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- Publisher: Desert Palm Press; 2 edition (March 30, 2014)
- Publication Date: March 30, 2014
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- Language: English
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The Second Sister (Amendyr Book 1) Kindle Edition
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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F/F fantasy, erotic romance
*rape, incest triggers
There are some spoilers ahead.
Adapted from the Cinderella story, this lesbian rendition follows young and innocent Eleanor ("Ellie") whose life takes a dramatic turn for the worse when her father remarries Lady Kingsclere and she is forced to move into Baxstresse Manor with her two new and questionable stepsisters.
Luciana and Belladonna turn out to be quite a pair. Luciana is an evil bitch who tortures and rapes their servants.... sexy and possessive Belladonna gets them in her bed willingly. They are both slutty ol' predators in their own right. So when wholesome and submissive little Ellie shows up, one has plans to take her out, the other wants to take her to bed. Clueless little Ellie is too busy missing home and talking to animals to figure out she's fresh meat. Though her Dr. Doolittle skills with the animals were an amusing part of the story.
Then things really get going when Ellie's father dies and her new stepmother disappears into nervous breakdown mode (or something). Greedy and corrupt Luciana has no intention of sharing her inheritance, and her power-hungry visions extend to taking over the kingdom of Seria. And she's got the stolen magical power to make it happen! Wicked as ever, she banishes Ellie into servitude and takes sadistic pleasure in making those tasks as horrid and painful as possible. Ellie's only respite is the supportive servants, helpful little animals, and her passionate rendezvous with her hot step-sister, Belladonna. Eventually this villain must be confronted and taken down for our happily ever after.
Ah, but I'm probably making this sound more interesting than it actually is. heh. Excellent ideas. But these characters were rather flat. The servants seemed to exist only for emotional appeal. These sisters were a fascinating concept, but they just weren't given much depth. Luciana is a sadist and we never know what makes her tick. She just shows up to do evil crap and nothing more. So two-dimensional. And what's up with her past with her sister...? Belladonna, if you love Ellie that much, WTF ??? Multiple times, I don't understand her choices. And where the hell was she for the first 20-30% of the story?! Presence was too minimal. Don't get me started on her diary. pfft. The romance just didn't emerge too realistically. And Ellie... narrated way too much. Don't just tell me how possessive Belladonna is. Show me. I wanted to see her properly dominated. By both sisters...
We get a very polite prince and a few other mildly interesting characters... but I think the only character I'll remember from this book by next week is the smart aleck talking cat. I enjoyed that. In fact, the romance took so long to emerge that I figured Ellie and the cat might hook up. Hey, I've seen it before in lesfic...
Aside from the flat characters... this just had a very YA feel to it. (Not that there's anything wrong with YA/New Adult... it's just not a genre that appeals to me much.) Or maybe it's just the fairy tale element making it seem somewhat adolescent, I don't know. Maybe this author is just really young. So I was pretty surprised at how explicit the sex actually got, lol... or maybe not so surprised. Quite graphic and I think I lost count of those scenes. It's probably the best part of the book. For me. heh. Ellie's submissiveness was really coming through in those scenes and I found that pretty sexy. And yet, I'd trade that to make space for better character development.
Author seems to have some nice potential, but these fairy tale renditions are not typically my cup of tea.
I picked this book completely at random based upon the blurb. I thought it sounded similar to Cinderella and then realized it *was* Cinderella retold. That's fine. I enjoy old fairy tales and stories that are given a sapphic twist.
The writing flows and characters big and small are well drawn. The author did a good job of setting up Ellie's (aka Cinderella's) turn from a lady of the house to a servant, not skimping on the details there. I appreciated that. Cate's character, another servant girl, is particularly strong and interesting. The animals, who Ellie can talk to, are quite entertaining, as well.
**** spoiler alert ****
The second sister, Belladonna, is sultry and her physical presence sings with power so it's easy to see why Ellie falls for her. I'd say this retelling of the Cinderella story leaned more towards erotica than romance for me. A romance is there but, except for a few flirtations from Belladonna in the beginning of the book and anticipation in Ellie when she realizes Belladonna favors her, there's not really a courting. They are obviously in love but I think not seeing a mutual romantic love grow towards each other when they are in one another's presence detracts from the romance factor. The sex scenes are really explicit and steamy and, for those who like power dynamics, that is present.
While the first 60% of the book felt fleshed out (like a saturated feeling), something about the last 1/3rd of it felt more glossed over and rushed. The villain, for being connivingly torturous towards Ellie and others in the household, ends up not being too bright for the last portion of the book. And, I kind of wish the demise of the villain was brought about by an idea from Ellie herself, rather than something that was done by other characters.
**** end spoiler ****
Overall, this is a decent read. It can definitely be appreciated as a new version of an old fairy-tale. If you're up for that, I recommend it.
A note, there are rape triggers in this book. "Luciana is sadistic" is an accurate description of the villain in this story.
*Memorable, fully realized characters you can't help but fall in love with and a certain character you'll love to hate.
*Talking animals! (Jessith is one cool cat!)
*A beautiful romance and tasteful love scenes as only Rae can write them.
*A well-conceived, well-balanced, and engaging story throughout.
I couldn't put this book down and I didn't want to see it end. Fortunately, this is the just the beginning, the first of four books in the Amendyr series. At the time of this writing, the second and third novels in the tetralogy - "Wolf's Eyes" and "The Witch's Daughter" respectively - have been published and there is one more Amendyr book due for release in the future.
I would give this novel more than five stars if it were possible - it's that good! "The Second Sister" is a true gem and if you haven't read this story or any of Rae's work yet - fanfiction and original fiction alike - you are missing out. She's quite the storyteller!
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