- Paperback: 260 pages
- Publisher: Loose Id, LLC (30 Sept. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1596327545
- ISBN-13: 978-1596327542
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,477,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Slave Boy Paperback – 30 Sep 2008
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Top Customer Reviews
Without wanting to give away anything about a good read, I will try to cover the basics.
The plot, while on the surface seemed good, lacked an awful lot, seeming more of a frame on which to drape the few erotic sections of the book.
As for 'plot twists' the few that were there were weak, and to me at least, it was clear what was about to happen, the events, rather than unfolding elegantly, were slapped in front of me, removing much opportunity for drama and suspense.
As for the more... Erotic sections of this book, they were all-together too contrived, seeming as if they were there just as an excuse for sex scenes, if one is able to call what little offering Anderson gives 'sex'. As for the ending, it was weak, there were far too many loose strings, I found myself reading the last few lines with incredulity, 'surely that's not the end?'.
However, as scathing as my review may seem, compared to so many offerings in the Gay & Lesbian genre for kindle, this is a masterpiece.
An interesting read if you can be bothered to wade through the mire that is the plot, and ignore the irritating lack of drama, and plot twists, you will be rewarded with a book of a reasonable length, and if not sparkling performance, one that is certainly better than the other offerings in the kindle store.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta) (May include reviews from Early Reviewer Rewards Program)
D'lon Haven is a Light Bringer. As much as I could gather, a sort of spiritual warrior. Using the Light to fight with if needed but mostly to heal with and comfort himself.
Haven saves Wren from a life of sexual slavery on the planet Rigel Six when he sees Wren heal a bird using the Light from within himself. A rare gift.
Wren knows that from the moment he saw his Master that his heart belonged to him. He longs to give him his mind, soul and body as well. But the Council they serve despise any sort of sexual contact between novice and master. The opportunity to serve as a sexual slave arises again and Wren is more than happy to service his Master needs.
I like how Haven was put into an overtly awkward situation. He struggled with his feelings for Wren and was able to resist but then having to touch him in order to please the customs of the planet they where on, shattered his nerves of steel. Watching his slow undoing was like chocolate melting on your tongue. The set-up was perfect. The mind-link was a great feature to be able to have. Wren was merciless in his intimate assault. Sending images of him with his Master Haven covering him from behind.
There is no other words to describe how much I liked Wren and Haven as a pair. Haven tried to resist he urges because he was a Servant of the Light and he felt obligated to the Council first. It was so obvious he loved Wren from his heart and his body ached to be with him. It was beyond satisfying when they finally got together. Wren was the perfect submissive. I did love the fact that Haven acknowledged the love in his heart for Wren. Before they finally were intimate. If you have not read Evangeline Anderson before. Start here and don't stop until the last page. I didn't.
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.
The main characters are engaging, especially Wren. Haven starts out well, continues along in what builds to an interesting situation, interest built further and then.... It devolved to sappy, stilted and bordering on flat out strange but uninteresting. No man as well placed and of the "rank" of Haven could be such a boob, nincompoop... So I hate to use the word but it's the only one that fits - stupid.
This story had real potential, but the sheer inanity drained my interest, which I am sad about as well as a little bit mad about because this author's past books have been very good indeed. Anyone can have a bad day, or a bad book, and so far her work has proved great more than once. I'll check out the next, expecting a return to better reading.
A plot which mixes high tech civilization and space travel with slave trading and a market where the slave boy is originally bought which as described is out of the middle ages also seems ridiculous. The same with a bad guy emperor who seems to be as immature and ridiculous as the current idiotic leaders of North Korea or Iran but even moreso. His government is also ridiculous for a space going high technology civilization.
I want gay science fiction/romance which has at least some semblance of sensible plotting and story lines. IMO this book has neither as it is practically 1930s one cent per word pulp science fiction magazine grade plotting and writing.
After reading this book all the way through the first time (I couldn't put it down for an instant) I have since gone back through to reread some of my favorite scenes. I will say, the BDSM scenes were very tame and well written. It's set in a science fiction world, but that doesn't mean it's hard to read. You don't need to learn new words or read a map to find out where they are, and that is a huge plus. Anyone can pick up this book and understand it, even if they've never read science fiction before.
The only thing that bothered me once I'd finished the book was the fact that one of the major characters (who's in the opening scene) is hardly in the book at all. The fate of this man's planet revolves around Haven and Wren who are supposed to be conducting a peace keeping mission, but the Ambassador is hardly there at all, maybe in three scenes total. I would have expected to see him a little bit more.
But, over all, I loved this book, and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good m/m novel.