Book: The City of Seven Gods
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
Publication date: September 12, 2016
Length: 220 pages
Reviewed by Meredith
Kelemun was bought from his peasant parents to tend the inner sanctum of the house of Aknon, where wealthy men pay mountain sapphires to behold the beautiful servants of the god. Chosen to bring offerings to Caliph, Kelemun captures the fascination of the young prince Praxtor who has never been denied anything his heart desires.
Ja’bar was hired to roughhouse wayward proselytes for the high priest Aknon-Horheb. In Qabbat’lee, it’s good paying work for a Stripeling, a jungle savage in the eyes of the city natives, and if he’s stingy and stays out of trouble, it will buy him a plot of river land.
But the splendor of Qabbat’lee is a mirage disguising a grotesquerie of corruption. When Kelemun and Ja’bar’s threads of fate entwine on a night of chilling betrayal, their only hope for redemption and survival may lie in one another.
The City of Seven Gods by Andrew J. Peters is great for the fantasy lover and the historical. Though if I was to be more precise I'd say it's a historical fantasy and mythology. This book focuses heavily on the religious and the customs of Egypt, Africa, and Mesopotamia and it's very fascinating.
It's a duel POV story between MC's Ja'Bar and Kelemun. Kelemun works in the House of Aknon as a sex slave, for lack of a better term. It's a luxury and an honor to serve the Gods but one Kelemun is longing to escape from. Ja' Bar is a Stripeling... He's a rough and raw kind of guy. He beats people up for money, he's a knee breaker. A muscle for the mob in a way, to modernize it for you.
Ja'Bar and Kelemun meet briefly in the beginning of the story and then later on their paths cross by circumstances. So, there's a gap in their time together.
It's a bit complicated to explain and I don't want to spend the review summarizing such a detailed story. It's a stunning tale, one of suspense, sex, power, and frailty. I happen to enjoy slave trope so I'm sure if you do you'll enjoy this and appreciate how the author handles it.
This is more of a story of fiction than a romance so keep that in mind going in. There's no doubt the author did impeccable research and embraced his creativity. The characters are both utterly different but very enjoyable in their differences.
The ending was a bit anticlimactic and would have loved a little more suspense and surprise there. But all in all it's a well written story.
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