I read a lot. Recommend a good book and I’ll usually check it out. I may even come back to tell you how much I loved or hated it later (be fair warned). And with my library science degree I’ve always felt the need to dabble in all the genres to be able to answer questions about good reads and authors. This tactic has brought me into some wonderful novels, histories, and biographies that I wouldn’t have found otherwise. Picking up Fifty Shades of Grey was part of this literary ‘research’.
A friend who didn’t even know I was kinky recommended the Kushiel’s series by Jacqueline Carey. My son was little, but I still plowed through in a few weeks. I enjoy all types of fantasy stories, and Carey’s epic world rivals that of Dune in scale and complexity. Not for the faint of heart, this story will draw you in with a developed slave dynamic and a great female lead character.
The world that Phedre is brought into is harsh and cruel. But her strength guides her into a life she never expected. Phedre is brought up in a training house of courtesans, but the scarlet mote in her eye makes her special. She is soon sold and begins to experience her gift: chosen to forever experience pain and pleasure as one. This is the first in a wonderful series; the Kushiel’s Legacy series. And Carey has written several other stories that take place in the world of Terre d’Ange. A country that lives by the motto: Love as thou wilt. What could be better?
I’m sure this isn’t the only fantasy story about a masochist, but it’s the only one I’ve ever found. And it’s written with so much depth and description. Her skills are not judged or looked down upon, she is considered a treasure. There are obviously not many masochists and the sadists of the kingdom line up. The sex and play scenes are engaging and erotic, but they are part of a story that draws you in to so much more.
I’ll admit that sex for sex’s sake in a book doesn’t really appeal to me. I’ve come along way when it comes to porn in the last few years, but when I read a novel I need to care about the characters. I know, I know, I’m working on it. Soon I will be able to read about casual sex as easily as I love watching it.
If you enjoy fantasy stories and are interested in masochism or slave stories I would highly recommend you pick this one up. A world of intrigue with more sex and less random killing than Game of Thrones (not that that series isn’t also worth a read).
And feel free, if you need and/or have a book recommendation to let me know.
See what others think of books, specific or general, for this week’s Wicked Wednesday.