Book Reviews

Salting the Earth by Heidi Belleau and Violetta Vane at Storm Moon Press

Genre Gay / Fantasy / Elves/Fairies/Sidhe / Multiple Partners / Dubious Consent / Erotica
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 17-July-2013

Book Blurb

Ronan's only choice when he suspects his sister has been taken by the fairies is to brave the path between the worlds to bargain for her return. He knows well the old tales and folk magic necessary to open the way, but he is wholly unprepared for what comes after. Because his impetuousness draws the interest of ruthless King Finnbheara, who intends to extract a price for his cooperation that may be too high for Ronan to pay.



NOTE: This story was previously pubilshed in the Like It Or Not anthology.


Book Review

Some stories, and this is one of them, make the reader work to understand them. As a result, not everyone will get the same out of reading them, so my interpretation might be totally different from the next person's. In fact, I'm pretty sure it is because I feel as if reading about Ronan and the world he gets pulled into just barely scratched the surface. This is both frustrating, because I like definite answers much better than ambiguous ones, and fascinating, because what I did get from reading 'Salting the Earth' was intriguing and scary at the same time. Once you can't be sure what is reality and what isn’t, things become very iffy. I imagine that is precisely what Ronan felt at the end of his adventure, and I commend the authors for managing to make me feel exactly like that as well!

Ronan is having a hard time. He's been to America but had to return to Ireland early (we do find out why – and it's not good). Then his sister is taken by the fairies – or so he thinks. And when he goes after her, thinking he knows what he's doing he finds out he really doesn’t have a clue. The price he is made to pay is high, and doesn’t exactly help him figure out his life. In many ways this is a snapshot of what he goes through, but there is no resolution – at least not that I could see.

If you like ambiguous stories with mindboggling events, if you enjoy reading about orgies where pretty much anything goes and consent isn’t a factor, and if you're looking for a read that will sweep you into a world of fantasy and mind-altering events, leaving you unsure of "what just happened", then you will probably like this short story. It's definitely a wild ride!




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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 39 pages/16000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 22-June-2013
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