MeiLin

Boy, this has been a week of good reviews. First, Indie Paranormal Reviews gave "Lovers and Beloveds" four stars, and then today Frida Fantastic Indie Speculative Fiction Reviews essentially raved:

If George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series captures the gritty realism of medieval history, Lovers and Beloveds reveals the intimate and personal dynamics of power in aristocracies. It weaves together a rich multi-layered story that explores how sex and power shape history and individual destiny—sharing a perspective that’s beyond the “men, swords, and thrones” (capital "H") history that’s often seen in fantasy. ...

The prose is lush and beautiful, which perfectly reflects the aristocratic steampunk world that Temmin lives in. The setting is fascinating and could be described as a fusion of Victorian England with Classical Greece. The narrative draws you in quickly and immerses you in life in the royal court. ...

Since most of the conflict revolves around Temmin’s personal development, it does follow a spoiled royal heir for over 400 pages, which understandably may not be for everyone. But I found him to be so well characterized and endearing that none of that mattered to me. I find it refreshing to see characters that are such a clear product of their upbringing and personal history. ...

This is an intelligent, insightful, and beautiful fantasy novel. I highly recommend Lovers and Beloveds. The term “fantasy erotica” can’t describe the depth of this work. Even if you don’t think this subgenre is for you, I urge you to read the sample anyway and see if it draws you in. I’m sure you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Yikes! Thanks, Frida!

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Gudy's picture

Embodiment

... is well deserved. Don't think for a moment that it isn't, MeiLin. As far as I am concerned, that review is spot-on.

Capriox's picture

Embodiment

Seconded Smile

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