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Ciaran Dwynvil, the bard of gay erotic fantasy, writes for... the characters. “I'm their happy scribe and their personal bard. When they come to me, their story is already there and they just need an author willing to listen in silent midnight hours, paint their life with words and then sing about it on pages of the books. That's what I do and what fills my days with joy.” This approach to writing resonates best with thoughtful readers for whom character emotions and plots are just as important, (if not more) as the erotic aspect of the stories. The lines in Ciaran's novels flow like verses in a minstrel's tales from the time long passed. Like stitches on a tapestry they create intricate images for those who dare to join the characters in the moments of bliss and in the moments of their darkest hours. Readers will get pulled in a complex fantasy world and will live through stories of faith, life, love and lust that will leave them aching for more. The narratives never use solely one character's point of view. Just like a tapestry doesn't rely just on one color, Ciaran's novels aren't told in one voice only. All heroes and villains speak on the pages and thus allow a reader to experience their story from multiple perspectives until a rich, complete vision fully emerges.
on June 13, 2013 :
Book provided by the author.
Another really imaginative and brilliantly written book. The thought that goes into his stories is brilliant. Again we meet some amazingly complex characters and their struggles through a sometimes hard and confusing life. I'm glad we got to hear more of Belial in this installment, he's my favourite character from the series so far and I can't wait to read more and see where Ciaran takes us next. Really looking forward to the next one
(reviewed long after purchase)
on May 11, 2013 :
The reader is given a first hand account of what a strong-willed person sometimes has to endure to survive. You'll also see what others will do in order to help. It's also a journey of someone who is changing who he is.
I have to say that one of my favorite characters was Vincent. He's a caring, compassionate man who also has a lot of patience. You'll see that he cares a lot about both Sanyi and Adhemar. He is one that I hope to see again. I was left wanting to know what becomes of him.
This story does have love between two men but the way that Ciaran created his characters they could be anyone. Love comes in all different forms and it's also about bringing pleasure to your partner. Enemas can also be used for a partner's enjoyment. As a reader, open your mind to the different forms of sex that Ciaran writes about. It is part of who his characters are. We should always expand our horizons and one way to do that is through the books we read. You also tend to forget that the story is paranormal.
The ending surprised me - not telling, you'll have to experience that for yourself. I was left with my mouth open and wanting to know what happens next. But then I find out that there's a part two. If you go to http://www.ciarandwynvil.com, you can see what books he has written and to keep an eye out for what he has in store for his readers next.
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. For full review, stop over to http://lynnromanceenthusiast.blogspot.com
(reviewed long after purchase)
on April 13, 2013 :
I don't think I could ever do this book justice in a review, but I can at least offer my thoughts and hope they lead you down the right path (which is to buy this book and witness it's jaw-dropping beauty). This tale struck me as both darker and more light-hearted than his other works, weaving an even more immersive tale than all the others before it. I was again swept away by the tidal wave of emotions, overwhelmed by pain and joy that were not my own but became so, and downright enthralled by every single word. If there was ever such a gifted writer as Ciaran Dwynvil, I daresay he would fall to his knees in light of this masterpiece.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on March 28, 2013 :
Gripping and emotional, sometimes painfully so, In Blue Poppy Fields is yet another masterpiece from the pen of Ciaran Dwynvil. His unique style of storytelling weaves a mesmerizing tale of the lives of his benefactors, as he affectionately refers to them, in their lust for life and love. Having already read the first two books in the Guardian Demon series, Trails of Love I Crawl Parts 1 and 2, I had high expectations for this book, and my expectations were far surpassed.
In Blue Poppy Fields grabs your attention from the very first line when Adhemar Lebeau, beloved diva of the stage adored by all of the audience of Cibinium, finds his master deceased in his bed and the killer long gone. He doesn’t regret the loss as the man had abused him for years but knows that he will be blamed for the crime. And so readers embark on a harrowing journey along with him as he tries desperately first to avoid the blame and then, once the blame has been laid squarely upon his shoulders, to prove his innocence and survive deadly dungeons, ghastly torture methods, and the swift justice of Cibinium. After calling on his savior, the Count Sanyi Arany, the story gets a little more complicated as Adhemar learns he is the Count’s favorite. Tended to by the Count’s man Vincent, who is much more than he seems, but fighting against both Sanyi’s affections and his own illness, Adhemar’s health declines rapidly until drastic measures must be taken in order to save him. Enter the seemingly innocent boy Reyach, a brougham ride to the next city which unexpectedly and inexplicably drains Sanyi of his energy, and later an encounter with High Demon Belial, and Adhemar’s life as the darling of the stage in Cibinium is left far behind him.
Instead he finds himself occupying a different stage, on which he first tests Sanyi’s limits and desires and later finds his own limits pushed to the very edge of breaking by Belial. I’ll note here for potential readers that the book contains elements of BDSM throughout, D/s in particular, so pass on it if that isn’t your cup of tea. I suppose those sections could be skipped over, but you would miss significant moments, leaving gaps in the story. Just as in real life, the sexual and intimate aspect between characters plays a very important role in their lives and interpersonal relationships. The same can be said about the vivid imagery of the torture Adhemar endures while in the dungeon. It is necessary to understand his thought processes and motivations, and it is so well written that I can’t imagine any reader wanting to skip over it.
Just as in the previous books written by Ciaran Dwynvil, the characters in In Blue Poppy Fields will capture readers’ imaginations and steal their hearts. Adhemar longs to be loved and adored by his audience and he deserves every praise and every applause; gentle Sanyi, struggling to accept what he is, just wants for his favorite to return his feelings; their man Vincent who tirelessly takes care of them and somehow knows exactly what each of them needs even when they don’t; Reyach who, because of what he is, can only take and never give anything in return; and Belial…well, we get a taste of his magnificence towards the end of the book and are promised much, much more of it in Part 2.
After the whirlwind ride that had me on the edge of my seat and ended in such euphoria, I was left aching for more. The beautiful writing style, characters that will take hold of your heart and refuse to let go even after the written story ends, catastrophe and triumph, steamy and sensual erotic scenes, heartache, joy…it is all, as the tagline of the series says, a tale of lust for life and love. If that sounds like a story you would enjoy, then In Blue Poppy Fields is the book for you.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)