OMG, I almost forgot about this post. It’s been A Day (carpenter here to fix the table before I move it, need to get bookshelves to the storage unit, generally exhausted).
First, I don’t know if it was clear just from this short story, but this is a world in which male and female powers are flipped from our world. Women are the rulers, women are the controllers, men are the servants and providers of children and sex objects. Personally, I find it very well done. It keeps the same familiar gender traits, it doesn’t make women into men, just changes there meaning. So, the male instinct towards violence and anger is made into “protection to serve women”, for example. And the female instinct towards charm and subtlety is made into “wisdom that rules” sort of. Anyway, it works for me without feeling awkward or I Am Making a Point. What did you think about the gender stuff?
Magic Sex Rut-believable, or silly, or forgivably silly? I say, forgivably silly! Yes, a magical sex rut (literally magical, love all the “and then he vanished her clothes” moments) is ridiculous, but it is no more ridiculous than anything else in a fantasy book, and why not?
If you were in this Magical World, would you rather be a Humble Hearth Witch, or an All Powerful Queen? Humble hearth witch all the way! Well, so long as I had an All Powerful Queen as my friend. I don’t want to be abused by bad people in power or anything, but I also want to stay home and make cookies instead of flying around ruling All the Known World. If I could be a humble hearth witch who was secretly an All Powerful Queen as needed, that would be best of all. But probably not viable.
Luciver’s Mother Issues-too real? I really adore the Luciver Mother Issues plots. As you can tell from this short story, there was a whole backstory and escape from a terrible land and blah blah, but honestly I find the part where they are both living safely near each other and can’t seem to stop sniping way WAY more realistic. Especially the way she wants him to marry a powerful respectable daughter in law, and not a humble hearth witch, even if the hearth witch makes him happy.
You can only pick one, do you like Jaenelle or Luciver or Marian or Saten better? Luciver! I loooooooooooove Luciver! He’s so dang straight forward, in this world where everyone else is always misunderstanding each other. And I think Anne Bishop, the author, must love him too. Because once she finished her central trilogy, Luciver is the character she keeps returning to as the main character in her one-off novels.