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House of Silence - Volume 1: Exodus Paperback – January 25, 2013
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About the Author
J.A. Jaken has been writing homoerotic fiction for more than ten years. She got her start in the genre writing slash fan fiction, where she has published numerous stories under the penname “Rushlight”. She has degrees in psychology and in criminal justice, and is currently considering going back to school for a third. Outside of writing, her interests include studying foreign languages, riding horses, and collecting medieval weaponry. Jaken’s other novels published by ForbiddenFiction include: • The House of Silence Volume 2 • Pathhinder • The Charming • Nicholi’s Vengeance (to be released)
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The fantasy setting is wonderful, just different enough to intrigue but not distract. It's world-building at its best, interspersed as part of "story", and easy to picture these made-up, foreign settings.
There are potential romances happening in this, but I would categorize this more as gay fantasy literature/erotica than romance. I love the idea of the House of Silence being a center point to tell all sorts of erotic and romantic stories.
Adding more to this review: this is only part one. I do think both volumes would have been better as a single book. The world building occurs over the course of both volumes. It's not neatly served up at the beginning. Yes, the scene with Danny is disturbing. It does tie into the whole running a bordello for wealthy, powerful men scenario. I think Charon reads what the boys are capable of handling quite well. It's fiction people! It works for this story. If you're too squeamish, read something else. If rape scenes trigger you, don't read this. There's not just black and white in this, as Brand learns.
This book has great character development, a very interesting plot, and I love this authors writing style. So having said this, why did I only give this book 4 stars? I really wanted a little better understanding of the world this book takes place in. There was enough there to understand the book but a little more may have added to the overall plot/character development. Also, there were a couple sex scenes that made me slightly uncomfortable. Its difficult to say more than that without giving too much away. I do recommend purchasing both volumes of "The House of Silence".