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Royal Treatment

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  10 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Arshan is a young noble on a world where dominance and submission are a way of life. In his travels he has taken full advantage of the carnal pleasures on offer, sowing wild oats across several planets and learning the joys of bondage and discipline from both sides of the whip in preparation for someday becoming a full-time master. He is summoned home, though, to join a gr...more
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Published December 26th 2009 by Torquere Press (first published 2009)
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Jean Roberta
In some sense, this e-book has been many years in the making, and it’s worth the wait. In her introduction to Edge Plays: Erotic Stories from the "Telepaths Don't Need Safewords" Universe (Circlet Press), Cecilia Tan explains how the imaginary universe of Royal Treatment first began unfolding in her mind:

"In 1991 I wrote what I consider the first whole story of my adult life. . . I wrote a story entitled 'Telepaths Don't Need Safewords' and posted it on, then the main Usenet new...more
Merri-Todd Webster
Tan's first published story was "Telepaths Don't Need Safewords", which dropped the reader into the relationship between Arshan and Mriah, a master and slave who aren't exactly like the other masters and slaves at the play party they attend. In "Royal Treatment", Tan finally tells us more about Arshan, his parents, and the highly structured Kylaran society into which he may or may not fit. The young Arshan, despite being only half-Kylaran, has been tapped as a potential consort for Princess Trel...more
Mrs. P
I just discovered Cecilia Tan recently, and I really love her writing. Her power dynamics and SM sex are really well done - no mean feat. I had to rate this book a 3, however, not for the quality of the writing (which is great), but because it feels unfinished. I don't mind reading a short story or a novella, but this just feels like the first part of a story that's waiting for a middle and an end. I feel a bit cheated! I'll try to find a copy of Edge Plays and read Telepaths..., but not expecti...more
This was really interesting. Arshan is navigating in the royal court and all of its nuances without really knowing what he's doing. He finds allies...and enemeies...really quickly and the result is just whoa. There was some pretty intense torture in this and some of the torture devices were really icky (electric shock vagina anyone?) but in the end the story was short and satisfying and I'd like to know what happens to Arshan next.
Cecilia Tan
Mar 29, 2013 Cecilia Tan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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After the Torquere Press ebook rights reverted back to me, I published a new ebook edition through Circlet Press. To read Arshan's chronology, this one comes first, then comes the story Master Mind (in the Edge Plays collection), and then Telepaths Don't Need Safewords last.
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Susie Bright says, "Cecilia Tan is simply one of the most important writers, editors, and innovators in contemporary American erotic literature." Since the publication of Telepaths Don't Need Safewords in 1992, she has been on the cutting edge of the erotic form, often combining elements of fantasy and science fiction in her work. She is also founder and editor of Circlet Press.

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