This review first appeared on the website I write for, Boys Next Door.
I'll admit it, the idea of a female dominant society with a harem of men at their beck and call just makes me happy. I like it even more when the system is rotten and riddled with abuse. Doubly so when there are noble, self-sacrificing heroes who are going to move heaven and hell to save what's important to them.
This is a richly developed world, there are hints of the history of the civilization included in the story that only make me want to delve deeper in. London has promised us a sequel to this novel next year. I'm hoping to get some of the mysteries of the history of this world answered then.
I really liked the characters, but I was slightly disappointed by staying the in main character's head the entire time. Now, I know he's the main character and all, but I wanted to know what the hell was going on in some of the other characters' heads.
Maen is our main character. He's a gold warrior, the elite of the warriors who guard over their mistresses and provide them with their every need. Yes. Every need. There is male/female sex in here. Don't have a hissy fit. We need it for plot development. You won't have to turn in your BL Fangirl membership card if you get turned on by reading it.
Maen is comfortable in his place in this world. He finds comfort in taking orders and caring for his mistress. At least, until he meets Dax.
See, every year the mistresses congregate and participate in an auction to buy new members for their household. The young men they purchase are ranked as Bronze warriors. Bronze boys are trained in pleasuring their mistresses and in the art of war. As the warriors get older, they are raised to the rank of Silver. Only the best of the best are able to rise to the rank of Gold warrior. And, when Maen sees Dax, he thinks that Dax has the potential to be a Gold.
However, Dax stirs up feelings that Maen doesn't quite know what to do with. Dax is a free-thinking young man who questions the way that the city is run and rank hierarchy. Maen just doesn't know quite how to handle Dax or his own thoughts, honestly.
I've always loved London's writing, but this just makes me love it even more. It's one of those books that when I finished it, I was pissed that I was going to have to wait for a while to find out what happens to the characters.