- File Size: 1302 KB
- Print Length: 191 pages
- Publisher: Multifarious Press; 1 edition (June 13, 2017)
- Publication Date: June 13, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B071FWRR29
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,142,247 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Though cognizant their kingdom would erupt into civil war if their father dies without a proper heir, each of the brothers mourn the imminent loss of all they hold dear. For Cam, the consort he has come to care so deeply for. And for Mael, the intrigue of his spy network and the hedonistic pleasures of "companionship". Our author leaves us wanting to know how turbulent their future transition will be, tossing in unknowns bearing names like "Mai" and "Kat"--both delicious in more ways than one.
I loved the on-the-page autism rep and the intense, loving polyamorous relationship and the fascinating worldbuilding. Many, many good things here.
She had a lot of characters -- each more interesting and complex than the next. Even the "simpler" characters felt real and interesting. I didn't have a problem keeping them straight (and I'm usually iffy about multiple POVs), but I did feel like I'd JUST gotten to know them when the Volume 1 came to a (delicious!) close! (There's a bit of a cliffhanger, it's not bad, you'll survive.) I realize that's the point of a serial though -- and I thought this was a VERY interesting beginning and set up. You won't go wrong trying it out!
The story line starts many centuries in the future on a planet called Ilavani, focused primarily in the Kingdom of Ereiria. We follow multiple character story arcs: from the royals up top, to the loyal companions, to the newly indentured in servitude. Everyone has their role to play, but they also have their own desires too, their own expectations. Reality comes crashing back in, and it’s anybody’s guess how it will all play out.
It took me a minute to get the hang of this world simply because it’s so detailed. There’s so much to learn and each puzzle piece is just as important as the last. I loved the sheer volume of emotions pulled out of me from every single scene.
Even though there are multiple character story arcs, I had no trouble falling for each and every character! I already felt so invested. I’m very curious about the buildup surrounding Maiike, in particular, and then there’s Kat…
The dynamic representation in Ilavani, alone, is enough to recommend this book. That’s before adding in the spectacular, multi-dimensional world building, the bolt of eroticism, and the engaging characters.
Ilavani: Volume One only whets my appetite for more of this dynamic, dynamite story. I can’t wait to see what is revealed next.
While I’ve read stories with erotic content, this is the first time I’ve picked up a book that defines itself as erotica and I’ll admit now that I was a bit afraid. I was afraid it would be hard for me to get through since it isn’t a genre I usually read. I was afraid my family would catch a glimpse of what I was reading and would tease me about it. But mostly I was afraid it would be a text version of mediocre porn: appealing to my hormones but not my mind.
I realized by the second page that I had no reason to worry.
Rhywiol’s world is vibrant, alive, and utterly foreign to me. Xyr descriptions drew me in so I could feel the warmth of the suns, feel the grit of the dust in the air, smell the press of people in the marketplace. I wanted to explore, wander, and learn more of this land and its amazingly varied peoples.
But for all the vibrancy and color in Rhywiol’s world, it’s xyr characters that kept me up way past my bedtime. I was immediately drawn to the interplay between Maël, Cam, and Li, and found myself just as eager to explore them as I was to explore their world. As I was reading I kept wishing I could step through my e-reader and touch them, talk with them, learn from and teach them.
Rhywiol’s writing appeals to all the senses and allowed me to not just read about Ilavani, but to experience it. Format constraints meant the story cut off far too early for my liking, but it means I get to look forward to Volume 2.