Title: The City of Seven Gods
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.
Author: Andrew J. Peters
Published by Bold Strokes Books Source: Publisher
Genres: Fantasy, M/M Erotica, M/M Fiction, Mythology, Science Fiction
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I have to tell you, I am a big fan of mythology! I remember that when I was a teenager I could not get enough of it. It is fascinating to learn about all those gods and goddesses that were worshiped by so many individuals in the past. I strongly believe that our history has the key to change our current events. Some of you might think that I am delusional but one thing that had always intrigued me in those myths is the way they can be translated into our 21st-century events and issues. That is what I found in the City Of Seven Gods. I also traveled into a fantasy land that I enjoyed immensely with great characters. It is a brilliant story and the writing style is great.
When I am reading a book that is set in a fantasy world (add to that some mythology inspired elements), it is taking a while to get used to the names, cultural traits and the other elements of the story. In this book, it only took a couple of pages and I dived right in. That alone is an amazing realization for an author. It is kind of hard to categorize this book, it has a lot of fantasy and historical elements. It also has some M/M intimate moments but does not fit into the romance category. It has its unique appeal and that’s why it became one of my favorite read of 2016.
This story is alternating between two points of views : Kelemun and Ja’Bar. They met briefly in the beginning of the story and then they went their separate ways. Kelemun is a priest into the temple of Aknon. To enter the priesthood, the young males need to have some specific physical characteristic. Such as having blond hair and an angelic face. One of the duties of the Aknon priest is to receive pilgrims in their bedchamber and please them (all in the name of Aknon). Kelemun is taking his role seriously, he feels that he is doing what he needs to please Aknon. Praxtor, the caliph son, fell in love with Kelemun. That caused a lot of issues for Kelemun and he ended being sold to Praxtor and living in his harem. I must add that I really really like the part of the story that was set in the Harem. It was a blast to read (especially with the eunuchs being so entertaining). Kelemun had to go through the transition from priesthood to become a boy-favorite. That left him with a lot of questions and a lot of soul searching to do, he devoted his life to Aknon what should he do now? Has he lost his faith?
Ja’Bar is a Stripeling. Up uUntil recently they were living as slaves and when they were granted their freedom they had to find a way to make their living. Ja’Bar ended up working for Aknon-Horbeb (AknonHigh Priest, and a greedy one). He is giving him a lot of different tasks to accomplish. Ja’Bar is what I would call an alpha character. He doesn’t seem to mind what he had to do, as long as he is paid for it. When we get to know him, we get to understand that he is saving his money to move out of the city and build a house in the countryside. What I absolutely love about Ja’Bar is the moral dilemmas that he encounters throughout the story and the way that his head and his heart are constantly battling to get him his answers.
Two things are staying with me after this wonderful read : What are we willing, as individual, to do to gain some money to live our dream? and do we really want to stay in that culture that had made a cult of physical perfection? It is definitely an entertaining read and a must read!!!! Mr. Peters, you won a new fan!