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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  358 ratings  ·  43 reviews
Genre: LGBT Futuristic Fantasy

In a world where everyone has their place, Amaranth & Ash belong together.

Amaranth is a vasai, born with both male and female characteristics, and a soul that can reach out and touch the souls of others in order to heal them. But a vasai’s services are only for the Elai, and they demand sexual satisfaction as well as healing from their bea...more
Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Published (first published June 1st 2010)
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Missy Welsh
At first glimpse this sounds like a fantasy story, but I would file it under science fiction instead because this is set in a far distant future on a planet on which humans have colonized and evolved. SO MUCH happens in this story! (view spoiler) Interesting caste system at work with the two main characters at opposite ends, though Ash has a lot of experience in all the levels. I wanted to learn more about th...more
Bookwatcher
This book gave me a wonderful new concept of Soul Mates

New and MARVELOUS, new concept...


In a fictional time and place society is divided in casts. From the higher, the Elai to the lower, the Chel every single individual know their rules, and no questioning is allowed. Between this two great different classes there are the Pel and Vasai.
How this division is explained? By the souls... higher you are in the class, more souls you could have. From Elai, with many "rooms" to Chel, without soul. That'...more
Vicktor Alexander
Aug 15, 2011 Vicktor Alexander rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: M/M Romance Group
Recommended to Vicktor by: Miriki
Shelves: sexy-mpreg-faves
*Slight spoilers*
This book was an unexpected delight for me. I must admit when I first began reading it, I was slightly confused by the descriptions of the various types of social classes and their distinctions but once I got it I was able to enjoy this story.

I love how Amaranth and Ash both hesitate to really trust each other but then cannot help but fall in love with each other in spite of the scandal it will cause. All of the misunderstandings, the prejudice, the lies that had been believed b...more
Tara
Tricky book to categorize. I'd give it a 3.5.

As the title suggests this is the story of Amaranth & Ash. Amaranth is part of a caste born hermaphrodites. They have healing abilities through the sharing of their souls and serve the upper caste. Ash is from the lowest caste, believe to not even have a soul. These two meet by chance and together they set their society on a path to change. It was an ambitious story and it took an interesting look at a caste system society and how people can be co...more
Yulia Loboiko
Кто-то любит шоколад, кто-то мороженное. Эта книга про шоколадное мороженное, подумала я!
В первой половине все идет хорошо, на уверенную четверку: интересные персонажи с продуманной мотивацией, отчетливо созданный мир, нарастающее секс-напряжение, не все карты раскрываются и читатель об этом в курсе. Цепляет.
НО...
Оценить вторую часть сложно. ВДРУГ персонаж, который до этого участвовал в 2,5 сценах становиться чуть ли не главным героем! Вместо любовного романа начинается какая-то революционная...more
Flora Bateman
I absolutely loved this book. This was a love story that transcended society, caste, and gender. Set in a world reminiscent of Ursula K. Le Guin The Left Hand of Darkness as it is a planet that mellenia before had been populated by humans and the population had split into caste one of which was hermaphroditic. Racial and ethnic barrier were very much a part of society where the elite had it all and the Chel which were the lowest had nothing even denied medical treatment. In such a society where...more
Mountie
I just finished this book. It is a wonderful Sci/fi, book which IS definitely my kind of read. Amaranth and Ash is set in a world where a genetic plague has split the dominant race into 4 distinct subspecies of humans. The book opens with a member of the soulless Chel, the lowest member of society, looking for a way to obtain some food through stealing. In the aftermath of the punishment for being caugh our Chel, Ash is discovered by a Varasai, Amaranth, who hears Ash's soul cry out. Amaranth ha...more
Elisa Rolle
Well, this is for sure an author, and a novel, that was very lucky with its cover. Just looking at this cover I’d want to buy the book, no matter the genre. And well, even when I found out it’s a Fantasy, not exactly my preferred choice of reading, I read it anyway.

This is probably a book that lays in the middle, in every meaning of the word. It’s not strictly a gay romance, since actually, one character is bisexual, Ash, and the other is androgynous, with both sexes, man and woman. To tag it a...more
LG (A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions)
This book sat in my wishlist for months because 1) it's kind of expensive and 2) I had some feelings of trepidation over how the author would handle the intersexed characters. In the end, I'm glad I bought and read it.

I was surprised at how often Amaranth & Ash made me think of Ariel Tachna's The Inventor's Companion. I wouldn't have guessed that the two books had very many similarities, but both star a character who is basically viewed as a high class whore by others (Lucio is a courtesan,...more
Gina
Very interesting world. Pel and chel's reactions after the revelation was very realy world.
It would have been better, in my opinion, if Amaranth were more of a fighter. It reflects him as a bit of a pushover and a victim to me.

But all in all, I enjoyed the book immensely.

Ah, by the way, Amatanth is technically not a male, but a true hermaphrodite. Because it was very clear from the beginning, the mpreg part didn't come as absurdity.
Barks & Bites
4 1/2 stars, just missed the 5 because of a way too long separation.

Great book with some fantastic world building and a strong love story. I only wish it had been longer though. I wrote up a thorough review for a newsletter that I can't repost but it can be seen HERE .
Amber
This had an interesting and solid world. The characters especially Amaranth were well develped and at times I really felt the depth of sadness and longing in his characters. I do wish a little bit more time was spent on Amaranth and Ash together as a couple. A great deal of the book dealt with them being separated and them trying to find each other. I also disliked the revolt part of the story since it was pretty convenient way to keep the characters together and it was pretty much glossed over...more
Emd
The only thing I'm angry about is that I put off reading this for an entire week.
Sohama Saunders
DON'T LOOK AT THE COVER! The cover doesn't give the book its justice. At first glance, we think the book is cheap and it so isn't. The story was well thought, even if the plot wasn't so original. The setting is in a world where you are divided by casts. You can be an Elai (the elites), a vasai (the healers), a pel (the workers) or a chel (the almost slaves). They each have their role to play and they can't get out of it... but it doesn't mean that everybody likes their role. Some vasai, even som...more
Pia Veleno
First some brief words on the shelves—It’s on my Rent Boys shelf, but it is not traditional sex for money rent boys. Amaranth’s profession is tied to sex, though that is not all it is. It’s on both the Het shelf and the M/M shelf because the intersex character has functional genitalia for both and both types of smut are present in the book, so hardcore M/M fans should be aware there are girl parts and girl orgasms in several scenes.

This is another one of those books that I enjoyed on so many le...more
Sarah
What first drew me to this book was the cover, and I'm glad I read it. It has a very Science Fiction/Fantasy feel to it, so if that is not you thing you might not want to read it.

There are three distinct classes of people in this world:
Elai - upper class (they have a soul)
Pel - middle class (also have a soul)
Chel - lower class (been told they do not have a soul)

Then there are the vasai. The vasai have both male and female parts and their soul can touch other souls in order to heal that person. A...more
~Lei ~  Reading Is An Adventure ~
✰✰✰✰½
In Amaranth and Ash' world, each have proscribed roles that they are not supposed to step out and neither is happy. One night, Amaranth, a vasai feels a soul in pain calling to him and he finds a very injured Ash, a Chel.

Chels have been held down by beliefs that they don't have souls so when Ash finds Ash, he realizes that once again, those in charged have lied. Amaranth as a vasai lives in better circumstances but it's still a gilded cage. Is he a healer or just a highly-paid prostitute?...more
Shawn
I really surprised that I liked this one. Amaranth and Ash are great characters. I loved how much they loved on another.

What I didn't like/wish could have bee better was the disjointed feel of the book towards the end. There were two sections that didn't deal with the MCs at all. While those sections were lovely and well written, I wished that they could have been in a companion book, or that the books scope beyond the 2 MCs was bigger.

I really feel that many more books could be written about t...more
Andrea
Excellent writing, unique story and loved the characters.
BTina
Wow, loved it. Amaranth and Ash is like a banquet that offers something of everything. It's a well told science fiction story with a good world building, a caste system, hermaphrodites, healing magic, something like temple prostitution, religion, government lies, sufferig of the poor, decadence of the upper class, revolution, greedy people, generous people, characters I would love to hear more from, erotic and, of course, true love. (view spoiler)...more
Veronica /  V
I nearly stopped reading this story, it begins with a rape and beating in a few pages into the story.
The 2 main characters were lovely, however Amaranth genitalia wasn't what was expecting(view spoiler)
This is my first fantasy story and I think it wasn't too bad.
I don't know if I will read another book like this in the future though, I don't think this kind of stories are for me.
Other readers will find this story fascinating for sure.
blub
A bit slow in the beginning. It took me about halfway into the book for me to get a little interested. For a majority of the book I was annoyed because it was the typical hero save heroine (well hero since it's an m/m story) type of story. There wasn't really anything in the story that wow-ed me or made me want to re-read it, in fact I spent 3 days trying to finish it. At times I felt like I was reading a m/f story instead of a m/m story because of the terminology used.
J.r


This was a good book. I liked the idea behind the book, especially the class struggles and the prospects of change. However, I would have loved if I could've gotten to know the characters better. I feel like I couldn't tell you what kind of personalities the protagonists had. Although I feel like I could for some of the secondary characters. Which is strange. The author had very pleasant writing and overall I liked the book.
Ashley♥Alexis
Apr 23, 2011 Ashley♥Alexis rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Ashley♥Alexis by: MsMiz (Tina)
Shelves: genre-fantacee
I thought the way the caste were explained at the beginning was very difficult to follow but as the story progresses you see evidence that makes it all make sense. I'm not usually a fan of characters with male/female qualities or malePreg but the story and the love between Asharanth and Ash made it easy to over look all the weird stuff.
Violet
I was looking forward to reading this but was dissapointed. I think it didnt came out what i had in mind. The dialogues are not that interesting and I had to skip some parts just to keep me going to the story. The character development is some what weak and I just didnt fell inlove with the characters.
Byron
Excellent Sci/Fi story with some great characters to take us on the journey. A couple of points left me feeling flat, but over all a great read that managed to drag me in emotionally!! And that is why I gave it five stars.. Hook me emotionally and you get 5 stars..
Melanie
What a fascinating world, with incredible people.
I was engrossed from the first few pages. Though getting my head around Sie, Hir, Chel, Pel, Elai, etc took a good couple of chapters (I was feeling a bit slow this morning).
A wonderful love story, I loved it.
Anyanwu
Great read. The plot takes you in and never lets go. It has it all, class struggle, love, sex, and a daring rescue. Freely created an engaging world and populated it with believable characters. The reader can't help but care about them. Well done!
Paisley
Wow - this is one weird story. I did really enjoy it though. It's hard to say whether I would classify it as sci-fi or fantasy as it is both really. I think that anyone who enjoys mm stories with those genres would like it too - it's quite unusual.
Sadonna
Generally this is not the genre of story I prefer, but this was really well done. I loved the cover art and the story of Amaranth and Ash is so beautifully told. I would definitely read more stories in this world :)

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