Child Of Joy – A Children Of Bacchus Story by Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Contemporary
Length: Full Length (210 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Sex
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Ambrosia
Graduating from college would be a highlight of any man's life, but Arthur Kraus is different. He’s just reached satyr maturity, and he’s going out of his mind as he's swamped with sexual urges. In a desperate moment, he invites his roommate to a Bacchanal and asks him to be his first. But after hearing the first-time stories at the Bacchanal, Arthur decides to wait for more than physical satiation—not knowing that someone has overheard his decision.
That someone, Gaelen, is special in his own way: he's the last remaining Fey, a creature of the light, innocent and pure, the protector of the remaining joy the Fey bring to the world. Though attracted to Arthur, Gaelen is afraid to trust. He knows he's being hunted for his power by a force that wants to overthrow Bacchus himself, and Gaelen will have to allow Arthur into his life if he wants to survive.
Satyrs, and one Fae, blend magic and love to build a world of contemporary fantasy that will bring tears to your eyes, as two males explore their heartfelt feelings for each other. On a farm where satyrs live in harmony with the earth and show their affection without fear of reprisal, our hero finds that he’s unique and meant for something special in life.
Arthur is just about to finish university to become a vet, and has decided to offer his virginity to his best friend and roommate. After a monthly celebration to the God Bacchus, he realizes that he must save himself for someone even more special and not give in to the urge to have sex. His friend not only understands, but agrees and wants the same thing.
The mix of mythology and modern day life make for an interesting tale, as a banished satyr seeks revenge and power through the Fae, Gaelen who is the last of his kind on earth. After centuries of hiding from satyrs for fear of capture and abuse, Gaelen sees something in Arthur that stirs his heart, and his hopes for companionship and love. Living in an invisible treehouse, he watches over the satyr community in hopes that Arthur will prove to be true.
When they meet, the magic begins and the trouble starts as the bitter satyr strives to take over Bacchus’ position and change the satyr world, removing homosexuality forever. This is a story that speaks to those who want equality in life, no matter what the differences. The message behind the story speaks loud and clear how important loving one another is no matter your sexual preferences.
The only thing about the story that I found difficult was how Arthur, and Gaelen took turns being innocent one moment, then aggressive the next. Arthur ends up coming into his own, yet Gaelen still shows moments of such a lack of self confidence, even after he and Arthur are together for a time, that it’s difficult to accept. Yet, the story is rich with strong characters and relationships, and it makes up for the minor issues. There were few women in the story yet children were born of joy between the characters which added to the beauty of the story.
This story is a good read for those who love both myths made real, together with modern life, as the characters lead you along a path of acceptance of male/male relationships. If only the rest of the world thought as author Andrew Grey does. Well done. This story deserves 4.0 Cherries.