Revelations (Salinor the Beginnings Book 1) by Samuel Alexander is a sexually charged high fantasy about a world in which gods and magicians influence the lives of the common people. The novel blends imagery and world-building reminiscent of the old masters such as Robert Howard or L. Sprague De Camp with the more contemporary sensual storytelling approaches of Jacqueline Carey or Storm Constantine.
The story begins with a pact between a god and a mortal, resulting in a race called the Atorathians, who are naturally resistant to magic. Many generations after the pact, the protagonist, Danais, grows up as a “silent,” which is to say an Atorathian without the divine gift. Danais falls in love with Leo, a wealthy sorcerer, and the plot centers around the love between these men.
Alexander’s voice tends to be conversational and modern, rather than the florid prose so common to fantasy. The use of contemporary vulgarity, while fitting, can be abrupt, but sex and sexuality are major components of the plot. Atorathians are a race known primarily for the aforementioned magic resistance but secondly for prodigious sexual appetites and erotic prowess. Naturally, much of the story focuses on Danais’s relationship with magic and sex.
The author mixes some unique ideas, especially regarding divine intervention and magic. In these areas, the story is at its most engaging. Where it frequently stumbles is in exposition; significant plot details better left to action or dialogue are relegated to the interjection of backstory.
In total, Revelations offers a compelling mix of sexual and romantic exploration along with magic on a grand scale.