Sunday, 6 January 2013

Never a victim.

Very pleased with this review for 'Not a Man.'

Compelling reading, 6 Jan 2013
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This review is from: Not a Man: The Story of Shuki Bolkiah: 1 (Paperback)
'Not a Man is as much an exploration of the consequences of unimaginable beauty as it is a story of unimaginable horror. Set against a vivid international backdrop that veers towards fantasy but never so far as to be unbelievable, it tells of Shuki, a beautiful young boy castrated as a child on the orders of his master to keep him that way. The characterisation is superb, no one is completely good nor evil, and Shuki himself is stoic, tenacious, intelligent and at times downright Machiavellian, but never a victim and importantly, never unlikeable.

A unique premise handled with both confidence and compassion. I would recommend this.'

I am especially pleased because I never saw Shuki as just a victim - he is far, far more.  Machiavellian?  I hadn't thought of him as quite Machiavellian, but cunning, certainly - never the sweet and docile boy his master likes to think. That he poisons the doctor who did the 'small operation' proves that - and he was only ten at the time.

The next book in the series is 'The King's Favourite'   (published)

There are stories from ancient times of eunuchs rising to high positions as King's Advisers.  Can it happen again?

followed by 'To Love and To Protect,'      (not yet published and the book-cover far from final.)
A Story of love and of life.

To buy 'Not a Man' or 'The King's Favourite' as an ebook:   
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To buy as a Paperback, Barnes and Noble,
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If you like what you read, of course, a review is always welcome.

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