Thursday, June 17, 2010

Amaranth & Ash


Title: Amaranth & Ash
Author: Jessica Freely
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.com
ISBN: 978-1-60737-594-4
Genre: {M/M}, Futuristic, Fantasy
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Amaranth begins to wonder if there isn’t more to life than what he has always been taught. While on his way home one night, he comes across a young man in need of help and is surprised by how much Ash helps him in return.

With Amaranth & Ash, Jessica Freely has written a very interesting story set in a world where a person’s social standing is everything. Unlike most instances where a society’s class is broken down by how much or how little money a person has, here it is your soul that’s important. This plays a big part in Amaranth and Ash’s story.

As a vasai, Amaranth has the souls, as well as the attributes of both a male and a female. Because of this, the vasai have special healing powers that are used only for the upper class. The author is able to bring across just how dissatisfied Amaranth feels at only being allowed to heal the Elai and his confusion in regard to all he has been taught about the Pelon and Chelon class.

Ash, on the other hand is a Chelon, the lowest of the classes and believed to be soulless. His life has not been an easy one and the struggle he faces is sure to cause a few tears. As the story progresses and both men come to terms with the lies their elders have told them, their love and need for each other becomes clear.

While the men’s journey was entertaining and I could not wait to see how the author would tie everything up, at times, the variety of pronouns used for the vasai became a little confusing. However, that did not keep me from enjoying this story and I am sure others will find it just as entertaining.

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