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Black Carnival (The Cydonian Tales Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Katherine Wyvern
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The city of Venice has been rebuilt on the far planet of Cydonia. Despite the uneasy presence of the mysterious, only part-human Sand Riders who roam the Cydonian deserts, The Black Carnival has become a celebration of beauty and lust known all over the Galaxy.

Ivory Blake, a young artist from the conservative Central Planets, is thrown in the middle of the festivities to illustrate a new book about the Black Carnival. As a guest of the glamorous art collector, Lukan Løvensgård, her professional assignment quickly turns into a highly emotional exploration of sensuality in all its most varied aspects, from BDSM to romantic love, passing through obsession, fear, jealousy and passionate, tender complicity.

Product Details

  • File Size: 460 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Evernight Publishing (December 28, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006RAAGI8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,312,057 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Far planet with hot atmosphere February 8, 2012
By robin
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The short...
+ steamy, hot and sexy yet always tasteful and often humourous
+ well written and intriguing characters
+ rebuilt Venice on distant planet Cydonia makes for a very sensual setting and almost steals the show
+ (erotic) carnival season and the local "sand riders" add a sense of mystery
potential caveat: possibly not for everyone - see last 2 paragraphs of review

...and the long of it:
Having been to Venice several times myself I am impressed how Katherine Wyvern captures the beauty and sensual atmosphere of this place. I love the well written characters and their naughty adventures in Black Carnival but the secret star of the novel is the town itself. At least in this reviewer's opinion.
I enjoyed reading this book a lot and I will definitely be reading it again before my next trip to Venice to spice up the experience. While I do give it 5 stars I also think this book may not be for everyone. The richness, explicitness and vast variety of the different sex scenes to me were one of the big attractions. A less open minded reader might perhaps take offense with a specific scene or other. On the other hand the author does not dwell on any particular fetish so chances are that if something puts you off you will still be able to enjoy the vast majority of the ride.
Also be warned that this is not your average "happily ever after" romance. The main characters do develop a very nice chemistry and they do fall in love with each other. The story finishes in a somewhat open-ended way though. I like it, prefer it actually because it makes me come back to the characters in my mind and fantasize how things might develop on from there. And it is of course a bit of a tease regarding a potential sequel. So if you need to read the words altar, rings and married in order to fall happily asleep with a big smile on your lips - this book may not be for you.
But then again, I really hope to see a sequel to this!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Living the Black Carnival March 19, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
"My dear, there is nothing, nothing, more sexy than this." This line, in Chapter Two, says everything I want to say about this book, BLACK CARNIVAL, which is Ms. Wyvern's debut novel. Welcome to Cydonia, a colonized planet far from the core worlds, and its major city, NeuVenedig, built in the style of old Venice. But if you think this is a science fiction story, think again! This is the story of Ivory Blake, a stifled artist who needed an exciting get-away, and that's just what she gets. In this first-person narrative, Ivory is hired for a job off-planet, a gig where her artistic skills can be put to good use beyond the sterile landscaping company she works for, and that's where the fun begins. Fun? Yes, fun - not only with hot, creative sex scenes but also with the way Ms. Wyvern uses words. If Ivory is an artist, then the author is her muse, inspiring her to paint vivid scenes in gripping exposition that leave the reader with no question about what her first dinner on the new planet tastes like, how classic paintings are altered into tasteful erotica, or what the colony of NeuVenedig looks, smells, and sounds like. Ms. Wyvern doesn't just write words; she paints with them. Ivory finds herself smack in the middle of the Black Carnival, an near-endless masque of night revels that continues until the sun comes up - which it doesn't for several weeks. There's one perk of this new planet: Ivory can enjoy herself to her heart's contentment. She may have been shy to start with, but she opens up to all the sexual possibilities that the Carnival and its merrymaking sex aficionados have to offer. And the reader is along for the ride - a wild, erotic ride without inhibitions and without shame. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars A hot love story November 18, 2012
By Michael
Format:Kindle Edition
READ THE BLACK CARNIVAL!!!!! The story can stand alone, even if it wasn't an erotic novel. And erotic it is. Katherine Wyvern's talent of description is incredible. It was almost as if I looking through a keyhole at the carnal adventures of Ivy, Aliz, Lune, Luken, and the rest of the Cydonian. The author's imagination is very vivid. Some may find some of the situations over the edge and being a bit conservative myself, a few scenes were not my cup of tea. But, they were not out of place in the greater plot and were not out of place in the story.

Over all, the Black Carnival is a great read. It is one of the stories that may actually be better read out loud with a "friend".
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More About the Author

Katherine is a gipsy soul who lived in Italy, Norway, Germany, France and Spain but mostly in some private universe of her own. She still lives a nomad's life between Dordogne and Catalonia, with a tipi as a home and her boots and a horse as only means of transport.

She's worked as a printer, a welder and a gardener, and been writing since she can remember, mostly poetry, fantasy and erotica, sometimes mixed together in weird ways.

Nowadays, when not busy with walking, horse-whispering or dream-weaving, she is usually painting, embroidering or working her backbone off in the pastures.

Her steamy debut novel, Black Carnival, was recently published by Evernight Publishing.


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