“Sword Dance”, my review republished

When I first read the blurb, I was so intrigued by that—ouch!—eunuch-thing going on that I volunteered to read the ARC. Once again my expectations were low, and my reward was high. This is a thoroughly well-written and well-researched book. Of course it doesn’t need to be 100 percent accurate as to customs and such things as the place is fictional. But when you have an idea for a setting, you should by all means stick to it with the utmost coherence. And A.J. Demas did. Everything fit, from the landscapes (Greece! One of my favourite countries in the whole, big world!) to the descriptions of buildings, people, even politics, down to the intriguing character of Varazda, who is playing with gender borders and sexual twilight zones, but consistently and comprehensibly so.

Read the whole review, previously published by Gay Book Reviews (the site was closed last year) on

http://www.rainbowbookreviews.com/book-reviews/sword-dance-sword-dance-1-by-aj-demas-at-sextons-cottage

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