The Devil's Garden
In The Devil's Garden, appearances can be deceiving...
Ume Sky enjoys her place of honor as temple courtesan for the reigning Meer of In'La--until an assignation with a client ends in violence. Her elite status stripped away, Ume is forced to return to a life on the streets as Cillian Rede, the boy she used to be.
Cillian finds temporary harbor with dockhand Cree Sylva, wher...more
The word stopped him in his tracks as he stepped into the passageway. No one had called him that since he was twelve. "I need your name, to send word." Nesre's eyes held flat disinterest, dismissing any evidence of Ume Sky’s existence.
"It’s Cillian. Cillian Rede."
Every good thing that everyone has already said about this book is absolutely true.
I only have one main complaint (which I also think someone has already stated): This should have been a full-length novel. Even though there were...more
What a delightful surprise to find that I underestimated on all counts!
This is a book that was as exciting as it was romantic, and as thoughtful as it was erotic. Just as there are delightfully...more
Jane Kindred creates a unique world that is at once both vaguely familiar and sensually exotic. The relationships will inspire anyone who appreciates how love develops in the human heart regardless of the gender roles we play. In a c...more
Review date:12 June 2011
Review link: http://cleffairy.com/?p=5498
‘The Devil’s Garden’ by Jane Kindred is a strange story. Well, at least, it is strange to me in the beginning. It was rather difficult to grasps and imagine the world of the characters, but I got used to it after awhile and everything was absolutely captivating from then on.
This book ought to be praised for the creativity and imagination, and I devoured this book within an hour. Highly engaging, seducti...more
The Devil's Garden presents an extremely well drawn, richly detailed world. Ms. Kindred presents a unique skill to readers - an ability to create a beautiful, sensory setting in the few pages alotted to a novella. The political aspects of the plot at times felt a little familar but worked well with in the story as a whole. The characters were well drawn and their internal struggles added a layer to the book I had not expected when I began reading. At times I did struggle to follow the many chara...more
BUT, my complaint is that this novella is a novel that wasn't made to live up to its promise and allowed to be a novella instead. (Notice I said "made" not "allowed" 'cause I know it ain't rainbows and wishes that come up with those other 50k words.)
I have absolutely no problem with novellas simply for being novellas. In fact, I love that the e-pub age has...more
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