Lovers and Beloveds

Lovers and Beloveds

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by MeiLin Miranda
     
 

A trapped immortal planning escape...
A prince who is the key...
And a deliberately forgotten history in a magic book...

Just turned 18, Prince Temmin Antremont has finally joined his father's court, only to walk straight into a power struggle between the secular and the sacred. The twin gods of love and sex call Temmin to serve in the Lovers' Temple…  See more details below

Overview

A trapped immortal planning escape...
A prince who is the key...
And a deliberately forgotten history in a magic book...

Just turned 18, Prince Temmin Antremont has finally joined his father's court, only to walk straight into a power struggle between the secular and the sacred. The twin gods of love and sex call Temmin to serve in the Lovers' Temple for two years, a call made even more tempting by the seductive twins who embody the gods.

Prophecy suggests that Temmin's entrance into the Temple spells the kingdom's end, and the King will stop at nothing to prevent it. But the king's own advisor, a strange immortal called Teacher, comes to Temmin's aid. Why? And does the kingdom's fate really hinge on one young man's decision?

Lovers and Beloveds is the first book in the acclaimed Victorianesque fantasy series An Intimate History of the Greater Kingdom, which continues with Son in Sorrow.

** Raves and a 4-star average at Goodreads! **
"Everything I adore in high fantasy--lush worldbuilding, political intrigue, and compelling characters--combined with something I rarely find in high fantasy--intelligent, well-written, relevant sex. MeiLin Miranda's a damn fine writer and definitely one I'll be keeping my eye on in the future!" -- M.K. Hobson, author of The Native Star

"If George R. R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series captures the gritty realism of medieval history,Lovers and Beloveds reveals the intimate and personal dynamics of power in aristocracies. It weaves together a rich multi-layered story that explores how sex and power shape history and individual destiny--sharing a perspective that's beyond the 'men, swords, and thrones' (capital H) history that's often seen in fantasy." -- book blogger Frida Fantastic

"[C]aptivating - almost like an anthropological study of sex, identity, gender, relationships, power, fetish, etc. Unlike your normal smut novel or porn piece, the sex is heart-breakingly realistic, full of warts and rough edges. ... Overall Rating: 4.5 stars. Thought-provoking, well-written, emotionally powerful." -- Maria T. Violante, Write, Read, Review blog

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Editorial Reviews

Frida Fantastic Indie Speculative Fantasy Reviews - Frida Fantastic
If George R. R. Martin�s "Song of Ice and Fire" series captures the gritty realism of medieval history, "Lovers and Beloveds" reveals the intimate and personal dynamics of power in aristocracies. ... The prose is lush and beautiful...an intelligent, insightful, and beautiful fantasy novel. I highly recommend Lovers and Beloveds.
Fantasy Book Critic Blog - Liviu Suciu
"Lovers and Beloveds" (A+) is one of the best indies I've read this year. If you are a fan of Jacqueline Carey I would definitely urge you to try this one.
MotherLode Book Reviews - Grace Krispy
Beautifully written and edited. ... With fluid writing and nicely-developed characters, the story shines through.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940012705785
Publisher:
Sans Culotte Press
Publication date:
11/24/2010
Series:
An Intimate History of the Greater Kingdom , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,126,777
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

MeiLin Miranda writes literary fantasy and science fiction set in Victorian worlds. Her love of all things 19th century (except for the pesky parts like cholera, child labor, slavery and no rights for women) has consumed her since childhood, when she fell in a stack of Louisa May Alcott and never got up.

MeiLin wrote nonfiction for thirty years, in radio, television, print and the web. She always wanted to write fiction, but figured she had time. She discovered she didn't when she had a cardiac arrest and a near-death experience. She has since decided she came back from the dead to write books.

MeiLin lives in a 130-year-old house in Portland, Oregon with a husband, two teens, two black cats, a floppy dog and far, far too much yarn. Find out more at meilinmiranda.com.

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Lovers and Beloveds 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
KerylRaist More than 1 year ago
A while back an email popped up requesting I read Lovers and Beloveds for review. I checked the book out. It looked good. My initial impression was steampunk erotic fantasy. Right up my alley. It turns out my initial impressions of Lovers and Beloveds was off, but not in a bad way. It is a coming of age tale wrapped around a story of sexual domination (a story within the story writing technique is used to good effect) exploring how the one story furthers the other. It's a tale of a young man preparing for his eventual kinghood. It's set in a fantasy land with 1890's-1910ish technology level. The technology is just in the background. To call it steampunk would be similar to calling Sherlock Holmes steampunk; it's the right era, but to do so misses the point of steampunk. It is erotica: coming of age, realpolitik, intelligently crafted with layers and story lines beyond the sex, wrapped up in the sexual politics of what it means to be a man or a woman erotica. If you don't enjoy reading explicit sex or sexual violence, just put the book down. Assuming such reading does not bother you, go get a copy; you'll be well rewarded. Lovers and Beloveds uses erotic sex as a vehicle to explore the paths of power and the relationships of dominance and privilege. All things a boy needs to learn to become a man who will be king. The sex is well written, very hot, and it's easy to see why the main character, Temmin, finds himself aroused and dismayed by that arousal when seeing the main character of the inner story raped. I think calling this book fantasy might be a bit misleading. There is magic in this world, but it's use is minimal. My guess is that in later books in the series it will become important, but for the opening book it's just sort of there. This reads more like historical fiction than fantasy. Take out the few brief magic bits, and this could very easily be set in a fictionalized 1890's Colonial India or Hong Kong. Temmin reads as a genuine young man. He's spoiled but trying to be a good person. He can be self-absorbed and whiny, but he's an eighteen-year-old who just had his world turned upside down. He's earned his whininess, and there's something wrong with a person who isn't self absorbed when his entire reality shifts. The fact that he is annoying on occasion is entirely in character and should the annoying bits be removed, he wouldn't read true. The writing is tight. Scenes flow from one to the next with no major issues. If there were grammar errors, I didn't notice them. Dialog and voice may not be exceptional, but they were more than competent and worked with the characters. I never found myself thinking, "There's no way Temmin (or any other character) would say that!" There are bits where as a reader I found myself wondering why we were meeting certain characters and plot lines, but the quality of the rest of the story and knowing this is book one of a series makes me think they are the seeds of future plot points. The story within the story may have been a bit longer than strictly necessary, but that's my own personal taste (I tend to skim epic battle scenes), and for all I know in the next book the bits I thought were long may be vitally important. I look forward to seeing how Temmin will mature into his future.
KikiD870 More than 1 year ago
Lovers and Beloveds is the first of a series, An Intimate History of the Greater Kingdom. When I received the book and read a little about it, I thought it was going to be a fantasy/steampunk kind of mix, and I was not even in the ball park! It is at it's core a fantasy novel, with an erotic theme. While the eroticism does play a major part in the story, there is so much more to it than that. The characters and the world in which they lived were equally well-developed and that balanced the eroticism, making the story very engrossing. While definately based in a fantasy world, the Temples in the novel echoed the Ancient Greek religions, and the nobles seemed almost Victorian. I really liked that mix of historical elements. I also loved the "story within a story" technique used to tell the stories of Temmin and that of his ancestor Warin. Temmin wasn't always the most likeable character within the story, but he was very easy to relate to. A big part of the story is really a coming of age tale for him, both personally and in his destiny to be the future King. His struggle to grow up, to become a man and to know who and what he really was as a person was what kept me fully in the story. But the supporting characters were just as well thought out as he was, Teacher being my favorite, There is a lot of mystery about him and I hope we get more of him in future books in the story. This is definately not a book for a younger crowd, or for those who don't like erotica, but for those on the fence about it, don't let the erotica put you off. That is a part of the story yes, but there is so much more to the story that is to be enjoyed. I will definately be reading future books in the series.
historybooks More than 1 year ago
I found this book by accident, but I have wanted to read something like this for so long! I often find myself disappointed by the fantasy genre, but I was surprised by the depth of the characters and the universe the author created. I like that Temmin, the protagonist, isn't completely likeable and a bit of a doof and I enjoyed the story told by the characters just as much. The sex scenes are well written. My first book on the Nook and I devoured it in three days =D I want more!
KatieMH More than 1 year ago
I wish I could write a well thought-out review, but I'm just not that good at dissecting books. I'll just say that everything Keryl had to say is quite accurate and take the opportunity to beg the author for more. MORE PLEASE!!
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