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The Journal of the Lincoln Heights Literary Society
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04/07/2007 Archived Entry: "Book review: Windbrothers"

By Sean Michael
Published in paper and e-book by Torquere Press

Review by Lynn Loper

Did I misunderstand? I kept thinking as I read through Windbrothers. When I read the blurb for a Torquere novel, and it promises a slave, an unwilling master, and a relationship, I have certain...expectations.

I kept reading, but there was no sex. If this doesn't bother you, I recommend Windbrothers. Sean Michael has built a nice world here. Different countries, with different customs; natives of the countries, whose personalities seem to have been built by the customs, different foods. I always like a nice cosmology, and Windbrothers has one. The only thing that rings a little false to me is that one of the heroes is a healer, using psychic powers; that's awfully convenient.

The 'slave won in a game of chance' trope is pretty old. Michael does it about as well as it can be done.

A friend of mine and I were talking about why women read m/m stories. She said something wise: she said that women are looking for a relationship of equals in romantic stories, and that they generally don't find it in het fiction. They have a better chance of finding it in single-sex relationships, where physical size and strength are more equal. That's not the case in this story; for my tastes, anyway, Kade is hypermasculine, Surial is feminized.

So that makes two objections: no sex, and when it finally does show up (this appears to be the start of a series), I hope Michael doesn't make one of his characters 'the man' and the other 'the woman'. There's plenty of good fiction about men and women; I'm looking for a story about two men when I open a book like this. Other than that, it's a decent story.

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