Faheem Kobi-Wynn watched a film on a large screen. The child star was Valencio Durano, Italian. The black-haired waif turned big eyes to the camera, looking pathetic in rags, but then shot a mischievous grin at a companion and was next seen bolting after stealing a wallet.Faheem Kobi-Wynn wanted to try a boy, and this was the most beautiful boy he’d ever seen. He nodded toFaheem Kobi-Wynn watched a film on a large screen. The child star was Valencio Durano, Italian. The black-haired waif turned big eyes to the camera, looking pathetic in rags, but then shot a mischievous grin at a companion and was next seen bolting after stealing a wallet.Faheem Kobi-Wynn wanted to try a boy, and this was the most beautiful boy he’d ever seen. He nodded to the servant, approving the choice. In due course, the boy would be brought to him, untouched until he could have him. Meantime, he wasn’t sure what he wanted, but wandered to the Enclosure and asked that there be a line-up.‘Valencio’s Story’ is no simple adventure or romance. There is heartbreak and despair. There is also courage, friendship, and loyalty....
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Wizards' Slave Reviews
This whole series plus "John Doe" is a must-read for any fans of M.A. McRae's Shuki Series and also the Penwinnard series.Amazingly well written and compulsive reading. The setting is very much like a Harry Potter alternate reality, with wizards and magic.
This was a tough one to review... The setting is one of modern day earth, but there are wizards (Freign) among humans, whom they call the Medj or the more derogatory 'dirt-people'. Valencio is a child actor that catches the eye of a wizard, and he's kidnapped at the age of twelve and taken to a Compound in the middle of the desert to be a sex slave. The wizard is part of the Kobi family, apparently there are different wizard families around the world. The Kobi family is seriously dysfunctional... The weaker wizards, the el-Kobi, are sterilized when they are Sorted and become servants, guards, etc. The stronger wizards, the Kobi-Wynn, are prevented from marrying and instead are 'mated' to women like studs at a farm, just to create more powerful children. The women are kept mostly separate from the men, and the men (Kobi-Wynn and el-Kobi) use the slaves at will, like their own personal whorehouse of prisoners. Valencio is the only male slave in a group of around 20 women, whom all have been kidnapped. The story is very heart wrenching, basically Valencio fights the yoke of slavery, unlike the others, so he becomes a subject of fascination of everyone at the Compound. In sort, things don't go well for Valencio, it ebbs and flows. Is the ending a HEA, HFN, a cliffhanger?? (dropping this behind a spoiler tag) (view spoiler)[ There is no HEA, just kind of a HFN. Its only because his situation is improved that it could be called a HFN, but it's still sad. The sequel to the book is free on Smashwords at the time of this review, and it does get better for the poor guy (and there are two more books after that but I haven't read them).(hide spoiler)]So why did I give it the rating I did? Well... a couple things. The writing style was rather odd (it was much better in the second book). The transitions threw me a lot, and took some getting used to. You would be reading from one pov and it would switch the next paragraph, a time jump would happen, or one scene would just immediately go to another with only the very first line of the new paragraph really informing you of what happened. It felt choppy that way. The sex scenes (basically all rapes although towards the end there are efforts to make Valencio enjoy it too) are not crude/terribly explicit and a bit repetitive in description, more just showing what the young man had to endure. They aren't for titillation, more trauma than erotica. He is tortured several times as punishment for fighting back, but its all bloodless (they use magic). Its basically a story about a child (growing into a young man) who's spirit is being chipped away at the hands of a indifferent and sometimes sadistic group. You admire his strength of will and his heart-breaking efforts to maintain his sanity. There is a bit of infatuation with one of his masters, I wouldn't call it love, more of clinging to a source of safety and comfort. So I am torn on the rating, it was gripping because you are rooting for Valencio the entire time, and very sad as well. In that regard, the book does very well. But it's altogether a very depressing read. ETA: There are both m/m and m/f relations in the book, the m/m is pretty obvious, but Valencio does have trysts with the female prisoners as well (those are the only consensual relations in the book). They are written in the same style as the m/m scenes.
This is such a strange and compelling story. As a modern, somewhat enlightened person, it was difficult sometimes to wrap my head around what the wizard's are thinking and why they do what they do. I wanted to hurt most of them myself, even kill a few. It made reading their thoughts and actions almost painful at times, but I came to care so much for Valencio that I forced through to the end. I've got the others lined up to read, as I can't let this boy's story go. It was dark and, at some points, hopeless, but there was always a small shimmer in the distance. It was worth focusing on that to keep going.