WraeththuIn This Powerful And Elegant Story Set In A Future Earth Very Different From Our Own, A New Kind Of Human Has Evolved To Challenge The Dominion Of Homo Sapiens This New Breed Is Stronger, Smarter, And Far Beautiful Than Their Parent Race, And Are Endowed With Psychic As Well As Physical Gifts They Are Destined To Supplant Humanity As We Know It, But Humanity Won T Die Without A StruggleHere At Last In A Single Volume Are All Three Of Constantine S Wraeththu Trilogy The Enchantments Of Flesh And Spirit, The Bewitchments Of Love And Hate, And The Fulfilments Of Fate And Desire

Storm Constantine b 1956 is a British science fiction and fantasy author, primarily known for her Wraeththu series.Since the late 1980s she has written than 20 novels, plus several non fiction books She is featured in the Goth Bible and is often included in discussions of alternative sexuality and gender in science fiction and fantasy many of her novels include same sex relationships or

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  • Paperback
  • 800 pages
  • Wraeththu
  • Storm Constantine
  • English
  • 15 February 2019
  • 9780312890001

10 thoughts on “Wraeththu

  1. says:

    There s really not a whole lot of good about these books While the premise itself is compelling, its execution is nonsensical and offensive The plot is meandering at best, and the characters are mewling, saccharine things with haphazard and inconsistent characterizations The writing style itself is dry with a lot of strangely placed commas, and while Constantine s dialogue has improved to serviceable by the end of the third book, it remains stilted and unconvincing.I picked up the text out of curiosity I wanted to know how it would play with gender Which, um, it actually doesn t The Wraeththu are basically dudes with flowerparts instead of pensises, and gender is a strictly binary concept where most of the female gendered Wraeththu are looked down on, insulted, and essentially written off Indeed, all three narrators are described as androgynous but still manly dudes with a few tacked on passages about how there is female in all of us something about crying water moon darkness whatever The actual women in the book are few and far between and mostly serve the purpose of the slightly melancholy but wise guides for the spiritual journeys of the Wraeththu, and no lady is ever allowed to express even a shred of bitterness about their eminent genocide.You would think in a trilogy a lot would happen, but it s mostly just a lot of the aforementioned spiritual journeying The narrator of the first book, Pell, finally achieves his Important Political Office only for the book to end and switch to the perspective of Swift who achieves his Important Political Office only for the book to end and switch to Cal who, you guessed it, spends the entire text struggling with psychological demons in the most unfathomably boring way possible only to achieve his Important Political Office There s no sense of urgency or movement to the plot, and what s , Constantine neatly skims over any of the interesting political intrigue in order to have her characters angst about their insipid lives some By the end of it no one has really accomplished anything of note, and the seeds of what might be an interesting story have been sown It really felt like a very boring set of prequels rather than a trilogy with a plot.The characters that move the plot are similarly uninspiring There s something repellent about each of the main characters, though Swift is by far the most palatable Personalities change drastically and then snap right back to how they used to be, and some characters grow and develop but never in a terribly organic way Cal is the most baffling culprit, who is sadistic but also a big softie but also a cynical jerk but also likes to have serious aruna which is magic sex but not really magical sex which is something else with people but also admits to having violated a lot of people in the past and wants to go to Immanion but also never wanted to go to Immanion and so on Also the constantly shifting romantic entanglements are tiring and at times absurd The whole thing makes for, overall, a very dull package.Really, I think the work is pretty seriously dated in regards to its ideology theoretical underpinnings and maybe I m being too harsh in that regard, but then again I m not sure I particularly care On the whole, the series reads as a meandering pseudo philosophical piece of slash fiction written by someone who didn t what to dead with the existence of women, full stop A pretty torturous read, all told.

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    This book is great brain candy for me Except for the scope of the epic at 774 pages, not counting appendices it s a great quick read you don t have to think too much about Of the books, I would have to say that the second is probably my favorite because it deals with a character that is born into the world after the Wraethu have taken over and remolded the world.It s postapocalyptic punk with queer romance and magic thrown in Some of the new language Constantine creates is spot on The caste systems, city and character names, and tribe definitions are fantastic Just the mental exercise of carving up known continents into new tribal areas is one of the reasons I love re reading this brick of literature However some of the language made me laugh These people were used to concealment To them it was something powerful and secret and forbidden to reveal themselves There is a word for it veyeila that is untranslatable to anyone who is not Froia veyeila is untranslatable You took the world veil and added extra vowels Say it out loud Look at it I can translate that.Fortunately the new language is on than off, and that s the only real example I can think of that really threw me out of the book entirely.Love it or hate it, you have to acknowledge that there is a lot of sex magic in this book On average, once every 25 50 pages At least Sometimes 3 or 4 scenes within 10 pages If you re uncomfortable with it, let me reassure you that it is mostly short, abstractly described enough that you don t have time to say Wait, again and then the story quickly moves on Constantine takes it as read that sex is a big part of the culture of these people and as such mentions it often without dwelling on it in too lavish terms In the third book one of the characters actually works at a brothel, and I commend Constantine s use of that time to make it one of the most chaste parts of the books The sexual act there is culturally insignificant and twisted and thus doesn t even merit a mention Well done.Love triangles abound For example, A sleeps with B, who is the consort of C B wants A to have his babies, but A isn t comfortable with that A leaves but comes back later, only to sleep with D, the son of B and C D is supposed to be promised to E, but scorns him in favor of A Who also ends up sleeping with C who is the parent of D A, D, and E all hook up later on, and things sort of go on from there.This is not a book to be read by people who take themselves too seriously It is a book that HBO should make into a movie series as soon as possible, because it s just too pretty not to be visual at some point.All in all, a really fun read So much fun that I spent money on and now own the sequel.

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    I wanted to like these books, really I did The poetic writing style, the atrocious dialogue, the strange and enticing premise, it all seemed so right Pellaz is a great main character, he goes through so much hardship but remains himself through and through He has a great personality, the most realistic of all the characters, and I really enjoyed listening to his story.Constantine has a tendency to throw a lot of pretty words and phrases together that are, in the end, just empty phrases One of those, Time was so fleeting, moving quickly on into the unknown, yet it was slow and agonizing, holding us all captive in continue this for a full paragraph Yes, time exists, and it moves on Can you Because I would like to.But the ultimate destroyer is the nightmare of a character that is Cal Let me sum him up for you and spare you the torment.Spoilers and harsh words ahead, so beware.BEGIN RANT view spoiler Cal is the most pathetic, irritating, piece of shit that rivals even that of Edward Cullen, with a matching eye colour that is over described.He is the definition of a contradiction, a perfect example of all of the worst personality traits smashed into one person with absolutely no redeeming qualities because every bit of him is as pitiful and fake as possible He is self obsessed and thinks himself worthy of others attention, yet critical on him self on a psychotic level He believes in love and yet he uses it to abuse everyone in his life and latches onto someone new without remorse He has that dark, twisted past that he inflicts on everyone within arms reach and just blames it on their Fate Nothing is ever his fault, not in his eyes and not in the eyes of any other characters which is the worst part of all this, but I ll get to that.He spends the entire series deflowering young boys, breaking up families for his own amusement, and just being the ultimate fucking jerk off You would think others in the novels would hate him, right They know all of these terrible things, half of the time he laughingly admits to all of the terrible things he has done and that it was all for sport.But it s the exact opposite he is seen like he is just the PERFECT heartthrob.Everyone and their psuedo mother sleeps with this fucking imbecile, and suddenly realizes, Oh, he s not terrible at all Nothing he does is wrong, it just is All because he is our personal sex God This guy seriously has sex with Terzian psuedo dad , then his newly pubescent son, then this son s hostling or psuedo mom And each time he fucks one of them, everything makes sense and he is the greatest fucking person in the world with some grand Destiny that has yet to be expanded on because Constantine was too busy expanding on his lavish sex scenes that needn t exist in the first place.On a scale of 1 to Voldemort, I d put him a few paces after the Dark Lord At least Voldemort had his fucking reasons, but Cal has yet to explain his own, other than to just watch the people around him writhe in pain and apparently ecstasy at waiting in line to bang him TL DR Rename the series, One Har To Fuck Them All and just forget about a real plot, and get ready for Constantine s ultimate dream man banging everyone, not forgetting the children hide spoiler

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    I m re reading this series.It s wonderful I m glad a friend recommended it to me Best thing about this series is how the characters change and evolve over the decades At least most of them, as you will find out if you read this book.This book is about evolution, the evolution of a mystical, hermaphroditic race Constantine creates a fascinating assortment of characters, especially Calanthe, who change, grow, suffer and learn as these stories progress.My favourite one would be Calanthe s story, but it s also fascinating to see the world through the eyes of the innocent Pellez as he goes from being a human boy to a Har The second book is in the perspective of a Harling, the first generation to be born from Hara who never thought they d find themselves able to bear children You see the world through his somewhat alien eyes and see how he adapts to change The third book is the best It s about Calanthe, who is a dynamic character, my favourite in the book I definitely recommend reading this book if you like stories about gender issues, or books with rather well done mystical sex scenes The only problem with this book is the language does get thick and decadent at times, but it s a delightful decadence that goes well with good music and perhaps wine.Read it again in 2013 It s still so GOOD I love this book so much And read the next series too So much CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT

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    Storm Constantine is not for everyone And the Wraeththu series seems to invoke one of two reactions either you hate them or you love them I m one of those people in the latter category.As a fan of Constantine s works, I have read nearly every novel she s written, but the three books which make up the Wraeththu series were the first, and remain my favorite What s so admirable about these books 1 Her characterization Constantine is a master at making the characters real You care about them When they suffer, you feel it When they triumph, you cheer for them.2 Gender bending This series often gets tagged as gay fantasy when the characters are actually hermaphrodites Granted, those who become hara the name the hermaphrodites give themselves , were originally human males and many of them exhibit traditional male sensibilities , so you can certainly read them as gay men if you want to Personally I find the hara s struggle to come to terms with their new female aspects interesting than thinking of them in terms of being slightly modified gay men 3 Personally, I found them entertaining If you have inner fangirl or fanboy , these books are like candy.Although I love this series, they are by no means perfect books Part of the reason is probably because Constantine was still a rather young author when she wrote them The writing style in her follow up trilogy the Wraeththu Histories , written than ten years later, is a lot polished, but it all starts here.I also recommend Constantine s Hermetech.

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    Re posted from So whenever I think about how good a book is there always appears in my mind a spectrum On one end we have PLOT and on the other end there is CHARACTER I feel like the books that could most objectively be called the best fall right smack in the middle of these two things, a perfect mix of plot and characters But to be honest the books I love best tend to be way unbalanced, in favour of the character side of things Objectively I can admit that these books might not be the most expertly crafted, but I care not at all It s characters or GTFO for me folks, all the way.Storm Constantine s Wreaththu trilogy read by me in a convenient omnibus version was the perfect example of this Most of the reviews I see of these three books that aren t dealing with the role playing game that has apparently been developed around them complain that the plot is a bit lacking And they re right I can see that they re right Do I care Not really Because dude, I dug these books.The premise that at some point in the future humanity has began to evolve intoa higher form called wraeththu Wraththu are beautiful and awesome and just, like, so totally superior to mankind in every single way Or so they like to think of themselves Really the wraeththu are just as flawed as man is, just in slightly different ways The blurb of the omnibus edition made out like these books would deal with mankind s struggle not to be replaced Which was crazy misleading, because there is no struggle Mankind has lost It is the final twilight of man Really the books deal with the the establishment of wraththu society, and how the new race struggles to find it s own identity without falling into the same behaviors that ruined mankind.The three books span a decent amount of time, and when we start out the wraeththu are little than separate waring tribes, and by the end we see that civilizations start to form This isn t the point to the books and mostly happens in the background, but it s pretty cool to see the subtle evolution.I will say that the fact they were written in the 80s shows like crazy The apololyptic wasteland of the first book just screams early nineties, mad max tank girl, and the extended ruminations of gender read as dated to me But still interesting The wraeththu are both male and female, and they either start of as male humans and are turned to wreaththu, or, later in the series, pure wraththu babies start being born The contrast in how turned and born wraththu dealt with gender was fascinating.You ll note I still really haven t talked about plot It s not fair to say that there is no plot, because there is Book 1 deals with turned wraeththu Pelaz, who is being groomed by a higher being to be the supreme emporer of the world The only problem is Pelaz unforturnate choice of lover, Cal Of the three books this was my least favourite, as Pelaz is a fairy cold and removed protagonist It s not terrible though, but the final two volumes are worlds better.Book two, and my favorite, revolves around born wraeththu Swift It s basically a coming of age tale, and I m a sucker for the coming of age tale And it s a really good one Swift s father is just a little bit evil but still painfully sympathetic to the reader , and his hostling mother, basically is just a little bit batshit insane, and poor Swift is one of the first pure wraeththu babies to be born, so it s not like he has anyone to tell him what to expect as he grows up.The last book focus on Cal, who continues to be the spanner in the works of many a well laid plan, as he fights against his inevitable destiny Cal is Well Cal is Cal Beautiful and sharp and funny and than a little bit broken This is the only book he narrates, but he appears across all three and it was a delight to watch how our understanding of him grows as we see him from first Pelaz s point of view, and then Swift s, and then finally his own.Really, if you re going to read these books, you re going to do it for the characters They re beautifully written, sympathetic and consistent The plot I mean, yeah, it s there But the endings get wrapped up way too easily often than not by using the power of magical wreaththu sex No really , but the flaws in plotting do not at all detract from these books Assuming you love characters as much as I do, that is.

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    Today the theme for BBAW is Forgotten Treasure I wouldnt say That Wraeththu by Storm Constantine was a forgotten treasure, but I m sure a great many readers aren t familiar with it The cover shown here is from the collected Omnibus edition There are three books in the series The Enchantments Of Flesh and Spirit The Bewitchments of Love and Hate The Fulfilments of Fate and DesireHere is a little about the book from the Good Reads site In this powerful and elegant story set in a future Earth very different from our own, a new kind of human has evolved to challenge the dominion of Homo sapiens This new breed is stronger, smarter, and far beautiful than their parent race, and are endowed with psychic as well as physical gifts They are destined to supplant humanity as we know it, but humanity won t die without a struggle.Here at last in a single volume are all three of Constantine s Wraeththu trilogy The Enchantments of Flesh and Spirit, The Bewitchments of Love and Hate, and The Fulfilments of Fate and Desire Now there is something I must express here In this future, the majority of Wraeththu are male Males that have, through evolutionary necessity have the power to procreate I say this becase Wraeththu has many stories of love, but they are between men This book has been recognized by many Gay an Lesbian literay communities I want to let prospective readers who may not be comfortable with these situations know in advance I HOPE, this would not disuade anyone from reading it.Book One is narrated by Pellaz.He is a young boy living on a small farm with his family They have heard many rumours about the Wraeththu and are suprised when one comes to there small farm It is Cal Pellaz is enthralled with him he feels emotions and desires he never thought possible He runs away with Cal, on a Journey that will end with him being turned into a Wraeththu and so much This volume is beautiful and interesting we are introduced to the community of these strange beautiful beings alon with the politics of the Wraeththu community.Book Two is narrated by Swift He is a youngling or Har, who lives with his father and hostling who birthed him, Cobweb Swift is a very intersting character and we se a diferent aspect of the Wraeththu world Though Swift s father is active in the political world Swift is not effected by it much He ives a quiet , pampered life Then Cal shows up at his family s doorstep Cal is reeling from the events of book one and is at Swifts house to lick his wounds and take advantage of the former affections Swifts father still holds for Cal Swift s life is continually uphended due to Cal s affects on his family Swift s chilhood also ends as he and his magics are needed for a battle that is raging betwen the humans and the Wraeththu.I lovd this volume Swift is one of my favorite characters, it is also very interesting to see Cal described through another characters eyes.In Book Three we finally get the narrative voice of Cal He has faced his demons and now moves on to the Wraeththu capital to reclaim Pellaz Cal is such a great character He is the trixter, the Stormbringer, his original deceptions have driven Pellaz away but Cal decides to face his demons and Pellaz once It is an amazing climax to a great triology that I look forward to rereading Storm Constantine has created a marvelous universe and a wonderful cast of characters Lovers of fantasy and magic will love this series.

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    One of the most phenomenal stories I ve ever readWarning This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS Rating 10 10PROS The depth of the world building is incredible In fact, there were times, especially in the first 100 pages, when I became pretty lost because many of the things the characters conversations referred to were completely foreign to me Throughout the book, I couldn t read than a couple of pages before something original and unique came up in the story a character trait, an element of the setting, a ritual, etc and I had to pause to consider it The writing is very, very good lyrical and poetic and beautiful Constantine uses a wide variety of unusual words to create an exotic tone, and the book has a somber, contemplative feel to it, with numerous references to things that would happen to the characters many years later, after the specific instances related in the story There are so many interesting characters in these stories, and all of them are unbelievably strong Some are pathetic in their selfishness and adherence to fading ways of life, but they each have their own strength, some quiet and reflective, and others loud and brash and strident The majority of the main characters undergo major transformations, all of which are fabulously depicted Each of the three books in this bound volume is told from a different perspective, and I found each point of view intriguing than the last The narrators voices not only evolve as they mature and experience the triumphs and disappointments of their lives, but also remain unique enough that their narrative voices are easily distinguishable from one another s.CON At times, the sadness of the characters became so prevalent that I succumbed to bouts of mild depression while reading because I was identifying so closely with their struggles particularly their romantic struggles Not every relationship that I wanted to end happily did, and some that did took a LONG time to wind up that way.Overall comments For some reason, I stalled about halfway through the first volume and sort of had to force myself to continue reading I am SO glad I did, though this is simply a fantastic story The idea is so intriguing, the characters so complex, and the entire fictional world so mystical and enthralling that I envy those people who have yet to read Wraeththu and still have its discovery in their future This book has affected me in a way that few others have, ever.

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    The Gay Lord of the Rings , written for adults Not for everyone, these books are an acquired taste The writing style tends to the gothic.Post apocalyptic world with a new race born to replace human beings These new creatures are hermaphrodites, and can choose the gender they want to exercise when having sex, in essence making women irrelevant to survival of the species The need for the new species is based on the fact that gender differences caused the end of civilization Yet, the books are proof that even though the new beings don t have a defined gender, personality determines how they behave and there s still a gender divide in the new society This story is a treatise on human behavior, carried out by non humans Genius A book that makes me think, superbly developed characters that stay with me as friends or enemies , a story that grabs me and does not let go All the requirements for a five star read Highly recommended.

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    SUM The Enchantments of Flesh and Spirit We follow the journey of young Pellaz, picked up by Calanthe and incepted into the ranks of the Wraeththu Pell is driven by a strange urge to elevate in caste as quickly as possible, hence his travels with Cal around Megalithica, until Pell is taken out by of all beings a human woman And yet, Pell s journey is of course not over yet Theide, the first Wraeththu, gives him a new body and makes him Tigron of all the Wraeththu, setting him up to rule in Almagabra in Phoanica.The Bewitchments of Love and Hate Swift, son of Terzian of the Varrs, tells his story Swift is fast friends with Cal, who has invaded his home and taken over from Cobweb as Terzian s favorite Swift watches Cal battle with his inner demons and memories, eventually breaking free from his shell enough to accompany Swift south, where they meet the Gelaming, who plan to take over Megalithica Swift is taken up by Theide to be ruler of Megalithica.The Fulfillments of Fate and Desire Finally, we get Cal s story Cal travels alone, always trying to escape the feeling that he s being followed, and watched He spends some time in a brothel as a whore, victim to the strange clientale that visit the house He helps Panthera escape, traveling to Panthera s home and continuing his journey from there bringing Panthera with him as far as Almagabra, where Cal of course leaves him for Pell Cal discovers a female race of beings quite like the Wraeththu, and plays a key part in Theide s ascension so that Cal can take his place at Pell s side as Tigron, making the earthly triad with the Tigrana Rue, and the heavenly triad with Theide up above As above, so below.REV I absolutely love this book The premise behind it is amazing, and the mythology and detail are stunning I think Cal is probably everyone s favorite character, or at least is made to be such, and that s why it s so satisfying to leave his story until the end of the trilogy, and to see what haunts him, and how he deals with his former mistakes Definitely not a typical romance, but Wraeththu holds in it enough cynical elements to keep my logical mind satisfied, and enough love and loyalty to put at ease any romantic heart.

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