There’s not always a lot of originality in fantasy-based erotica. So much of what you find for the Kindle or on Smashwords are very short pieces that just check off a few key words (let’s see, an ELF chick gets banged by a DRAGON dude, go!), as if simply hitting a few tropes captures why people love epic fantasy novels like Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones.
They miss the point, obviously. It’s hard for any story to be epic, especially when most of it is sex, when it’s only 3000 words long. Epic stories need to be epic in both terms of scope and size.
So, if you’ve read anything I’ve posted before, you know I like to champion the books and writers who get it right, and The Warlord’s Concubine by J.E & M. Keep certainly does that. Even among other works I love and enjoy, this book definitely manages to bring something new to the party and gives me a plot and character that i have not seen much of before.
Mirella is the handmaiden to a spoiled princess who is much younger than herself. She has come from a hard life and has had to work and fight for everything she ever got, unlike her privileged mistress. But when the barbarians sack their city, kill the king, and take the princess captive, it all turns around for Mirella.
The handmaiden is captivated by the mysterious dark leader of the invaders, and sees in him something worth worshiping. But his position as new ruler of the city is tenuous and hinges on getting the princess to willingly marry him before his forces are crushed by the armies of the Empire.
There is a lot of sex in this book, and well written, but there is a lot of plot as well. Mirella becomes devoted to her God-King and schemes to aid in him winning over the princess, as well as helping him defeat his opponents, both inside and outside of the city.
I enjoyed the hell out of this book, and I thought Mirella was a fascinating character. There was some interesting world building going on as well, but that is one area I wish the authors could have done more with. They through out some interesting ideas about witches and the roles women played in the invaders’ society, but it felt like they rushed over some of it to get to the good parts again.
Still, I heartily recommend this book if you are at all interested in reading erotic fantasy stories. It’s a great value, and if you purchase it right now, it’s on sale for only .99. You have nothing to lose at that price.