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Vasilios Eleni has learned to make the best of life as a eunuch and valued slave in the household of a wealthy silk merchant. When he begins having dreams of a demon who steals away children and eats them alive, Vasilios's well-ordered life begins to unravel. General Markos Ozdemir has been ordered by the Emperor to investigate the kidnapping and murder of children from th ...more
ebook, 244 pages
Published September 13th 2013 by Dreamspinner Press (first published August 21st 2012)
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Gloria (censored by Goodreads)
Oh wow, looks like I'm the first person to rate or review this book, go me.

Vasilios is a eunuch and slave in the vaguely Late Roman-ish "Holy Empire". When he starts having dreams of a demon devouring babies he turns to General Markos, a long-time acquaintance of his master, and long-time crush, for help. Markus has been tasked to hunt down the murderer of the babies. Over the course of the novel they realize they're long-standing love for each other, and along the way meet some very interesting
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Laurence C.
I would like to preface this by admitting that I have not read a lot of m/m romance (maybe one or two over the past several years, I can't even recall any titles). I was aware of a few tropes, however, that made me reluctant to try it again. But I was whining about things as usual the other day, and my partner pretty much put the book in my hand and said, "If you're so bored, read this." And honestly, I'm glad that I did, because it's got me thinking that perhaps I should give m/m more of a chan ...more
Caitlin Ricci
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Rating 5 of 5

I read so much, it’s easy for things to run together, so I always take notes on a novel when I read it for review. But E.E. Ottoman, bless their heart, disrupted my routine with a damn good tale so well-written that I forgot all about doing that until I was sixty pages in. I couldn’t stop soaking up the characters and amazing attention to detail in this historical novel that’s set in something like Ancient Rome, though the city’s name isn’t mentioned.

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leigh
Unusual and engrossing tale with a well-developed viewpoint character. The intriguing slow-burn romance shared focus with a nicely paced linear plot.

Vasilios is a slave and full eunuch (castratus, lacking all external genitalia) in a wealthy family, where his duties involve bookkeeping and household administration. He is not a bed slave, although his owner has occasionally made use of him so. Now in his thirties, Vasilios’ future is uncertain. His owner is in poor health, and as property, Vasili
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Jeff Erno
I guess I'd have to call this a historical paranormal fantasy although the setting was actually a fictional world similar to the Roman Empire. The story's main character, Vasilios Eleni, is a eunuch. He wasn't born a slave, though, but was captured during his adolescence and castrated. He was then trained as a slave, forced to serve both as a household servant and sexual slave (like a concubine). The castration process was quite extreme. Not only were the testicles removed, but the entire penis ...more
Trix
Well, this was disappointing. 1.5 stars worthy.

I assumed this was meant to be an alternate universe or some sort, where society approved of slaves and eunuchs. But some of the masters did all the work in the house, letting the slaves rest (or maybe they just did that with Vasilios only). Can't say how many times I rolled my eyes at having Markos or Nereida take care of Vasilios. Bottom line was partway into the story, I couldn't really understand the dynamics between the characters. I felt cut o
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Ayanna
It could have been a lot better than it ended up being. Which is a damn shame.


The setting is pseudo-historical, with bits and pieces that don't quite seem to fit, but since it also appears to be fantasy later on, I'll let that go.

It took me a while to get into it. Luckily, it had a few quite evocative scenes early on that got me wanting to know more about Vasilios.

I think, throughout it all, Vasilios' character was very engaging. He's active, but passive, all at once, even, and so lucid that yo
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Agnes
A pretty good book. Not what I was expecting, but the world building was great. Unfortunately, the ending felt a little flat for me because I feel the MCs personal matters haven't been resolved and I was left with questions that need answering.

Anyway, great book for anyone who wants a solid historical paranormal/fantasy without the romance overpowering everything else.
Max
Actually, three and a half stars. I didn't like the sex scenes at the end. It just seemed awkward and pointless.
Darnell
The formula is about 60% romance / 40% fantasy, for whatever that means to you.
Elin
My recommendation from this weeks's reading:

https://elingregory.wordpress.com/201...

I read this book almost at a sitting and enjoyed every word of it. Very highly recommended. If you want a standard romance structure you might be a little disappointed in the slightly ambiguous ending but for me it was perfect for Vasilios and an ending that is good for the character has to be better than one that panders to readers tastes doesn’t it? Get it, read it. I’m sure you’ll love it as much as I did.
Thomaidha Papa
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Review written for MM Good Book Reviews

Okay so, I start reading this book and I had to force myself to put it down last night and get some sleep (yeah, I do that) only to pick it up first thing in the morning. That said, when it ended I was left with the incredulous look and a thought spinning in my head drilling over and over “was that it?” and turning the next page just in case I missed something. The happily for now ending and the not so satisfactory closure spoiled the entire read fo
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Mtsnow13
First time I've read this author, and I thought it was a very interesting story. The premise of a slave who is also a eunuch, and how he comes to terms with his elevated yet limited place in society was rather fascinating.

I was very much pulled into this alternate universe, and it read like a historical, religious quest, adventure, with a touch of paranormal...sitting here trying to figure out where I would place it in my reading experience.

I did find I came to relate to the MC's struggles, and
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Riayl
Excellent story. I felt that one of the strengths of this book is that it was about Vasilios and his life and his emotional evolution (I hesitate to say growth because that seems to imply immaturity which is definitely not a word I would apply to Vasilios and what he went through was more of a metamorphosis, maybe?) with the investigation secondary to that and the romance almost in the background but constantly threaded through the story holding it together.

A variety of interesting characters so
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Elianara

This was a book that had the possibility to be a great fantasy book, now it fell just short.

Set in a fantastical land called the Empire, and the protagonist being an eunuch, and having paranormal influences, this book was a mix of a lot of good things. I liked the world building, but still I felt that I missed something, but it wasn't much, and I can't tell you exactly what felt wrong. The names struck me as unnecessarily difficult in the beginning, and reminded me of this comic I saw about a w
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Ashley E
Like Fire Through Bone isn't a traditional romance. It's a fascinating historical paranormal mystery, with angels and demons of the very biblical sort. But along with baby-eating Old Ones and secondary characters that absolutely rocked, there's also a very sweet love between General Markos and the seeing eunuch Vasilios. I am so glad that the author didn't shy away from the sex scenes when we finally came down to it, even with Vasilios being as he is. It made the story that much more satisfying ...more
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E.E. Ottoman is a geek and a gentleman. Zie spends zier time mostly in libraries doing research, and sometimes, when there is no one else there, dancing in the aisles. E. has always adored speculative fiction, especially paperback fantasy and science fiction. Zie loves a good ghost story and thinks every story becomes automatically better if you add tentacles. Overall, though, zie just loves a sto ...more
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