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An intense science fiction psychological drama. I don't want to turn anyone off by this review but this book deals with the anthropology of gender identity, and supposed choices that are made in stepping into the gender you choose for yourself. The Prince the protagonist of the story comes from an alien race where gender is chosen. But that gender choosing is supposed to be in line with the societies social mores. The interesting part is what if you choose a gender that isn't of your families or societies liking and the consequences that follow. The plot is played out with an earth woman Lydia as the outsider looking into this world. She is the Prince's pet, who was given to him so that he could learn compassion. The world she is thrust into is made up of subjugation, dominance, sexual hierarchy that is ruled by a humanoid species that breeds more like insects and/or plants of the greater animal kingdom; where the males are more colorful to draw off prey. It is a very survival of the fittest society, humanity need not apply.
The writing style is unique as both Lydia and I as the reader were always on the outside of the world looking in. Lydia's view from her opulent prison is the only one the reader is privy to. At times like Lydia, I felt claustrophobic being trapped with her, as the world she inhabits is a microcosm of the one the Prince lives in. Lydia was privy to a side of The Prince, that wasn't completely sexually and physically violent. As the longer he spent with Lydia, the more of his humanity came to the surface. His is not a civilization I would want to be a part of what little the author showed me, through Lydia's eyes. The how's and why's of Lydia's captivity are never completely explained, but the little that is explained made me feel that this civilization was one of almost godlike powers. I never got a full world in this book, but what glimpses I did get intrigued me, it is inhabited by beings that have supreme power and can also use spells to control beings memories and emotions.
Bewared that there is sexual and physical violence in this book, and it is a story of captivity.
I'll admit I was kind of expecting this to be some sort of human-kidnapped-by-aliens-for-mind-blowing-sex type of book, but was I ever wrong (and not just because with aliens you run the risk of mind-blowing being more literal than figurative!) But I will tell you there is sex, and it is mind blowing, but mainly because of the physical differences between an alien and human, which is well written by the author and made for a nice change.
There are many shocking things in this book, but it only makes it all the more realistic. While I am glad it doesn't happen to her, I mourn that it happens to him. Lydia stays strong through it all, even when her Prince is weak, she is his strength. I was a little upset that he blamed it all on her, but knew it was out of fear and frustration and didn't mean it - least I hope not. Do not let the cover turn you away from this book. It was a wonderful read.