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01st Sep 2008

Prisoner

Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦

The key to a good story for me is whether or not I want to sink back into the story to find out more about the history of the world and how it works. I want to know more about Derr’s world. I want to know what makes its leaders tick and, most of all, I want to know what happens to the characters after this story.

Dieter is the general for one of the Sacred Four armies of Kira. The surrounding countries tremble with fear at the very mention of his name. One night, his army is attacked by a brother from the country of Salhara and taken prisoner. The prisoner claims to have no name and refuses to give a name, or take the name that Dieter tries to force on him. After saving Dieter from an attack from another country, Illussor, leaving the rest of Dieter’s army dead, the prisoner is weak and near death himself. Dieter lets him know that he will save his life if he will take the name that he is given, Berhat. Berhat still does not want the name, but it’s the only way for him to survive.

Now, the Salhara people drink a potion called Arcen to gain their magic. Arcen comes in different colors, depending on its strength, and leaves a taint on the body in the form of changing the user’s eye color. Kiranians view the people of Salhara as being poluted by their use of Arcen. The people of Kira shun magic and rely on physical strength and weapons. Illussor uses a different form of magic, the most powerful of which is called a Scream. It was a Scream that destroyed Dieter’s army and only Berhat’s use of Arcen saved them from being casualties as well.

So, Dieter is taking Berhat to the capital of Kira to face his punishment, but there are other forces at work which will try even the fragile bonds of prisoner and captive.

This world is so richly textured and lush that it would take me forever to go into details about the politics, people and the reasons for their behavior. Suffice it to say that this is an example of fantasy world building done well. The magic systems are logical, there’s a consequence for each action and the whole thing just flows wonderfully. Once gain, Derr has proven to be a master at what she does. It’s hard to construct a world that is so rich and lush that works on all levels. Fantasy fans should not hesitate to add this one to their collections.

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24th Aug 2008

Regency

Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦

I’ve been a fan of this author’s work for a very long time. She’s never been hosted on BND, but she’s been a fan and a supporter since we began. I just hope she doesn’t want to kill us for giving her a review.

Regency takes everything I like about romance novels set in that time period and filters it through a male/male lens. This keeps all of the sweetness and trappings of the time period that I love, but adds in the eroticism of men lusting after each other. What more could I ask for in a book?

We start off with a story about a foppish prince who wages a daily battle with his secretary. The two of them loathe each other, but both are two stubborn to admit defeat. The prince refuses to give in and fire his secretary and the secretary refuses to quit.

Our secretary, being fed up with humiliation, decides to teach the prince a lesson and a festival, featuring multiple nights of masquerade balls, proves the perfect opportunity. Only things don’t work out as planned and the masks the heroes wear at the masquerade are nothing like the masks they wear every day to cloak their true personalities from the outside world. So, you can see where this is going.

Then, there’s the story of the duelist who as achieved everything he set out to do, except for taking care of matters of his heart. The young duelist keeps receiving anonymous letters. Letters that make him think as well as arouse and titillate. The question is, who is sending these letters? There’s really no one in his social circle who can write so well and harbor amorous feelings.

Every story is a treat and absolute delight to read. The only complaint I could have would be that in the world that Derr has created, there is no censure on male/male relationships. Now, we all know what a crime homosexuality was in this time period, so not having that censure threw me for a bit. Believe me, it was something I got over quickly. I’m not going to let something like historical accuracy get in the way of my enjoyment of a book that is written so well. This is the perfect book to curl up with on a yucky day, when you just need to lose yourself in pure romance.

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