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How fantastic it is to find a new author whose storytelling ability intrigues and enchants from the first page. The Marechal Chronicles is just as sexy as promised, full of magic and fantastical creatures. The plot, brimming with action and adventure, moves swiftly. The dialogue is solid and the descriptions are beautifully drawn. I found Aames’ main character, Melisse, well crafted, and I immediately bonded with her desire for freedom outside her life of servitude. It is evident Melisse longs for a better life, exacerbated by her cruel treatment by Lord Perene, his son, and his daughter. When she’s humiliated by Perene’s son in front of an important manor visitor, Melisse flees into the woods, only to encounter a magical being who will change her life forever.
When Lord Perene’s son is found stabbed to death, the family points to Melisse as the murderess and demands that the Marechal de Barristide investigate the crime. Barristide, buoyed by his own interest in Melisse, discovers much more than he bargains for while tracking down the alluring young woman. Aimelie Aames also does a wonderful job with Barristide’s character, creating a hero who is, despite his scar and tragic past, commanding, charismatic, and sexually irresistible.
I am not a fan of this genre that must be stated first, I am a huge fan of fantasy, especially epic fantasy. I love Sanderson, Salvatore etc...
So why do I give this 4 stars, Aimelie Aames is part of A new breed of author who are making reading exciting again
Her characters have a true depth, motivations and are multi dimensional.
Her world is new, well thought out and intriguing.
All this and her story telling ability really made this a fast read I went from wouldn't have picked it up to a great fan. I am happy Amazon suggested it to me when I was reading A Song of Ice and Fire. Sorry George, I love your books but her world is more interesting.
The erotic is the stuff of life, but it doesn't always mesh so fluidly with other genres. I'm happy to say that this is NOT the case here. Aimelie Aames takes us into an imaginative world so magic, so captivating, that it's easy to forget you're reading an erotic tale until the sex rears up and smothers you in its sultry wonder.
These books center mainly around the enchanted servant girl Melisse, a nobleman's household, and the Marshall (or Marechal, as he's known in Aames' very authentic European setting). The falsely accused Melisse finds herself yearning for a very different life, a longing fulfilled after an erotic encounter with an extra dimensional being. She walks away with fiery powers, beginning a rich descent into Ms. Aames' deliciously complex and highly symbolic atmosphere.
What would any good fantasy be without magic and monsters? The Marechal Chronicles hit the high note because they abound in fascinating otherworldly beings. Whether they're chasing down our hero and heroine or seducing them into the bedroom, the sheer variety of wicked creatures gives writers like GRR Martin and HP Lovecraft a run for their money.
While some will be awestruck at the sex and the scenery, I'm personally just as impressed by the keen balance in this series. Aames' prose is fluid and exciting. She manages to keep things sensible, sexy, and sometimes frightening in equal proportions, delivering erotic outbursts in all their glory without sacrificing overall story flow.
If you like your erotic fantasy hot, heady, and a little dark, you'll devour these books and beg for more!
Melisse is a dutiful servant who is thrust from her home with a single act of self-defense. Scared and confused, the young woman is lured into the dark forest by a golden light as smooth and sweet as honey. But what she finds is a pathway that will take her far from the life she's always known.
Marechal de Barristide is a public servant on an important mission at the home of Lord Perene, a local nobleman. His initial encounter with the servant girl is brief, yet powerful. Little does he realize that she will send him on a magic-filled journey that conjures up his past.
Silas is an innocent young farmer who is entranced by a beautiful runaway hiding in his barn. Her seduction proves to be destructive, destroying his family's home with an inexplicable fire. But, Silas is spared by a creature seeking answers about the girl who set his world aflame.
This book comes alive with its imagery and magical references. It is a nice change from the typical erotic fiction. I am a huge fan of fantasy novels set in the Middle Ages, and enjoyed reading this author's take on the subject.
I love characters that become empowered. Melisse definitely makes a huge change from meek servant girl to something much more. The erotic scenes are tastefully done with very visual encounters. I'll definitely have to check out more stories by this writer.
Aimélie captivates you from the beginning with her descriptive prose. Her story begins in media res, without a lengthy, boring backstory that seems to plague most fantasy novels. It's a fast paced, exciting read--I loved reading the transformation of Melisse from a servant girl to a powerful force with an uncommon magical skill. I'd like to echo what the other reviewers are saying: I've NEVER read an erotic series like this! It's original, it's fun, it's a sexy fantasy adventure. Don't think, just get it now!