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A Brother's Price por Wen Spencer
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A Brother's Price (original 2005; edição 2005)

por Wen Spencer (Autor)

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In a world where males are rarely born, they've become a commodity-traded and sold like property. Jerin Whistler has come of age for marriage and his handsome features have come to the attention of the royal princesses. But such attentions can be dangerous-especially as Jerin uncovers the dark mysteries the royal family is hiding.… (mais)
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Título:A Brother's Price
Autores:Wen Spencer (Autor)
Informação:Roc (2005), 310 pages
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Not available as an ebook, but I've had the paperback for a long time.

A stand-alone in an interesting alternate universe with a wildly skewed gender imbalance. Female births outweigh male births by 90%, and the 'Lords of Creation' aren't lords, but Ladies. Males are protected and kept at home until they marry into another family or enter the 'cribs'. At first glance, it looks like a Western novel written by a feminist who has completely swapped gender roles around and not gone any deeper than that. It's a bit deeper than it seems - the hero of the book is basically a feminist - except he's a male. It would be interesting to read more in this world - there's intriguing hints of the dominant religion - the worship of Hera, and the novel appears to be set in North America with six guns and paddle steamers. However, if it is North America there is no mention of a Native American population.

It's somewhat similar to Patricia Wrede's Frontier Magic series, except there we are explicitly told that the first settlers in North America found no human population, only the magical mega-fauna. It's a little romance-y, but it doesn't detract from the story of the brother who is about to hit marriageable age - this idea is that he will marry well enough to bring his sisters a decent husband.

Recommended if you can track down a copy.
1 vote Maddz | May 2, 2021 |
From the synopsis and the few reviews I skimmed, I was expecting this to be an incisive work of speculative fiction and satire, based on the premise of a world where gender roles are flipped due to a paucity of men in the steampunk world of Queensland.

It's not *quite* that. It's more of a Harlequin (Alternative) Historical romance with a cutesy gender-flipped premise. I read my share of those in my teens so I don't mind it but...I can't help but feel that the premise is a bit wasted. Under another author's pen, the tale of a capable young man being married off to a royal house to secure the fortune of his many sisters could be dark, hilarious, insightful, or any number of things. Under Wen Spencers it's just...*cute*. And weirdly so, since any reader of darker speculative fiction will immediately ask themselves questions and realize that Queensland kind of *sucks*. On the list of fictional places I would never want to live it's somewhere in between Arrakis and Westeros.

But there's lots of love and (cut-to-soft-focus) consummations of undying polyamorous love, so hey! I guess everything is alright.

It's not a bad book, just a little too twee for me. ( )
  EQReader | Dec 1, 2020 |
This is comfort food, but it's GOOD comfort food. Fantasy world with inverted gender roles (only one man per 20 women, group family marriages ensue). It follows the Regency romance arc perfectly except for leaving out that relationship building part in the second third, which actually might've been better to include. But it's really enjoyable – takes the gender role reversal seriously, isn't stupid about it, but also clearly just has a lot of fun telling the story. ( )
  _rixx_ | May 24, 2020 |
Light, entertaining read. ( )
  Deelightful | Jul 4, 2017 |
Described by brownbetty as "[b:A Handmaid's Tale|38447|The Handmaid's Tale|Margaret Atwood|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1255648830s/38447.jpg|1119185] if it were a romantic comedy". Men are scarce, and treated like old-timey-ladies, in a slightly fantastical landscape.
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
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In a world where males are rarely born, they've become a commodity-traded and sold like property. Jerin Whistler has come of age for marriage and his handsome features have come to the attention of the royal princesses. But such attentions can be dangerous-especially as Jerin uncovers the dark mysteries the royal family is hiding.

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