In a fantasy world where male/male lust fuels Night Magic, Prince Kenet lives a sheltered life. Isolated from the war that threatens the kingdom, he and his whipping boy Jorin are of age, but still sneak forbidden pleasures in their bed at night. When a dark mage tries to bespell Kenet into sexual submission, the prince and his boy are thrust into the world of intrigue, sex, and war. Volume One of The Prince's Boy collects chapters 1 through 56 of this wildly popular gay erotic web serial by Cecilia Tan. Begun on July 29, 2009, chapters were posted weekly, following the adventures of Prince Kenet and his whipping boy, Jorin. Drawing on complex themes of dominance and submission, the need for secrecy in a world where homosexuality is not accepted, and the intertwining of sex with magic, Tan weaves a complex, sex-filled adventure that is part "Three Musketeers" and part "Claiming of Sleeping Beauty."
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The audio version of this book jumps directly into the narration, and is missing the author's preface from the paperback which introduces the reader to the concept of the serial. The Prince's Boy was originally published one chapter per week over the course of two years. Each week the protagonists are thrust into an erotic or sexual situation that pushes the quest and adventure plot forward. Unlike a novel, where the flow of the plot ebbs and surges, a serial charges forward every week with a new sex scene. The result is a LOT of sex, with erotic plot twists coming fast and furious. Some might feel this is "too much sex." All we can say is it is the intent to have a sex scene every chapter, so pace yourselves!
I just loved this book. The sex is a bit much but considering the fact that the plot is more prevalent than the sex stuff and the fact the plot itself was just great and lasted, it was just by far the best book ever in gay erotica.
Love listening to great stories matched well to the right narrators.
all of it
all character he did were amazing, loved his voice and how magnificent his voice and knowledge of all the characters was.
I love audiobooks. I usually listen while quilting, or just relaxing in the garden. My Great Danes even settle down when they hear a book.
Love the story and the way night mAgic makes this happen. The characters are wonderful, and well played. Must read
Audiobook narrator in my own right, I'm a voracious listener of anything & everything. I'm a sponge, absorbing entertainment & the craft!
I'm going to write this review as encompassing both volumes of "The Prince's Boy" rather than writing two separate reviews. To begin with, I listened to this very slowly, knowing it was written as a serial, and only went through two or three chapters per sitting. This kept the constant sex from not feeling so overwhelming! The story obviously kept me engaged enough that I listened through both parts. It's nice to be entertained by erotica that isn't bound by the rules and regulations so many publishers put on their works. i.e. Partners should only have sex with each other, no one can be under 21 years of age, no violence, no rape, no drugs, no alcohol, no this no that no anything blah blah blah... Just let the author tell the freaking story!! And Cecelia Tan certainly does! Her plotting was well done and overall engaging, though it felt somewhat rambling at times; as though she needed to meet a certain amount of installments and therefore just filled up space. This fantasy world she's created seems quite thought out and detailed and for a fantasy, I very much appreciate that. I found her writing style somewhat uneven. At times it was flowery and elegant and then I would feel as though I was hit with the most ridiculous similes that pulled me out of the story and made me think, "This woman does't know how to write male characters!" Which is an unfortunate thing to think considering that there are literally NO female characters whatsoever!
There were a few things I found somewhat repellant: the description of the villains *throat clearing* member, if you will, the fact that the prince himself, due to the spell on him, has to subsist only on men's "milk", and finally, the general's lack of male parts and how that figures in sexually. I also found it hard to believe in the feelings the prince and his whipping boy have for each other when both are so eager for sexual acts with anyone and everyone they come in contact with. As a result, they seem to fall for these vast numbers of males and yet quickly come back to one another and act as though they hadn't really felt a thing for all those many, many, many...many, many men.
As for the narrator... Mr. Wagner, or however he pronounces it, really is quite talented! He's certainly up for the task of performing this work! Almost too much so. While he is consistent in a separate narrative voice for both prince and boy, there seemed no rhyme or reason to the various dialects he chose to use for the many characters. I understand when a book has nothing but male characters that there are only so many men's voices a person can come up with. I heard Irish, English and Scottish (and unfortunately, his English accent in particular didn't come off well and lacked the subtle nuances that would ever make me think he might actually be a Brit; if one can't do an effective dialect, one shouldn't do it!), some kind of French and even something that sounded Russian. Most of the time he was consistent in the character voices, but occasionally someone who didn't have an accent when first introduced would suddenly be Sort-Of-English later in the book, or while talking to another character who was Sort-Of-English, he would also become Sort-Of-English. He also gave emotional inflections to his voice at odd times and I found that extremely distracting! Just because there is an exclamation point at the end of a sentence, doesn't mean the line needs TO BE SHOUTED!!! Overall, as a voice-actor, Mr. Wagner seemed to think that in this one book alone, he needed to pull out all his vocal tricks and make them work somewhere. His performance would truly have been excellent if he had just calmed down a bit. He really just acted the crap out of this novel and I don't mean that in a completely flattering way.
In spite of the nit-picky things mentioned above, I enjoyed myself for the most part and would recommend the book to anyone who enjoys a decent erotic yarn! But if those nit-picky things bother you as a listener as well, you might want to avoid this book.
This book was originally published in weekly short story increments. I think it suffers because of it. The sex is overt, bold but way way too much. It's original episodic format would tone this aspect down and make it more palatable, but as a novel it doesn't work.
That said, the story line, which is good, doesn't wrap up in this book, but ends in a cliff hanger, does make me want to buy the next book. Just not now. Not for a while I think.
The story was ridiculous. There were some good ideas, issues of magic and corruption, but none of them were handled well. They were all just used as thinly veiled excuses for more sex. And don't get me wrong, I love smut in my book. But here it's just over used and outrageous. The characters are laughable. Their actions so removed from what we are told their motivations are that they're either the two stupidest men in the world or so unaware of themselves that that it's honestly unbelievable. The book probably would have done much better if it hadn't been written in alternating first person perspective. The characters are too shallow and ill conceived to stand up to the point of view. The poor development wouldn't have been so painful in third person, maybe. The fact that this is meant to be a society where homosexuality is entirely banned and almost unthinkable and yet every single male character in the book (and there are no female characters) has sex with one of the protagonists. EVERY ONE. The author has no other ideas for how to handle any situations that don't involve sex, coerced sex, magically necessary sex or out and out rape. I'm not joking, almost every chapter is about one of the main characters having sex and usually not by their free choice. The whole plot reads like a game where the author tries to figure out new ways to get these two faithful lovers to sleep with everyone else in the world. I can't imagine how anyone takes this book seriously.
"Wizards and hot sex"
This book takes the popular fantasy listening to the next level of wizards, adventure and very dirty sex.
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