Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Song of Oestend

Title: Song of Oestend
Author: Marie Sexton
Publisher: Total-E-Bound Publishing
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ISBN: 978-0-85715-630-3
Genre: {M/M} Paranormal
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx   

Aren Montrell travels from his home on the continent across the sea to his new job and hopefully to a new life at the BarChi Ranch, located in the Oestend prairie.  For the last leg of his journey, Aren is escorted by the ranch Forman Deacon.  Aren is secretly attracted to Deacon and as Aren later discovers, the attraction is mutual.  

Song of Oestend is an intriguing mystery romance set in an imaginary world that mirrors early America.  The storyline illustrates a social class structure.  Oestend has a shortage of men with property, a requirement for marrying a landowner’s daughter.  Single working class men were only allowed contact with working class women.  Race discrimination is also a factor illustrated.  Natives were killed or enslaved by the first settlers, annihilating a culture with only two survivors. 

Deacon is one of those survivors. Deacon, as well as the BarChi Ranch’s cook, is the only source of knowledge regarding Oestend’s true history, the wraiths, along with the meaning of the symbols painted over doors and windows.  The characters are convincing.   

Aren’s employment as the ranch’s bookkeeper was a convenient way for his former lover to dispose of Aren.  Being pursued by matchmaking fathers with daughters causes Aren moments of terror so he avoids contact when he can.  Deacon is a contradiction. Born of a race of enslaved people, Deacon craves being sexually submissive.  However, Deacon forcefully demands respect from the workers.  The secondary characters including the wraiths add drama, jealousy as well as a touch of violence to the plot. Overall, Marie Sexton has produced a remarkable saga.  I enjoyed the cultural mysteries presented in this well written plot.

Reader Advisory: This book is set in an alternate reality and contains scenes of violence, mild D/s and bondage, plus a M/M/M ménage scene.        

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