Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Review of "Samhain's Embrace" by Jesse Fox
Length: 65 pages
Genre: GBLT, Contemporary, Fantasy, Magic, Paganism
Warnings: Graphic Sexual Relations Between Two Adult Males
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What is loss to the human heart?
A spirit of nature, misunderstood and forgotten by modern man, when drawn out on the one night he roams the darkness freely, seeks to understand the meaning of loss and ease a young man's pain.
Bran Conleth is a man broken by the ultimate loss - death. Desperate to summon his deceased lover he chooses the one night when the veil between the land of the living and the land of the dead is at its thinnest. Instead of his lover he calls forth the embodiment of the night - Samhain.
Together they share one incredible journey that will teach Samhain about human loss and Bran that there is life after death.
So much of this story is interlaced with the dark, mystical tone and setting which is richly constructed with vivid, timeless and at times I though purposely enigmatic descriptions. Because of this, I felt immediately wrapped up in an esoteric blanket, one that not only has the potential to send shivers down your spine, but can touch your sympathies as well. The partial line, “but everything held power, and even that which you might believe soulless had a voice,” is one of many perfect examples of this. “Samhain’s Embrace” could not have been a more perfect title for so many reasons.
The story goes so much deeper than a paranormal tale, more than touching on prevailing issues of our times and thus the evasive loss that can sometimes come as a result of them. Death and magic used in despair are always a powerful match, a force to be reckoned with in a story; and I think that Jesse Fox dealt with them well. Not only that, but Fox took on the ideas of love and loss and loneliness to the beyond and back.
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