- Book Title: Claimed by the Order
- Book Series: S-Gods #1
- Author: J. Johanis
- Publisher: SelfPub (June 3, 2015)
- Book Length: 222 pages
- Genre: Sci-fi, Erotica, BDSM, Fantasy
- Reviewed by: Kyle
- Rating: 3 Star
- Posting Date: January 15, 2016
Set in a college for gods in a mythological time and place, the story follows Marduk, a young god from Mesopotamia who is inducted into a secretive organization called The Order and finds himself being used by each and every male member in every manner possible (pun intended). His only way to end the torment is to betray another male virgin god into joining, but the one he thinks may be his way out could also be his destruction…or salvation
This book has an interesting premise — using actual gods from thousands of years ago (mainly Mesopotamian) to tell a story of power, domination, pain, betrayal, awakenings, and emotional torment amongst the young, perfect, horny and beautiful. Marduk is the main character, coming to the school to learn the ways of the gods…and he does, in spades. Apparently he has been chosen as the newest member to be used and abused by a secret sex society known as The Order, which includes the likes of Shamesh, Poseidon, Isis, and Aya.
There is a lot of sex in this book. All the men and women are amazingly beautiful and hot to get it on the second they are touched by another god. Marduk’s best female friends, Shala and Anya, are so sexually fluid, they have no problem tying a boy down to abuse while caressing each other. These people are also into playing serious domination games, especially when they feel their turf is being invaded. In fact, there is so much focus on the sex, we don’t really get a sense of who these gods were or are or why they’re eve gods; they’re just…there. Like a higher-plane level of Sunnydale High in “Buffy…”
What’s funny is, it’s rather old-fashioned in how it describes the sex — using “member” and “his sex” and “manhood” interchangeably with “cock,” seeming more ripped-bodice than erotica — while also being schizophrenic in its attitudes. Marduk supposedly likes men, yet he sure doesn’t like gay sex. At least…he wants it like a straight guy wants it — him being on top or being serviced. Anything else makes him ill and whiny. And I’m not sure why Aya, a female god in mythology, was made male except to mess with Marduk.
There is some poor grammar — “your” for “you’re”, “ascent” for “assent,” “further” for “farther” — and a few typos but nothing truly distracting to anyone who’s not a Proper-English freak. Still overall it was a nice read…like a “hot cocoa curled up by the fire on a stormy winter night” read; not an “urban get it on now, now, now” one. And those can be fun, too.
He failed to save himself. Is he strong enough to save his lover?
Young and eager to join the social playground of the gods, Marduk enters his first day of college at the exotic mountain retreat at the Temple of Power. But he swiftly falls into the clutches of a secret order. Confronted by the powerful gods who wish to claim him, Marduk is defenseless. His only way out: to lure another virgin god into the Order.