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Wanderer's Heart (Tales of Amaranth 7) by Thom Lane at Loose Id

Genre Gay / Fantasy / Magic / BDSM / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Alex on 20-May-2017

Book Blurb

Norton is a wanderer, rejected by family and community, headed for the great city of Amaranth because he can think of nowhere else to go. He encounters a pretty slave boy struggling with a log too heavy to lift, and stops to help him. This earns him a welcome from the boy Kim’s nomad clan and an invitation to a funeral feast, for the log is destined for the pyre of Kim’s late master. Kim is given to Norton in an act of casual generosity, and a night of passion bonds the two more strongly than a collar and chains--but Norton’s eyes are still on the far horizons, and leaving the clan will break his slave boy’s heart. There seems to be no answer that can leave them both happy. And then raiders from another clan steal Kim away...


Book Review

I quite enjoyed this captivating addition to the ‘Tales of Amaranth’ series where a lone wanderer, Norton, encounters a young slave boy, Kim, and finds friendship, romance, and more. A beautifully woven tale, rich in nuance, top-notch world building and character development, and an exquisite love story.
Exotic-Erotic, Sweet with Heat, & Magical = Winner!

While this novella measures out to 70 pages, it is amazingly fulfilling. I found myself swept to the isolated camp of a nomadic tribe and sat fireside as they pay tribute to an elder tribesman's burial rites. I won’t reveal additional events of the story because the experience of its unfolding is a part of this book’s charm. I will say that both Norton and Kim are extraordinary characters and all of the tale’s supporting players are equally enjoyable in their various roles.

The story is enchanting, highly original, eventful, and ripe with emotional strife, but it is the writing and word choice that brings this tale to the next level.  In its entirety, the book is a sublime and tasty meal; each word and line carefully crafted organic seasonings. Its passages evokes succulent visual images, and I greedily stuffed myself on each magical reveal. Invigorated by the marvelous cacophony of beauty that infused the tale, I at times smiled, chuckled, and welled up at the “music” of two men, master and slave, longing for the impossible, and the redemption that followed. S-Sooo good!

A final note - I often imagine Amaranth akin to a region like Cimmeria, of Robert E. Howard’s Conan tales… with towering mountain ranges, densely forested lands, windswept deserts, and lush, fertile valleys. Sporadically populated by tiny villages, cities, and towns, nomadic tribes wander the land hunting, trading, and the like. The peoples are divided into classes: freeman and slave.

Freemen are called Master, and the series primarily devotes itself to the relationship between master and slave as they undergo mini-adventures. Sometimes, the exploits involve danger and magic and other times the tales spotlight simpler stories that reveal gorgeous details of the politically charged world of Amaranth, a land rife with possibility. Always there is the boy, the master, the electric charge of passion, and the dizzying climb to erotic, romantic love. But each story is distinct and serves as a sparkling facet of the gem that is the Amaranth series.

I strongly recommend this story and the series to fantasy-lovers most especially, but also to all who love man-on-man love in exotic settings. Wondrous!

Thank you, Thom Lane, for another splendid journey to Amaranth!





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella
Heat Level
Publication Date 18-April-2017
Price $3.99 ebook
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