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Song of Oestend (Oestend #1)

4.1  ·  Rating Details ·  1,069 Ratings  ·  164 Reviews
Aren Montrell has heard tales of the Oestend wraiths – mysterious creatures which come in the night and kill anyone who’s not indoors. Aren’s never had reason to believe the stories, but when he takes a job as a bookkeeper on the BarChi, a dusty cattle ranch on the remote Oestend prairie, he soon learns that the wraiths are real. Aren suddenly finds himself living in a sup ...more
Kindle Edition, 414 pages
Published August 22nd 2011 by Total-E-Bound Publishing
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
A little historical, a little paranormal, a little fantasy, a little cowboy, a little kinky... and a whole lot of AWESOME!!

Holy shiznit, I loved this. When Marie Sexton and I get our mind-meld thing going, she can do no wrong.

This is another book that I started in the bath, and I didn't want to ever get out. I read until I was all pruney... I got ultra-pruney for you, Marie Sexton!

Song of Oestend takes place in a fictional historical western town. It is pretty similar to our wild west, with a c
Heather C
Different and Refreshing...I loved it!!!

This book is probably not like any other book I have ever read before. Its kind of a historical-fantasy-alternate reality-romance that doesn't involve a huge amount of world building. Yeah, it is historical like, but it is set in a time and place where homosexuality seems to be easily acceptable. The set up is a little slow paced, but you have to realize, it is set at BarChi, a cattle ranch on the Oestend praire. And on Oestend, wraiths come out and kill a
4 Stars - both a scary crawling feeling, in a different cowboy world, but also very steamy and very romantic about two opposites

It feels like I just read something very different, it was ghosts and ancient legends. This people lived in a dystopic (historic) kind of dark cowboy world. There grew a great and grand love story between two men and it was a lot of steam (with some kink play). But it was also about very tough and harsh living conditions and all the time was death close for everybody in
4,5 stars

Heather C has written a spot-on review for Song of Oestend.
I agree to 95%.

My two cents...

I think the sparse worldbuilding was enough - just added fuel to the subtle,creeping horror of the ghost-story part in the book.No cheap effects here and it wasn`t overly gory - it were the characters`s palpable fears of the unknown and "why?" that made it so scary.

The build up of the romance was very slow,but the "wait" was so worth it.Time enough to make the growing love and desire between Aren an
Aug 09, 2011 V rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
7 stars??

First of all, I will say Marie's Coda Series, for me, were OK, nothing to be that crazy about (I know, I know, I'm weird).
I had my doubts if I really wanted to read this book, I'm so glad I did.
this story is one of the best I have read in a long time, I'm very, very impressed with this Author.
I just can't believe how fantastic this story was, the plot terrific..and it was so fricking Sensual I just can't put into the right words to give this story the full justice that it deserves.
Marie Sexton proves once again, why she is one my favorite MM authors. At first, I was reluctant to even get near this book, due to the readers advisory. Not because of the D/s tone but more on the m/m/m warning. It's not my thing, not in romance anyway. But, a friend reassured me that Marie Sexton did a good job, so I decided to give it ago.

AND OMG!!! I am so glad that I do.

Song of Oestend sets in an alternate reality, where violence is accepted as common ... but it also feels like it sets in a
Aug 12, 2011 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: orannia
Excellent kinky scifi m/m romance with cowboys. Weirdly, I'm not a big fan of scifi and even less of a fan of cowboy books, but this just completely worked for me. It's about an artist who takes a job as a bookkeeper for a ranch on the other side of the world so he can get away from his past at the university. He finds himself unprepared for his new life, but he slowly finds his way and makes his place at the ranch as he befriends the reclusive foreman.
Heidi Cullinan
Aug 27, 2011 Heidi Cullinan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, best-of-2011
Yes, Marie Sexton is my BFF, and yes, I beta'd this book, but I still love it and it's still going on this list.

What's not to love here? Alternate universe western setting: check. Cowboys: check. Subtle, spooky ghost native spirits: check. Reversing roles against trope: check. Understated and yet smoking hot BDSM: check. Emotional journeys, hidden secrets, self-empowerment, and oh yeah, a love story.

Just read it already.
Aug 22, 2012 Vivian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stunning mix of spiritual and carnal.

I had no expectations when I picked this book other than a bunch of my friends, like 36 of them had rated this 4.27 collectively. So, I'm thinking...Winner! And they were not wrong. But if I had tried to imagine the story just from the blurb, I would have gotten ALL wrong.

First, the story contains a significant paranormal element. Frankly, it is another character in the story with the way it interacts. Yet, it isn't just a ghost story. Honestly, I'm not a hug
Aug 23, 2011 Yvonne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Yvonne by: Lily
More like a 2.5 star for me. I never really got into the story at all. The first part of the book strayed too much into mf territory.(view spoiler) The women were like sex starved and throwing themselves at the men. There were too many scenes where the women tried to button and unbutton for seduction, or discussion on when they were getting married and about dowry. Aren gets attacked by one particularly determ ...more
Aug 30, 2011 Jess rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't know if I should ignore HC for a few days - she could have warned me...

I made the mistake of starting this book just after midnight, I had the intentions of only reading a few pages before going to sleep....I finished it at 5am in the freakin morning.

THEN I woke up with a bad headache that morphed into a migraine which morphed into me laying in bed near death all of yesterday.

I blame it ALL on HC

SO as for the review.

This book ROCKED - go buy it - then read it - DURING THE DAYTIME!!!
This was one part historical romance, one part sweeping Western, and one part ghost story...Which made for QUITE a good read.

Aren Montrell has been vanished to the unforgiving lands Oestend to work as a bookkeeper at the BarChi Ranch. Aren is bitter and tired of being used and tossed away by men, and his current situation is a direct result of that same pattern. He is picked up by BarChi's foreman Deacon to reach his new home. Deacon is kind, funny and lighthearted. He is also tough and honest a
I wasn't going to read this book. Even though there isn't a Marie Sexton book I haven't loved, I just didn't think I would like this. I'm not a huge fan of historical fiction. I want my books to be contemporary. Even though I love cowboys (who doesn't, right?) I want them set in the now, not the then. Even though I like paranormal, again, I want it contemporary. I don't like ghost stories and I really thought there was to much mixed together to enjoy. So this book is everything I thought I would ...more
I liked just about everything about this book. The majority of the characters, how it took its time to develop, how it hit my kinky buttons, the twists that surprised me and kept me guessing. I worried a little when going into the last chapter I still had questions, but nope, they were all answered. The only thing I would like now is an update on Frances...and maybe Dante.
Kaje Harper
Jan 08, 2013 Kaje Harper rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, m-m, fantasy
I went into this book with few expectations. For once I didn't read many reviews - didn't bother because Marie Sexton is pretty much an auto-buy author for me, even if I was slow to get to get to this one. And after a few pages of "Huh, this is different..." I was hooked.

This was an intriguing mix of the familiar and the unique. It had a strong feel of stories of the American west in the early days of colonization, with the rough ranch life, the extermination of the native population, the harsh
MsMiz (Tina)
Jun 01, 2011 MsMiz (Tina) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: glbt-all, pdf
I cannot believe it took me this long to read this book. I LOVED it. This book hit all of my buttons in just the right order.

We meet Aren as he has been cast from the 'City' by some grade A assholes. At the same time we meet Deacon, the ranch hand who is taking Aren to his new job in the middle of nowhere. We are then introduced to a time and place that is both fantasy, a bit like settler days in the US and yet not. We then get to stroll through a story of love, pain, loss, history and finding
Re-reading for review.


I'd forgotten just how much I loved this story. It's a fantastic setting that has a violent old west feel to it but with that bite of PNR to give it an atmospheric creepy vibe. Aren is starting a new job as bookkeeper on an isolated ranch. He feels unwanted and used by his former lover who has pushed him into leaving. He meets the ranch foreman, Deacon, and though they have a rocky start they forge a strong friendship. There's a very slow build up to the relationship but
❂ Endless
Aug 29, 2011 ❂ Endless rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: erotic-m-m
In the beginning, the world building had me confused whether it was historical or alternate reality. I had to flip back a few pages to make sure i didn't miss something... well i hadn't and maybe the author could've tried to make the distinction a bit clearer....It's an alternative world where they also have cowboys and Indians, just that the Indians are actually called the Ainuai/The Old People instead...

I'm not sure i liked the menage in here...It felt mmm...casual almost considering how se
Anita Bianchi
Jun 09, 2017 Anita Bianchi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Una nuova grande prova per la bravissima Marie Sexton: questo romanzo ha saputo sorprendermi ed emozionarmi come non credevo possibile leggendo la trama.
Il punto forte è l'ambientazione in una terra dura e spietata come gli uomini che la abitano: l'Oestend è un territorio che non fa sconti a nessuno, dov'è possibile morire semplicemente dimenticandosi di chiudere le finestre di notte. Lo scopre fin dal suo arrivo il giovane contabile Aren che ha accettato

I enjoyed the strange, eerie world of wraiths and magic Marie has created. Nothing too overtly paranormal with enough references to the familiar that it never felt too over the top.
What I love most about Marie's work is her wonderful characterization and Deacon and Aren were so human in their strengths and frailties, so real... each finding in the other the courage and confidence not only to survive their harsh surrounds but to find beauty and a sense of belonging there too.
The BDSM element is
Jun 07, 2017 Veroluc rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recensione sul mio blog ^_^
Aug 28, 2011 Mackenzie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Marie Sexton, don't ever stop writing. Please.

I was predisposed to feel all kinds of icky for this book because there's an m/m/m warning. As much as I love Marie Sexton, I really don't enjoy it when she makes her main couples in the story do things with other man (such as what her Coda series characters Zach and Angelo do). So when I first heard about the book, I didn't rush to the front line to grab it and read it. But I came around because I love Ms. Sexton's writing too much to pass up this o
Ang -PNR Book Lover Reviews
Oh Saints!!
Love Love LOVED this book!!

Why did it take me so long to read this.... Song of Oestend was amazing had me on the edge of my chair never wanting to stop reading!

I loved Aren and Deacon together.
I loved the ghost story Was so different and so scary i was was yelling dont open the door dont go out there all the time
I even loved the historical/alternate reality *gasp* I know right?? who would have thought!!

Marie Sexton is just fabulous drawing you into this world of Cowboys at the BarCh
Jul 16, 2013 Katharina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
4.5 rounded up because it's a fantasy/ghost novel by Marie Sexton and it's awesome!! A fantasy novel by Marie Sexton! Who'd have thunk?

This book has a distinct historical feeling to it, mixed up with lots of paranormal elements. Like a Western story playing 150 years ago with ghosts. And it's a brilliant combination.

Oestend is a rough piece of land, a place where people develop calluses on their hands and on their hearts because life is hard work and death is everywhere. Aren is a cityboy strai
Aug 26, 2011 Lara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!! Let me just start by saying I do not like historical romances (I depend too much on technology) and cowboy stories aren't top on my list either (weird coming from an Okie, I know). However, I do love paranormals and I do love Marie Sexton. So this one totally worked for me. Aren and Deacon were so perfect for each other. Aren was the shy professor type coming to a ranch for the first time and Deacon was the ranch foreman who was determined to be strong at all times in front of hi ...more
Aug 28, 2011 Liade rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
Great book. Despite the slow start I soon couldn't stop reading. Both Aren and Deacon were really interesting characters - and just how often do you meet a book keeper as a main charter? Plus both changed and grew such a lot in a short space of time. Their relationship and the sex (once they got there) was tender and very hot.

Yes, there was quite a lot of violence but I feel it has to be seen in the context of the remote frontier type of setting. Did I want more world building? NO, it was just
Aug 24, 2011 Snowtulip rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, fantasy, cowboy, own

This book started with an immense feeling of forboding and desolation that had me wondering what I was getting into, it was very atmoshperic (and I loved it)!

I had put off reading this book because the reviews were all over the place and I figure I had plenty to read in the meantime, shame on glad a challenge made me read :)

The story worked for me, I loved the development of both Deacon and Aren, I loved Deacon's struggles with his heritage, I loved Aren's struggles with self wort
Vfields Don't touch my happy!
First and foremost I enjoy Marie Sexton's writing, so I bought this just because I saw her name. I knew nothing about it in advance. If you asked me now to explain it I would tell you I have no idea how to do that. Okay, okay here is a shot. It's a fantasy, romance, western, whew. The story starts with us meeting Aren, who is relocating when a messy relationship turns ugly. He's an interesting complex character second only to Deacon who's even more complex. The setting is a ranch with animals th ...more
Elisa Rolle
Jan 03, 2012 Elisa Rolle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
2011 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention (5* from at least 1 judge)
Dec 03, 2011 Antonella rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars in spite of slightly too much sex, included the unnecessary threesome (which I skimmed, by the way, just because it wasn't interesting for me).
All the rest was really well done.
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