Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The Acolyte's Passion by Reed James (#lesbian #fantasy #futa)

There are very few erotic fantasy novels that manage to bridge the genre gap between action-packed swords-and-sorcery and sexually charged erotica. Nikki Crescent's Nerderotica, E.V. Stonebraker's The Chronicle of Cups & Wands, Lyka Bloom's Kal'an, and Kella Z. Driel's Kor the Savage are all great reads, but they are either too short or too episodic to truly satisfy my geek-girl cravings. Donald Allen Kirch's The "Nown" World Chronicles comes close, but it becomes less and less sexual as the story progresses, so I am not really sure you can call it erotic fantasy.

The Acolyte's Passion is, really, the first full-length novel to (in my humble opinion) truly deserve the erotic fantasy label. At its heart, this is a vintage quest novel, but with some Reed James twists. Our heroes are both women, a knight-errant and a young acolyte, on their way to slay a dragon. Simple enough, but there are secret plots behind their quest, and the monsters of this land are cursed with appetites both carnal and carnivorous.

Although Angela is, ostensibly, the heroine of the tale, it is her acolyte companion who so completely captured my heart. Sophia is just delightful, a spoiled lesbian who, after years of seducing the newest girls of her order, finds herself in love with the knight-errant. The sexual mythology of her order could make a book of its own, and Sophia's baptism of milk-filled breasts and squirting vaginas and absolutely breathtaking . . . almost as much so as her acts of sexual healing later in the story.

Of course, it should come as no surprise that the master of futanari erotica populates the book with not just one, but five hermaphroditic elemental races - Elves (life), Gnomes (earth), Sylphs (air), Nixies (water), and Dragons (fire). We meet the elves first, with the beautiful Xerathalasia (Xera) joining the quest, and for those who dread the fantasy tendency to delay the climax, we do get to confront Dominari, the fabled Dragon, in the final chapters.

Clearly, just as much work went into building the story as the mythology, with The Acolyte's Passion delivering a remarkably well-balanced story where all the elements are integrated into a delicious whole. Fantasy, erotica, adventure, action, politics, romance, drama, and faith are all interwoven into a story that depends on all of them evenly. This is not an epic fantasy with sex scenes tossed in, but an erotic epic fantasy where sex is integral to the plot, and sexuality integral to the world. It is seamless blend, and there is more than enough passion and imagination to keep it fresh and exciting.

With five novels planned in the series, I honestly do not know how Reed James can possibly top this . . . but I cannot wait to find out.
Reed James is a thirty year-old guy living in Tacoma, WA. "I love to write, I find it freeing to immerse myself in a world and tell its stories and then share them with others." He's been writing naughty stories since high school, furiously polishing his craft, and finally feels ready to share his fantasies with the world.

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