Now everyone will tell you that I'm a sucker for a love story; yep, little ol' me , a sucker! Imagine if you will a World where slavery is rampant, where a thirteen year old child named Shasta is seized by Slavers, watches her family put to death, and spends the next ten or so years in horrifying subservience, until her last Master is so inhumane that he has horribly killed three other slaves and is about to kill the fourth, Shasta, when she breaks out of her fears and brutally kills him.
Shasta does nothing to defend herself as she welcomes the sentence of death which is automatically imposed under the Law. How ever the Govenor finds a way around what he feels id a justifiable homicide suspends her execution and collars her as his own slave. After being collared, as all good slaves should be, she finds out the unique properties of the collar which cures all illnesses, repairs the ravages of slavery, removes scars and tattoos, and bad feet, but there is no mention of curing warts, sad to say. Now this is indeed a love story and is as sexy and hot as all get out. I will not tell you more, otherwise it will spoil the great action colt45 has given us... Enjoy!
Reviewed: 2006-04-26 - (Review Updated: 2006-04-27)
In "Shasta's Tale", we return to the world that colt45 created for readers in his wonderful story called "Sea King". Shasta is a female slave that belongs to a very violent and sadistic individual. One night her owner makes a mistake, and she manages to kill him, even knowing she is signing her own death warrant. The magistrate decides the local leader should be the one to decide how to carry out "justice" on Shasta's crime. Thus, Shasta meets Dent and his 3 lovely women.
As the author states, there is little sex in this story. What sex there is happens later in the story, and it is quite tender and romantic. Most of it is FF between Dent's Salidin bearers. Don't read this for stroke. Read it for the story itself.
The plot itself was quite well done, and Shasta was a very good character. The Salidin mechanism the author uses is an interesting form of slavery, and the author wields it with a deft stroke. The interplay between the various characters was fun to read, and the dynamics of Dent's household is just great. With all the horrors Shasta had lived through, the author showed a deep understanding of the female mind.
Technically, this story had a lot of minor errors in it, which was surprising with Morgan as an editor. Nothing so bad as to throw me out of my immersion, but they will still present with a frequency that made itself noticeable.
All in all, I very much enjoyed this story. Maybe not quite as much as I enjoyed "Sea King", but I did enjoy it. I'd like to see it get re-edited so it is cleaner, but all in all, I highly recommend this story as non-stroke material.