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The Complete Horse Mistress Collection (Eburosi Chronicles Bundles Book 1) Kindle Edition
It will also destroy her life.
The peaceful Isle of Eburos is poised to become the next conquest of the powerful Alyrion Empire. Unless the loose collection of native tribes can come together to form an unprecedented coalition for military defense, the emperor’s forces will roll across the land, looting and enslaving the small island nation without mercy.
Carivel is an apprentice in the village of Draebard—an unimportant nobody, until an attack kills the tribe’s horse master and elevates her to the job. Born female, she has been secretly living as a boy for years among the people of her adopted tribe, doing a job the elders insist can only be done by a man. If her secret comes out, she’ll become a pariah, facing exile or worse.
When her new position thrusts her into a central role in a vital diplomatic mission to a neighboring tribe, Carivel must join Draebard’s First Warrior and its enigmatic high priest in an attempt to win over a powerful female chieftain—a leader whose support could make all the difference in defending the island.
Rumor has it that her two male companions are lovers, but that isn’t the only secret the pair are keeping. When deceit crumbles and illusions begin to fall one by one, the trio must choose whether to trust each other or risk the success of their mission… not to mention the future of their island home.
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A 2016 Rainbow Award winner, The Horse Mistress is an unconventional ménage romance set against a backdrop of shapeshifters, magic, war, and sweeping societal change.
A special note for Fantasy readers: herein, you will find explicit sex scenes. The sex is not vanilla. If your reaction to that is “Ew,” or even “Meh,” this probably isn’t the series for you.
The Eburosi Chronicles includes the following loosely linked series:
The Horse Mistress (2016 Rainbow Award winner)
The Lion Mistress (2019 Rainbow Award winner)
The Dragon Mistress
Master of Hounds (coming in 2021)
The War Mistress (coming in 2022)
- 2016 Rainbow Award Winner
- Nominated for the 2017 Lambda Literary Awards
About the Author
- ASIN : B01FCRUS3E
- Publisher : OtherLove Publishing, LLC (May 8, 2016)
- Publication date : May 8, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 3961 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 829 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #286,241 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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This was an interesting read. The series kind of breaks the mold. It is a medieval/Bronze Age style fantasy series that uses that medium to explore some pretty unique topics for a romance.
Carivel (Cara) is the MC - a woman who ran from her village because she desperately wanted to work with the horses and women were not allowed to do that. She identifies herself as a man (I guess the medieval equivalent of someone that would today become transgendered). She is disguised in her new village as a boy and is the assistant to the Horse Master, hiding that she is a woman, and trying not to show her attraction to two men in the village.
Senovo is one of the two love interests. He is a eunuch priest who was made so without his consent. He also happens to be a wolf shifter, though he keeps that a closely guarded secret and is desperately ashamed of being one. He does his best to keep his wolf locked away.
Andoc is the second love interest. He is the second-in-command to the village chief. He is also in love with Senovo and they have a rather clandestine relationship (well, the village sort of knows about it, but no one talks about it).
When their village is attacked, Cara is injured, but Senovo saves her life in his wolf form. It is the first she learns of their relationship and Senovo's wolf form; and the first they learn of her being female. These secrets bring the three of them together.
The Horse Master Cara has been apprenticing under is killed in the same attack, and Cara is appointed as his replacement (Horse Master - no one knows she is female still).
The story proceeds from there and explores not only issues of gender identity and dysphoria, but also same sex and bisexual relationships. It also explores the impact of the loss of one's sexual organs. The fantasy/paranormal story itself is very well done. The characters are well-drawn and easy to emotionally engage with (even for someone like me that does not personally identify with the more unusual themes explored). The plot is well-paced and quite engaging. I couldn't put it down. (In fact, I intend next to read The Lion Mistress, a spin off series by the same author that sounds like a slightly more traditional paranormal RH/menage.)
I will say that all of these issues are handled extremely well, with sensitive, sensual and emotional sex scenes amongst all three parties (all three together, or in varying combinations). And Andoc is a sensitively drawn Alpha male. So there is a little bit of everything here (except for vaginal penetration, there is none of that in this series at all).
The only thing I was missing was a true female character (since that is what I am looking for and identify with the most). I personally found myself wishing she would allow more traditional intercourse. But that was just a personal issue, not an issue with the series and how it was written.
If none of these thematic issues bother you, this would be a very interesting and different read. I recommend it.
Note: This is not your typical paranormal romance, but I did not have a category that fit exactly, and I didn't want to make a new one just for this series. I would call this fantasy/paranormal menage (with only two love interests, it is not RH, and it is only barely paranormal, really more fantasy oriented, though there are werewolves).
Warnings: There is graphic sex here of multiple varieties (MM as well as MF and MMF and MFM, and anal sex). It is sensitively done, but if that is not your thing, steer clear.
These are not easy topics but they are delicately woven through a story based on 3 strong characters, their love for one another and the need to protect their village from invading forces.
This is no hearts and flowers book, and yet it's one of the most beautifully romantic stories I've ever read. Not only does it entertain, but it draws you to walk a mile in someone else's shoes while giving you some tools to do so.