Tribute by Lisa Henry ~ Book Review by Christine

Tribute-CoverTitle: Tribute

Author: Lisa Henry

Publisher: Loose Id

Cover Artist: Valerie Tibbs

Rating: 4.0 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 07/19/2011

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Alternate Universe/Alternate World, BDSM, Bisexual, Fantasy, Gay Fiction

Blurb:

Genre: BDSM Fantasy

When the fearsome warlord Brasius chooses Kynon as his tribute, Kynon tells himself it’s the price of peace, and that he can endure anything. If his slavery will save his father’s kingdom, then he will be a slave and submit to every indignity the warlord and the senate of Segasa require of him. He can live with the shame; it’s the mind-blowing pleasure that frightens him.

But the warlord wants more than a tribute who will respond eagerly to whips and bondage. The warlord might just want the man underneath: the prince, the soldier and the tribute, if Kynon can figure out who that is. On an enforced journey of self-discovery, Kynon learns that being the warlord’s tribute isn’t just about submission. And, to be the tribute that Brasius wants him to be, Kynon will have to defy all the traditions of Segasa and risk the wrath of the senate that really holds his chains.

Publisher’s Note: This book is primarily LGBT m/m but contains one or more scenes of m/f sexual interaction. It also contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: strong BDSM theme and elements, dubious consent, violence. Readers with a history of rape or sexual abuse may find elements of this story disturbing.

My View:

No price is too high.

When Prince Kynon’s kingdom is overrun by the warlord Brasius, his freedom becomes the price of peace. He suffers the brutalities and degradation as the warlord’s sexual slave and he leaves behind the privileged life he once knew. What he doesn’t expect is the intense pleasure he experiences under the hand of his new master, nor the personal revelations that result. As their master/slave relationship grows in intensity, Kynon and Brasius defy the boundaries of Segasa law and raise the ire of a dangerous enemy.

Tribute is sexual slave fantasy, and I am reviewing it as such. This theme is not for everyone, and I strongly urge potential readers to heed the publisher’s warning on this title. That being said, I did enjoy this story very much, as I accepted the relationship between the two main characters, as well as the reasons for Kynon’s acquiescence. The internal conflicts caused by Kynon’s desire to please and his past knowledge of himself are heartbreaking, along with the frustrations he experiences in his attempts to obey his trainer, Hera. The self-discovery and growth that Kynon makes throughout the story are satisfying and provide a strong sense of hope and grounding. Though this tale is clearly told from Kynon’s perspective, a bit more development of Brasius’s character would have helped to create a deeper connection to him as Kynon’s master and as a military leader in his country. Secondary personalities are well drawn, and Hera is especially vivid and disturbing. Overall, the people that live among the pages are interesting, sympathetic, and play vital roles within the story.

Henry’s world building is strong and clearly detailed, allowing the reader to fall into her realm and become absorbed within the fantasy she weaves. The plight of Kynon’s kingdom and Kynon’s fear for his family and freedoms are richly portrayed and provide an effective hook from the very beginning of the story. The journey that Kynon takes from proud prince to shamed slave is well paced and thought provoking, engaging the reader with its balance between erotic sex scenes, character and relationship development, and interesting plot movement.

I highly recommend Tribute for those readers who enjoy a good sexual slave fantasy with the added bonus of well-developed characters and storyline. Lisa Henry continues to be one of my favorite authors, and I look forward to reading even more of her titles.

Links

Tribute on Goodreads
Loose Id
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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