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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 May 13, 2013 :
I love this book.it was a great plots and twisted. I'm giving this book 5 stars.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on April 18, 2013 :
I have mixed feelings after reading this book. In the beginning I really enjoyed the prose, the use of language, and the classic romanticism of the whole story. I knew it was a gay erotic novel, and truthfully it is the first of its kind that I have read. Perhaps that is where my mixed feelings came from. I enjoyed the romance and the love story, although I feel that there could have been more emphasis on the passion between Victor and his lover. I certainly felt Amadee’s pain and torment, and I was intrigued with Belial. I recommend this novel if you like something that pushes the boundaries of convention, but be warned, there are some explicitly unpleasant physical scenes that made for very uncomfortable reading.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on April 11, 2013 :
Book provided by the author.
This was a great read, I enjoyed the plot and characters. It was very descriptive and kept me hooked.
OMG I can't believe the end........I need to find out what happens....NOW lol I was not expecting that at all.
I would recommend this :)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on March 17, 2013 :
This is a book for those people who enjoy reading something totally different from what they may have read before. This is a book that is M/M erotic fantasy. There is a lot of explicit sex scenes - this is a read that is not for the "faint of heart". Personally, I felt that you need to read book one in order not to feel confused. This way you will also know some of the characters from the first book.
While I was reading, I felt that some scenes compared to the “Dark Shadows” series. I loved watching that series growing up. So, I could see this transforming very well as a paranormal soap opera. The only thing I'm not sure of is who would be the actors. And then which cable channel would be the best fit.
Some of you may know more about the BDSM scene than I do. There was one scene where I just wasn't sure if the beginning would be considered BDSM but I figure that I will need to do some research on that in order to answer that question. It is something you will have to strongly think about if you are thinking about role-playing.
I got the impression with the paranormal aspect we have brother and sister going against each other. The brother seemed almost like a conductor, or puppeteer, and the humans are his orchestra or puppets. It added a little extra to this tale. Are we there for their entertainment? I will be interested to see what Ciaran has in store for his readers next.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Jan. 04, 2013 :
I have never experienced such anticipation as I did while waiting for this book to be published. I had been so emotionally moved by the tale of lust and love in Part 1 and had grown so attached to all of the characters that I could not wait for the sequel to be published to learn what fate awaited these amazing men. I could barely contain my excitement as I sat down to read Trails of Love I Crawl Part 2. If you haven't read Part 1, I highly recommend that you read that first; otherwise, you can't comprehend the motives behind their actions, the depth of their emotions, or the situation in which the characters immediately find themselves.
The very first page of the book's prologue grabs the reader's attention with a thrilling and sensual encounter between a character fans already know and a beautiful and strong new character which sets the stage for events to unfold. Then we find first Amédée and later Viktor miserably trying to deal with the consequences of the events of the first book, and we begin the journey of lust and love anew as they struggle to discover to whom they truly belong. Like Part 1, Trails of Love I Crawl Part 2 tells the tale of these characters' lives so vividly and powerfully that readers will feel as though they are living the experiences along with the sexy men and won't want to let them go at book's end.
All of the characters with whom readers fell in love and who survived Part 1 return to continue their perilous tale in Part 2, a tale which will carry you to the heights of joyous peaks and to the depths of desolate canyons. You will find in this tale love so beautiful as to elicit tears and passions of lust and rage so powerful it will steal your breath. You will also find delightfully devious schemes courtesy of Belial, the Lord of Lust and the Prince of Trickery, and Jezebeth, the demon of a million lovely faces, two characters that I adore very much. Erotic and non-erotic scenes both contribute to the characters' thought processes, motivations, and feelings, and it is necessary to read all scenes to fully grasp what is happening and why. A beautifully written work of art, this story left me breathless and desperate for Part 3. If you are a fan of gay erotic fantasy, you don't want to miss this book!
(reviewed the day of purchase)