Sunday, May 12, 2013

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Monday, May 6, 2013

Absolute Will
Author - Robin Tremly
Genre - Adult/BDSM
Pages - E-book Only

Description from Goodreads

 Faith knew what she wanted. Her career, her own life, and the occasional play partner. She had planned out her existence and was quite capable of fulfilling it on her own, no man needed. She was self-reliant and strong. At least, she considered herself to be. However, a few martinis and a chance encounter with a woman that she expected would be a casual fling, ended up turning Faith's world upside down and her beliefs in strength and independence turned inside out. Take a journey with Faith as she learns true courage in offering absolute submission to another; another who accepts nothing but absolute obedience to his will

As a first foray into a BDSM novel I must say I was not displeased. It was a challenge for me sure, there is no background to the characters and no real world building but the story flowed nicely and the writing was simple but elegant. It took about 8% of the book to really get into it and at first the style of the characters point of views confused me but it became easier after a few pages. 

The story is straightforward: Faith meets a girl named Grace, Grace brings her home, they have wonderful sex and then Grace’s Master (William) caught them and decided to punish them both. Thus, setting Faith on the path into a whole new lifestyle of which she is frightened and curious, the live of BDSM, Dominate/Submissive. 

The struggles of Faith and the Dominance of William are greatly portrayed going into depth and descriptions that will leave you blushing and wanting more. I enjoyed watching Faith grow and accept her new lifestyle, even if it was hard and painful for her it was nice to see her open up at the end. 

 While there are a few mistakes in the novel (I found 2) It was well edited. Throughout the books I was appalled, angry, confused, and utterly engrossed, finishing the book in one sitting. I do hope the author decides to write more books, and maybe expand on this one since we only got to see the tip of the iceberg of the relationship between Grace, Faith and William.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

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Saturday, May 4, 2013

Wizard's First Rule 
Author - Terry Goodkind
Series - Sword of Truth #1
Genre - Epic Fantasy
Pages - 836

Description From Goodreads 

In the aftermath of the brutal murder of his father, a mysterious woman, Kahlan Amnell, appears in Richard Cypher's forest sanctuary seeking help . . . and more. His world, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence. 

 In a dark age it takes courage to live, and more than mere courage to challenge those who hold dominion, Richard and Kahlan must take up that challenge or become the next victims. Beyond awaits a bewitching land where even the best of their hearts could betray them. Yet, Richard fears nothing so much as what secrets his sword might reveal about his own soul. Falling in love would destroy them--for reasons Richard can't imagine and Kahlan dare not say. 

In their darkest hour, hunted relentlessly, tormented by treachery and loss, Kahlan calls upon Richard to reach beyond his sword--to invoke within himself something more noble. Neither knows that the rules of battle have just changed . . . or that their time has run out. This is the beginning. One book. One Rule. Witness the birth of a legend.

I started this book many years ago then stopped because I just could not get into it. I decided to start it again and realized that I did not give this a decent chance. It is not a unique book by any means, it does take from other fantasy books, but what doesn’t these days? 

Wizards First Rule is an epic fantasy revolving around the woodsman Richard and the Mother Confessor Kahlan. He by chance saves her one day from a quad of men meaning to do her harm and because of that his whole world as he knew it was flipped upside down. 

Evil plots, magic, swords, love and betrayal. This book has all of that and more! While it may be a bit simple for some people (there are not a whole lot of perspectives and twists) and while the writing is a bit childish and repetitive, it is by no means a failing book. 

Yes, the bad guys are REALLY bad and the good guys are REALLY good but the clear-cut personalities just mean that somewhere along the series line that there is a chance for that to change, there is a chance for some development and questioning of morals and identities.

Richard is the most goodly good guy you will meet, he is a bit simple and tends to go into inner monologue and debates a lot but that is okay, he tends to make it interesting. Kahlan while a good person struggles with telling him her secret: She is the Mother Confessor and therefore has great and unimaginable powers. Why she doesn’t tell him? Well, you will have to read and see (but trust me you will get angry with her haha.) 

The other characters are nicely done, the wizard Zedd is funny and adds life to the others. Your heart will pine for Rachael and you will adore Adie, hate the queen and her malicious daughter and really hate Darken Rahl (our villain) and his lackey Demmin Nass. 

The only part I could have done without was the overly long sadist/bdsm section. It went on way to long and even though it did have a purpose it did not need to span 50 something pages. Which brings me to some other things, if you can’t stomach violence, blood, and gore… step away. There are some really graphic scenes, one even involving a child. 

 I have read the reviews good and bad for this book, I urge you to do the same and take them with a grain of salt, if it sounds interesting to you and you like 800+ page epic fantasies then you just may want to give Wizards First Rule a chance.