Thursday, December 16, 2010

Have you read The Courtesan Prince by Lynda Williams? Let me review this book for you.

In a society with legal prostitution, courtesans are used openly by society's elite. This is the story of how one such man becomes a popular lover, a valued friend, a protector of children, and a spaceship pilot. It is the story of a society in chaos and of its promise of better days with a new leader. It is a story of how contact between planetary societies is reestablished after centuries of mutual avoidance following a destructive war. And, finally, it is the story of the relationships that are possible when society sets artificial taboos on who is allowed to love and what types of sex are permissible.

It is not a story rife with explicit descriptions of sexual acts, but there are numerous sexual encounters and the development of a few romantic-love relationships. There is an underlying theme of the consequences of abuse and the victim's emotional growth needed to cope with an abusive past and present. The book has numerous characters allowing for a variety of stories to be told and relationships to be examined, from both homosexual and heterosexual perspectives; from the ugliness of abuse to the passivity of prostitution, to the passion of infatuation, to the caring of friendship and the love of mates.

Lynda Williams builds a cohesive universe populated with real people in real, slightly dysfunctional societies, with believable interactions and adventures. It is an action-packed adventure with sword fights, politics, murder, spaceship battles, justice and betrayals.

I enjoyed it and plan to read the others in the series. The Okal Rel series spans about 15 books to date, including some written by proteges of Lynda Williams. They can be purchased through; but to get the list of all books available, visit the Okal Rel Universe website.

Avim's Oath, by Lynda Williams, is said to be suitable for young adults. I have read and reviewed another book in the Okal Rel Saga that is suitable for young adults: Misfit Leaves Home, by Krysia Anderson.

1 comment:

  1. Greetings Dirt Poor Book Shop. You look like a place I would like to hang out. I am pleased you enjoyed The Courtesan Prince. What more could any book ask for?


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