In a fantasy world full of mythology, Daro is a senu, a man with the ability to speak with the hrills, sea creatures who help the fishermen in their work. Daro is young and little knows about the world. He only wants to please the Lady of the Waters, the goddess who protects him and his world.
One day he meets Arion: he speaks to him in the form of a hrill but he is a taleve, one of the Lady's lovers, who live in the Blue House, protects by the priests. Arion is lonely and wants only exchange some words and some informations with Daro. But days passes and Daro begins to undestand that his interest in Arion is not only friendship and the feeling is mutual. But it is not allows to love a taleve, they are fated to the Lady of the Waters.
Arion is a supporting character: he is beautiful and handsome, but not a man of strong passions. He loves Daro, and wants to protect him, but, even if Daro is younger and weaker, he gives a stronger impression than Arion.
Daro is young and willing; he accepts the destiny the Lady of the Waters has chosen for him without questioning. He only hopes to stay with Arion, but if the Lady wants something else for him, he will subsided to her will. Nevertheless he doesn't give me the impression of a character without wit.
This is a gentle tale: a tale of love, but not of pain. Usually when I read about priests and goddess, I always meet hate and trouble, but in this tale you have a peaceful flows of events. The Lady of the Waters is not a negative character and the priests are not evil creatures who want to hide and corretc the shameful behaviour of Daro.
Becoming by L.E. Bryce
After Ki'iri, L.E. Bryce returns to the fantastic world of the Lady of the Waters and of her lovers, the beautiful taleve. In Becoming we have glimpses of Arion and Daro, but the story is all about Olenwe and Ninion.
Ninion is an 18 years old guy that, for some uncofessable secrets chose to drow himself. But the Lady of the Waters makes him her lover and he is brought to the Blue House, among the others taleve. Olenwe, a bit older taleve, is immediately drawn by this young and begins to woving him. But Ninion seems to be embarassed by the man and also by his reaction to him.
If you search for reckless sex among young beautiful men, this novel is not for you. The journey of Ninion in his adulthood is written with delicacy and tenderness. Olenwe, despite his different upbringing (he is a former fisherman, while Ninion is from aristocracy), treats Ninion like a precious thing and insinuates himself in his like with small gifts and costant presence. Without consciousness, Ninion begins to turn to Olenwe for everything, and in the end, also for love.
Like in other works I have read by hers, L.E. Bryce has a poetic writing style, which can hardly classify her works like erotic, and which distinguishes her among the other M/M authors....Continua