Book Reviews

Sacrificed (Anthology) at Storm Moon Press

Genre Lesbian / Mixed Time Periods/Genres / Romance
Reviewed by jj on 25-August-2013

Book Blurb

The allure of the beautiful young woman as a sacrifice is one that has long been a part of storytelling. From the virgin sacrifice given to calm the monsters/gods to the child who is tithe in fairy stories to a member of their party sacrificing themselves so that everyone else can continue their quest, there are all kinds of examples of women as sacrifices in fantasy fiction. Often, they are rescued by a dashing prince or a cunning wizard or some other male archetype furthering his own story. Not here. In Sacrificed, these young women's salvation comes in the form of other women, and together, they rewrite the end of the tale on their own terms.

With The Solstice Kiss, Lorena is marked by the pagan goddess Awilix and told she is to be prepared to sacrifice herself to the goddess on the night of the summer solstice, six months away. But as the date approaches, Lorena is plagued with doubt—Awilix could be what she claims, but she could also be a demon intending to devour her soul! In a village committed to Following the Old Ways, the young virgins are rounded up and a candidate selected to be sacrificed to a vengeful dragon. Kassandra is the unlucky selection this time, but she fears how the dragon will react when it learns she had shared a night of passion with her dearest friend Rebekah, and is no virgin after all. Song faces her Sacrificial Destiny when she is accepted as tribute by the dragon Farcloud, who deems her worthy of survival and allows her to serve. Song is reluctant at first, but when Farcloud reveals she also has a human form named Isaronel, Song's desires are kindled, and her service no longer seems a burden. The Spellbound servant Imogen is bound to the sorcerer Linn and charged to care for a captured rebel girl who is to be prepared for a sacrifice to an entity from the beyond. But when Imogen refuses and escapes with the girl, Linn focuses all his power on tracking them down, and now no longer cares which girl falls under his knife!

 

Book Review

This anthology is simply brilliant. Each story is complete and beautiful on its own. They all swept me away and left me amazed, exhilarated, and gasping for more! And the cover art illustration was astoundingly captivating. It expressed the essence of the first story to perfection. Sensuality is highlighted, but bravery is extolled. 

This anthology is not to be missed!

The Solstice Kiss
Lorena is touched by ecstasy while suffering through the lowest point of her life. Her strength through a turbulent half-year is a testament to her burning desire to love and be loved in return. The unfolding of this magical tale with treachery lurking in every shadow blew me away. I will never think of the summer solstice the same way ever again. 

Following the Old Ways
Unmarried maidens are facing their greatest test supposedly to save their village. Old ways indeed! Forbidden attraction and a deadly battle let two lovers rise like a phoenix entwined to leave their stifling community safe and their lives to finally begin with blessings and impunity. Standing ovation warranted!

Sacrificial Destiny
Song Godseraph is bound in chains to be sacrificed to a Dragon! Oh my. Song is such a quirky, charming and quick-witted maiden, that I just adored her. She is also outrageously daring as she faces some amazing challenges. Yet she is the ‘key’ in more ways than one as she dodges fate time and again. Her destiny rules! 

Spellbound
Set during the early days of the American Revolution, this startling tale of power, love, and wonder bound me within its spell. Imogen is an indentured servant and student of powerful magic. Lucy is a soldier for the Patriots, markswoman, and a Native American Pennacook. Love triumphs over treachery and deviousness. Exquisite, astonishing, and primarily breathtaking… I was completely and delightfully overwhelmed.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Anthology/ 4 Short Stories, 53800 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 23-August-2013
Price $5.99 ebook
Buy Link https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-sacrificed-1271237-166.html