Hi everyone! I hope you’re keeping safe, especially those of you going into further lockdown! For today’s post, I had the privilege of joining my first ever blog tour, hosted by the lovely BProudPR, who reached out to me to promote My Lord, by L.B. Shimaira – a queer, poly, erotic gothic horror with vampires – and if that tagline alone hasn’t sold you, keep reading to hear my review (and there’s a giveaway at the end)!
Title: My Lord
Author: L.B. Shimaira
Genre: Horror, Erotica, LGBT, Adult
Synopsis: Tristanja, 1239 AD
Having lost her home and family in a raid, Meya flees east but is captured and abused by
a slave trader before being sold to Lord Deminas, patron of the local lands. She’s forced to work as his chambermaid and discovers the Lord is as cruel as the rumours have made him out to be.
Yet, he’s rather protective of Meya and punishes anyone who dares hurt her. Even when
he drinks her blood, he goes as far as to use his own to heal her wounds. Meya learns the castle holds many dark secrets; servants regularly vanish, including all the Lord’s previous chambermaids.
Meya and her paramour must ensure the same doesn’t happen to either of them,
especially since it’s unclear if the Lord only desires Meya’s blood.
My Lord follows Meya, who is taken from her bedchambers and sold by slavers to work as the chambermaid for Lord Deminas. She has seen first hand his cruelty, and soon learns just how brutal he can really be to those who cross him. However, he is also strangely kind to, and protective of, her, going as far to punish those who hurt her. Even as he drinks her blood, he is always sure never to drink too much, and to quickly heal the cuts he makes. But as servants start going missing and a new guest arrives in the castle, Meya starts to fear for her life, as she also starts to fall in love.
From the synopsis alone, I was already hooked on the book, and I definitely was not disappointed! The book starts off as quite a slow burn, slowly introducing you to the gloomy surroundings of Tristanja and getting to know the various characters, but as soon as you hit the 50% mark is when things really start ramping up and the horror element of the book really kicks in! You get lulled into almost a false sense of security as you follow Meya in her daily tasks as the Lord’s chambermaid but as the stakes start getting higher and threats start becoming more and more real, the book leaves you on the edge of your seat, dying to know what’s happened next.
I would say that this book is a great mix of character-driven and plot-driven. We see a lot of growth in Meya’s character, from a scared, yet feisty young woman as she is captured by slavers, as she develops into someone a lot more confident and sure of herself. We see her selfless tendencies quite prominently throughout the book, as she offers to take on the punishment of someone that she barely knows and who wrongs her, and (without spoiling anything) it’s interesting to see how that part of her personality develops as the story continues, particularly at the end of the book. Lord Deminas is, as you’d imagine of a brutal, ruthless Lord, quite a terrifying character at times, but he never forces Maya, or any woman for that matter, into doing anything sexual that she does not wish to do – even going as far as to capture and torture the man who raped Meya at the start of the story and always asking her for consent. In many of the sex scenes, Meya is always told that if she is not comfortable with anything she is free to stop whenever she wishes, which I think was an absolutely crucial addition to the book. Another character I enjoyed was, of course, Nina – another of Lord Deminas’ slaves who becomes quick friends and confidants with Meya. She is extremely strong and kind-hearted and I, again, loved her growth throughout the story, and I’m excited to see whatever a potential sequel has in store for her.
As I mentioned, the story deals with some more difficult topics. Meya is raped at the start of the book, so please do proceed with caution, though it is all off screen and rape is continuously, explicitly opposed throughout the novel. There are also scenes of gore, torture, cannibalism and several scenes where BDSM is involved – so please do read at your discretion. However, if you do pick up this book, and I highly recommend that you do, this book is the perfect queer gothic horror that’ll keep you on your toes if you want the spooky season to last that little bit longer!