Friday, July 31, 2015

ETERNAL GRIND by Salome Wilde

Publisher: Torquere Press
Date published: 05/13/15
PRINT ISBN: 978-1-61040-911-7:
MM, Fantasy
Reviewed by Helen
Obtained via publisher
Rating: 4


 Fnx and Gwq are demons who work as baristas in Hell. Their boss, Yzk, is just as annoying as any corporate boss on Earth, but in a more demonly manner and setting. Still, the two women manage to snatch occasional moments together. But trouble is just about to descend on Fnx.

This completely off-the-wall story won’t be everyone’s cup of tea by any means, but Salome Wilde has come up with something absolutely different from anything anyone will have ever read before. For such a very short story, only twelve pages, there’s a wealth of world building. It’s more hinted at than described, but is none the less extremely vivid.
These are demons and this is Hell, so it’s not surprising that the opening scene is a little bit gross, but not horrific. Also, the explanations later in the story temper the effect and smooth over any discomfort a reader might have felt.
The lesbian romance is also a little rough, but sweet and tender simply wouldn’t be realistic in such a setting. Besides, Fnx’s passion for Gwq is very clear.
All in all, Ms. Wilde has created a unique world peopled with realistic characters for whom the reader will wish a happy ending. Readers of darker romance will truly appreciate it, but even more mainstream readers might get a kick out of something so very different.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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