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Slave Boy Paperback – September 3, 2008
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Haven and Wren have been sent to mediate an interplanetary dispute between two races, the Tiberions and the Gowans. The Tiberions are very powerful and are threatening to wipe the peace-loving people of Gow gi Nef off the face of the planet. From the beginning things start to go wrong. Due to protocol Wren has to pretend to be Haven's slave which brings back bad memories of his previous life. The worse part of his new role is he must be naked at all times during their stay on the planet much to Haven's dismay because he's finding it very hard to resist Wren. To complicate matters even more the Tiberion Minister of War, H'rak is very suspicious of the relationship between the two men and has his eye on Wren whom he wants for his very own slave boy.
I found both the story of Slave Boy and its execution to be exceptionally well done. The plot was complex and I thought that the characterizations worked very well within the context of the genre.Read more ›
- Strong emotional connection between two leads who are selfless when considering the other's needs and desires.
- Interesting, well-drawn fantasy world.
- Convincing and heartbreaking longing on the part of each man for the other. I didn't have any trouble at all believing in their total love for and devotion to each other.
- Tiresome resistance on the part of one of the characters. I understood his reluctance to engage in sex at the beginning of the story because of various external circumstances, but he is SO in love with the other guy that once he got his first taste, I became frustrated with his noble "we can't do this because it's not right" stance.
- Some descriptions of sex in which the consent of both partners was doubtful.
- The progression of sex scenes--from milder to more extreme, (seemingly) impersonal to emotional--is good for the most part. However, I read this only about 3 weeks after having read Anderson's The Assignment, and the progression in the two books is very similar...enough so that I found the sex in this book a bit formulaic.
- Contrived voyeuristic situations that I didn't much enjoy. Although I bought into (for the most part) the explanations of why the characters had to perform at times for an audience, I felt a bit cheated by those scenes. The characters are in anguish over their inability to be together, and when they finally get to express their love physically, I was almost sick at the idea that they couldn't do so in private.
- I was very disappointed by the book's conclusion...not how things turn out, but how it's written.Read more ›
However, those moments were few and far between, and unfortunately overshadowed by flaws in the book.
To start, the writing is rather poor. An editor should have taken a red pen to the constant repetitions of character's names (how often do you say someone's name in conversation? Not as frequently as the characters in 'Slave Boy' do), and the redundant explanations of the events or character's emotions.
As to the story -
I did not find the universe exceptionally well built as other reviewers claimed -- indeed, it was rather flat and predictable. Rules w/in the world often felt made-up by the author at the last minute to close some plot hole which would allow our characters to be together as they wanted to be much earlier on. I loved the plot idea initially, but the dominant character's unprofessionalism fairly ruined it for me. I would expect a seasoned officer in his role, going into a diplomatic mission, would 1) be better at diplomacy and 2) learn something about the cultures he is working with. Instead, he seems ruled by his emotions (even before one can say his professional nature is compromised by his feelings for Wren), and goes in knowing nothing. He also seems rather stupid, for someone who is supposed to be a good officer.
All in all, I'd say that if you're submissive by nature, have a kinky side, AND enjoy angst without real cause, and aren't picky about the writing in your books, you might enjoy this one. If you can't stand characters who torment themselves, or poor writing, it's probably not for you.
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