Berdache by Lena Austin

Berdache has a slightly Native American feel to it, of course a highly contemporary version! In this world women are allowed to choose whatever man they want to share their own lodges with. In addition, men can choose to share their own lodging with other men, and based on the “Spirits,” I would also say that ménages are welcome.

Lizard, the Berdache, is a sort of Shaman and peacekeeper. A Berdache travels between worlds as well as between males and females. Lizard has long buried his love for his best friend, Red Wolf. A stroke of good luck, for some, occurs when Blue Bird (Red Wolf’s wife) chooses another warrior to share her lodge with. This lands Red Wolf at Lizard’s lodge. Soon the two meet a slave girl, Moon, who speaks the language of a nearby tribe. What happens next is that the desires and lessons of all three come down hard on each of them. They each have their own demons and truths to face, not to mention whom they are hiding from. The Spirits have a wonderful destiny laid out, if only they would chose the path.

All three characters are wonderful, though at first I felt bad for Moon (not telling why!). Lizard is the quintessential wise man looking out for everyone but himself. Red Wolf is obsessed with perfection and the pursuit thereof, whereas Moon…. We don’t really know what she wants out of life and for herself. Austin took a chunk of history and twisted it to make it her own, and I’m glad she did! The erotic scenes are steamy and the interactions between the characters are adorable and vulnerable. I just wish there was a little more action, especially in the Spirit Realm. I wanted to see just what they were up against, and watch as they fight it out bow by sword by knife!

Book Stats:

  • e-book, digital format
  • Publisher: Aspen Mountain Press
  • Book Length: Novella
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1-60168-223-9

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Berdache has a slightly Native American feel to it, of course a highly contemporary version! In this world women are allowed to choose whatever man they want to share their own lodges with. In addition, men can choose to share their own lodging with other men, and based on the “Spirits,” I would also say …

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  1. Thanks for the great review! I’m so glad you liked the story.