Author: Kate Sherwood
Narrator: Dorian Bane
Cover Artist: Kanaxa
Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 05/26/2016
Length: 12 hours 36 minutes
Genre: Fantasy, Gay Romance
As an elite Sacrati fighter in the mighty Torian military, Theos is blessed with a city full of women who want to bear his children, and a barracks full of men proud to fight at his side and share his bed. He has everything he needs—until he captures Finnvid on a raid.
Finnvid is on a secret mission to prevent the Torian invasion of his homeland Elkat. Being enslaved by Torian soldiers wasn’t in his plans. Neither is his horrified fascination with the casual promiscuity of the Sacrati warriors. Men should not lie with other men—and he should not be so intrigued when they do. He definitely should not be most intrigued by the leader of the soldiers who captured him and plan to invade his home.
For Theos, everything would have been easier if the infuriating, lying, bewildering Elkati had never come into his life, but he can’t stay away. When betrayal and treachery threaten both their nations, they must work together to stop a war that could destroy their homes forever—even as they begin to question everything they’re fighting for.
Sacrati was an interesting blend of social commentary on gender roles, homophobia, and what love means. It did it in such a way that I didn’t feel preached at but it made me think. The different societies viewed women, men, and sex in such different lights, with neither being perfect. Added in are adventure, battles, and two very dissimilar men coming together.
Theos is a shining example of what it means to be a Torian male. Finnvid holds on to Elkat notions of family and sex – that two men do not belong together ever. It seems like these two will never get together. And it does take awhile, but it was great seeing them make it.
The world building is amazing. Both societies are fleshed out and the culture so rich between them. The descriptions of the trek through the mountains were great and I felt like I was there with them every step.
This book is long, however. That isn’t bad thing but I felt like it could have been tightened up in a few places. We have onscreen sex scenes of Theos and other men, which served a purpose, but I felt were too many. That being said, they were hot!
Despite the length, I was captivated and couldn’t put the story down (so to speak, I was listening to the audio). While there is no magic, I definitely recommend this to fantasy lovers.
While I had difficulty at the start getting used to the voices, once I got into the rhythm of the book I found the narrator to be quite effective. His isn’t a voice I would seek out, but it fit the story.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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