To Serve and Submit [NOOK Book]

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Marja was born a child of the fens, young, beautiful, and free. Her days were spent working with her poor family and communing with the ethereal olfs-the playful spirits of the land-until Lexander, a procurer for the pleasure house of Vidaris, comes to her small village and purchases her from her father.

At Vidaris, Marja is schooled as a slave in the arts of seduction and carnal delight-and discovers her nature as a true submissive. But ...
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Overview

Marja was born a child of the fens, young, beautiful, and free. Her days were spent working with her poor family and communing with the ethereal olfs-the playful spirits of the land-until Lexander, a procurer for the pleasure house of Vidaris, comes to her small village and purchases her from her father.

At Vidaris, Marja is schooled as a slave in the arts of seduction and carnal delight-and discovers her nature as a true submissive. But when Lexander grants Marja her freedom, she finds herself swept away in a torrent of betrayal and intrigue that threatens her beloved land. And Marja will have to use all her strength, skills, and cunning to survive in the war that is about to engulf them all.
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Marja is a beautiful, golden-haired wild-child of the fens, but when her father sells her to a traveling procurer renowned for producing the finest slaves trained in the art of "personal service and pleasure," her quiet existence wandering the bogs is changed forever -- but not in the way she expects…

After being traded for two cows, Marja is brought to the faraway homeland of her new master, Lexander of Vidaris, where he and his cold-hearted consort, Helanas, begin to train her in the carnal arts. Marja, it turns out, is a true submissive; she not only relishes Lexander's strict instruction and sometimes violent punishments but actually falls in love with the man. But even as a perfect slave -- "ever willing, ever compliant" -- Marja's unconditional dedication to her master gets her into deadly trouble when Lexander visits a neighboring chieftain. While helping a noblewoman in peril, Marja finds herself in the middle of a personal conflict that quickly escalates into a looming war. Can a pleasure slave help stop a deadly conflict that she inadvertently started?

As far as pure fantastical erotica is concerned, Wright's To Serve and Submit is nowhere near as sexually "unfettered" and unabashedly fetishistic as works like Anne Bishop's Black Jewels novels, the Beauty's Release trilogy by A. N. Roquelaure (a.k.a. Anne Rice), or Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel's Legacy saga (Kushiel's Dart, Kushiel's Chosen, et al.); nonetheless, fantasy and romance fans alike should thoroughly enjoy this sensual expedition into the realm of domination and subservience. Paul Goat Allen
Publishers Weekly
Set in a vaguely Nordic world that eventually comes into better focus, Wright's tepid erotic fantasy, the first in a two-book series, follows the adventures of Marja, "born a wild child of the fens," who willingly leaves her backwater home to become a pleasure slave. True to formula, Marja falls in love with her master, Lexander, who returns her love and eventually sets her free. Marja seeks help from a young noblewoman, Silveta, to whom Marja brings both salvation and misfortune. When Silveta's chieftain husband is murdered, our heroes must undertake a journey to save Silveta from the foul warlord Birgir Barfoot. A climactic battle proves more exciting than most of the carnal encounters, which are oddly coy, nearly sexless and brief. One can only hope that Wright (Slaves Unchained) will turn up the heat in the sequel. (Apr.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Sold by her parents to the Vidarian slave master Lexander, Marja discovers within herself the need to surrender, not only to her master's commands but to her own sensual desires. When Lexander realizes that his newest slave has fallen in love with him-and that he echoes the feeling-he introduces Marja to the greater world of intrigue and politics in the Western Maritime Lands, where Marja becomes the protector of an exiled noblewoman who seeks to reclaim her stolen lands and title. Relying on the elusive spirits of the land, the olfs who have been her lifetime companions, Marja learns to walk the fine line between submission and receptivity to new experiences. This first of two books launches a tale of erotic fantasy set in a world that loosely parallels the late Dark and early Middle Ages. Featuring vivid cultures and lots of action, this should appeal to fans of Jacqueline Carey, Terry Goodkind, and Storm Constantine. Explicit sexual situations limit this novel to mature fantasy readers. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Wright's Norse Saga-flavored sex fantasy, the first of a planned two books, makes minimal reference to the bondage/domination themes the title suggests. Young Marja explores the fenlands for bog iron, communing with the olfs (cherub-like spirits) until handsome, exotic merchant Lexander buys her. At Vidaris, Lexander and his cruel partner Helanas (whom the olfs fear and shun) train Marja, a slave among slaves, in the most refined arts of sexual pleasure. Gradually, Marja learns that she is a true sexual submissive, delighting in the attentions of any man or woman-but especially those of Lexander, whom she grows to love. Later, at a celebration, huge, oafish, cunning warrior Birgir Barfoot threatens to rape Lady Silveta. If Silveta refuses to submit, Birgir will slay her husband and claim his holdings. Marja substitutes for Silveta-but come morning, Birgir rages at the deception and beats Marja. Soon, Birgir finds an excuse to kill Silveta's husband anyway, and with his warriors overruns Silveta's loyal bondsmen. Assisted by the olfs, Marja helps Silveta escape; Lexander departs, too, after confessing that he can no longer rear slaves to be shipped to his home, where they are abused and broken by the godlike inhabitants. Hoping to obtain help to oust Birgir and his cutthroats, Silveta, Marja and Lexander sail away to distant lands, even though Marja fears to join her spirit unreservedly with Lexander's since, being a god, he might accidentally trap her in the Otherworld, where mortals cannot abide. Sensual, well-constructed and fairly persuasive.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101042076
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 2/6/2007
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 375,361
  • File size: 378 KB

Meet the Author

Susan Wright is the author of numerous science fiction novels and nonfiction works on popular culture. She is currently the spokesperson for the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, and has lectured extensively at universities around the country.

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  • Posted May 10, 2011

    Very intriguing!

    Difficult to put down. Remained in my thoughts after finishing!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    spellbinding fantasy

    At birth Marja was touched by the Otherworld growing up able to see the tiny magical beings the olfs and being able to commune with the water spirits. One day, Lexander the slave procurer and trader, who teaches young folks to give pleasure in Vidaris, spots Marja and offers two cows for her. A year later he returns and the deal is made with Marja¿s agreement. Marja takes to the exotic arts like a duck in water. On the day she graduates, a winged boat comes for her but Lexander stops her from boarding. --- He tells Marja he loves her and he wants to be with her forever away from his evil consort Helenas. He sends her to stay with Silveta in Markland until he comes for her. Silveta owes Marja because she was raped by Birgin who wants to have relations with Silveta and would have if the two women hadn¿t changed places. When she arrives at Silveta¿s estate, she is the reason that Birgin and Silveta¿s husband dual. Her husband dies and Birgin becomes the leader of Markland but Silveta is determined with Marja¿s help to find a band of warriors who will fight on her side in return for land. Marja is reunited with Lexander and together they seek to defeat Birgin even though Marja fears him. He admits though he walks among man, he is not a man but an entity more powerful and intends to put a stop to the buying of slaves for his masters. --- Although there are many graphic sexual scenes in TO SERVE AND SUBMIT they blend in nicely to the storyline and are sensual rather than pornographic. This spellbinding fantasy has plenty of political intrigue and battle scenes. The heart of this work lies in the characters of Marja who accepts her sensual nature as a normal personality trait and Lexander who realizes what he is doing is wrong and hopes to rectify it in the second of this two book romantica fantasy series. --- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2007

    Like it!

    It began shaky, and it ended well. The book is full of sex sence, so watch out! Be all in all, it was okay.

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