Master D’Lon Haven is the most respected mediator in The Order of the Light, a revered sect of mediators and healers that roam the galaxy righting wrongs. Ten years ago he found a ragged slave boy on Rigel Six and brought him to live at the Temple of Light on Radiant. He and Wren have been together since then and Wren’s gratitude is exceeded only by his desire for his Master. He has been in love with Haven from the moment he laid eyes on him when Haven rescued him from a life of sexual slavery but he is off limits because a sexual relationship between Master and Novice is forbidden, so they keep their feelings a secret from each other.
Haven and Wren have been sent to mediate an interplanetary dispute between two races, the Tiberions and the Gowans. The Tiberions are very powerful and are threatening to wipe the peace-loving people of Gow gi Nef off the face of the planet. From the beginning things start to go wrong. Due to protocol Wren has to pretend to be Haven’s slave which brings back bad memories of his previous life. The worse part of his new role is he must be naked at all times during their stay on the planet much to Haven’s dismay because he’s finding it very hard to resist Wren. To complicate matters even more the Tiberion Minister of War, H’rak is very suspicious of the relationship between the two men and has his eye on Wren whom he wants for his very own slave boy.
I found both the story of Slave Boy and its execution to be exceptionally well done. The plot was complex and I thought that the characterizations worked very well within the context of the genre. Wren was particularly well drawn – his vulnerability and love for Haven were off the chart and Haven was totally believable in his role as the protective older teacher who was very much in love with his student but had to be responsible and adhere to the rules of the Order. Evangeline Anderson writes extraordinarily hot sex scenes between her protagonists and sometimes the reader feels like a voyeur which was the case in this book as the sex between Haven and Wren was passionate, intense and very sensual.
This is a fantasy therefore the reader’s imagination and the author’s world building play a huge part in the credibility and believability of the main characters as well as the story. In my opinion this was accomplished in Slave Boy and, in addition, the large supporting cast including the villains seemed to be quite realistic for the genre. I really enjoyed this book; it was exceptionally well written and I would recommend it to both fans of this author and new readers as a great addition to their bookshelf.