- Hardcover: 420 pages
- Publisher: Norilana Books; Revised edition (November 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1607620456
- ISBN-13: 978-1607620457
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,236,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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But that critical thinking won't let go. The plot centers around two warring kingdoms, one good, one evil, the evil one secretly ruled by a demoness who gains her power by stealing the souls of men through the act of sexual congress. She prefers virgins who wish to remain virgins. There are a lot of young men chaste by choice running around Karenia, which I just realized strains credulity a bit. Their soul struggles as they whirl into the orgasmic void to be damned forever are repeatedly and viscerally described. It doesn't take Dr. Freud to see that those vaginas are all just waiting to eat you and your soul into the bargain.
The demoness, Malkar, has a daughter, Lilene and Lilene is the inheritor of her power. Lilene doesn't know this yet, but will discover it when she first sleeps with a man. She and the main character, Tallis are of course hopelessly and obsessivly in love with each other. But, Lilene has been influenced by the good religion of the story and is secretly leading a rebellion of the downtrodden underclass in Karenia. Will Tallis's soul be forfeit once sexual congress with Lilene is achieved? Will the demoness/witch Malkar rule the entire world? The story is good and moves along quickly and the descriptions are lush and the characters compelling, but there is that niggle of bother about the purity of men besmirched by the ravening maw of women. It felt at the very least like a very large fear of the power of female sexuality an obsession of both sides of the gender aisle since time began. And at the very most, it is outright misogyny.
By all means, read and enjoy the Captain's Witch; its a great read, but keep in mind its underlying themes. And if sexual detail offends you, this is not the book for you. I plan on reading We Speak no Treason very soon and will be alert to Jarman's portrayals of women and sexuality in that work and will revise this review should it merit it.
This book would appeal to readers in a number of genres - fantasy, suspense, AND romance. I haven't enjoyed a book like this in years. I even passed my train stop more than once. The signs of a great book, of course, are becoming one with the characters and not being able to put the book down--all the while not wanting it to end. And as I said above, this book has it all!
What was a simple mission begins a tale of high adventure pitting the honorable Tallis against evil plots and magic intent on destroying his beloved kingdom and all he holds dear. Tallis is an old school hero, not a saint, but one who aspires to uphold certain values at the risk of losing his soul. Certain aspects have the feel of melodrama, or perhaps just some old-fashioned high romance, which may add to the pleasure of the read, or may distance some readers. Regardless, it is still a good read that should appeal to anyone who like their heroes and villains larger than life and their adventures grand with a touch of comedy of manners.