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The Thorn Boy

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This anthology collects all of Constantine's stories set in the world of her acclaimed Magravandias trilogy--"Sea Dragon Heir, Crown of Silence" and "The Way of Light." Spanning different periods in the history of that world, these tales of dark desire include a revised Introduction.
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Published April 28th 1999 by Eidolon Pubns (first published 1999)
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A collection of short stories which are mostly set in the imaginary lands of Cos and neighbouring Mewt. The first, The Thorn Boy takes place at a time when it is customary for kings to have, in addition to a wife and concubines, young boys for their pleasure. Darien is King Alofel’s favourite boy; he even has a seat on the Kings Council. When the King Alofel’s armies defeat the Mewts and kill their king, they take captive his devoted and distraught boy lover, the beautiful Akaten. King Alofel ta ...more
The cover is not the same as the one I have read (my copy's cover is far worse). But.
This was an exquisite collection of short stories, some of which are connected. Exotic, intriguing, inspiring, an if-only-there-was-more kind of book. My favorite among Storm Constantine's short story collections, I would have loved to see more of these characters in a novel kind of setting. Not for the homophobic, definitely for the fantasy romance-lover. Mature themes of course, tastefully written, like an ar
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I really didn't enjoy this book. I found the main characters to be self-centred and self-serving, and I couldn't believe the king was incapable of recognising court plotting and intrigue when it stared him in the face.

All in all, these characters reaped what they sowed, but I disliked them all so much, I really didn't care what happened to them.

A great collection of fantasy stories which deals with desire and yearnings in a dark, magical manner. I stumbled upon this author while browsing the Barnes & Noble website and will most definitely seek out more of her works.
Do NOT judge this book by it's cover. Seriously. It's beautifully written, erotic and a page-turner (I didn't want to put it down). I was very pleasantly surprised and I'd definitely recommend it.
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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
More about Storm Constantine...
Wraeththu The Enchantments of Flesh and Spirit (Wraeththu, #1) The Wraiths of Will and Pleasure (Wraeththu Histories, #1) The Bewitchments of Love and Hate (Wraeththu, #2) The Fulfilments of Fate and Desire (Wraeththu, #3)

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