on Feb. 8, 2012 :
OK, the story is about violence, abuse, humiliation and endurance in the beginning but it gets better and I really liked it. Purchasing another book from this author, I was aware of what I could get and she never disappoints, so no complaints about the story. Bloodraven and Dynasty of Ghosts are gradually softer, loved them too.
What really disappoints me is the quality of the Kindle version of this book, a totally messed up formatting with almost no structure to the text makes it really hard to read.
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)
on Jan. 29, 2012 :
While the story was well written it contained hardcore bdsm that was taken too far, definitely not for the faint hearted. It didn't really have a satisfactory ending for me. I felt that Dharsha suffered so much three quarters, I would have liked to have seen more happy time for him. Also the story ended with the two main characters heading off into the unknown with even less certainty of a welcome reception.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on Aug. 13, 2011 :
I am giving this three stars because the writing, as usual for this author, is good and the last half of the novel is good. The first half lasted far, far too long and at least half of that should have gone into building the relationship and telling more of what happened in the second half.
We got the idea of the torture and degradation without it being driven into the ground by being repeated over and over and without the bestiality thrown in for ' measure'.
If you haven't read Bloodraven or Dynasty of Ghosts by this same author, seriously, read them instead. They both have strong elements of violence and torture, but much better balanced with the characterization and storytelling.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
on Aug. 9, 2011 :
Warning: This review contains spoilers.
It was very violent in the first half of the story. Certainly not for the faint of heart. The poor neko is excruciating tortured by a group of heartless men that think with their dicks. Seriously, they revel in the neko's pain and humiliation. They even let their dog hump the neko and they make their own "toys" to play and to punish the neko.
I would have stopped reading it, but i desperately wanted to get to the part where the trapper comes and frees the neko. Then the story gets a whole lot better. I really enjoyed the last half and the fact that Dharsha gets some payback on humanity really thrilled me. I cheered him on when he stalked and killed the humans for I really felt they deserved it.
After reading this I got around to Bloodraven and Dynasty of Ghost and they are far better than this one, I think. I would have liked the second half to be longer so the trapper and the neko's relationship could develop further.
But seriously if you are faint of heart and hate pain, torture, humiliation and the like (it's worse than the violent episodes in Bloodraven, I think!), then don't read this! I only finished it because I wanted so badly to know that the ending would be some kind of happy ending for Dharsha!
I wouldn't have given this story any stars because the beginning really disturbed me! The second half is much better though so I'll give this story 2 stars.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)