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Thrones of Desire: Erotic Tales of Swords, Mist and Fire

3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  66 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
Thrones of Desire is a place where lust and legend abound, and adventure, passion and danger entwine. Think mystical lands and creatures, kings and queens, knights and renegades, heroes and villains, warlords, maidens and princesses. Think battles and danger, honor and dishonor, good and evil. Most of all, think hearts filled with passion and secret desire. This is a place ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 18th 2012 by Cleis Press (first published September 11th 2012)
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Dec 17, 2012 Twigs1704 rated it really liked it

See my review here: http://www.bittenbyparanormalromance....

Another great compilation of various authors writing fantasy erotica. Lots of dragons..and I love dragons! I know a lot of people get frustrated with shorts but these are very well written. Although it's not long enough to develop any connections with characters, they are great, short reads. There were a few that I would like to see extended into a novel or at least a longer novella.
Sep 22, 2012 Jennyh rated it it was amazing
This book has an interesting premise. It’s erotica, but very different to what you’d usually expect from the genre. In his introduction to the book, Piers Anthony talks about breaking down the traditional publishing barriers which neatly categorised erotica into “for men” and “for women,” with no mixing allowed. He explains that the book will merge erotica and the traditional fantasy genre. The book combines knights and dragons, legends and fairy-tales with well-written and frequent sex.
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Oct 28, 2012 Niina rated it really liked it
Fantastic anthology of erotic stories, it's as good as the blurb promises and just as hot as it sounds! Thrones of Desire is every fantasy geek's wet day dream! The Foreword by Piers Anthony sets the mood perfectly you feel like shouting hooray to the fact that we can now write it as raunchy as we like it and not be ashamed of some male parts touching other female parts. ;)

And now comes the horrible part of trying to describe each story with one or two sentences so that the review won't be god a
Oct 31, 2012 Marlene rated it really liked it
Originally published at Book Lovers Inc.

The thing about short story collections is that some members of the set are going to be absolutely fantastic, and some are going to be, in a word, "meh". It's the nature of the beast.

But what about this collection?

There were two stories that stuck in my mind afterwards, that definitely lived up to the promise of being both dark fantasy and erotic sexuality intermingled. Kim Knox's At the Sorcerer's Command and Ashley Lister's Here There Be Dragons. In both
Nov 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Vicki

The initial questions I need to ask myself after reading sexy books are: A) Do I need a cold shower? And B) Will this fire-engine red blush ever go away? In the case of Thrones of Desire; I believe I shall be spending the next week in my freezer and buying a thick pale ivory foundation from this day forth.

The title of this book, and perhaps even the conception itself, is something that has most likely been born from the kinky corners of the Game of Thrones/A S
M.C. Hana
Oct 26, 2012 M.C. Hana rated it really liked it
As a contributor, I was reluctant to review this book, but the quality and range of the other stories impressed me, from dreamlike literary fiction to G.R.R.M. and Joe Abercrombie-style gritty fantasy. As with any anthology, not every story resonated with me. I wished some could have been expanded into novellas or novels, but I know there's only so much a writer can do with 3K to 5K of space per story. I'm proud to be a part of the collaboration.
Nov 05, 2012 Crystal rated it it was amazing
Let me just say that if you love erotica this is your book to read. This book has really got it going on and I loved it.

If you love things to do with magic and paranormal then read this book!!
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The Romance Review

Swords, magic and dragons entwined with erotica sex, what could be better for a fantasy lover? Perhaps a story with a beginning, middle and end would help. Collections are sometimes really good with stories to lure the reader in and find new authors. Generally with erotic fantasies written by romance writers, the readers is satisfied with smexy hot sex scenes and a lot of romance. The sci-fi fantasy part of it is very light. If a science fiction writer delves into this genre, the reader is trea
Jan 07, 2013 Karen rated it really liked it
Thrones of Desire is a fantasy erotic book that contains 14 short stories from various authors. I am a big fan of romantic chivalry. Anytime you can throw a knight in front of a dragon for the love of a woman, you have my undivided attention! There are a few fighting heroins in this book as well. The woman in these stories are as strong as their male counterparts. The stories are complete with adventure, myths, legends, and swords. The characters are full of lust for life and love.

Thrones of Des
Romancing the Book
May 25, 2013 Romancing the Book rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by: krissygirl
Book provided by: Publisher
Review originally posted at Romance After Dark, a Romancing the Book site

When I first saw the cover of the book I knew that I was in for a real treat.
If you love short erotic tales then this is the book for you. In a way all the stories go together and in a way they don’t. You will have to read the book to completely understand where I am coming from.
I enjoyed reading each and every story. Some I understood and some I didn’t. Almost every one got
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A woman holds out hope that her culture’s discrimination against female dragon masters will not keep her from the coming battle.

The warrior must set aside his distaste for feminine lovers in order to give another the chance to take his dragon into battle and fulfill her dreams.

Mr. Del Carlo’s story of lovers enjoying each other despite personal and cultural preferences is painted against a backdrop of dragons and mystery.

Of High Renown

A woman cares for a wounded knight, falling deeply in love a
Jan 30, 2013 Meg rated it liked it
Thrones of Desire
Is That Even Legal In This Fantasy Country?
Wow That Is a Flexible Dragon
Is That a Wand In Your Pocket Or Are You Just Happy To See Me?
I Could Probably Keep Making Puns Forever I'll Stop Now

Delivers exactly as advertised. Fantasy short stories with a lot of sex. I give it total props, though, that these stories have plot AND smut. And they aren't even all romantic stories for all that they feature some pretty X rated moments. Sometimes, though, I felt like the explicit se
Apr 09, 2013 Chasity rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this anthology; it has a great selection of erotic short stories which I found to be rather tantalizing. I have always enjoyed stories about dragons and lords and ladies but they have to be told right in order for me to read them and keep my interest. I have to say I am rather picky when it comes to this genre.

This compilation however kept my interest throughout the whole thing. I liked that the stories were short and to the point but yet they told a complete story. There were
Dec 30, 2015 Hannah rated it it was ok
Not the most impressive compilation of fantasy erotica but a few solid stories can be found here.
At the sorcerers command by Kim Knox was my favorite I've never read anything by her before and I'm going to find some more of her other work. Her story was well roundex with good characters, an interesting and seemingly complex world of magic. Plus I was captivated by the intensely erotic love story between Varun and Miar.
A few of the other stories I found slightly confusing because they were in sho
John W
Feb 25, 2014 John W rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, erotica
Thrones of Desire is a collection of short stories that try to meld erotica and fantasy, inspired by HBO's Game of Thrones (as opposed to Martin's novels, which lets face it don't contain as much sex as people seem to think) unfortunately for me there's not enough of either fantasy or erotica. Each story feels like its part of bigger story instead of a self contained story. The book contains:

Foreword: Piers Anthony

Hot As A Dragon's Blood - Eric Del Carlo
Of High Renown - Janine Ashbless
At The Sor
Oct 12, 2012 Danielle rated it liked it
This book was just ok for me. I was excited by the cover and the blurb but when I read the book I was slightly disappointed. I was expecting longer stories with a little substance. What you get with this book is a bunch of very short stories of sex scenes. I have to say some of them were very good and made me wish that the story would not end so suddenly. But some of the stories just weren't doing it for me they were just sex and at times not very good sex at that.

Having said that I think this
Delilah Night
This is erotica for the fantasy fan. Dragons, knights, princesses...all present. Well written sex? Also present. A forward by Piers Anthony (a well known fantasy author, who-if you've ever read his work-has wanted to write erotic scenes in his work for decades) where he celebrates the rise of e-publishing and the shattering of the explicit sex taboos that had long dominated fantasy publishing kicks off the anthology. I liked "In the Kingdom of Roz" by Madeline Moore as I love a sexy tale with a ...more
Gavin Gates
Jul 07, 2013 Gavin Gates rated it liked it
Sword and sorcery erotica, I’ll be honest here, I didn’t know that it was a genre of writing. I did expect it to be just basic smut with the odd mention of a guy built like Conan hearing the lamentation of the women but in all honesty, I was pleasantly surprised. The shorts all individually were of varying quality but never bad. There was lots of dragons mentioned, and I am always sold on anything involving dragons, but for what I was expecting to be a bit of a dressed up Sunday sport affair, I ...more
Sep 02, 2012 Nancy rated it it was ok
Thrones of Desire is a compilation of novellas – 14 in all – with their plots loosely based on swords, thrones, lords and ladies, etc. The 14 stories may titillate a bit but, to me, they all seemed to stop suddenly. Wham, Bam…well, you know.
“The Widow’s Man” by Nyla Nox was a fair tale, I like the way it was written, the characters seemed real, although the end was a bit off-putting. The rest of the stories were all right.
Overall, I felt a disappointment because I kept reading through each tale
The TBR Pile *Book review site*

Smart, funny, passionate, and imaginative it’s a miniseries tied together by a common time and unique plots. I recommend this for those folks who want to get lost in the past without the bits that make you squeamish rearing their ugly heads.

Thrones of Desire brings sexy back to a time that doesn’t normally inspire panty dropping.
Mia Darien
Aug 11, 2013 Mia Darien rated it liked it
Short stories are always hit or miss for me, which is pretty much how I felt about this book. Some of the stories I liked, and some I didn't. Unfortunately, I think there were more for me that just didn't quite do it than did, but over all, easy reading and not entirely unenjoyable.
Mar 05, 2013 Vicki rated it really liked it
Read my review on Open Book Society
May 21, 2015 Jsgestalt rated it liked it
Several well written and engaging stories that, as the introduction states, have erotic elements that are vital to and part of the story. Yet again, several that ride the cusp of the uncharted territory between excellent prose and awkward handling of uncomfortable subject matter. Worth the read.
Dec 11, 2014 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
For anyone who loves sex and fantasy. A fun read that really makes the erotic aspect more than just a romp for the characters; the sex actually moves the stories along.
Nov 30, 2013 Kaila marked it as to-read
The words "You see any other erotica with dragons in it, you be sure to let me know," were definitely said after finding this book.

I wish I were joking.
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