I wasn’t sure about reading this one at first, I admit the blurb scared me, but I was very curious and intrigued at the same time; I finally succumbed and WOW.
After reading it, I wondered why I waited for so long. This book is intense, full of angst and heartache, I LOVED IT. I actually read it a few months back, but it is still ingrained in my memory.
I recommended The Concubine to a few ladies and I was scared they will hate it, which I knew would affect our friendship; I do adhere to the belief ‘To Each Their Own’, but I just didn’t want to listen to anything bad they would say, thankfully they loved it as much as I did. Just kidding girls, I would have loved you regardless, maybe.
The Concubine is written in the present tense as it is in the form of personal journals. I loved this approach and felt like I was going through this timeless, emotional journey right alongside Lealin. Lea’s words managed to reach out to me as a reader, feeling her every emotion, be it pain, fear, happiness, desire or hope.
Even though we of-course are not privy to Marik’s thoughts, I was able to see him and feel his passion for Lea through her eyes ; The author managed to make me fell in love with him. He pissed me off at times, broke my heart at others but redeemed himself. A flawed man, a just king and a passionate lover. There are a few scenes at the end that cemented his status as one of my all time favorite fictional heroes.
For such a short novella, it covers a lot of time span and the author manages to give a powerful love story without me ending up feeling shortchanged.
Do I regret reading it? Obviously not
Do I regret waiting so long to read it? YES.
Do I recommend? ABSOLUTELY.
In her shadowed affections, bound as she is to him, her heart burns every time she must share him with the many women in his life.
Oh wow! The story is told through Lealin’s thoughts, she is the king’s favourite concubine… written in a kinda narrative poem style… and I’m digging it! Brings out the poet in me. lol… It is a refreshing change.
I didn’t expect I would easily like Lealin…. much more feeling her pain….
Will it always be this way? This unstoppable cycle of simple touches, softly whispered words, and I fall weak and wanting at your feet, never you’re equal, never your partner, always the wanton, weak willed concubine, slave, whore? I wear each title so well that I sometimes forget who I truly am.
It was just sad…
But I admired her love and devotion towards Marik.
Marik, one minute I was hating him, but then, understanding the time and age of the story, I adept! Yet, I’d hate him again… but ended up loving him in the end. I loved how the author redeemed his character.
There is so much more to the story… I never really knew where it was swaying to. I really am pleasantly surprised. And this is not a long read either but every page counts… with the perfect ending. The turning points, the highlights, they were breathtaking.
Here is one more of my favourite quotes :
“You dare to address the King so informally?”
“What do you suggest I call him then when he seeks pleasure from me? It would hardly do if I were to pant and moan “Your Majesties” everywhere. Hardly romantic.”
Thank you Silvana for recommending. Mwaaah! ❤️❤️❤️