Taliasman-by-Anastasia-VitskyTaliasman by Anastasia Vitsky is part of the Beyond Fairytales series. It is a short story adaptation of Our Lady’s Child.

Talia was born a girl in a time when her destitute family wanted a boy. She carries around the feeling the life would have been better, “If I had been a boy.”

Vina is the Queen and lives in a palace filled with anything she could possibly desire, except love. She receives a coin from the magical Nicodemus and is compelled by the coin to find her true love.

After a long search Vina finds Talia and pays Talia’s parents handsomely for the chance to be with Talia.

Talia feels trapped and fights Vina until Vina finally lets her leave the castle.

Will Talia realise that Vina offers her true love or will she make a terrible decision and marry someone else?

My thoughts on the book

This is a short book and yet Vitsky manages to build a depth in her characters that I admire.

There were one or two parts when I didn’t quite understand what was happening and later something more was revealed about the story, clearing things up.

Vitsky likes to use first person narratives to explore the story from the perspective of both main characters. She does this well, juxtaposing the two points of view and giving us a deeper story as a result.

I enjoyed the book. I wish it was a little longer and went into more depth around the relationship between the two main characters. Vitsky did this a teeny bit better in Mistress On Her Knees.

Taliasman was a worthwhile read, though, and a good story. I look forward to reading the follow up book Taliaschild.

Side note: One thing that Vistky does well is weave spanking into every story as if it is just another mechanism for dealing with relationship problems. I mean why wouldn’t every lesbian fairytale have spanking in it?

Get Taliasman if you want a short book that is entertaining and easy to read.

The beginning of Taliasman by Anastasia Vitsky

Present Day

If I had been born a boy, I would have followed in my father’s footsteps and become a tradesman. Because I was a girl, he sold me instead.

“No,” Vina corrects me when I bring up the story, which is not often. She doesn’t like the facts, and I dislike her pretty lies. “Your mother agonized whether to let you go, but she knew you would be better off here. She wanted to give you a better life.”

I would call Vina on her mistruths, but she claims I still reason as a child. All of my protests to the contrary serve to prove her right, at least in her mind. Only when I agree with her does she admit I am a full-grown adult.

“You’re happy with me, aren’t you?” Vina makes me sit next to her at the formal dinners she hosts most nights, and she dresses me in rich silks with real lace. If I tell her no, she sends me to my room as punishment for what she calls my petulance. If I resist, she gives me one of her lessons in obedience. Some are painful, others pleasurable, and all serve to narrow my world and make me focus on her. How could I not, when she owns me?


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