Title: The Sacrifice and Other Stories
Author Name: Kim Fielding
Publication Date & Length: November 27, 2015 – 404 pgs
A sickly man seeks recovery in a seaside cottage.
A temple slave tends a man due to be sacrificed.
A soldier releases a genie.
In seven fantasy short stories and novellas, men find passion with other men in the most unexpected places, and even the gravest circumstances may open the door to hope and love.
This anthology includes two brand-new short stories. In “The Sacrifice,” Rylo is a temple slave tasked with comforting a man who is scheduled to be killed in the morning. In “Chasing Away Cold,” Daku builds an ice sculpture of the god Jarli in order to ensure the end of winter. The collection also includes three novellas and two additional short stories, gathered for the first time in a single volume. “Treasure” introduces Jules, a young man who travels to the quirky seaside town of Urchin Cove to regain his health—and finds an unexpected treasure washed up on the beach. Xolani, a soldier in “Three Wishes,” picks up a small glass bottle and unleashes a surprise. Another soldier, Volos in “Guarded,” will risk everything to save Prince Berhanu. In the sequel, “Mato’s Tale,” an unassuming innkeeper gets a chance for adventure. And in “The Downs,” Enitan is unjustly banished and comes to discover that the demons he must face aren’t the ones he expected.
Join Kim Fielding on journeys through imagined worlds where magic is commonplace and romance lies just around the next bend. All royalties from the sale of this book will be donated to Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontiers.
The Sacrifice~ Rating: 4 Stars
Rylo is a slave for the temple. Ohron picks Rylo to serve him on the night before he is to be sacrificed. While I did really like the pretense of this story the ending was just so abrupt I was left feeling confused and wanting to know what happened. You do get the sweet between these two men and the steam which was very hot! So I did really like this story.. The ending was just so abrupt and leaves you wondering what happened.
Treasure~ Rating: 5 Stars
Julian has been sick for most of his life so his parents decide to send him to the beach hoping this will make him feel better. Julian gets there and is enjoying his time meeting the friendly townspeople and some mystically beings when he finds a man washed up on the beach who he nurses back to health. But soon pirates are after him for information he may have and he is not sure if he will even be saved. I have to say I loved what the author did with this story and characters. You get so much action and then there was the steam which was so hot! All together I really loved this story!
Three Wishes~ Rating: 4 Stars
Xolani finds a bottle during the middle of a war he is fighting. He finds out there is a genie in this bottle and he now has three wishes he has been granted. I did really like the wishes he chooses and his character. You just do not see a lot of them together. So all together I really did like this story, I would have just liked to have seen more of these two MC’s together.
Guarded~ Rating: 5 Stars
Volo is a guard who is half Kozari. The prince puts him down constantly for being Kozari and Volo have not had a easy life between losing his family and being kept prisoner a long time ago. Then he is asked to save the prince by the King even though the prince has not treated him well at all. Now this was my favorite story in this book! I love the enemy to lover genre and the way this author wrote this story was awesome. Between the action in this book and the slow build up between these two men to the very hot steam everything in this story was just so good! All together I really loved this story and did not want it to end!
Mato’s Tale~ Rating: 4 Stars
Now Mato’s character we meet in Guarded and he is a innkeeper that helps Volo save the prince. Well he has been invited to their wedding by Corporal Desto. Now the steam in this story was hot and I did like them together I was just not a huge fan of the abrupt ending and how rushed everything felt in this story. So all together I did really like this story it just felt a little too rushed to me.
The Downs~ Rating: 5 Stars
Entian is accused of killing his father even though he did not do it. He is then judged and thrown over a cliff into the downs. Rig finds him and heals him. I have to say I loved these two together. This was a slow build up but once they finally admit to their feelings I thought it was so sweet and so steamy. You could feel how much they cared for each other with how Rig follows Entian even though he has never left the downs and Entian was so protective of Rig. Loved the way this author wrote these characters and this story! All together I really loved this story!
Chasing Away the Cold~ Rating: 5 Stars
This was a story about Daku who was born with a lame foot and could not do what others in his village could do. He tries to save a sacrifice of cold by sacrificing himself. This story was really short so I can’t go to much into it but it was just amazing! I loved what this author did with this story and these characters!
All together I really loved these stories and this book!
I would definitely recommend this book!
The Sacrifice (4 stars)
I enjoyed this short story. It jumped right into the situation, and I appreciated how there wasn’t any time wasted on explaining in-depth their world or their situation. The story had an interesting premise, was nicely erotic, and wrapped up with a hopeful but ambiguous ending.
Treasure (5 stars)
This was my favorite of the stories. I loved Julian and Kit and their slowly unfolding relationship. Julian’s journey toward strength and self-discovery were really well done.
Three Wishes (5 stars)
I enjoyed this fresh take on the Genie theme. Even though I had an inkling where it was going, there were still pleasant surprises along the way and a delightful (and also surprising) end.
Guarded (1 star)
I honestly didn’t enjoy this one at all. I found most of it dull, and I couldn’t make much sense of the politics. I also had no idea what Volos saw in Berhanu, who was a jerk to him for the entire thing. Also, this really needed a warning for the descriptive rape/torture scenes, and I found the questionable consent between Volos and Berhanu off-putting, in particular the idea that this would be “healing” for Berhanu in some way.
Mato’s Tale (3 stars)
This wasn’t a whole lot more interesting than the previous one, but I liked Mato in “Guarded” and was glad he got his own story. It was significantly more sweet.
The Downs (5 stars)
I loved this one, too. Enitan was a terrific character, and once again, it was his journey of self-discovery which made the story so good. As with “Treasure,” I liked the slow-bloom between Enitan and Rig. I also loved the way their two worlds were revealed to us bit by bit. Simply wonderful.
Chasing Away Cold (5 stars)
I loved this one too. I love mythology and tales of ancient gods and goddesses, and this was beautiful start to finish.
Averaging out the ratings, this gets a solid 4 stars. Worth the long read, and several stories can be read multiple times to take in all the subtle things missed on the first pass.
Kim Fielding lives in California and travels as often as she can manage. A professor by day, at night she rushes into a phonebooth to change into her author costume (which involves comfy clothes instead of Spandex and is, sadly, lacking a cape). Her superpowers include the ability to write nearly anywhere, often while simultaneously doling out homework assistance to her children. Her favorite word to describe herself is “eclectic” and she finally got that third tattoo.
All royalties from her novels Stasis, Flux and Equipoise are donated to Doctors Without Borders.