Children of Bacchus by Andrew Grey

Blurb: When Travis inherits the title to a large tract of unspoiled woodlands from his estranged father, he travels there and meets Cembran, a solitary figure who had been driven from his home. But the handsome man who captivates Travis is much more than he seems; he is a magical being, a satyr, and he awakens in Travis realistic, erotic dreams the like of which he has never experienced.

What Travis and Cembran don’t expect is for the dreams to bind them together and warn them of danger, threats against the magical woodlands from developers, against Cembran’s heritage and life with his people, and against Travis and Cembran’s growing love for one another.

It’s the hand of Bacchus himself that leads them into a life with one another: building a family, establishing a home, and battling old demons. And when the dreams return to foretell another threat to their happiness, it will take Cembran, Travis, and all those they love to save not only the satyr community and its lands, but the permanent future Travis and Cembran hope to live together.

Review: First of all a few words about the absolutely hideous cover image. Really, covers often are not great, but this one must be one of the worst ever. Who for Christ’s sake is that figure (I don’t want to call it man) supposed to be? What was the artist thinking? What must the author think to let this happen? Awful doesn’t even come close. Thank God I read e-books, that way I don’t have that cover image in front of my eyes every time I put the book down.

Now on to the story. I was a fan of "Winter Love", which is a short novella about a satyr and a human. This novel features mostly other characters but the same satyr theme. A lot of people turned out to be (or become) a satyr in that story, to me that was somewhat surprising. Those guys are all over the place. Even the ones that passed for humans for decades all of a sudden were revealed to be satyrs, and most of them gay on top of it. It was nice to see that there is such a large community to support each other, but where on earth do they all come from?

Just in case you are wondering what a satyr is, I had a look around on Pantheon.org and it came up with this definition:

In Greek mythology the satyrs are deities of the woods and mountains. They are half human and half beast; they usually have a goat’s tail, flanks and hooves. While the upper part of the body is that of a human, they also have the horns of a goat. They are the companions of Dionysus, the god of wine, and they spent their time drinking, dancing, and chasing nymphs.

Thank God that Andrew Grey gave our satyrs here the ability to hide their goat features at will. I don’t mind the horns (they might be quite sexy, you see), but I draw the line at a tail and especially at hooves. Most of our satyrs are a mixture of humans and satyrs, so that they don’t show all the features of full satyrs. Smart move.

I never complain about sweetness, and I’m not doing here either, but if there were any more sweet, perfect people in that story you would die from a sugar shock. Everybody helps each other out and goes to great lengths to make sure the others are ok, it’s too good to be true. Yes, there are problems, for example with a land developer, Cembran’s mean father and again with the land developer, but everything sorts itself out beautifully without bigger set-backs. The atmosphere is almost always dream-like and romantic. Those guys are made for love, that’s for certain, but then you wouldn’t expect anything else from a satyr, would you?

If you are partial to contemporary fairy tales with a peaceful atmosphere, loveable characters and cuddly little lambs, this is exactly for you.

Available at Dreamspinner Press

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  1. LOL, Nicola, carnal knowledge of trees? No, if there had been anything like that going on, I’d have mentioned it. But now I’m intrigued…

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