This book surprised me. It was actually a lot more than I expected, the author covered some really important topics that left me fulfilled considering this is a novella.
This is a really powerful read, go ahead and page down to read the book description now, it will give you a better understanding of what I talk about. The first part when Oren removes his cloth and reveals his markings, I was sort of taken back. The act created quite a stir among the villagers but I didn’t know what the markings represented. That little tidbit unfolded as the story was told and it shocked me, I didn’t even know that such a thing was done. Then I started thinking about it and realized how carefully Blaine told this part of the story, how clinical but loving the scarification was performed. I don’t want to dwell on this one area to much, but I want to say one more thing; the fact that Oren was mute added to the intensity of the scene, as the reader I envisioned in my mind how Oren’s eyes spoke, brilliantly written.
Veld is a tree elf and has longed for Oren ever since he stepped foot in his village. Veld is also an honorable man and dare not approach Oren until the appropriate grieving time has passed. If you’ve never read anything by Blaine D. Arden you really should her ability to bring out the emotions of her characters is remarkable. Her portrayal of Veld was great, he really had a sad soul brought on my loneliness. As the reader it was fun to see the emotional change in Veld has he became closer to Oren. There is a hint of D/s to this story but it is layered ever so slightly that it almost takes on a characteristic of it’s own. Oren’s eagerness and need to serve is an inherent quality in Oren that makes it feel natural and not an agreement between 2 individuals.
I recommend that you give Blaine’s fantasy world a try. Though some parts may be a little shocking the overall tone of the story is still one of Love.
Forester Veld loses a piece of himself to mute baker Oren when they first meet, but Oren is vowed to Haram. When Haram is killed, Veld denies his heart to respect the mourning period. It’s the right thing to do.
During Haram’s funeral, Oren proudly bares the brands that show the nature of their love; Haram owned him, heart and body. The elves pity Oren and think he’s broken.
Veld has no intention of dishonouring Haram’s memory, but his death may not have been an accident. Only a forester can learn what the trees have seen. However, Oren’s independence is threatened, and if Veld does not offer what Oren needs, Oren may never be his to claim.