Mr. Lane has written a very intelligent and emotional tale of historical erotic fiction that gives new light to the feelings of both sides in a true master and slave relationship.
Coryn is a young and talented mage who has just recently left the island of Amaranth and his training. A rare healer mage, Coryn never expected his first true healing would come running right into his arms, blinded by St. Alvin’s plague. With the healing of the slave boy, Coryn learns of a whole town infected with the plague and his duty to his life as a mage is to follow the path of death and help with what he finds there.
Raff, a former free man who had been stupid enough to get himself on the wrong side of a bitter magistrate, found himself won as a slave in a raffle to a tinker and his wife. Upon waking to find them dead after visiting the village of Elverton, he, too, felt the disease of the plague upon him but found himself running from the guards that wanted to put him down – running into the arms of Coryn who saved him and claimed him for his own much to Raff’s delight.
The two travel to the town of Elverton only to find the plague has taken over most of the village but has a peculiar mode of travel from person to person as it is hitting the privileged and wealthy prior to the servants and surfs like most diseases of this kind would do. Coryn soon makes himself indispensable to the town, and the mayor especially, when he saves her son from the disease and soon finds himself an ally in the fight to eradicate the plague. Raff stays true to his master and keeps him going when he is near exhaustion himself but soon learns that even with the feelings developing between the two, they still have a master and slave relationship and that the boundaries of such a partnership must be observed. When Coryn is near collapse, they decide there is no other option but to sneak Raff out to get another mage’s help. Trusting his new slave to bring him relief help and to stay true to him, Coryn is wary when Raff returns much too soon to have completed his duties but is gracious when he actually brings more help than he ever imagined. With more and more still coming down with the disease, it is up to the mages and their slaves to figure out what is truly happening and fix the problem before it is too late for them all.
I enjoyed this tale of master and slave as Mr. Lane balanced the story between both men’s perspective. “Healing Heart” gave a broader incite to the feelings and mindsets of each position in the hierarchy of the times as they both showed in their own way how much love they shared for each other. The flow of the story was not diminished by the alternating viewpoints which kept my attention and made for a very enjoyable read.
- e-book, digital format
- Publisher: Loose ID
- Book Length: Novella
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-1-59632-997-3
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