The world building is seen through Ander and his companions and ranges from details of the world surrounding them to (historical) background stories. It’s very subtly done and not an information dump. It was a good piece of writing.You can read the full review here.
The magic Thane and his initiates make is not gained through blood or torture, but sex. I suspected there’d be a lot of porn-like scenes with some chanting. It was way more subtly done and original and I praise the imaginative mind behind it. The sex magic is subtle and gentle rather than forceful and fake. Hot damn, you should read some of the scenes. I want some of those oils!
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