Review: The Inheritor by Laura Antoniou

inheritor The Inheritor by Laura Antoniou
I wanted to wait until I had Laura Antoniou’s physical book, The Inheritor in my grubby mitts before I wrote a review. I contributed to her Kickstarter, the book arrived, so now I can review it. I’d read it twice in my Kindle, however I knew it was a hefty book and I wanted to touch all the pages. The Inheritor is a sensual world, so I wanted to feel the paper beneath my fingertips. And I’m a size queen, tis true. Just how big was this world? 612 pages.

I resisted reading any of Laura Antoniou’s books for years, passing them over for a steady diet of Patrick Califia and cheap smut. I thought Laura’s books were too straight, too hetrosexual. How I came to that conclusion, I’ll never know. To paraphrase The Smiths, some people are straighter than others. Sexual orientation is irrelevant in her books, however her books are not straight. Laura Antoniou writes well, and writes about kink, passion, love, and lust well. The people in this world are realistic, emotional, sexy, angry, funny, honest, sly, straight, gay, dykes, bisexual…all the things that people are in any world. This series is fiction where sex and kink are incorporated into the storyline. We need more books where sex/kink is given the respect and detailed importance as it gets in real life!

One of my favorite books as a teenager was Islandia, an utopian novel by Austin Tappan Wright. Mr. Wright started creating his alternative world at the age of six and continued until his death in 1931 at age 48. In other words, he was obsessed. Islandia was a small country and was deliberately isolated from the rest of the world, instead remaining artistic, creative, community driven, and sex positive. Islandia is a deeply immersive book, as is The Inheritor. They share similar qualities of being a detailed, believable, rich community of people bound by their differences from the rest of the world, and their commonalities to one another. The Mrketplace series is deeply immersive. Laura creates a rich world that leaves the reader craving more.

Yes, after reading The Inheritor, I read the rest of the series, The Marketplace, The Slave, The Trainer, The Academy, and The Reunion. I own most of the series in ebook form, but want to buy them in paperback, because they are good enough to reread and there is something satisfying about seeing a half shelf of sexy, passionate escapism on my bookshelf.

I still want to know how many pages are in the entire series. It’s a hunk of writing.

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About Avery Cassell

Avery Cassell is a genderqueer San Francisco writer, poet, cartoonist, and artist who grew up in Iran. They live with their Maine Coon cat, Lulu, and bake yeasted waffles every Sunday morning. Behrouz Gets Lucky is their first novel. You can find their erotic short stories sprinkled in various anthologies, including Best Lesbian Erotica 2015 and Sex Still Spoken Here. Avery is currently working on a book of more of Behrouz and Lucky's shenanigans, a memoir, and an illustrated early reader children's book about a eight year old transgender boy and his family.
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