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When Travis inherits the title to a large tract of unspoiled woodlands from his estranged father, he travels there and meets Cembran, a solitary figure who had been driven from his home. But the handsome man who captivates Travis is much more than he seems – he is a magical being, a satyr, and he awakens in Travis realistic, erotic dreams the like of which he has never exp When Travis inherits the title to a large tract of unspoiled woodlands from his estranged father, he travels there and meets Cembran, a solitary figure who had been driven from his home. But the handsome man who captivates Travis is much more than he seems – he is a magical being, a satyr, and he awakens in Travis realistic, erotic dreams the like of which he has never experienced. What Travis and Cembran don’t expect is for the dreams to bind them together and warn them of danger – threats against the magical woodlands from developers, against Cembran’s heritage and life with his people, and against Travis and Cembran’s growing love for one another. It’s the hand of Bacchus himself that leads them into a life with one another: building a family, establishing a home, and battling old demons. And when the dreams return to foretell another threat to their happiness, it will take Cembran, Travis, and all those they love to save not only the satyr community and its lands, but the future Travis and Cembran hope to share together.


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When Travis inherits the title to a large tract of unspoiled woodlands from his estranged father, he travels there and meets Cembran, a solitary figure who had been driven from his home. But the handsome man who captivates Travis is much more than he seems – he is a magical being, a satyr, and he awakens in Travis realistic, erotic dreams the like of which he has never exp When Travis inherits the title to a large tract of unspoiled woodlands from his estranged father, he travels there and meets Cembran, a solitary figure who had been driven from his home. But the handsome man who captivates Travis is much more than he seems – he is a magical being, a satyr, and he awakens in Travis realistic, erotic dreams the like of which he has never experienced. What Travis and Cembran don’t expect is for the dreams to bind them together and warn them of danger – threats against the magical woodlands from developers, against Cembran’s heritage and life with his people, and against Travis and Cembran’s growing love for one another. It’s the hand of Bacchus himself that leads them into a life with one another: building a family, establishing a home, and battling old demons. And when the dreams return to foretell another threat to their happiness, it will take Cembran, Travis, and all those they love to save not only the satyr community and its lands, but the future Travis and Cembran hope to share together.

30 review for Children of Bacchus

  1. 5 out of 5

    Paul Jr.

    I'd seen this novel by Andrew Grey on various e-commerce sites for the past month or so and I'd always avoided it due to the horrendous cover artwork, possibly one of the worst covers I've ever seen. But when I was asked to review this Dreamspinner Press release, I tried to put the cover out of my mind. After all, there have been many truly excellent novels adorned with horrible covers, and sometimes a gem can shine through such bad packaging. But I am sorry to say that the cover foretells the q I'd seen this novel by Andrew Grey on various e-commerce sites for the past month or so and I'd always avoided it due to the horrendous cover artwork, possibly one of the worst covers I've ever seen. But when I was asked to review this Dreamspinner Press release, I tried to put the cover out of my mind. After all, there have been many truly excellent novels adorned with horrible covers, and sometimes a gem can shine through such bad packaging. But I am sorry to say that the cover foretells the quality of the story in more ways than one. First, let's get the main issue out of the way. Is this speculative fiction? Well, if you factor in that the many of the lead characters are Satyrs, then yes this can loosely be placed in the speculative or fantasy genres. Is the speculative element explored, developed and in some way essential to the story? No. There is no grand world building, no exploration of issues of race or culture, no lyrical or magical feel that creates a sense of whimsy or romance. In the end, this is a story about a bunch of horny guys--and not because they're Satyrs--and anyone who picks this up for the speculative/fantasy elements will be hugely disappointed. The next thing we have to get clear is that while technically marketed as novel, this work is actually two 150-page novellas stuck together by virtue of common characters and the Satyr setting. The "plot" (as minimal as it was) of the first half of the book is radically different than the second half of the book. And we also get a prologue that, interestingly, is the most engaging part of the entire work. So let's take a look at the two novellas. JOURNEY TO CHILDHOOD: This novella is the story of Travis and Cembran, a human and a Satyr who meet when Travis inherits the land on which Cembran has lived for over 300 years. Of course, the two lay eyes on one another and love blossoms instantly, leaving Travis to consider leaving his real life behind to live with his new love. It seems that Cembran has been haunting Travis' dreams (explored briefly) since Travis was a teen, and it was their destiny to meet. But Cembran's father, King of the Satyr and a direct descendent of Bacchus himself, has been haunting Travis' dreams as well, threatening Travis to the point that the new lovers decide to confront this powerful creature and bring his reign to an end. Journey to Childhood starts off quickly enough, with extremely sparse prose (almost skeletal) that sets a nice pace, at least initially. The problem is that there is nothing remarkable about the prose, and it is almost so abbreviated that just as you seem to be headed to an interesting scene, it ends. It felt a bit like literary coitus interruptus. But the main problems with this first novella are the things that typically plague lesser works in the m/m romance/erotica genre. The characters lack depth of any kind, remaining as flat and as cardboard at the end of the novella as they are at the beginning. Likewise, other than Travis' penchant for calling Cembran "Lamb" every few lines or so, there is nothing that differentiates these characters from one another. Likewise the human/Satyr inter-species love is never, ever explored, emotionally, socially or sexually. Add in the fact that these two men read largely as women with penises, it's difficult to stay interested. Plot wise, there isn't much here. An attack on Cebran that could have lent the novella some tension is used only as a plot device and quickly vanishes, and the crux of the novella is the impending battle with Cembran's father. In between the two events you get an average of two sex scenes per chapter, with about 3 pages of the chapters dedicated to "loving" dialog. The sex scenes are not erotic, nor especially well crafted, and the constant barrage of them shatters any chance of developing dramatic tension within the piece. By the time we get to the battle with Cembran's father, we have come to be bored with the sexual life of our two heroes, and we are longing for the great, epic battle promised us. Unfortunately, the novella comes up short there as well, encapsulating the battle in two and one-half pages. After the obligatory sex scenes and professions of eternal love, we move on to the next novella. COMMUNITY OF CHILDREN: This second novella contains all the problems of the first -- cardboard characters, the lack of distinctive characters, mundane (and by this point, annoying) sex scenes, weepy men -- and even adds to those problems by not knowing exactly what it wants to be. We have Travis and Cembran wanting to turn their farm into a community of Satyrs; Gathod (a minor, plot-device character from the first novella) struggling with how to tell his human lover Doug that he is a Satyr; Brock (another first novella plot device) falling in love with his human lover, Steven (which love happens instantly); Steven discovering that his is a Satyr; Doug deciding to run for Sheriff of the local town; and a sub-plot about the adoption by Brock's parents of a young orphaned boy who doesn't know yet that he is a Satyr. Any one of these could have been an interesting plot, but not a single one is explored with any depth. The "community" being built has no idyllic feel to it. The conflict in the relationship between Gathod and his human lover is resolved in about 10 paragraphs. And the adoption subplot has none of the nuances that could have made it fascinating. Throw in dialog such as “Oh god, Brock.” It sounded like Steven was crying, “You make me feel special.” and you have a story that really has no appeal because it has no direction. This novella tries to be a jack-of-all-trades and ends up being master of none. But most of, this novella suffers from an overdose of sweetness. In this world, every boss, every lover, every social worker is pro-gay (or pro-Satyr), understanding, loving. The lack of any dramatic tension in this piece along with the interminable saccharine and the aimless rambling from unexplored plot to unexplored plot ultimately makes this novella cloying. I tried very hard to find something I enjoyed about the novel, but in the end I found it so riddled with clichés and lacking any tension, that I couldn't see beyond its insurmountable faults. It fails as speculative fiction. It is a cloying romance. It lacks any magical feeling that could have endeared it to me. Even as porn it fails to leave any erotic impression. Given the abundance of exceptional gay spec fiction and m/m romance/erotica out there to be had, one is best served by looking for other tales that deliver rather than visiting with the Children of Bacchus.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kirsty~Vhixen

    wow..well wasn't this just one big m/m sex-fest...not that i'm complaining. i didn't realise it was two books in one. the first follows Travis and Cembran. i fell in love with those boys. Cembran had me crying by the end of the prologue alone. the secong book started with Steven. i though it would a complete didn't story but it just followed straight on, you met Brock again about 1 chpt into it...and quickly you caught up with Travis and Cembran all over again. i loved this whole book and they way wow..well wasn't this just one big m/m sex-fest...not that i'm complaining. i didn't realise it was two books in one. the first follows Travis and Cembran. i fell in love with those boys. Cembran had me crying by the end of the prologue alone. the secong book started with Steven. i though it would a complete didn't story but it just followed straight on, you met Brock again about 1 chpt into it...and quickly you caught up with Travis and Cembran all over again. i loved this whole book and they way it was written was just perfect. i can't wait to read the second Bacchus book. hopefully it'll continue on with all the people we know and the little community they've now built.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Cherie Noel

    If you ever loved a fairy-tale, or ever wished you could walk among mythical creatures, this book is the start of a series you are sure to LOVE!! This book prompted me to buy every book in the series, and catapulted Andrew Grey to the top 10 list of my favorite authors. Don't miss out on this fantastic book!! If you ever loved a fairy-tale, or ever wished you could walk among mythical creatures, this book is the start of a series you are sure to LOVE!! This book prompted me to buy every book in the series, and catapulted Andrew Grey to the top 10 list of my favorite authors. Don't miss out on this fantastic book!!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa theJeepDiva

    Children of Bacchus is comprised of two novellas: Journey to Childhood and Community of Children. In Journey to childhood the readers are introduced to Travis and Cembran. Travis has just inherited a large acreage property. Cembran has been a long time tenant of the property. Travis not knowing of Satyr’s and their longevity has no clue just how long Cembran has actually lived there. Travis is also shocked when he finally meets this tenant and realizes that this is the man he has been having ero Children of Bacchus is comprised of two novellas: Journey to Childhood and Community of Children. In Journey to childhood the readers are introduced to Travis and Cembran. Travis has just inherited a large acreage property. Cembran has been a long time tenant of the property. Travis not knowing of Satyr’s and their longevity has no clue just how long Cembran has actually lived there. Travis is also shocked when he finally meets this tenant and realizes that this is the man he has been having erotic dreams about since his teen years. As Travis and Cembran’s relationship grows stronger and brings them closer together the erotic dreams begin to turn to nightmares that Travis hopes never become a reality. Community of Children is appropriately titled. The family acreage is turning into a community where the Satyrs are living and often visiting with one another. The changes that happen in Cembran’s life due to the ending of Journey into Childhood (potential spoiler, sorry for elusiveness) allows him to reconnect with family members he had not seen in a couple hundred years. The Satyr community at Cembran and Travis’s farm is continuing to grow. Their monthly Bacchanal is continuing to grow and prosper. With the community come multiple couples that the readers get to know. Brock and Steven are one of these secondary couples that are so hot together they leave burn marks on the pages. The Satyr’s dreamwalking ability has given Travis and Cembran a unique connection. It gives Travis a reason to pursue Cembran when he pushes Travis away feigning a lack of interest. This ability also brings much turmoil to the relationship. It is forbidden among Satyr’s to use this ability. Yet someone who is seeking to harm Cembran is attempting to reach him through Travis’s dreams. Travis and Cembran have a very sweet, loving, caring and deeply emotional relationship. Cembran has been a loner for an incredibly long time. Travis has had plenty of relationships, but there was always something missing. Travis and Cembran together works, they share an affinity for animals, and they have long been connected through the dreams. Their affection for one another is real and concrete. I think this book is a perfect hammock read. The story is set in the country on a farm. The characters are living on and enjoying time working the farm, cooling off in a lake, sunning on the beach and nights by campfires. The overall ambiance of the book made me want to be outside in an autumn breeze. The minimal conflict and lack of angst, anger and aggression also gives Children of Bacchus a much laid back relaxed feel.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Charly

    Significant editing issues, but the story far outweighs them Warning: This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS. Rating: 8/10 PROS: - Loved the story(ies), especially toward the end of the book. The book has a beautiful, satisfying conclusion. - Very good depiction of a progression over several years' worth of time. I LOVED the sense of community at the end of the book...not only are the two main characters happy and together forever, but they're also surrounded by a network of Significant editing issues, but the story far outweighs them Warning: This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS. Rating: 8/10 PROS: - Loved the story(ies), especially toward the end of the book. The book has a beautiful, satisfying conclusion. - Very good depiction of a progression over several years' worth of time. I LOVED the sense of community at the end of the book...not only are the two main characters happy and together forever, but they're also surrounded by a network of friends and family whose interactions are heartwarming and lovely. - Story shows 3 different romances in varying degrees of depth, and I enjoyed them all. The book follows Travis and Cembran's romance in great depth, and then we're shown Brock and Steven to a lesser degree, and we get to hear about and see external evidence of Gathod and Doug's relationship. CONS: - One of the conflicts--there are 2, one in each part (originally written and published as separate novellas, perhaps?)--is rushed and a bit unnecessary. I felt like the story was fine as an exploration of family and community and didn't need a more traditional "bad guy"-related problem. - Difficult to keep up with what's happening because of editing issues, particularly the way dialog and exposition are intermingled. Some paragraphs convey the actions and words of multiple characters and use "he/him" instead of names so that it's unclear who's doing and saying what. - Repetitive sex scenes. There is a lot of sex, as is appropriate in a story about satyrs, and nothing about it is anything other than vanilla. But the sex is emotional, so overall I liked it. - Some unnecessary repetition of ideas and dialogue, as though the stories were originally published in serial sections and each piece needed to provide background information for readers who weren't familiar with the earlier parts. Overall comments: If you enjoy emotional romance, particularly as it's shown over a period of several years, this is a great read.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lee Kokle

    The title of the book actually got me curiou the first time I found it. The genre of this book is m/m romance or romance in the field of lgbt. It is written in the third person, maing it easier to read but that is only my own peronal preference. The format of this book made me even more interested in the book because the theme he uses has always seemed interesting for me and I wanted to know how this author has carried this idea out. The main character is a satyr - in greek mytology, satyrs are The title of the book actually got me curiou the first time I found it. The genre of this book is m/m romance or romance in the field of lgbt. It is written in the third person, maing it easier to read but that is only my own peronal preference. The format of this book made me even more interested in the book because the theme he uses has always seemed interesting for me and I wanted to know how this author has carried this idea out. The main character is a satyr - in greek mytology, satyrs are believed to be companions of Pan and Dionysus. Satyrs are portrayed as almost normal humans only with the small horns and a tail that they are able to hide. Satyrs also are able to influence people's dreams but it is a power they do not use anymore because it is frowned upon. Why? Because it is said to be a way of mental rape. Author uses a language that is easy both to read and to understand, creating a lovely novel for any kind of interested readers. This book "took" me and did not let me go the whole time I was reading it. It is always a good ign if the book draws you in and this was one of those books. I would love to read more from this author as soon as I will be able to. And, if it would be possible, I would love to receive an autograph from the author. Reading more soon anyway. I recommend this book to anyone interested both in this genre and the mythology part. The easy way of connecting both is what makes this book special.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Don Bradshaw

    Travis, human, inherits several hundred acres of land and sees and falls for the handsome Cebram. Cebram turns out to be a half satyr that has been farming on a plot of land on Travis'. The two fall in love and draw other satyrs. Cebram's father poses a conflict by wanting Cebram to marry and become the next Baccharist in his old home. Travis faces off with Cebram's father and defeats the evil father. Bacchus is pleased with Travis and makes him a satyr too. Travis and Cebram return home to the Travis, human, inherits several hundred acres of land and sees and falls for the handsome Cebram. Cebram turns out to be a half satyr that has been farming on a plot of land on Travis'. The two fall in love and draw other satyrs. Cebram's father poses a conflict by wanting Cebram to marry and become the next Baccharist in his old home. Travis faces off with Cebram's father and defeats the evil father. Bacchus is pleased with Travis and makes him a satyr too. Travis and Cebram return home to the farm and Travis becomes the baccharist.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sucajo

    This felt a little like two books in one. The first half of the story dealing with the relationship between Cembran and Travis - how they meet and fall in love and then how they face up to Cembran's father. I think I enjoyed the second half more which focuses on the family that starts to build up around Cembran and Travis's home and land. Here we got to meet more new couples at the same time watching the original MCs' relationship deepen and strengthen. This was a feel-good read filled with love This felt a little like two books in one. The first half of the story dealing with the relationship between Cembran and Travis - how they meet and fall in love and then how they face up to Cembran's father. I think I enjoyed the second half more which focuses on the family that starts to build up around Cembran and Travis's home and land. Here we got to meet more new couples at the same time watching the original MCs' relationship deepen and strengthen. This was a feel-good read filled with love and families and friendships and battles between good and evil where good always triumphs.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Alana

    Everything that I expect from an Andrew Grey book. Loved it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kerry sullivan

    This book was reviewed for Musings of a bookworm OK I am a massive Andrew grey fan and will read anything with his name on it but a bit of me wishes I had left this well alone. Now don't me wrong this book was not awful or unreadable but it was slow and at time down right boring. This is a slow story of two men who fall in love and create a little community while facing a few challenges. The thing that saves this book is the fact it is written by Andrew Grey, he makes you want to now even when y This book was reviewed for Musings of a bookworm OK I am a massive Andrew grey fan and will read anything with his name on it but a bit of me wishes I had left this well alone. Now don't me wrong this book was not awful or unreadable but it was slow and at time down right boring. This is a slow story of two men who fall in love and create a little community while facing a few challenges. The thing that saves this book is the fact it is written by Andrew Grey, he makes you want to now even when you are thinking WHY!!!! You still can't just give up and have to keep reading. I wont be reading any more of this series but I will be reading anything else this author writes, I think maybe his contemporary stuff is what he is best at, and for me i will stick with that!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Gwengwel

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Sex, sex and sex. That's resume this "story". A fuck fest. The book's separate in two part (for what reason?) and give the feeling of being a draft. Lack of finishing. With what Cembran paid his tax? Can Travis stop calling him 'lamb'? How can Cembran can take a plane, a international vol, since he don't have an identity? How can Steven's doc, in his teen, just remove his tail and horn? Sex, sex and sex. That's resume this "story". A fuck fest. The book's separate in two part (for what reason?) and give the feeling of being a draft. Lack of finishing. With what Cembran paid his tax? Can Travis stop calling him 'lamb'? How can Cembran can take a plane, a international vol, since he don't have an identity? How can Steven's doc, in his teen, just remove his tail and horn?

  12. 4 out of 5

    Theresa

    This is a awesome series its a must read.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Elisa Rolle

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  14. 4 out of 5

    JohnMichael

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kristian Vallance

  16. 5 out of 5

    Christopher Raines

  17. 4 out of 5

    Gasaffan

  18. 4 out of 5

    Nickles

  19. 4 out of 5

    Erika

  20. 4 out of 5

    Icedave

  21. 4 out of 5

    Roger Hyttinen

  22. 5 out of 5

    Adara

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jay

  24. 5 out of 5

    Heather

  25. 4 out of 5

    Simsala

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tubia

  27. 4 out of 5

    Cori

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay

  29. 5 out of 5

    Holly

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

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