Title: Flying Fish (Sword and Silk Trilogy #1)
Author: Sedonia Guillone
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 17th August, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary, Historica, Yaoi, rentaboy
Page Count: 81
Reviewed by: PIU
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
In eighteenth century Japan, during the golden age of samurai and of the Kabuki theater, young actors known as “flying fish” traveled the countryside, performing for audiences by day and giving their bodies to their samurai patrons at night.
Genji Sakura is one such flying fish, yet he dreams of finding the man he can give his heart to and leave the loneliness of his itinerant life behind. Though he loves theater, he doesn’t love every part of his profession, especially some of the patrons. So when a handsome ronin comes upon him stealing some solitude for a bath in a hot spring and their encounter turns passionate, Genji’s surprised and delighted.
Daisuke Minamoto’s past fills his life with a bitterness that grips his soul and makes him dangerous. Yet passion takes him when he spies on a graceful young man bathing naked in a hot spring. He has always loved women, but he can’t deny the call of his heart.
After an afternoon of sexual bliss, his heart and soul are tormented and torn. Keeping this miraculous lover will require giving up the one thing that has kept him alive for years: his hatred for the lord who murdered his wife. If he loves another, how will he go on and who will he become?
A Timeless Dreams title: While reaction to same-sex relationships throughout time and across cultures has not always been positive, these stories celebrate M/M love in a manner that may address, minimize, or ignore historical stigma.
First Edition published by Loose ID LLC, 2009.
“Flying Fish” is a very unique story and features a very beautiful romance. And that cover will draw anyone in with its sensual elegance*sigh* I don’t know much about Samurais more than the few references in the movies and I was very excited to read about a setting which was so very new to me. I loved this novella. It was beautiful, passionate and sensual.
Daisuke is a broken man who is fueled by his lust for revenge. Genji gives him a new purpose in life. He is taken by Genji from the moment he sets eyes on him. Daisuke had never been with a man, though it was quite normal at that time but he never questions his feelings and affections for Genji. His love and passion for Genji was no different than what he felt for his deceased wife. I loved how gently and thoughtfully he handles Genji. He is a samurai and a warrior and seeing such a masculine man showing such gentleness and affection to the sweet and beautiful Genji was HOT.
Genji has been living a miserable existence as he is pimped out to drunk samurais every night. His love for his profession was his only saving grace in avoiding the ugly part of his life. His meeting with Daisuke changes his life drastically. There was a very gentle quality in their romance. Genji has been used his entire life but there was innocence left in him and though physically he was no lilting flower, emotionally he needed the love and support of a man like Daisuke.
Genji and Daisuke’s characters were very well developed and the romance was wrapped up with a very beautiful HEA at the end, which in itself is an awesome feat considering it being a novella. The story flows beautifully and every aspect of it is addressed within its very short amount of pages. It was not rushed and the HEA was very satisfying.
Bottom line, this is a very lovely romance with nice pacing. The setting lends a very unique and authentic cultural atmosphere to the read. An emotionally broken hero and his love for a beautiful man in eighteenth century Japan makes up for a unique and powerful read showcasing love’s magical healing powers. I for one am now a fan of Ms. Sedonia’s work. Looking forward to the next book.