Title: The Eye of the Storm
Author: Kelley Eskridge
In: Sirens and Other Daemon Lovers (Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling)
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Romance
Dates read: 23rd April 2020
Format: Short story
5th sentence, 74th page: They were silent, watching me.
Born different and unable to fit in. But that taught them to fight. To find a way to fit in and create a whole new life for themselves.
This was an incredibly interesting take on sexuality and what exactly a sexual experience is. Sexuality is completely fascinating, and something that I am constantly intrigued by. The fact that there is a story that explores different forms of sexuality, attraction and also mixes in fighting and a monarchy… well, I was completely, totally and utterly drawn in. Happily wrapped up in this amazing story.
The fighting style throughout this story seriously made me think about Bruce Lee. That whole, twirl like a storm idea was so damn reminiscent of the flow like water analogy that I’m sure is associated with him. I loved this discussion about different ways to fight people – and how to use what you have to your advantage. It was so completely, wonderfully intriguing and, if I was ever to find a way to fight… it would be the way that I would have to do so. After all, I’m not exactly big and strong…
This is a lustful, powerful and enjoyably intense story. It’s not one that I’m likely to forget anytime soon. There is just something so expansive and imaginative about the story. One that I really enjoyed and would love to read again and again and again.