A Brother's Price

A Brother's Price

Book - 2005
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Baker & Taylor
In a world where males are rare and treated like property, Jerin Whistler, after a daring rescue, falls in love with a princess, and he must, amidst political tensions, prove his worth to her sisters in order to win her hand in marriage. Original.

Publisher: 2005
ISBN: 9780451460387
0451460383
Characteristics: p. ; cm

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FindingJane Jun 18, 2014

What can I say about this book? It takes the traditional ideas of masculine and feminine roles and turns them completely and convincingly on their heads. In a world where there are few males, women are the dominant sex, trained for commerce, jobs, espionage and warfare. Matriarchies hold sway and the precious males in families are bought and sold mainly on the prospect of whether they can father healthy sons. Virginity in unwed men is highly prized; a man suspected of dallying with anybody before marriage is considered tainted forever, possibly diseased, and therefore unfit to marry into any family. It is possible for women to rape men and the actuality of it is presented here as no less horrifying than the rape of women in the real world.

I was delighted with this book from start to finish. As one avidly interested in any book that plays with gender roles, I found this one more than satisfactory. This world and the morals, principles, laws and customs supporting it are presented with absolute clarity and credibility.

Forget Edward. Forget Romeo. Forget Rochester. Jerin is a character to treasure. Gentle, tender, bashful, calm, mature, firm, kind, intelligent, loyal, stalwart, modest, patient, courteous, hardworking, resourceful, skillful (in and out of bed), nearly immune to temptation and very beautiful (yes, that is the word that is used for him), he would be everything I’ve saved myself up for and then some, if he were only real.

Jerin and his world are worth revisiting again and again. For anyone who wonders what society would be like with women in charge, this novel deserves reading.

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KFields5424
Jul 08, 2013

Wonderful Book!

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Dave_of_Old
Jul 04, 2012

In this delightful volume, a great fantasy adventure in a world dominated by women, author Wen Spencer hits the home-run, again. The sheer delight in reading SF or Fantasy from writers like her - big fans(like Jim Butcher, Lois McMaster Bujold, and others) is in the quirks, the unusual story angles, the humor(making them irresistable) and the accuracy of background - familiarity with science and technology, and awareness of history, rooted in research for background but actually important, not just in books, but in life(and history!)
Aside from the angle of a woman-dominated society, there is a delightful mystery resolved, a Queen-dom saved, even a great chase scene...all resolved with a wedding, just like the tastiest Regency romance novel - just infinitely tastier!

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Andreanna
Jul 04, 2012

In this book, if women ruled the world, things would be exactly the same, just different. There would still be war, and horror, and humanity in many forms. Entertaining book that can provoke as much thought and discussion as you wish, but can also just be read to relax on a rainy afternoon.

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