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A Calling to Thrall by Jena Cryer
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A Calling to Thrall

by Jena Cryer

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The title of this publication is well chosen. A little over half of he estimated 47 pages contain the actual short story called 'A Calling to Thrall'. The remainder offers the three beginning chapter(s) of 'His Black Pearl', which apparently is a novel-length work set on the planet Thrall as well. This Amazon freeby (at the time of writing) must be meant as an appetizer then, to induce readers to get the full-length novel.

The story introduces the reader to life on planet Thrall, and Master sums up its 'culture' very adequately in the beginning of the novel:
"Thrall was founded on the principles of male dominance. Our women are here for our pleasure and our pleasure alone. They have no rights, no voice, and no power. If you're offended by that notion, I'm afraid our business is over."
The girl Leeta, who is Master's house pet, is considered well trained and enthousiastic and at peace with her 'true place'.
There's bits and pieces of possible plot development in this short story, and a long section on how Leeta got to be on planet Thrall (abduction and abuse). In that sense this appetizer short story resembles a selection taken from a salad bar, little bit of this, bit more of that, and voila.

The writing is polished and very readable.

The appetizer chapters to 'His Black Pearl' introduces us to Adair Bartlett, who is given a magically crafted black pearl by a shopkeeper. The pearl is a representation of 'what makes her happy' and is suspended on a leather neckband. This is just the beginning of intoxication by seemingly magic potion, more restraints and a placement in a crate, presumably to transport the girl to... let's see, could it be Thrall? ( )
  Bluerabella | Oct 22, 2013 |
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