Please be advised that this book is about gay sex. Sure, there's magic and power struggles and *technically* the characters are hermaphrodites, but like Anne Rice, Storm Constantine REALLY likes gay men, and that's what she writes about. If you don't want to read about guys doin' it, don't request this book (or basically any Storm Constantine book ever). If you like Anne Rice or Tanith Lee or maybe Poppy Z. Brite, you'll probably like Constantine.
Loved this book, loved the characters, loved the world they inhabit, loved the plot.
Intriguing story of how humans evolved into more than hermaphrodites. Written from the perspective of three guys. Has elements of current culture and society. Lots of in-house jargon; I had fun figuring it all out.
Teens could handle the sex parts, not that graphic. Romantic, political, historical all in one. I could live there, except I'd be their slave or something. Hmmm...
i positively gobbled this monster volume up! i had never read anything like it and i found all the charcters to beautiful and charming to not love it. It is post-apocalyptic Earth and the human race is taking a back seat as the wraeththu come to the fore. they are androgenous beings, capable of being both male and female and they have their own political struggles, let alone dealing with the humans who still remain. they are sensual creatures and Constantine gives us all the "dirt" on their loves and losses.
This is my favorite book now. I waited years to read it after I heard about it and then came across it in a thrift store, gave it a chance, and was enraptured. It's not for everyone I'm sure but for some of us it is FANTASTIC. Very original story line. Very sexy. Very interesting. If you like beautiful men, gay men, dystopia, and androgyny you'll do well with this book. I can't wait to read this authors other books.
(If you were/are ever a yaoi fan go for this, go!)