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This tale about the love triangle—of sorts—between Anne, Sir Guy, and Sir Nele started out okay but quickly became more about sex, either by doing it or talking about it, than anything else. Too much seemed to center on the sex. In some way, it was understandable because it played a role in describing who all 3 of the main characters were. But, as a result, it made all of them appear to be very shallow characters, when there was a hint of greater depth in Anne and Sir Nele which would’ve been great to explore. As a result, all of the spanking—just basic butt whopping with threats of more-–and the sex became boring eventually. And I generally love plenty of sex in my stories. Also, Sir Nele was really the only semi-likeable character. I appreciated having a guy that was likeable. In the story, it worked well being juxtaposed against the “bad-guy,” Sir Guy, since both engaged in the same sexual act, thus being very similar in some ways, including another important way that won’t be revealed here.
One negative is that the author’s sentence structure was unnecessarily confusing, though her attempt at being historically accurate in speech is appreciated. I’m assuming that was the reason for the convoluted and overly-complex way of stating things. But it didn’t work for me and was more of a distraction than a benefit. And the narrator did ok, though his deep voice took some getting use to when he performed the female characters.
Still, overall, the story made sense and held together well, though it felt too much like a fairytale for my liking. It wasn’t that it was all too easy or that everyone was perfect, except for the villain, of course. It was more the way everyone acted at such extremes, the way everyone was portrayed and how everything focused on extremely limited aspects of all of their lives and the world they lived in. It lacked any degree of complexity. I guess that’s encompassed in the significant degree of predictability of the story, which is largely how fairytales are. Sometimes that’s what we like about them. And I didn’t hate this story. I guess I just wanted more and saw how it could’ve been more.
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