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Windbrothers by Sean Michael
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Windbrothers (2007)

by Sean Michael

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Surial was banished from his home at a young age, and sent from his cool fostered lands in exile across the ocean to dwell in a land of hot sandy deserts. Whilst banished by his father he is not discarded, but set up in relative luxury with a large house and many servants. Now in his early twenties he enjoys life as best he can ,indulging his passion for the arts and attractive young men, while also looking after his family's business interests in his adoptive city.

While somewhat self-centred, he is a fair master and presides over a happy household, but when in payment for a gambling debt he wins a tall and strong slave by the name of Kade he is not quite sure how to handle matters. While ownership of slaves is common practice where he lives, Surial finds it morally questionable, but he does his best to accommodate his new possession. But when the relationship between slave and master seems to becoming rather more than that, it begins to raise eyebrows with others, including his loyal staff.

But that proves to be the least of his worries. A series of unfortunate events puts Surial in danger, and it is Kade who in one way or another comes to his rescue. It is Kade too who looks out for and sustains Surial when events necessitate that he leaves his desert home.

Windbrothers is an engaging story with appealing characters. We soon see beyond Surial's spoilt-child outer skin and find a caring and thoughtful young man. The barbarian slave Kade is man of principle and unquestioning loyalty, and although from very different backgrounds the two men form and unlikely yet deep friendship.

This is surely one of Sean Michael's better offerings, he creates an interesting but not extreme fantasy world, and the plot maintains an air of mystery; the gay aspect is considerably underplayed. There is a sequel titled Guardians of the Wind. ( )
  Bembo | May 7, 2010 |
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Kade has been a slave for too long. When he passes to yet another owner in a game of chance, he goes without a fight. He's still as proud as he ever was as a warrior of his people, but he has no hope left in him. Or so he thinks. Surial doesn't keep slaves. He's not a native of Azize, the land where he serves out his banishment from his family. He doesn't believe in their customs. So when Kade comes to him on a bet, he's not sure what to do with the big, quiet man. Kade goes to work in the stables, and soon an uneasy friendship begins to grow between the unwilling slave and the unlikely master. Even Surial's servants disapprove of the relationship, but Kade and Surial have more to worry about that a few raised eyebrows. In a world where magic exists in the everyday, Surial and Kade have to face their own fears, their own dreams, and a danger that might well overtake both of them. Sean Michael builds a world full of amazing characters and places in Windbrothers, where the fragile friendship of two men is tested and tried again and again, until ultimately, they find something more precious than anything either of them has ever dreamed of.

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