Author: John Tristan
Publisher: Carina Press
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars
My name is Etan, and I am Adorned.
A living piece of art, I exist to please the divine rulers of Kered. With nowhere to turn after my father died, I tried my luck in the capital city. Little did I know how quickly I would be robbed, beaten and forced to sell myself into servitude. But I was lucky enough to gain the attention of Roberd Tallisk, an irascible but intriguing tattoo artist who offered to mark me with enchanted ink for the enjoyment of the nobles. I was given a chance to better my station in life, and I could not refuse.
But the divine rulers want not only the art but the body that bears it. In their company I can rise above the dregs of society and experience a life most only dream of, at the cost of suffering their every desire as a pawn in games of lavish intrigue. Their attention is flattering, but I find I’d rather have Tallisk’s.
Caught between factions, I learn that a revolution is brewing, one that could ruin Kered–and Roberd and myself along with it…
Set in a unique and captivating world of decadence and beauty, with just a touch of fantasy, The Adorned thrilled me as a dramatic piece of fiction. The concept of the Adorned as living pieces of art, kept for the pleasure of the ruling Blooded, was a new twist on the slave/concubine type story. I could see the tattoos coming to life; I could feel the richness in the settings. Etan was real and I loved him.
However, the romance part of the story fell short, in my estimation. I didn’t see the connection between Tallisk and Etan being truly developed. Tallisk, himself, was hard to like; he was often taciturn, short with the household and spent a great deal of time ignoring Etan completely.
In addition, the last quarter of the book felt rushed. So much happened in such a short amount of book space, the leisurely descriptions and flow of the first three quarters was missing leading to a lot of telling and important things happening off page.
Yet, I still feel this is a book worth reading. It has beauty, engaging characters, a decent plot, a HEA and it managed to wring a few tears from me. So, give it a try.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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