ABOUT THE BOOKS: "Anne Rice, writing as A.N. Roquelaure, retells the Beauty story and probes the unspoken implications of this lush, suggestive tale by exploring its undeniable connection to sexual desire..."
In book one, the Prince awakens Beauty, not with a kiss, but with sexual initiation. His reward for ending the hundred years of enchantment is Beauty's complete and total enslavement to him.
In book two, Beauty, having indulged in a secret and forbidden infatuation with the rebellious slave Prince Tristan, is sent away from the Satyricon-like world of the Castle. Sold at auction, she will soon experience the tantalizing punishments of "the village," as her education in love, cruelty, dominance, submission, and tenderness is turned over to the brazenly handsome Captain of the Guard.
In the final volume of Anne Rice's deliciously tantalizing erotic trilogy, Beauty's adventures on the dark side of sexuality make her the bound captive of an Eastern Sultan and a prisoner in the exotic confines of the harem.
Just a warning: These books are NOT for the faint of heart. There are some very graphic things described throughout; things that may be disturbing to some readers. If you aren't open to other people's idea of erotic, or even exploring your own definition, you will not like these books. These books are NOT romance, so if you are looking for that, look elsewhere.
I will admit that after the first book, I was a little off-balance for a few days. I wasn't sure how to take the way the book made me feel. It shone light on certain insecurities and fears, brought to mind a lot of what-ifs, and chilled me to the bone at times. The story is disturbingly wicked. Yet, I found some of the happenings oddly tantalizing.
The second book eased me further into the world, and I began to see the root of the story for what it was. The fantasy of being completely out of control, of having no power over yourself, and of enjoying the punishments you feel you deserve.
By the third book, I was so invested in the stories of each character, I was beyond my original shock of the events taking place, and in the end, I have to give these books a good review for a couple reasons.
Despite the controversial subject, they were beautifully written. The eloquent way Ms. Rice words things can draw you into the story, transporting you into the world she created whether you like where you are or not.
These books woke things in me; some from a personal standpoint, and others from a creative standpoint. I look forward to the things to come of it, and I definitely look forward to reading the follow-up story, Beauty's Kingdom.
These books were nothing like what I expected, but it was a fantastically disturbing read. Because it stirred me so deeply, I give it...
★★★★★ 5 out of 5 stars