Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Scarlet Blade

Author: Jez Morrow
Publisher: Torquere Press Publishers
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ISBN: 978-1-61040-395-5
Genre: {M/M} Historical 
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

As the ship sailed into the Matagorda harbor, it was the end of the journey for Spanish nobleman Joaquin de Castille and Roman Priest Tomas. However, it was not the end of the love shared by the two men. Tomas was bound for Texas and Joaquin was bound for California. The hostile greeting by the natives in Texas altered Tomas’ decision to stay in Texas; consequently Tomas changed his destination to California, reuniting the lovers once again.

Scarlet Blade is a wonderful illustration of character traits, as well as religious views. Because of his wealth and nobility status, Joaquin is allowed to be a little more openly gay. Also because of his skill in weapons, Joaquin is not an easy target to bully. Joaquin was exiled from Spain to prevent embarrassment to his mother. Tomas has the most interesting background of the two main characters. Following the Roman family traditions of giving the younger son to the church, Tomas had no choice in becoming a priest with several older brothers in the household. Tomas did not follow the church’s dictate that God condemned same sex love. Tomas believed he was born with the sexuality God intended him to be and therefore, men loving men is not unnatural or a sin. Tomas is even more skilled in weapons than Joaquin, though Tomas tries harder to avoid conflicts than the easily offended Joaquin.

Jez Morrow has created an amazing as well as an exceptionally enjoyable historical saga. The play on words is humorous plus the intimacy is fascinating.

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