I wondered if the grit, heart and humor that is Kristen Ashley's writing would translate into fantasy land, or get lost in bizarre. It does translate ..Show More »and it doesn't get lost. I liked the contrast between worlds, it makes for tension and humor and Kristen Ashley does both of these superbly.
This story is intwined in two languages and lives cultural diversity. If you appreciate the drama you anticipate finding in the clash of worlds and cu..Show More »ltures, let alone the male and female component, and you can accept that there will be scenes that a Western 21st Century Woman would never tolerate. The two main characters, Circe and Lahn connect, disconnect and proceed to build an impossible life together.
For people who love language, the ultimate power of words, in any language, then the language differences and challenges in this story will particularly intrigue and appeal to you. This novel has heart and humor as well as tragedy and triumph and that is what makes it a journey to enjoy.
If you don't approve of people writing about real wrongs, or talking about the shocking and confronting, then you won't like this story at all. But if you can handle real; true to time and context, no matter how unpleasant, you will appreciate that real can sometimes be wonderful too, even in fantasyland.
This story has something for a wide range of audiences. If you like to critique an author and find things to be appalled at, you will definitely find it in this novel. However, if you have enjoyed Kristen Ashley's writing, then you will find the same patterns in this text, raw honesty, so honest it hurts, so confronting it could slam into some of your own bias and this also makes it so very believable. And then there is humor, unexpected and wonderful and woven strongly to a context that is passionately raw, and so very typical of Kristen Ashley's writing.