The Pornographer's Apprentice: The Toymakers Guild Book 1

Adult Erotica
She wants to build sex toys... if they'll let her.

In prudish, patriarchal Victorian England, nineteen year old prodigy Gillian Smith finds a secret society dedicated to the erotic arts. She’ll need both her intellect and her physical charms to earn the permanent position she craves.

If you like steam punk erotica with a kinky feminist bent, you'll love The Pornographer's Apprentice. More
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About Lisabet Sarai

I became addicted to words at an early age. I began reading when I was four. I wrote my first story at five years old and my first poem at seven. Since then, I have written plays, tutorials, scholarly articles, marketing brochures, software specifications, self-help books, press releases, a five-hundred page dissertation, and lots of erotica and erotic romance – more than fifty single author titles including eight full length novels, plus dozens of short stories in various collections. My credits include contributions to the Lambda winner Where the Girls Are and the IPPIE Best Erotic Book of 2011, Carnal Machines. My gay scifi erotic romance Quarantine won a Rainbow Awards 2012 Honorable Mention. I have also edited a number of acclaimed erotica anthologies. Currently I am responsible for the charity erotica imprint Coming Together Presents, which as of December 2014 has published six volumes by top erotic authors, supporting causes such as Amnesty International, Planned Parenthood, and the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America.

I have more degrees than anyone would ever need, from prestigious educational institutions who would no doubt be deeply embarrassed by my chosen genre. Aside from writing, travel is one of my most fervent passions. I’ve visited every continent except Australia, though I still have a long bucket list of places I haven’t been. Currently I live in Southeast Asia with my indulgent husband and two exceptional felines, where I pursues an alternative career that is completely unrelated to my creative writing.

For more information about me and my writing, visit my website ( or my blog Beyond Romance ( Join my VIP email list here: I also hang out at Goodreads, ( because I love the idea of a social network focusing on the love of reading. I’m not on Facebook, because I don’t trust it.

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Reviews of The Pornographer's Apprentice: The Toymakers Guild Book 1 by Lisabet Sarai

Fiona McGier reviewed on Nov. 19, 2020
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5 Stars! Erotica with a great story line also.

Some of Ms. Sarai's books are replete with well-developed stories, as well as her trademark steamy sex scenes. Others have less story, more sex. This is one of the former. The story itself is a ripping good yarn. It introduces the reader to a fascinating alternate steampunk time--the mysterious underworld of the creating, testing, and delivering of complicated sex toys to rich clients in Victorian England, when even a hint of homosexuality could ruin a man's reputation, and women were expected to be chaste.

Gillian Smith is an orphan whose parents made sure she had mad skills in engineering and math--something all good parents should do, even today. After their deaths, while she's being housed by relatives, she discovers the secret library of her uncle, and finds in it a lush, inviting catalogue that shows and explains some of the sex toys produced by The Toymaker's Guild of Randerley Hall. At the ripe old age of 19, she runs away to offer her services to the establishment that could produce such interesting artifacts, and offer her freedom from the sexual strictures of the day.

When no one answers the front door of Randerley Hall, she enters their world by figuring out what the numerical pass code must be, once she realizes that the picture of the nautilus on the plate next to the door handle, contains a Fibonacci spiral, (what? LOL.) Once in the door, she's fascinated by paintings on the wall next to the stairs, that depict licentious scenes beyond her imagination. She's accosted by two young men who are apprentices, who are gobsmacked not only by her ability to guess the pass code, but by her sensual beauty. Then she meets the woman who is running the place while The Master Toymaker is away. Mrs. Featherstone is a formidable woman, who accepts her as an apprentice in the Toymaker's Guild for the short term, telling her that once the master returns, he will make the final decision.

Of course, as the only female apprentice, Gillian, or Jill to her friends, is expected to test out the equipment they design to be sure it meets the specifications desired by the customers. Each item is even more imaginative than the last one. The last time I read of such things was in Ms. Sarai's other steampunk novel, Rajasthani Moon, which is one of my favorites of her books. And while trying out the devices, our intrepid engineer also has frequent and varied sexual encounters with most of the other inhabitants at Randerley Hall. As the blurb states, there are few couplings or triplings or more, that are not enjoyed by Jill, as she proves her worth to the Guild again and again...and again.

There are many more plot points, but I don't want to spoil your enjoyment of this book. It has varied and steamy sex scenes that will take your breath away, a plucky heroine who doesn't always come out on top (ahem), but who always prevails in her quest to be accepted as a Toymaker. And while there isn't a cliff-hanger, there are definitely things introduced at the end of the book that point to another book or two in this exciting new series by Lisabet Sarai. I'm already looking forward to the next book!
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
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