This is not my usual type of book. The story of young girl sold into servitude similar to a geisha. Add the backdrop a a society rife with ambitious Counts, Marquis, of various sexes and appetites. Good story but the sex is bdsm and other alt lifestyle. The children are raised to be spies.
This book is geared to the erotic taste. I fast forwarded though a lot of the sex scenes. They were just to rough for my taste.
Phedre was done very well. She is the main character.
I have listened to the second trilogy in this series already, and I found it very engaging too. This book, the first of three parts is an excellent read/listen. The story is very good, and I found the characters engaging and fun. The narrator herself was solid, but I found her labored annunciation of the character names and places to be a bit annoying at times. The male narrator in the second trilogy was far better on this point. Overall, I really liked this and would definitely recommend.
I would recommend this book carefully, because of the amount of kinky sex.
Wow. I'm not sure I've read anything quite like it. The closest thing I can think of is the movie The Secretary... only set on another planet in a King-Arthur style world. And the Secretary is a spy.
She was perfect for the part. The main character/narrator is very melodramatic, and Anne Flosnik was able to capture her personality perfectly
Not really, I'll be honest. Sometimes the painful sex scenes made me have to turn it off.
The initial shock aside, this character grows into an amazing woman, who uses her 'god given gifts' to be a spy and save the kingdom. About a third of the way through the book, the sex tones down a little (or you get used to it?) and I began to love her character and I was hooked. The idea that sex is worshiped and being a sexual object of desire makes you priest(ess)-like in nature makes this book a must read for anyone who likes to stretch their definitions of how the world works and think about things in a slightly different way.
I was not sure I would like these books when I first started, but I was quickly hooked and would reccomend them to anyone who would like to get lost in a new world.
If there is one thing to take away from the series, It would most definitely be..."When Love cast me out, it was Cruelty who took pity on me." ~ Love As Thou Wilt...
People that love complicated, full of detail and long stories
I all ready got another one and am waiting to get in the mood to try it.
Same tone, same mood, I just didn't finish it.
Too complicated from the beginning.
The narrator made it terrible to listen, a better narrator would probably make it more interesting to grasp.
Like to read all kinds of books. Some of my go to authors are Elizabeth Hoyt, Joe Abercrombie, Kresley Cole, Sanford and Slaughter.
The imaginaton of the author is wonderful. An astounding opposition to the early religious leaders demonization of desire, sex and women. I enjoyed that because it was so well written and the parallels to Christianity and its dogma were fun and mirror my own opinion of how stupid were the powers that be . My only complaint is that it was too long to be just one book. I look at it this way I am a fool in the melody of Scoliari(sp) in the Mozart movie when he critiqued a piece of music as having "too many notes".
I seriously think you could skip the first 7 hours and not lose much. Very suspenseful after that.
This book took some patience but once hooked, I was completely enthralled. The entire serious at times was hard to listen to, as parts are quiet graphic, but always in a good way and unlike so many trilogies, you never felt bogged down with recapping the previous books.
This is an excellent, yet very adult read. Great narrator and a good pace in plot even though it is a long book. If you need something took keep you occupied on a long trip this is it!