Sacred Fate by Eresse is the first book I’ve read by this author and it definitely won’t be the last. Since Eresse was new author to me, I didn’t know what to expect when I started this book. I was happily surprised by the wonderful world and amazing heroes that Eresse created. Whew! Sacred Fate sucked me into the complex world of Ylandre and didn’t let up until the very last page.
First let me say that Sacred Fates is a very complex and detailed book. I have to admit there were times I felt a little lost from the wealth of political information and intrigue of the Ylandre Kingdom. There is so much information given at once that I was almost overwhelmed by it. But, I held firm and finally was able to get used to the informative and elegant style of writing that Eresse has. Once, I familiarized myself with the first ten pages or so, the book was a smoother read for me and I really enjoyed it.
Sacred Fate is a combination of Science Fiction/Fantasy and a Medieval themed romance novel. The lyrical way that the characters talked, dressed and some traditions reminded me of reading a good Medieval novel. Otherwise, it’s mainly Fantasy with a little Sci-Fi thrown in. In the 2996th year of the common age, there are no women. The last woman died over a thousand years ago. Because they must somehow reproduce, the men have two genitalia, meaning they have both sex organs, or are what we commonly refer to as hermaphrodites. Now, even though these men are hermaphrodites and are able to birth children, there was never any time that I didn’t think that these were real men so this was never an issue with me. Plus, I honestly thought the sex scenes in this book were very loving and passionate most of the time.
There are two classes in the Ylandre community. The elite True Bloods are part of the royal community and their bloodlines are pure, and the Half Bloods are a mixed breed and are seen more as commoners. When Ardan (King) Rohyr Essendri first lays eyes on the younger and naïve Lassan Idana he is immediately captivated by him. Even though Lassan is a Half Blood, this means nothing to the smitten Rohyr. He intends to have Lassan as his concubine, and not just temporarily. He wants him with him for life.
Lassan’s first instinct was to not accept Rohyr’s offer. But, being a noble man and always wanting to do what’s right for his family and for the community in general, he pushes his reluctance away, accepts the Ardan’s offer, and soon throws himself into having a loving relationship with Rohyr. But, there are certain obligations they must follow. One, because Lassan is a Half Blood, and the Ardan must marry a True Blood and sire a child, he will not be able to have children until the Arden marries and his sire has a child first. Two, even though Rohyr will marry, Lassan is still to remain close to the Ardan for the rest of his life. He will always be the one in Rohyr’s heart.
There were times that I teared up reading this book. When Rohyr is forced to marry, my heart broke for Lassan. The love Rohyr and Lassan have together was a beautiful thing, and to watch the sweet Lassan suffer so much, made me very sad. There were also times I wanted to shake some sense into both Lassan and Rohyr. They both made some foolish choices, but their love and admiration for one another allowed them to work things out.
One thing that I thought was spectacular about this book was the ending. It had a very happy and satisfying ending that both Lassan and Rohyr deserved.
I loved this book, and I hated for it to end. Since Sacred Fate is the first book in a series, I’m really anxious to read the next book! Eresse has me hooked on Lassan, Rohyr and the other wonderful characters in Sacred Fate, and I am looking forward to reading more about them.
I looked for more information about the author Eresse and I did not find a website but, there is a livejournal that Eresse keeps that looks to be quite informative. If you are interested in following Eresse’s journal, here is the link to get to it directly: http://eresse21.livejournal.com/