Author: Kim Fielding
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Catt Ford
Rating: 4.00 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 06/01/2015
Length: Short Story (<15K)
Genre: Alternate Universe/Alternate World, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance
First a soldier and then a diplomat, Juberi now spends his solitary days on a single ambition: trying to resurrect the phoenix, which has been extinct for centuries. He’s not pleased when he is obligated to attend a public ceremony in memory of an elderly friend and former colleague. But at the ceremony, Juberi meets the friend’s beguiling son, Desen. Despite being from a markedly different culture, Desen has much to offer. But after decades of denying his own desires, Juberi fears there is no alchemy that will reopen him to love.
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2015 Daily Dose package “Never Too Late.”
Since retiring from his ambassadorial duties in the neighboring kingdom of Tamrat, Juberi sometimes feels almost like a stranger in his own home country, Kokoto. Many things that were considered normal in Tamrat are frowned upon in Kokoto—love between men, for example. So Juberi has resigned himself to live out his life as some kind of recluse.
However, when Juberi meets Desen, son of his closest, now deceased, friends from Tamrat, his resolve starts to waver as his old yearnings reawaken. And now Juberi is conflicted: in order to be with Desen, he’d have to move to Tamrat. But for one, he feels too old and too set in his ways to start a new life. And then, what’ll become of his life’s work, the resurrection of the phoenix?
This was an enchanting, quiet and sweet fantasy tale. Rather magical too. I mean, come on—flying carpets? It doesn’t get much more magical than this, does it?
I liked both main characters, even though Desen remained a bit distant, and I enjoyed the various ways those two connected, not only sexually (although that one scene in Juberi’s lab… wow. Ice, please.) And the ending, well, just perfectly fairytale-like.
Pleasant and recommended.
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