Wednesday, November 25, 2015

ARC Review: The Sacrifie and Other Stories by Kim Fielding


Blurb:
A sickly man seeks recovery in a seaside cottage.

A temple slave tends a man due to be sacrificed.

A soldier releases a genie.

In seven fantasy short stories and novellas, men find passion with other men in the most unexpected places, and even the gravest circumstances may open the door to hope and love.

This anthology includes two brand-new short stories. In “The Sacrifice,” Rylo is a temple slave tasked with comforting a man who is scheduled to be killed in the morning. In “Chasing Away Cold,” Daku builds an ice sculpture of the god Jarli in order to ensure the end of winter.
The collection also includes three novellas and two additional short stories, gathered for the first time in a single volume. “Treasure” introduces Jules, a young man who travels to the quirky seaside town of Urchin Cove to regain his health—and finds an unexpected treasure washed up on the beach. Xolani, a soldier in “Three Wishes,” picks up a small glass bottle and unleashes a surprise. Another soldier, Volos in “Guarded,” will risk everything to save Prince Berhanu. In the sequel, “Mato’s Tale,” an unassuming innkeeper gets a chance for adventure. And in “The Downs,” Enitan is unjustly banished and comes to discover that the demons he must face aren’t the ones he expected.

Join Kim Fielding on journeys through imagined worlds where magic is commonplace and romance lies just around the next bend. All royalties from the sale of this book will be donated to Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontiers.


Dani's rating:




Kim Fielding donates all proceeds from the sale of her self-published books to Doctors Without Borders. She is just amazing like that!

The included short stories and novellas showcase Fielding's talent as a writer and story teller. She can weave a tale like no one else and make you believe in the impossible.

Five of the seven stories can be downloaded and read for free, but having them all in one place is pretty awesome.

Plus, you can support Doctors Without Borders, which delivers emergency medical care to those who need it most, often victims of epidemics or natural disasters. An incredible eighty-eight cents of every dollar donated to Doctors Without Borders supports medical and humanitarian programs.

Go and be the good you want to see in the world, and read a great story to boot!

Treasure
~4~

This was one of my earlier M/M romance reads, and I loved it. Julian is depressed, lonely, and treated like an invalid by his parents. When he gets shipped off to Urchin Cove to recuperate, the last thing he expects is to rescue a nearly drowned stranger from the sea. Kit is a ruffian with a past that threatens the love he's found with Julian.

The town rallies around the men, and the HEA is fairy tale perfect. This is a steamy fantasy story with elements of adventure and mystery. Treasure, indeed.

The Downs
~5~

This is a story about revenge and redemption, about hatred and love, about realizing that the person who sentenced you really set you free.

Read my full review on Goodreads.




Guarded
~5~

In Fielding's trademark style, the dialogue is sharp, the characters complex, the world fully realized, and the ending BREATHTAKING.

Read my full review on Goodreads.

Mato's Tale 
~4~

Short and sweet follow-up to Guarded.

Read my full review on Goodreads.

Three Wishes
~4~

This short story was part of Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up's 2014 Secret Story Event.

Tender and bittersweet, Three Wishes packs an emotional punch in a few dozen pages.

Xolani never expects to meet a genie who can grant him three wishes. But every wish has its price. No real steam but hope and feels galore.

The Sacrifice
~4~

This is a gorgeous, sensual story about Rylo, a temple slave who offers one final night of pleasure and care to men offered as tributes to the gods, and Ohron, the one man who makes him want more.

Ohron is unlike other men. He’s a former soldier, a man whose scars tell a tale of violence and pain, but the tenderness he feels for beautiful Rylo is a living thing.

Rylo and Ohron have a strong connection, sexual and otherwise. How can one night be enough?

The Sacrifice would have been a five star read if it weren’t for the abrupt ending. I would pay good money for an epilogue.

Chasing Away Cold
~4~

A long time ago Cold wouldn’t leave the earth, and humanity suffered. The god Jarli sacrificed himself so Cold wouldn’t be bitter and lonely, and Warmth could reign, if only for a little while. But Cold froze his lover and chased Warmth away. Every year Jarli is sculpted from snow and returned to Cold.

Only Daku sees the beating heart inside the ice sculpture. Daku, born with a deformed foot, walks with a limp and uses a cane. He knows he will never have a mate, but he still has the courage to love.

Despite the ever-present Cold, this is a heartwarming story. Fielding has an incredible ability to paint a fully realized world with few words. Daku's world is caves and tribes and angry gods; it’s the yearning to fit in, to love and be loved back—not so different from our world after all.

We have tomorrow for another story … and all the tomorrows, forever.


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