Series: An Intimate History of the Greater Kingdom #1
Published by Sans Culotte Press on 2010-09-06
Genres: erotica, fantasy, romance, sci fi
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from the back cover...
From the back cover...A trapped immortal planning escape...
A prince who is the key...
And the deliberately forgotten history of a royal family's women, captured in a magic book that may lead the key to open the lock...
Heir to the Tremontine Kingdom Temmin Antremont has been shielded since birth from his father's politically and sexually charged court. Now eighteen, he must leave home for the Capital--where he walks straight into a power struggle between the King and the twin gods of love and sex.
The gods call Temmin to serve for two years, a call Temmin's father wants him to ignore. If the Heir joins the Lovers' Temple, some believe it fulfills a prophecy promising great fortune to the people; others, including the King, fear it heralds the downfall of the nobility.
With the help of the King's immortal advisor Teacher, Temmin must decide whether to obey his father and begin training for his future as ruler, or follow his heart into the Temple. But how far will his father go to stop him--and what is Teacher's real agenda?
Lovers and Beloveds is the first book in the acclaimed fantasy series An Intimate History of the Greater Kingdom, which continues with Son in Sorrow.
Lovers and Beloveds is the first of a series, An Intimate History of the Greater Kingdom. When I received the book and read a little about it, I thought it was going to be a fantasy/steampunk kind of mix, and I was not even in the ball park! It is at it’s core a fantasy novel, with an erotic theme. While the eroticism does play a major part in the story, there is so much more to it than that. The characters and the world in which they lived were equally well-developed and that balanced the eroticism, making the story very engrossing. While definately based in a fantasy world, the Temples in the novel echoed the Ancient Greek religions, and the nobles seemed almost Victorian. I really liked that mix of historical elements. I also loved the “story within a story” technique used to tell the stories of Temmin and that of his ancestor Warin.
Temmin wasn’t always the most likeable character within the story, but he was very easy to relate to. A big part of the story is really a coming of age tale for him, both personally and in his destiny to be the future King. His struggle to grow up, to become a man and to know who and what he really was as a person was what kept me fully in the story. But the supporting characters were just as well thought out as he was, Teacher being my favorite, There is a lot of mystery about him and I hope we get more of him in future books in the story.
This is definately not a book for a younger crowd, or for those who don’t like erotica, but for those on the fence about it, don’t let the erotica put you off. That is a part of the story yes, but there is so much more to the story that is to be enjoyed. I will definately be reading future books in the series.