January 1, Cyn Coons I have waited a long time to hold a book by Becca Abbott in my hot little hands. Her stories were always filled with pain and heartache, yet tempered with passion and sweetness. SL Publishing has picked a real gem to be their first foray into print books. I happen to be a sucker for high fantasy, so this book pushed all of my happy buttons.
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January 1, Cyn Coons I have waited a long time to hold a book by Becca Abbott in my hot little hands. Her stories were always filled with pain and heartache, yet tempered with passion and sweetness. SL Publishing has picked a real gem to be their first foray into print books.
I happen to be a sucker for high fantasy, so this book pushed all of my happy buttons. Stefn is a sin-eat I have waited a long time to hold a book by Becca Abbott in my hot little hands. Stefn is a sin-eater. Sin-eaters are humans who are born with a deformity and everything that goes wrong is laid to blame at their feet.
Despised by his family because of his deformity, Stefn spends his days wrapped up in ancient histories and books. The king of the land is in a drug addled haze. A coup is staged, and Stefn is the only male member of his family left alive.
This book too me to a place that few books are able to bring me to. I was sad when I found that I only had a few chapters left. I wanted the book to keep going, to spend more time with these characters. January 1, Wren Oh my. I loved this.
The cities, forests, fields, castles - all the settings were wonderfully detailed without boring the reader. Clearly, Ms Abbott has a lot more of their history in her possession than she gives us, which makes the parts we do get that much more believable.
The main characters are suitably conflicted and complicated, and when they do stupid things you quite understand why they do them. Their beginning is brutal and non-consensual. The kind where you can see it happening in slow-motion.
It took me four days to read this, because I wanted to savor it. One caution: There are some brutal scenes of torture, including rape. January 1, Scarletine What a disappointing book! The author became quite obsessed with the back stories of characters i cared nothing for and his What a disappointing book! The author became quite obsessed with the back stories of characters i cared nothing for and histories of different peoples, mages, religions, monarchy etc.
None of it was well explained and it all became very confusing. And Stefn was such a poorly written character- view spoiler [after being raped by his master, he is later gang raped by a bunch of soldiers- then healed by a mage of the damage they did to hs poor ass- and then raped repeatedly in prison It was all a huge let down in the end.
Hopefully that will get published in book form soon. This book did not leave a good impression. For once "it was OK" is as accurate as I can get.
The basic arc - war against the king and obnoxiously corrupt Church subtlety, my people - was barely entertaining, yet eerily appealing. One could probably say he had already everything in place, the right alliances, the The basic arc is, however, a secondary one. And third, the cover. One reason I carry books in 1. Yep, Hypocrisy R Us January 1, Elizabetta This is my kind of fantasy— a well described world of wizards and magic, political plotting and intrigue, action and adventure, and a pair of feuding lovers who take their time getting in sync.
Lots of lovely slow burn. This book has been on my TBR list forever. It did take a little while for me to get into the story, to get the lay of the land— typical with in-depth fantasies, I think— but once it came together I got swe This is my kind of fantasy— a well described world of wizards and magic, political plotting and intrigue, action and adventure, and a pair of feuding lovers who take their time getting in sync.
Their story is finely woven into that of the young royal they serve, Prince Severyn. He is desperate to battle the religious fanaticism that threatens the throne as well as bring order back to his beleaguered land.
The religious fanaticism and cultural backstory added to the richness of the world building. Via… you guessed it, lusty, sweaty sex. What I really liked was that it took them a while to work their way through suspicion and mistrust to find respect, friendship and love.
Despite the slow start and some lagging here and there, this a well-done, entertaining read. January 1, momokaachan It took me three days to get through this book.
For me, a fast reader, it is unusual. But the book was that intense - I had to leave it from time to time to just come up for air. Becca Abbott does an excellent job of developing her story.
The two MCs, Michael and Stefn, are more or less thrown together out of necessity. The interplay with Prince Severyn as a very important supporting character - hmmm, almost a MC himself - is well done. Oh, heck, the whole book is well done.
I have not been so we It took me three days to get through this book. This book is not for the squeamish. There is rape, torture, and worse - politics, betrayals and despair - but there is also that wonderful arthurian "might for right" theme flowing through the book. The hearts of our heroes are tested again and again, and found - worthy.
I almost reluctantly hope there is a sequel to this book - I would dearly love to know "what happens next. I am looking forward to whatever Ms.
To sum up: damn good read. January 1, SueM 3. I really liked the underlying plot, yet I found it slightly unbalanced in its execution. There are lots of brutal scenes throughout the novel which I usually am fine with, provided it fits the storyline that left me feeling uncomfortable, as the ramifications of these scenes seemed to be skimmed over.
Stefn had just been brutally gang-raped, when Michael rescues him. Michael heals 3. Michael heals his physical wounds which were severe and then blasts their way out of danger, causing him to collapse from exhaustion.
A man who has just been gang-raped then voluntarily makes love to a man? The same man who also raped him to forge their bond?? Yeah, no Michael is almost an anti-hero, as many of his actions are despicable, with poor Stefn bearing the brunt of them. Yeah, I know it sounds like there is not much positive about the move, yet for some reason I still liked it January 1, Lala 3.
This was a nice fantasy novel, with plenty of solid world-building. Engaging writing, well-described customs and history and a fascinating plot. What little sparks were there, were drowned out by the political events and the back-and-forth traveling the heroes incessantly did throughout the book. I just wanted them to slow down and explo 3.
I just wanted them to slow down and explore their feelings and get to know each other Instead, the falling in love was almost indistinguishable, and mostly was a result of the magical Bond, which sucks.
I also wanted a solution of some kind for Severyn. Michael never confronts him about the kiss, and the whole incident is glossed over.. Overall, a good read, if a bit lengthy.
January 1, Bec 4. I loved the in depth characters, the world building and the action. Would really love to read more about this world January 1, Star Great high fantasy, but it wrapped up too quickly for me. So it felt unfinished and rushed to end where it did. January 1,
➶ [Reading] ➸ Cethe By Becca Abbott ➫ – Motyourdrive.co.uk
The most feared among them were their naragi, sorcerers whose power was all but invincible. Not until the coming of Arami Lothlain, King of Tanyrin and Blessed of Loth, did the rein of the nara come to a bloody end. For four hundred years afterwards, the land was at peace. Stefn Eldering was the youngest son Human-like, but not human, the nara ruled Tanyrin for centuries. Stefn Eldering was the youngest son of the Earl of Shia, the last in a long, proud line of demon hunters. In ordinary times, the paths of Michael and Stefn would never have crossed.
Cethe by Becca Abbott
If you re looking for complex main characters, who are by no means perfect but have their schemes, hidden agendas and weaknesses and who are not afraid to act bravely, and to be apart and still loyal to each other this book is for you. And, finally, if you like me are looking for a somewhat sweet Master slave story that is not obvious and insta lovey this book is for you. And beneath all that we have a great many supporting characters, including the plotting prince Severyn And we have a world full of mythology and religious background and land s history and customs and superstitions Truly, kudos to the Author for creating such a compelling and intriguing story with its mediaeval ish atmosphere and quite a dollop of ancient magic. This book kept me on edge until the very end It s a hard journey, full of violence and magic And love Eventually. The love story of this book begins in the most non romantic way a rape Stefn, the human protagonist, has the Blood It s not really explained what this means or why this happens, we later learn that through sex he can give to naragi, a supposedly extinct race of Dark mages, the energy they need to perform their spells Michael belongs to a family of witches, but he s powerful than everyone else and he needs to bond with Stefn to expand his powers Stefn doesn t agree to the bond in the first place, of course, and he resists Michael a few times. The bond between the naragi Michael and his cethe Stefn is apparently only sexual Even if Stefn is repelled by Michael, he is nonetheless attracted to him and he says it openly in one of the most reveling statements of the book Don t want you Just need you. It sounds pure Stockholm syndrome, because, on top of everything, Stefn is a sin catcher, a creature of ill omen, and he is regarded as a cast away because of a birth defect Michael rapes Stefn at first let s say it s out of necessity , but he is not a heartless man and he shows Stefn kindness than everyone else before So, when Stefn realizes that he s fallen for Michael, we don t know if it is because sometimes you can t help falling in love with the first person that treats you like a human being, or the very person who holds you prisoner, or if everything depends on the magical bond.