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The Wraeththu Chronicles (Wraeththu #1-3)

3.94  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,188 Ratings  ·  148 Reviews
In this powerful and elegant story set in a future Earth very different from our own, a new kind of human has evolved to challenge the dominion of Homo sapiens. This new breed is stronger, smarter, and far more beautiful than their parent race, and are endowed with psychic as well as physical gifts. They are destined to supplant humanity as we know it, but humanity won't d ...more
Paperback, 728 pages
Published January 1st 2006 by Immanion Press/Magalithica Books (first published October 15th 1993)
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Jun 29, 2012 Kendra rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
There's really not a whole lot of good about these books. While the premise itself is compelling, its execution is nonsensical and offensive. The plot is meandering at best, and the characters are mewling, saccharine things with haphazard and inconsistent characterizations. The writing style itself is dry with a lot of strangely placed commas, and while Constantine's dialogue has improved to "serviceable" by the end of the third book, it remains stilted and unconvincing.

I picked up the text out
Jan 07, 2009 Cassie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fanfiction writers, teenage girls
Gay hermaphrodites with magic powers. How can you go wrong?

This book is great brain candy for me. Except for the scope of the epic (at 774 pages, not counting appendices...) it's a great quick read you don't have to think too much about. Of the books, I would have to say that the second is probably my favorite because it deals with a character that is born into the world after these g.h.w.m.p. have taken over and remolded the world.

It's postapocalyptic punk with gay romance and magic thrown in.
Spider the Doof Warrior
I'm re-reading this series.
It's wonderful. I'm glad a friend recommended it to me. Best thing about this series is how the characters change and evolve over the decades.
At least most of them, as you will find out if you read this book.
This book is about evolution, the evolution of a mystical, hermaphroditic race. Constantine creates a fascinating assortment of characters, especially Calanthe, who change, grow, suffer and learn as these stories progress.
My favourite one would be Calanthe's story
I wanted to like these books, really I did. The poetic writing style, the atrocious dialogue, the strange and enticing premise, it all seemed so right!

Pellaz is a great main character, he goes through so much hardship but remains himself through and through. He has a great personality, the most realistic of all the characters, and I really enjoyed listening to his story.

Constantine has a tendency to throw a lot of pretty words and phrases together that are, in the end, just empty phrases. One of
Rose Mambert
Aug 13, 2011 Rose Mambert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: writers-i-admire
Storm Constantine is not for everyone. And the "Wraeththu" series seems to invoke one of two reactions: either you hate them or you love them. I'm one of those people in the latter category.

As a fan of Constantine's works, I have read nearly every novel she's written, but the three books which make up the "Wraeththu" series were the first, and remain my favorite. What's so admirable about these books?

1) Her characterization. Constantine is a master at making the characters real. You care about t
Fiction State Of Mind
Today the theme for BBAW is Forgotten Treasure. I wouldnt say That Wraeththu by Storm Constantine was a "forgotten" treasure, but I'm sure a great many readers aren't familiar with it. The cover shown here is from the collected Omnibus edition. There are three books in the series:

The Enchantments Of Flesh and Spirit

The Bewitchments of Love and Hate

The Fulfilments of Fate and Desire

Here is a little about the book from the Good Reads site:

In this powerful and elegant story set in a future Earth
Oct 16, 2011 Megan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt, magic, apocalyptic
(Re-posted from

So whenever I think about how "good" a book is there always appears in my mind a spectrum. On one end we have PLOT and on the other end there is CHARACTER. I feel like the books that could most objectively be called "the best" fall right smack in the middle of these two things, a perfect mix of plot and characters. But to be honest the books I love best tend to be way unbalanced, in favour of the character side of things. Objectively I can admit
Feb 25, 2009 mlady_rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Anne Bishop and Jacqueline Carey
Recommended to mlady_rebecca by: Don't recall
I want to call this a dystopia or an apocalyptic novel, but I'm not sure that it fits either definition. For man, it is certainly a cautionary tale, but it's not the story of man. It's the story of the Wraeththu, who evolve from and are torn from the last generation of man. It's a bloody rebirth or step in evolution. A chance to re-invent what is the best and worst of human, no harish, nature.

This was an omnibus edition of the first three books of the Wraeththu, but I can't imagine reading them
Oct 10, 2010 LenaLena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
This book is why I love goodreads. It's not in my library. If I'd seen it in a bookshop the cover and the back blurb would not have caught my interest. But because it kept appearing in lists on goodreads that other books I enjoyed were on, I noticed it, read reviews on goodreads and decided to read the book. And really enjoyed it. Like I found and enjoyed Mind Fuck before this one. I think my days of aimlessly wandering the library isles, after finishing up all the books of yet another writer, t ...more
this book has taken me longer to get through than almost anything else i've ever read, and it's not just because of the size. constantine's prose is extremely heavy-handed, and it often gets in the way of his story-- which, after all is said and done, was not a bad one. the plot he put his characters through was pretty interesting, but so often it was impossible to see the shape of that plot because of the way the story was told. the entire first volume of the trilogy is mostly exposition, whic ...more
Feb 04, 2008 Andi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am usually not into the fantasy genre. My friend suggested this book to me, and basically made me read it. Thank God she did! This book is absolutely stunning. It deals with some big ideals, mainly the need for both male and female in the world, but it's a gorgeous story. I became so attached to the characters that I actually sometimes found myself talking out loud to them as I read (not in a needing prozac kind of way, but in a 'Oh Cal, why would you do that?' kind of way). Because of my love ...more
It took me a long time to get through this book and even after I finished it I wasn't sure that I liked it. I thought about it for a few days and decided it was one of the best trilogies I've ever read.

The world is unique, the characters are so very three dimensional and the plot never goes where you think it will. The greatest strength of this work is its ambiguity. The writer leaves so much for you to fill in and in a lot of ways that's what is so frustrating about reading it. In the end it w
I. Merey
For some strange reason, the entirety of this large book, I kept pronouncing the name 'Wreaththu' like rhyming with 'Chuthulu'... *coughs* Anyway.

Constantine's book starts with an interesting premise: What if the hubris of cis males caused them to effectively.... die out?

Pellaz is a young uncannily beautiful boy with a good soul living on the edge of Nowhere. He helps his family farm; he lives empty boring days; he hears rumors of a strange new breed of humans
Feb 20, 2011 Lizzie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: To the open minded
Recommended to Lizzie by: Atomicdawn
Shelves: magic, favorites
Writing Style: ****
Characterization: *****
Sex: *****

I was simply entranced by this strange and different world – the dawn of a new race stumbling through its magical and violent beginnings in hopes that they evolve and learn from mankind’s mistakes. Storm’s characters are haunting and three dimensional and the world she creates is simply stunning.

Her writing style can lean toward the gothic, rich and descriptive. Her writing is very gothic, someti
Oct 04, 2009 LKM rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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I read both The Enchantments of Flesh and Spirit and The Bewitchments of Love and Hate and found the sequel could not hold up to the first novel in terms of story and delivery. The beginning of the first novel feels very much like a dystopian world with fantastical elements, it sets up the premise that the Wraeththu are becoming the predominate species of Earth. And yet by the end of the first book it all seems to have shifted into a capitol F, fantasy novel with humans mostly on the periphery o ...more
Aug 12, 2011 Annette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 02, 2012 Charly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
One of the most phenomenal stories I’ve ever read

Warning: This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS.

Rating: 10/10

- The depth of the world-building is incredible. In fact, there were times, especially in the first 100 pages, when I became pretty lost because many of the things the characters’ conversations referred to were completely foreign to me. Throughout the book, I couldn’t read more than a couple of pages before something original and unique came up in the story--
Dec 19, 2009 Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Let me begin by saying that I find most novels about gay characters to be cliched at best. I love the dynamic of a male/male relationship, but am disappointed close to 100%. In fact, the only reason it is not wholly 100% is BECAUSE OF THIS BOOK.

This book is fantasy. Wonderful, action-packed fantasy. A page turner, with magic and mystery and Gods and rituals... but also with death, prostitution, and loss filling every single page. It goes so quickly that you forget how long this book is, and you
Jan 19, 2012 Fangtasia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
The Gay "Lord of the Rings", written for adults. Not for everyone, these books are an acquired taste. The writing style tends to the gothic.

Post-apocalyptic world with a new race born to replace human beings. These new creatures are hermaphrodites, and can choose the gender they want to exercise when having sex, in essence making women irrelevant to survival of the species.

The need for the new species is based on the fact that gender differences caused the end of civilization. Yet, the books ar
A.M. Daily
Apr 24, 2011 A.M. Daily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay, fantasy, futuristic
This trilogy was amazingly haunting, beautifully written. At times it was incredibly hard to put the book down and at other times, I had to put it aside because the emotions and the whole mood of the book was almost too much. The characters were so well written that they stayed with me throughout the day as I was reading the trilogy. Each and every character throughout the book was so alive and unforgettable. You couldn't help but laugh and cry with them, hope with them, grieve with them, root f ...more
Damian Serbu
Jul 01, 2015 Damian Serbu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've known about this series of books for a long time. And I almost bought it a million times when I saw it at my favorite bookstore over and over again. But the combined volume is HUGE with lots of words per page, and it always scared me away. Last time I wandered into Unabridged Books, with no list and simply to browse for a couple of books, I finally broke down and bought it. I am SOOOO HAPPY that I did. It's amazingly creative and captivating. It's awful and emotion and loving and all of tho ...more
May 14, 2008 Wacky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: my queer and/or scifi nerd friends
think madmax meets radical faeries. i am absolutely in love with this book. a queer, genderbending, psychic, magick working evolution of humanity is definitely a way id like to see things go. though seemingly overtly 'male' centered at first (which, sorry, even if its really well written, usually just doesnt interest me) i decided to keep plowing through this thick 3booksin1 tome whilst travelling down south this winter, and it completely absolved me into the wraeththu world. there are even magi ...more
... That’s probably the thing that’s most incredible about Wraeththu; it’s genre bending and forward thinking. The writing is, simply put, absolutely stunning. The world is rich and complex and the characters are so believable you can’t help but feel like they are alive – living, breathing parts of you. Storm Constantine and her Wraeththu books are probably some of my most exciting finds in my recent reading history and are easily ranked among my favorite dark fantasy books of all time.

Read the
Well, perhaps 'finished' isn't the word I'd use. Maybe something more along the lines of "abandoned". lol I got maybe a third of the way through the first novel and my brain exploded. David Bowie popped up in my mind a lot, and so did Kings of Leon. When all you can hear in your mind is "your sex is on fire" when you look at the cover, it's time to bench that read and perhaps try something new. Just until the compulsion wears off. ^_^ I imagine fans of Storm Constantine will demand blood satisfa ...more
I read this first many moons ago and was just swept away by the imagery and the writing. It was a dark, fantastical mix of everything I was intrigued by at the time. I consumed the series although I did find the unremitting angst in the latter books far too heavy and tedious.

The Wraeththu were beautiful, long lived and almost unageing. They had magic and mystery. They were sexy and cool, what was there to dislike about them... . :-)

Reflecting on them now with time and experience on my side it w
Dec 07, 2015 Pat rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: waste-of-time, no
Great premise. Great start. Does a good job of creating mood and ambiance. Starts out as sci-fi, ends up as a most disjointed fantasy / fairy tale - a rambling shambling mess.

"Suspension of disbelief or "willing suspension of disbelief" is a formula for justifying the use of fantastic or non-realistic elements in literature. It was put forth in English by the poet and aesthetic philosopher Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who suggested that if a writer could infuse a "human interest and a semblance of t
Nov 13, 2014 Benjamin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay-fantasy
Book One: Enchantments of the Flesh and Spirit

The first part of Storm Constantine’s fantasy epic Wraeththu trilogy establishes how it all started.

Pellaz is very young, just thirteen years, living a typically isolated homestead existence for the difficult times man is now experiencing, when Cal, a handsome stranger, makes a call; Pell recognises something special in Cal, and is tempted by Cal’s offer to take him away. So Pell makes contact with widely rumoured and feared Wraeththu. The Wraethth
Jan 18, 2016 Trey rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Expensive purchase at store. Read cover and inserts. Started reading and was surprised and disappointed almost immediately. Substantial homosexual eroticism was not in any manner discussed on the cover nor the flaps.
I have no issues with gay lifestyles and support gay marriage wholeheartedly but did not want to read about erotic used vampire stories in detail. Perhaps being advised of this would have made a difference but the surprise was off putting to me twenty years ago when I bought the boo
Jun 24, 2010 Melissa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have never been able to finish this. I've started it about three times.
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Storm Constantine (b. 1956) is a British science fiction and fantasy author, primarily known for her Wraeththu series.

Since the late 1980s she has written more than 20 novels, plus several non-fiction books. She is featured in the Goth Bible and is often included in discussions of alternative sexuality and gender in science fiction and fantasy; many of her novels include same-sex relationships or
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Other Books in the Series

Wraeththu (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • The Enchantments of Flesh and Spirit (Wraeththu, #1)
  • The Bewitchments of Love and Hate (Wraeththu, #2)
  • The Fulfilments of Fate and Desire (Wraeththu, #3)
  • The Wraiths of Will and Pleasure (Wraeththu Histories, #1)
  • The Shades of Time and Memory (Wraeththu Histories, #2)
  • The Ghosts of Blood and Innocence (Wraeththu Histories, #3)
  • Breeding Discontent (Storm Constantine's Wraeththu Mythos)
  • Paragenesis: Stories from the Dawn of Wraeththu
  • Para Imminence: Stories of the Future of Wraeththu (Wraeththu Mythos)
  • Para Kindred: Enigmas of Wraeththu

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