Title: Samhain’s Embrace
Author: Jesse Fox
Publisher: Dark Roast Press
Genre: Erotic Fiction, Gay
Length – # OF PAGES: 69
Other: * M/M * Voyeurism
Pagan Author & Pagan Elements: Yes/Yes
Card Rating: – 5
The Reviewers choice & Top pick
Reviewed by: Jes L’Heureux
About The Book: What is loss to the human heart?
A spirit of nature, misunderstood and forgotten by modern man, when drawn out on the one night he roams the darkness freely, seeks to understand the meaning of loss and ease a young man’s pain.
Bran Conleth is a man broken by the ultimate loss – death. Desperate to summon his deceased lover he chooses the one night when the veil between the land of the living and the land of the dead is at its thinnest. Instead of his lover, he calls forth the embodiment of the night – Samhain.
Together they share one incredible journey that will teach Samhain about human loss and Bran that there is life after death.
Dealing with the grief of his lost lover Bran takes to doing an ancient ritual, which will bring back Dmitri. The story unfolds with the unveiling of the past for Bran and his loss, as well as going though the ritual as it takes place. Alongside we get the impressions and thoughts of the almost forgotten deity of Samhain, and his place in the cycle. Jesse Fox creates this beautiful tapestry that weaves the past and present with magic and tradition. The story is like a dance going though the stages of grief that we experience when we lose a loved one. Bran learns to live with the joy, instead of holding close the pain of the one event that pulled them apart.
“This … is just one chapter. Now you must turn the page and see what awaits you in the next chapter” p.34,
The above quote perfectly expresses how this story unfolds.
I found the flow of the story was natural, and didn’t feel as though I were being thrashed by scene changes, or “oh yeah” moments. The descriptions of each character, the scenery, and atmosphere were rendered so vividly I could feel and see what was occurring. I felt that dealing with, and acceptance of the loss, was an important theme to this book. To have it pulled together with the idea and celebration of Samhain, the end of summer, the end of the cycle was a wonderful way to mesh the story. As we have all felt loss in our lives, the reminder that they live on and that we can find solace in another’s embrace, or in our faiths, is a great relief.
Big on the recommend scale, especially for those who are looking for something with a bit more pagan in its pages.
There are definitely some Pagan elements; the first half of the story is about the preparation and the ritual itself. This entire story is about the nature deity Samhain and each of the embodiments of the different pagan celebrations.
Cover (Rated 1-10):
8 – I found the cover to be interesting in that I had to take a double take to make out what the image is, as I read the story I found the cover to be very suiting to the book as well.
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