The Breeder


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An erotic fantasy novel that lacks depth and doesn't deliver any moral lesson.

Let me be very clear, for those looking for a fantasy novel, this is incorrectly tagged as such, when in truth it is an erotica novel. In particular it is under the classification of rape erotica or ‘ravishing’ erotica. To those who do not know what this kind of fiction is, it’s recommended that some research be done to understand the psychology of this kind of literature. The beginning of the book does have a warning to the content as well as the 800 numbers to seek help for domestic violence and sexual assault. It should be noted that this is a book with graphic scenes of sexual and mental violence against women written in the guise of erotica.

There is a lack of world building in The Breeder by L.G. Nauck, causing the delicate subject matter to be all the more brutally highlighted. At one time there is the historic setting of wars fought with bows and arrows, training colosseums and a sense of gender classes. On the other hand, there are trains running between the districts and plumbing systems in the wealthy districts. These feel like contradictory elements, especially since the rest of the novel isn’t well developed and most of it is told rather than shown. The addition of lyrical description could help The Breeder become more immersive, but more important than that, eliminating the many explicit sexual assault scenes would give this book greater credit and drive the attention to the importance of the story; Alena discovering her power.

Unfortunately the empowerment Alena should find is squandered not only by her rapist, Tane, the king of Barthamos, but also herself. She can conjure phoenix’s that annihilate whole military factions but doesn’t think to turn that onto Tane to control him as he has done to her. There is a hint at Stockholm syndrome, which comes after Alena attempts to kill herself, where Tane decides his actions were not handled appropriately. If this is supposed to endear us, or her, to him, the shallowness of the writing fails to do so. All this does is paint Alena as feeble. Her feebleness is amplified when she makes the decision to follow another male whom she’s only just met and internally believes she can’t trust, to implied safety. If there is a moral lesson within the words of this novel, Nauck hasn’t done a sufficient job of revealing it. 

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I am a dreamer. Whether I'm driving in a car, hiking, or working, I am always imagining new stories. Stories of characters who overcome difficult circumstances to become their own heroes. With a degree in International Psychology and Women's Studies, I love to incorporate both in my writing. view profile

Published on June 09, 2019

70000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Fantasy

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