Beauty's Punishment - erotic book by Dutton - review by Airen Wolf

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Beauty's Punishment

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And So It Continues

This book is a good follow up to The Taking of Sleeping Beauty. It takes place in a lush little village where naked and humiliated royal slaves are a common sight. A very good read best sipped rather than devoured!
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Pros:
Less flowery than the first book, Good tie in, Well written.
Cons:
Over the top sex scenes become almost common place loosing most of the shock value.
Rating by reviewer:
3
extremely useful review
In this second book of Anne Rice's adaptation of Sleeping Beauty our heroine is caught in a web of her own twisted desires for more experiences when she learns of the existence of "the village". This is a lovely picturesque village where "bad" or "naughty" slaves are sent for further punishment and training. These slaves have been found unworthy of palace life and are kept for a number of years by freemen and women as complete slaves. The princes and princesses are used as laborers and menial workers while also being subjected to any twisted sexual desire their new Masters and Mistresses can devise. There is only one safe guard, the slaves cannot be permanently scarred physically.

This book delves into the more mundane day to day existence of a body slave and introduces the concept of the human pony through Tristan's experiences. There is a much more heavy emphasis on male-male sex and group sex. I found it fascinating how she wrapped genuine affection into the whole slave Master relationship, still having said that most of the scenes of bondage amount to torture and still don't fit the safe, sane, and consensual creed of the BDSM counter-culture.

There are scenes describing the "stable" life that are thought provoking, at least for me, about how men would act if their humanity were stripped away and they were left to fight for dominance. Ms. Rice seeks to blend actual horse society into human pony society which makes for an interesting comparison. She also blends the absolute cruelty of a hard nosed Master/Mistress with more tender moments where these men and ladies are allowed to show their gentle sides making you feel more for the main characters as they struggle to confront their mixed feelings. This fact made this book much more satisfying a read than the first one for me. The punishments for runaways described by the author made me cringe but at the same time were tantalizing if a bit over the top.

This is my favorite book of the trilogy as the scenes seem to flow better and be less flowery than the first book. It is a pretty little village but still gritty and work-a-day. This book is a work of fiction and isn't in any way an accurate depiction of true bondage and submission relationships. All in all a worthwhile read and I definitely recommend it.
Follow-up commentary
The second book in the series is still my favorite and is now quite dog eared! The scenes are raw and sensual and definitely not safe for home play! Fantasy like this is a great place to visit and perhaps spend an afternoon daydreaming.
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  • Victoria
    Victoria  
    Good point about the content not being within the SSC realm - it's a fair warning to those who find extreme BDSM offensive.
  • Airen Wolf
    Airen Wolf  
    I can't really stress it enough...this is not a light weight read if you are squeamish. The sex is way over the top though and you can find yourself getting a bit jaded if not bored by the descriptions, not to say they are boring just numerous.
  • Airen Wolf
    Airen Wolf  
    Wow I can't understand the stats I'm getting lately...worth reading but not useful? I gave plot summary, told about how it was part of a trilogy, gave my hinest take on the book and even warned that it isn't for the squeamish...how is that not useful?
  • mikebooks
    mikebooks  
    Thanks for the review Airen Wolf
  • SMichelle
    SMichelle  
    Excellent review, Airen Wolf! Thanks!
  • Forever17
    Forever17  
    thank you
  • Jenny Smith
    Jenny Smith  
    nice review
  • PassionCpl
    PassionCpl  
    Great review, thanks
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