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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Just a short hands upMay 5 2009
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Ah. Just finished the third book, but have to review this one too. It's crazy, it's hard m/m bdsm, it's hot and it has two sequels! Love it love it love it. For me perfect blend of sex, love, angst, character growth, and lovable, lively protagonists. Did I mention that it's hot?
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Chaos Magic by Jay LygonMay 26 2008
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All right, I can't explain well what this book is like and what it has left to me. It's chaotic, energy, fantasy, fear, pain, pleasure... all mixed up in an huge melting pot.
Sam is a twenty-something years old guy who wants with all himself a Master in his life; he needs him, he craves him. He wants sex, yes, but not only, he wants to be dominate by someone, to be controlled. But he is just escaped from an abusive partner, that still manages to influence him and prevents him to find a real partner. Sam, like many before him, thinks he deserves to be beaten, and so he deserves the pain Marcus inflicts to him, and it is not the pain/pleasure he really wants.
Then he meets Hector, a forty-something Dominant, with an high propension to sadism. But Hector is also a caring person, who wants to rule his boy, but also protects him. He is the very daddy Sam wants, if only he manages to go over his fear.
Around them we have an huge set of supporting characters, made of gods, goddess and even a ghost. You will learn that a god is real only if you believe in him, only if you worship him: so a god could be also your neighbour, if you believe in him.
Jay Lygon succeedes in balancing well the delicate relation between pleasure and pain, boy and Master, sex and love, sex and fear...
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
So far I don't love the relationship dynamic between Dom and subFeb. 3 2010
Charly T. Anchor
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Warning: This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS.
PROS: - The story has a clever, unique element I haven't encountered before. It's like a modern-day Greek story in which gods and goddesses interact with people and have human characteristics. - This is one of those rare instances when I feel that BDSM is a necessity for one of the characters rather than just something he does because he thinks it's hot. Sam has trouble keeping his emotions and thoughts in check, and being dominated gives him relief from that. - The characters certainly aren't perfect, fairy-taleish, utopian men with no problems and unrealistically sweet personalities. These men are flawed, no two ways about it. Mostly I found that to be refreshing (although see cons below also). - Because of my reservations toward Hector, I found the times when Sam gets angry and stands up for himself encouraging. He's not a total submissive doormat, that's for sure.
CONS: - At this point (I haven't yet read the later volumes in the series), Hector is one of my least favorite fictional Doms ever. He is horribly jealous and at times cruel, thoughtless, inconsiderate, etc. toward his sub. I've been told, though, that he improves in the later books, and I hope that I find that to be true. - (This is related, but I felt that it needed a new bullet.) Another reader told me recently that Hector is portrayed quite accurately according to the cultural norms associated with his race/ethnicity, but I perceived some of his actions to be mentally abusive. And not in the "I'm doing this to stretch my sub's limits and make him a stronger person" way, either. A couple of things he does to Sam (not all knowingly, it should be said) do nothing but tear Sam down.
Overall comments: Although I didn't love this volume, I'm interested enough to read the other two books in the series, and I certainly think Lygon's a capable writer. There will have to be some pretty significant changes in the nature of the main characters' interactions, though, if I'm going to grow to love the series.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Sam is awesome, but Hector isn't good enoughJan. 29 2011
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I rarely begin a review without knowing what I want to say, but this time I really don't know. It's a beautiful book, for me it was impossible to put it down once I started it.
First of all, the world building is awesome: Gods may be your friends, they live around you, you recognize them, you worship them and you pray for them and they are really living your life with you. They are a constant presence in Sam's life, helping him through the bad times and guiding him to what is good for him.
Then, the narrator, Sam, is awesome. He's full of energy, a sexual magnet, but he is also alone and confused. He can't get over the abuse of Marcus, one of his previous lovers, and his fear on one side and the lack of control over his mind on the other lead him to look for a lover who can dominate him and through submission and pain take him to a place inside his mind where he is at peace and comfortable. Maybe it's to be expected that even his new relationship with the well-meaning Hector ends up bordering on abuse.
I didn't like Hector. He's very jealous and possessive and he accuses Sam time and again of cheating on him. This is Hector's weakness, his previous subs cheated on him and therefore he's afraid this will happen again, but I don't like to see Doms so insecure. It had nothing to do with questioning his own Dominance, I don't know if I can explain it, but he gave me the idea that he was more of a control freak than a Dom. I also think that in the end it was Sam who solved his own problems, it had little to do with Hector.
I'll go back to Sam right now and to how he made me cry in his wanderings inside the tea-house in his mind. His hurt is so real that I could feel his pain and I would have done anything to make him feel better. He has an incredible voice, so funny sometimes, but also terse. I liked the way his thoughts and desires were laid out in front of the reader, but no one should be experience that level of panic and hurt. The desire to please Hector in order to be loved and protected and cherished and praised brings him to a dangerous path where Sam risks of losing himself, because he ends up trying to keep himself together and trying to defend his true Self at the cost of becoming a shell. That's where he would have deserved a more considerate Dom, one who would help him and not hurt him and confuse him.
With a better Dom, this book could have been an easy 5-star, but my problems with Hector and the ending which was in my opinion a bit rushed make me rate it 4 stars. I'll read the sequels, because Sam is addictive.
When I come across a great M/M e-book, I want it in print immediately. Unfortunately most of the time the print version is only available months if not years later. Chaos Magic is such, when it was released as a e-book more than a year ago.
This amazingly well written M/M BDSM erotica is not an easy read at all but there is no way one could stop reading. Sam's story is extremely emotional, often disturbing. Most of the time it is almost painfuly to be in Sam's head as he struggles with his needs to be the perfect submissive, as he is desperately in need of a top who could really fulfill him, nurture him and save him. Hector could be such a top and their struggle to reach the perfect "Sub/Dom" state is paved with difficulties and not a few heartaches. Sam is an endearing bottom and you just wish that this abused young man will find happiness with Hector, whom I wish could have been more understanding. On the other hand Sam is a complex and very disturbed young man.
Some readers may find the story a trifle confusing as it is told very much from Sam's perception and views of his surroundings but for me, is is remarkably written, refreshing, unique and one intense and emotional read. Very glad to have this one and its recently released sequel "Love Runes" in print!