Book Reviews

Enslaved by a King (Sold! 5) by Anitra Lynn McLeod at Siren Publishing

Genre Gay / Science Fiction / Aliens / Other Planets / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 11-March-2013

Book Blurb

He willingly sacrificed himself for others' freedom…

Abducted and sold to a vicious alien, humble dockworker Noah Cameron never thought he’d be a hero, but when he’s offered a choice between gaining his own freedom or freeing hundreds of slaves, Noah chooses the good of the many and willingly enslaves himself to a king.

Desperate and determined, Mingor Faur allows Noah to believe he’s a simple king when the truth is much more complicated. Mingor needs Noah at his side for protection, but he never anticipated falling in love.

As the two come to terms with their agreement and delve deeper into a powerful bond, they can’t resist the indomitable forces pulling them apart.

When faced with a situation similar to what he placed Noah in, will Mingor choose the good of the many, or will he do anything to keep Noah?

Book Review

Different from the books in the series so far, this fifth volume is about a 'voluntary' slave, a man who gives up his freedom to save others. Except, Noah isn’t being enslaved like the others, he is needed for different reasons. And Mingor, the alien who takes him to his planet, may be called a 'god', but that has its own significant consequences. So, the real question asked in this book is really who enslaves whom. The world building is fantastic, and the alien culture very believable and fascinating.

Noah is one of the humans illegally abducted from Earth, and he ends up with a very cruel master. One who is a sadist and likes exhibiting sentient beings like pieces of art for is clients to 'admire'. Noah is a really caring guy, and it tore at my heartstrings how he still tries to figure out a way to communicate with his new master. Once he sees it is pointless, he is definitely ready to leave! He attempts to understand Mingor and his culture, but that isn’t an easy task. That is one of things I liked most about this book: Noah encounters a totally alien culture, and has to try to figure out what is going on. Misunderstandings based on assumptions of what is going on make it really difficult, and provided me with a wonderful 'cultural puzzle' to solve.

Mingor is an enigma. I can’t say too much about him and his issues, because that would give the plot away. Suffice it to say that, no matter how odd things seem to be initially, it all makes sense in the end. His planet is very different from the "usual" alien planets I have seen in various stories, and his culture and their values are equally new and refreshingly 'non-human.      

The balance between a touch of humor as all the misunderstandings unfold and are cleared up, some loving alien sex, and quickly developing feelings between two very unlikely partners, was also great. Even the Krase from the first few books make a short and, it seems, inevitable appearance. I have to admit, I am still not sure what to think about them, but at least they seem to be learning. If you like stories with interesting and truly different aliens, if you enjoy reading about two men who think they are trapped in their roles in life, only to find out they can create their own choices, and if you enjoy a good cross-cultural puzzle, then you will probably like this book.

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 139 pages/39510 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 09-March-2013
Price $5.50 ebook
Buy Link http://www.bookstrand.com/enslaved-by-a-king