Reviewed: 2009-11-18 - (Review Updated: 2009-12-22)
The story of Amanda, the girl from Earth who has become a slave, continues in this, the third story in the Narlass series. Through familiar and new characters, A Strange Geek reveals more of the slave culture in Oceanus, one of the superpowers on the world of Narlass. Some of the history of Oceanus is revealed as Amanda is allowed to study parchments obtained for her by her Masters, and through her studies this ordinary, but also extraordinary, girl influences events profoundly.
Much of the sex in 'The Overlords' Gambit' is used to portray the dismissive attitude of the Narlassi of high birth towards their slaves sexually, especially by those further removed from their Lord. It is both arousing and disturbing. There is a bondage sequence that reveals this, although it is not heavy.
The plot is remarkable; politics, intrigue, characters on both local and a national stages struggling to discover vital information, an undercover agent working to bring bloody civil war to Oceanus, conspiracy, espionage, tragedy, defeat and sexual encounters. All are vividly portrayed and interwoven by excellent storytelling. A very satisfying read for this reader, and probably my favorite story in the Narlass series so far. Merchant of Chaos may edge it out.
Read Andrew John's review to get a fuller picture of this excellent novel. I recommend 'The Overlords' Gambit' and all the stories in the series.
In "The Overlords' Gambit", we have the continuing story of Amanda, a 15yr old earth girl that has found herself in another world. She's a slave, but that doesn't stop her from finding herself immersed in that world's politics. Can she find the time to survive and keep her wits about her, as she is made to pleasure both men and women? Read along to find out.
The sex in this story was pretty hot, but the actually story itself often overwhelms it. The BDSM aspects aren't overly intense, and mostly enjoyed by the recipient. There is some definite stroke value here, but if you get caught up in the plot like I did, you may not excercise your fingers/hands!
The plot itself is nothing short of wonderful. Layers upon layers of intrigue finely woven into a story that contains a considerable amount of sex. Amanda continues to be an amazing character. She moves from point to point in the various plots without ever directing herself there, and absorbs information without being told to.
Technically, the story is about as flawless as they come. I don't recall a single error jumping out at me throughout this lengthy tale.
If you like a liberal splash of sex amidst a great intrigue novel, this should really hit the spot. I highly recommend this story, and this series.