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Born of wood, cloth, and a substantial dose of magic, Velsa is a Fanarlem, a beautiful artificial girl. Raised to be a concubine, she has seen her friends at the House of Perfumed Ribbons sold off to be the pets of wealthy men. Now her own dreaded day has come. Grau Thanneau is a kind and handsome sorcerer who expects to own a spectacular piece of spellwork--he doesn't rea Born of wood, cloth, and a substantial dose of magic, Velsa is a Fanarlem, a beautiful artificial girl. Raised to be a concubine, she has seen her friends at the House of Perfumed Ribbons sold off to be the pets of wealthy men. Now her own dreaded day has come. Grau Thanneau is a kind and handsome sorcerer who expects to own a spectacular piece of spellwork--he doesn't realize that everything he has been told about Fanarlem is a lie. Velsa is not a dull-witted doll, but an intelligent and luminous soul who captivates his heart. Neither of them expected to fall in love, in a land where the law will never recognize her as his equal... When Grau brings Velsa with him as he serves in the border patrol, they encounter odd magic sent from the High Sorcerer's palace--or is it magic at all? War is brewing, and with it, the winds of opportunity. Velsa has powers of her own, powers no Fanarlem girl should have, but when the enemy attacks, she might be the only one who can stand against them. **This novel contains scenes of adult intimacy**


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Born of wood, cloth, and a substantial dose of magic, Velsa is a Fanarlem, a beautiful artificial girl. Raised to be a concubine, she has seen her friends at the House of Perfumed Ribbons sold off to be the pets of wealthy men. Now her own dreaded day has come. Grau Thanneau is a kind and handsome sorcerer who expects to own a spectacular piece of spellwork--he doesn't rea Born of wood, cloth, and a substantial dose of magic, Velsa is a Fanarlem, a beautiful artificial girl. Raised to be a concubine, she has seen her friends at the House of Perfumed Ribbons sold off to be the pets of wealthy men. Now her own dreaded day has come. Grau Thanneau is a kind and handsome sorcerer who expects to own a spectacular piece of spellwork--he doesn't realize that everything he has been told about Fanarlem is a lie. Velsa is not a dull-witted doll, but an intelligent and luminous soul who captivates his heart. Neither of them expected to fall in love, in a land where the law will never recognize her as his equal... When Grau brings Velsa with him as he serves in the border patrol, they encounter odd magic sent from the High Sorcerer's palace--or is it magic at all? War is brewing, and with it, the winds of opportunity. Velsa has powers of her own, powers no Fanarlem girl should have, but when the enemy attacks, she might be the only one who can stand against them. **This novel contains scenes of adult intimacy**

30 review for The Sorcerer's Concubine

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kaitlin

    This was one of the last #SPFBO books I had to get around to reading and although some elements were a pleasant surprise for me, I found some areas of the plot and concept a little too troubling too. This story focuses on a main character called Velsa who is a Farnalem. Farnalem are essentially enchanted dolls who are made with wooden bones, skin with stuffing, waterproof hands, and are the same in most other ways as regular women. They each have a soul which is trapped within them to make them This was one of the last #SPFBO books I had to get around to reading and although some elements were a pleasant surprise for me, I found some areas of the plot and concept a little too troubling too. This story focuses on a main character called Velsa who is a Farnalem. Farnalem are essentially enchanted dolls who are made with wooden bones, skin with stuffing, waterproof hands, and are the same in most other ways as regular women. They each have a soul which is trapped within them to make them 'real' and they are all uniquely crafted at different institutes in the world where thew story takes place. These ladies/men are all the remnants of 'real' people (supposedly evil ones) who have been trapped on their planet in this new form and made to become concubines to the 'flesh and blood' people of the world. Velsa's story was one which immediately felt readable. She's a relatable character and she comes across as young, but also someone who we can feel for as the reader. Her life to this point has been training and prep for the moment where she can be 'bought' by her 'master'. She's terrified of getting a 'bad' master, and she tries her best not to be wilful - something relatively hard for Vesla as she's got a gold band which stops her magical powers or telekineses and makes her feel somehow less than she should be. What I liked about this was the concept of the world and the set up felt very intriguing to me. The moment I found out the idea of Farnalem I was reminded of those in Westworld and I really like exploring the morals/ethics of when is a person a person etc. I definitely feel like that was a great part of this book, along with the wonderful representation of some more diverse groups (e.g. lesbians etc.) One part of the book which jarred a little more with me was the whole concept of love. Velsa and her master inevitably end up falling for one another, but I felt like this all happened far too fast on Vesla's part after seeing how guarded she was at first. I think I would have liked to see a more gradual build here as I think that meant her character was a little hard to believe at times. The other part I didn't like as much was the girl vs. girl trope. I've seen this happen in life and in stories so many times, and I feel like I'd really enjoy not seeing the 'bad guy' of the story being another girl who really could have helped or been beneficial to our main character just because it's a bit easier to write. Maybe that's a personal niggle, either way it wasn't too major to detract my enjoyment. In the end I gave this a solid 3.5*s and I would recommend it as it's a very good concept and it has some really interesting ideas which are discussed. Although I had a few quibbles, generally I read it super quickly and found myself keen to get back to it and see what would happen next :)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ksenia

    In overall I quite enjoyed the book; and now after I finished the trilogy I have to say I loved the world-building so much. The trilogy while completing Velsa and Grau story leaves much for other books in the series to deal. I can’t wait to read The Heiress and the Vampire duology. What I loved about the book is a complex world Dolamore created; I loved the original idea of doll people with real human souls. I loved that the books deals with woman rights and slavery. It’s a Romance in its core, In overall I quite enjoyed the book; and now after I finished the trilogy I have to say I loved the world-building so much. The trilogy while completing Velsa and Grau story leaves much for other books in the series to deal. I can’t wait to read The Heiress and the Vampire duology. What I loved about the book is a complex world Dolamore created; I loved the original idea of doll people with real human souls. I loved that the books deals with woman rights and slavery. It’s a Romance in its core, but the books has deeper meaning and doesn’t afraid of being dark and disturbing. Somewhere in the middle the book became much more Fantasy, which deals with self-discovery, freedom and respect. I loved this part. The showdown was quite awesome. Velsa undeniably is a beautiful character. I think Dolamore did a great job in portraying non-human, non-biological character, and yet very human. Velsa is a doll and she acts and walks, quite believably, like one. My problem with the first part of the book is Grau-Velsa falling in love. It was too quick; I wish the Romance were a little bit slower and detailed. Also Grau a little bit too good and a little bit too flat. I liked him, but it is pity he wasn’t as complex character as Velsa. The sex part of the book is both brilliant and a bit kinky. But I enjoyed those parts too; they were very personal and served the plot by adding sides to Velsa’s personality.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dragana

    The Sorcerer's Concubine caught my eye with pretty cover, so when I needed long flowing hair for a challenge, I used it as an excuse to read it. I did not expect much, since it was obviously fantasy-romance genre, and that genre was hit-or-miss for me. But I was pleasantly surprised. + Intriguing world-building. Another world, but with some similarities to our own. Reminded me of 'Dark Tower' series. So I am interested to see will this turn out to be future version of our world or just a parallel The Sorcerer's Concubine caught my eye with pretty cover, so when I needed long flowing hair for a challenge, I used it as an excuse to read it. I did not expect much, since it was obviously fantasy-romance genre, and that genre was hit-or-miss for me. But I was pleasantly surprised. + Intriguing world-building. Another world, but with some similarities to our own. Reminded me of 'Dark Tower' series. So I am interested to see will this turn out to be future version of our world or just a parallel universe. 🎶"Oh Su-za-na. oh don't you cry for me, I come on down the river with a bastir on my knee."🎶 + Nicely developed heroine. Velsa and me hit it off from the start. We connected over our mutual love of books and I loved her way of thinking, her spirit. + What-makes-us-human musings. As you saw from the synopsis. Velsa is an artificially made girl. Something like a robot, but made with magic. I loved all the questions book nudged at us, about the right of such beings. And how it is to live without some essential human right that we take for granted. ¿ "Could she be anything more than this? What would it feel like to belong only to herself?" ¿ + There is a dragon. He does not have a big role and only makes a small appearance. But I love dragons, so that made my day nevertheless. - Some characters were pretty bland. Like the hero Grau. I really wish he was more colorful and complex. But there were some quirky side characters, so I hope Grau will develop more in the sequel. The Sorcerer's Concubine managed to overcome a cliche of fantasy-romance genre and offer me more then just a couple of hot love scenes. I can't wait to see how the world and characters will develop in the sequel The Sorcerer's Wife.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Emily Crow

    I ended up liking this book a lot more than I expected. I like to take a chance on books and authors I've never heard of, but this year, I've had so many disappointments and DNFs. But this was available through kindle unlimited, so I decided to take a chance...and I ended up loving it. It's a story in a vaguely steampunkish fantasy setting. In this world, there are people--Fanarlem--who are created from wood and cloth and then given life through magic, but they are treated as slaves and are boug I ended up liking this book a lot more than I expected. I like to take a chance on books and authors I've never heard of, but this year, I've had so many disappointments and DNFs. But this was available through kindle unlimited, so I decided to take a chance...and I ended up loving it. It's a story in a vaguely steampunkish fantasy setting. In this world, there are people--Fanarlem--who are created from wood and cloth and then given life through magic, but they are treated as slaves and are bought and sold for various duties. Velsa is a Fanarlem who was created to be a concubine, and she is told that the best she can hope for is for a kind person to buy her. Grau is a young sorcerer who was encouraged to find a concubine to keep him happy while he serves on an outpost of the border patrol, but he never expected her to have her own feelings and personality. This turned out to be a very sweet love story and both Velsa and Grau were engaging and sympathetic. But I also loved the action, the world-building, the writing--it was a very short book but I didn't want it to end. Now I can't wait for the sequel.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    This has so much potential but it's a really short and light read so I'm not complaining much about the things I don't like. It started off with the interesting Fanarlem House and the pretty dolls, unfortunately, after they left Fanarlem and went to the camp, it just became another erotica book. I don't have any problems with erotica books but I was truly engrossed in the beginning and it has so much potential than just being a new adult book. Such a disappointment especially the climax. I don't This has so much potential but it's a really short and light read so I'm not complaining much about the things I don't like. It started off with the interesting Fanarlem House and the pretty dolls, unfortunately, after they left Fanarlem and went to the camp, it just became another erotica book. I don't have any problems with erotica books but I was truly engrossed in the beginning and it has so much potential than just being a new adult book. Such a disappointment especially the climax. I don't mind reading the sequel and the other books of the author. They're really short and will only take an hour or two to read.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jessa

    3.5ish. Interesting concept with a brothel of enchanted girls made out of cloth and infused with "tainted" souls. Grau, a pretty stand-up guy in a world full of shitheads, buys Vespa and realizes that she's more than just an animated doll and of course falls in love with her. There's some other background things happening but the plot gets a little muddied. I know there's more in the series, but I needed a break for now and I'll return to the rest later. Entertaining book on Kindle Unlimited, th 3.5ish. Interesting concept with a brothel of enchanted girls made out of cloth and infused with "tainted" souls. Grau, a pretty stand-up guy in a world full of shitheads, buys Vespa and realizes that she's more than just an animated doll and of course falls in love with her. There's some other background things happening but the plot gets a little muddied. I know there's more in the series, but I needed a break for now and I'll return to the rest later. Entertaining book on Kindle Unlimited, though.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Cary

    I'm really divided here - It had some genuinely interesting things going for it. The concept of what the "fanarlem" are and how they're made is fascinating, as well as the brief explanation of what magic is and how it works in this world. There's also some tantalizing hints that this world is tied to ours somehow- even if it turns out irrelevant to the plot, it was still fun- There are some really great ideas in the book....but... For one thing, Velsa ( the main character) spends SO MUCH time rem I'm really divided here - It had some genuinely interesting things going for it. The concept of what the "fanarlem" are and how they're made is fascinating, as well as the brief explanation of what magic is and how it works in this world. There's also some tantalizing hints that this world is tied to ours somehow- even if it turns out irrelevant to the plot, it was still fun- There are some really great ideas in the book....but... For one thing, Velsa ( the main character) spends SO MUCH time reminding us she's not real, and has stuffing and wooden bones....I don't know about the other readers, but I had no trouble remembering that Velsa was a doll filled with stuffing for more than three paragraphs, and didn't need to be reminded. It fact, by the second love scene between Velsa and her beau, I found myself profoundly creeped out by the incessant talk about the mechanics of the whole thing. Velsa spent a lot of time worrying about what a tragedy it would be if she got damp...then IT HAPPENS aaaaaand...it's ok, they go just buy new stuffing, no biggie? When you find yourself pondering how a doll who has a vanishing spell and waterproofing on her -ahem- lady bits to prevent messes is not waterproofed all over, it takes a bit away from the story. I also found it incredibly unfortunate that Grau takes her to his parents house first. I actually burst out laughing ... Like, he sweeps in and looks all dashing and does magic and rescues her from the flophouse, then when they get out of town he's like "JK, I'm a really big nerd and I live with my parents and, in fact, my dad gave me the money to buy you...". I kid you not, I spent the rest of the book trying not to think of him as some sort of Sheldon-Cooper-like figure with a talking Real Doll wandering around. It was unfortunate. The real problem though is the dialogue. It rarely flows, and all the characters - not just the sheltered valsa- seem to have the vocabulary and critical reasoning skills of a reasonably intelligent tween. I sound mean, and I apologize. I really, really wanted to like this so much more than I did, but it just did not click with me at all.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Michaela Haze

    I did not know what to expect with the first book in this series. I am ashamed to admit, I looked at the title and lumped this book in many other genre cliché fantasy erotica books. I apologise to the Dolamore for this! __ Born of wood, cloth, and a substantial dose of magic, Velsa is a Fanarlem, a beautiful artificial girl. Raised to be a concubine, she has seen her friends at the House of Perfumed Ribbons sold off to be the pets of wealthy men. Now her own dreaded day has come. Grau Thanneau is I did not know what to expect with the first book in this series. I am ashamed to admit, I looked at the title and lumped this book in many other genre cliché fantasy erotica books. I apologise to the Dolamore for this! __ Born of wood, cloth, and a substantial dose of magic, Velsa is a Fanarlem, a beautiful artificial girl. Raised to be a concubine, she has seen her friends at the House of Perfumed Ribbons sold off to be the pets of wealthy men. Now her own dreaded day has come. Grau Thanneau is a kind and handsome sorcerer who expects to own a spectacular piece of spellwork–he doesn’t realize that everything he has been told about Fanarlem is a lie. Velsa is not a dull-witted doll, but an intelligent and luminous soul who captivates his heart. Neither of them expected to fall in love, in a land where the law will never recognize her as his equal… __ This book has an amazing premise, such an ingenious world and honestly made me want to read more right from the first page. It’s the concept of ‘love dolls’ in a fantastical setting, and a country on the border of war. If you loved the Grisha series by Leigh Bardudo, you will love this novel! 5/5 M x

  9. 4 out of 5

    Vivian

    I liked the world building. The story was original. I liked Grau and some of the other characters of the story. What I did not like was Velsa. She seemed very stupid and lazy. She knew Grau's father didn't like her because he paid a lot to purchase her yet she refused to serve like other Fanarlem girls. She knew other Fanarlem slaves didn't like her too because she acted liked a pampered bitch yet she refused to change her "entitled" behavior. Grau was very romantic but I failed to understand ho I liked the world building. The story was original. I liked Grau and some of the other characters of the story. What I did not like was Velsa. She seemed very stupid and lazy. She knew Grau's father didn't like her because he paid a lot to purchase her yet she refused to serve like other Fanarlem girls. She knew other Fanarlem slaves didn't like her too because she acted liked a pampered bitch yet she refused to change her "entitled" behavior. Grau was very romantic but I failed to understand how he could love Velsa who seemed worthless, despite her powers. Bad things kept happening to her, and I felt she deserved it. Fanarlem girls are considered cursed spirits and they are looked upon as servants. However, Velsa believed she was not cursed and acted like she was equal to flesh and blood humans. Despite knowing how difficult things would be for her and Grau if she acted above her "station", she continued to do as she pleased, yet acted surprised when people tried to kill or harm her for her impertinence. I kept waiting and hoping she would realize how incredibly stupid she was being but Velsa continued to be as self-centered and focused on her wants and needs and no one else's until the end.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Cherry (_forevermint)

    Ever since I read The Vengeful Half, I've been really curious about the Fanarlem so this was an auto-buy for me. I really enjoyed Velsa and Grau's characters equally, the descriptions were vivid and I easily lost myself in their world. I read half the book in one sitting without realizing it. This is a fairly short story that is really great if you're just coming out of a heavy fantasy or need something fun to read in between longer books. Original and creative, definitely looking forward to the Ever since I read The Vengeful Half, I've been really curious about the Fanarlem so this was an auto-buy for me. I really enjoyed Velsa and Grau's characters equally, the descriptions were vivid and I easily lost myself in their world. I read half the book in one sitting without realizing it. This is a fairly short story that is really great if you're just coming out of a heavy fantasy or need something fun to read in between longer books. Original and creative, definitely looking forward to the next book!

  11. 4 out of 5

    T.

    I downloaded The Sorcerer's Concubine as a free book from Amazon. An interesting plot, but the story lacked any real tension. The author missed a real opportunity to play up the magical aspects of the story, and relied on prejudice as the only conflict. I also have a problem when the cover doesn't match the character description. The concubine has black hair-- I kept waiting for a catastrophic even that turned it white. Err, no. No tragic event, or overwhelming drama. A good story with average c I downloaded The Sorcerer's Concubine as a free book from Amazon. An interesting plot, but the story lacked any real tension. The author missed a real opportunity to play up the magical aspects of the story, and relied on prejudice as the only conflict. I also have a problem when the cover doesn't match the character description. The concubine has black hair-- I kept waiting for a catastrophic even that turned it white. Err, no. No tragic event, or overwhelming drama. A good story with average characters--probably a 3.5 rating for me.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Dangermousie

    A totally insane concept (our heroine is literally a doll made out of cloth only with a soul!) that somehow works wonderfully. It has a cool sense of the world, a story that never bored me, and an OTP that is a true rarity in fiction - caring, functional and really concerned for each other. Basically, give this a chance!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Title: The Sorcerer's Concubine (The Telepath and the Sorcerer, #1) Author: Jaclyn Dolamore Format: Kindle (Free) [ Enjoyed ] Yes. [ Last Read ] Finished last night. [ Reread ] Probably won't. [ Cover Lust ] A little. [ Intriguing Title ] No. [ Interesting Premise/Plot ] Yes. [ Preview Impressions ] Hmm, maybe? Maybe not? It's free. *grabs it* [ Kept My Attention ] Most of the time. [ Got Bored / Mind Wandering ] A little here and there. [ Skimmed/Skipped Scenes/Chapters ] No. [ Reread Past Scenes For Fun Title: The Sorcerer's Concubine (The Telepath and the Sorcerer, #1) Author: Jaclyn Dolamore Format: Kindle (Free) [ Enjoyed ] Yes. [ Last Read ] Finished last night. [ Reread ] Probably won't. [ Cover Lust ] A little. [ Intriguing Title ] No. [ Interesting Premise/Plot ] Yes. [ Preview Impressions ] Hmm, maybe? Maybe not? It's free. *grabs it* [ Kept My Attention ] Most of the time. [ Got Bored / Mind Wandering ] A little here and there. [ Skimmed/Skipped Scenes/Chapters ] No. [ Reread Past Scenes For Fun ] Nope. [ Reread Past Scenes Cause My Memory Sucks To Clear Confusion ] Didn't bother. [ Stayed Up Late ] Yes. [ Took a Long Break Midway ] Yes (but only cause I began it while waiting for a different series I wanted to read to arrived in the mail.) [ Ending Left Me Feeling ] Mostly satisfied in an open ended way. (Thank you for not being a cliffhanger!) Might or might not look into next book. [ Easy Light Reading ] Yes. [ Turn Brain Off ] *shrugs* I mostly did. [ Guilty Pleasure ] Expected it to feel like one, but it didn't. Other thoughts I'm throwing in: (Might contain spoilers; I fail at identifying them.) Despite the title, I wasn't expecting sex scenes. (Not that it bothers me.) And from that, I wasn't expecting the magic in Fanarlem bodies to experience pleasure, given their purpose and outlook in life. (Or maybe I misread/misinterpreted something early on.) Got frustrated at some characters' mindsets, but that was to be expected. Curious about how Velsa and Grau continue on after the ending and the secret(?) of Fanarlems' souls, but not tempted to immediately grab next book to read on.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Marin

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It wasn't too bad but it was getting pretty boring that practically every other male other than Grau was not a great person. It was almost refreshing to get 2 other guys who actually were decent people later in the book but, they barely had a personalities but had just enough to be likeable. Unfortunately once it got to the half of the book where they were at the camp it was such a boring read. I was waiting for everything to be over. Even the "drama" between Velsa and Flower didn't really spark It wasn't too bad but it was getting pretty boring that practically every other male other than Grau was not a great person. It was almost refreshing to get 2 other guys who actually were decent people later in the book but, they barely had a personalities but had just enough to be likeable. Unfortunately once it got to the half of the book where they were at the camp it was such a boring read. I was waiting for everything to be over. Even the "drama" between Velsa and Flower didn't really spark anything. Anything that was supposed to be interesting in that half just felt like it was just there to try and make that part of the book a little bit interesting. But for me it didn't help and I was thankful when the dragon came because suddenly the story seemed to have life in it again. Also the fight between Velsa a Grau was so short lived. It was nice that he did care about her enough to try and trust her and her telepathy but the tension that had been slowly building, especially after she had a moment to have her band off, was like thats it? This was still interesting to keep reading but, I'm not in a rush to read the next part either.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kristy Mills

    This was a really interesting story. It really sucked me in in the beginning. But unfortunately, I sort of lost interest in where the story was going by the end. I really liked the story, but I just don't know if I'm going to finish the series. Maybe I will come back to it. I can't really even put my finger on why I'm not much interested in finishing it. I did sort of get a little weirded out by the whole doll thing. She was made of fabric and stuffing. It was kind of strange. She was basically This was a really interesting story. It really sucked me in in the beginning. But unfortunately, I sort of lost interest in where the story was going by the end. I really liked the story, but I just don't know if I'm going to finish the series. Maybe I will come back to it. I can't really even put my finger on why I'm not much interested in finishing it. I did sort of get a little weirded out by the whole doll thing. She was made of fabric and stuffing. It was kind of strange. She was basically a walking, talking sex doll. But she had feelings which was unexpected to most people who came into contact with her. Grau was a good man, he was kind and sort of gentle. I prefer more of an alpha character, but he was definitely more of the scholarly type. He fit the story though. Because what alpha needs a sex doll when he should be able to get the real deal from real women. So, Grau was perfect in this setting, but that may have also been what lost my interest. I'm just not as interested in the scholarly type.

  16. 5 out of 5

    MMF

    I got drawn into the world, and the characters are likable and pretty believable,... though the romance, and the romancey sort of erotica sprinkled in, isn't really my thing. Still, I LIKED the main couple and believed that they liked each other, and their relationship was nice enough to read about. The heroine's struggle with her identity as a soul in an artificially constructed body and the general plight of others of her kind, though, was why I stayed. The sorcerer does rescue her, but she's I got drawn into the world, and the characters are likable and pretty believable,... though the romance, and the romancey sort of erotica sprinkled in, isn't really my thing. Still, I LIKED the main couple and believed that they liked each other, and their relationship was nice enough to read about. The heroine's struggle with her identity as a soul in an artificially constructed body and the general plight of others of her kind, though, was why I stayed. The sorcerer does rescue her, but she's not content JUST to be rescued, and yanno, that's nice. It was a pretty quick easy read and inexpensive, so I'll probably go for the next one. ...I do just have to point out that at one point, uh, someone forgot the established fact of Velsa having a dry clothy mouth. Just sayin'.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Libraries, Teacups and Roses

    This book was so thoroughly weird and I loved it. It's strange, because I cannot explain why I loved it so much. If I talk about the book, it always ends up with a "it was really weird and sometimes uncomfortable to read". The idea of women as dolls automatically makes creepy crawlies start climbing over my arms. But then I read more, and couldn't put the damn book down. It was sweet at time, tender at others, and frustrating throughout the entire book because she was a "real" woman in my head, This book was so thoroughly weird and I loved it. It's strange, because I cannot explain why I loved it so much. If I talk about the book, it always ends up with a "it was really weird and sometimes uncomfortable to read". The idea of women as dolls automatically makes creepy crawlies start climbing over my arms. But then I read more, and couldn't put the damn book down. It was sweet at time, tender at others, and frustrating throughout the entire book because she was a "real" woman in my head, not a doll. But everyone else seemed to think she was just a doll and that drove me INSANE. 5 stars for making me uncomfortable but oddly intrigued.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ragna Ó.

    Interesting premise, cool if a bit confusing setting (couldn't decide whether to picture everyone kind of Middle Eastern or Asian, also is there a connection to the real world since there's Atlantis?), cute OTP and entertaining enough if you don't dig too deep (why is a doll designed for men's pleasure not waterproof everywhere? why is a doll supposedly containing a cursed soul for punishment designed with a clitoris and the ability for physical pleasure? Although I guess it would be more of a p Interesting premise, cool if a bit confusing setting (couldn't decide whether to picture everyone kind of Middle Eastern or Asian, also is there a connection to the real world since there's Atlantis?), cute OTP and entertaining enough if you don't dig too deep (why is a doll designed for men's pleasure not waterproof everywhere? why is a doll supposedly containing a cursed soul for punishment designed with a clitoris and the ability for physical pleasure? Although I guess it would be more of a punishment to have it but always be frustrated or worse because most men who would want a doll toy wouldn't usually care about it...).

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ash

    This book really has some interesting ideas which is why I enjoyed it a little. Aside from that it feels empty in a worldly way. I got the sense that things were only thought through to the next barn or the next city. The writing also misses some emotional description and for that reason it was hard for me to relate rather than observe. I would give the next book a read, but this one is a 3.5.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lacey

    I really liked all the hidden conflict in this book. It seems like such a simple story about a Sorcerer buying a doll-like concubine but turns into so much more. My only reservation involved the dragon as it seemed a little out of place in the context of the world. There are also so many unanswered questions. Definitely going to get the next book to see where all of this ends up.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Suzie

    Loved it! What an interesting concept! Found in a house of concubines and taken off to a camp of soldiers, Velsa learns that she has telepathic powers that can overcome the collar she is forced to wear. Gray is the sorcerer who purchased her and falls in love with her soul. You'll enjoy this tale and the twist in the story!!!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Penot

    I couldn't finish this one but I gave it three stars because it seemed well written and engaging. This just wasn't my cup of tea. I would read other reviewers who might have a better take on it. I didn't enjoy it, but I feel it may be wonderful for those who enjoy romance more. I thought this would be more fantasy and romance, but I felt the fantasy was secondary to the romance.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jordan

    Total snooze unfortunately, I really wanted to like this book for nothing else other than the unique concept. The writing itself is good and the start was strong, but the characters have little chemistry. They have moments but it feels few and far between. There's just only so many times you can read about the MC lamenting their situation.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    Great premise but.... The idea of this book was great, but everything happens to neatly, I suppose you could say. Very much a romance novel type plot, which is ok, but I was a bit disappointed that the plot resolved pretty much with Deus ex Machina ease at every problem . The magic system is pretty interesting, from what I can tell, not very many details though.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Dena Graves

    Definitely going to read the series!!!! Greatly fleshed out fantasy world complete with magical elements, adventure and drama. I was immediately invested in the well being of our main characters emotional well being and are intrigued by the premise of an inanimate object containing a soul. Loved every minute!!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Gervan

    Rating: ☆☆☆½ The Sorcerer’s Concubine is such an interesting story. I loved the concept behind it, there was some LGBT representation, and there were some really interesting characters. But, all praise aside I did have some problems with the world-building, the plot, and the romance felt very instalove-y. Read the full review on my blog Rating: ☆☆☆½ The Sorcerer’s Concubine is such an interesting story. I loved the concept behind it, there was some LGBT representation, and there were some really interesting characters. But, all praise aside I did have some problems with the world-building, the plot, and the romance felt very instalove-y. Read the full review on my blog

  27. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    This was a good book. I enjoyed reading it, but there is a lot of sex in it. I did not expect that, despite the title in about a concubine, I was thinking that she would be something other than.. well, a concubine. If you don't mind sex, I would recommend the book to anyone interested in magic, magical world, anything of that sort. It was a very interesting fantasy world and obviously well planned out. The author clearly knows her setting quite well.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mitch Faden

    Interesting concept puppets with souls. Along with magic and telepathy it keeps the story going. Just wondering where the songs used in the story fit in with this fantasy tale. Looking forward to reading the next book.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Fi

    One of the oddest books I have read for quite a while. I'm now completely torn as to whether to continue with the other two books in the trilogy or not. If I do continue it won't be for a while, need a break from the strangeness of the Fanarlem...

  30. 5 out of 5

    serpentkills

    This book has a fascinating premise, but the execution was a bit lackluster for me. The writing wasn't really bad; it just didn't captivate me. That said, it was an interesting read and the setting alone is enough that I will continue the series.

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