REVIEW: Sorcery, Swords & Titties By Delilah Dallas

Ohlon, the ancient city of mystics was an enchanting city to behold, but to Alura it was her prison. The young emerald haired vixen seizes her opportunity to escape the hands of her abusive master, Lord Lucien. The former sex slave finds herself unprepared for the dangers that lurk in the wilderness and must fight to keep her newfound freedom.

Warnings: slavery, rape/noncon, dubcon, graphic violence, mentions of underage sex, mentions of bestiality, mentions of sexism

Category: M/F, F/F

Sorcery, Swords & Titties is a short and sweet pornographic comedy novella that at once feels like a kind of hentai in prose form. Utilizing tropes of the fantasy genre combined with outrageous over the top porno situations and a silly, easily resolved plotline, it is fast paced and ludicrously entertaining. It may not be complicated reading, and the story may be ridiculously contrived, but if you’re in the mood for something light hearted and full of sex, well look no further!

WRITING
Very basic writing here makes this a clipped, fast paced little adventure. Alura is an escaped sex slave, travelling through the woods, and dodging encounters with lustbeasts and soldiers sent to recapture her. All she has to protect herself is her few magic powers of sorcery and a skimpy loincloth. Along the way she makes friends with a fox who she names Chloe, and a fighter in skimpy enchanted armour named Tia. The story is clearly a very tongue in cheek parody of the swords and sorcery genre of fantasy novels (very evident in its title) and we follow the little troupe on their adventures. This may be intended as a first instalment in a series, and honestly it’s one that I would be happy to continue to read, as it feels very much like the beginning to a story. Or, as I said, like a hentai OVA from the 90s that you definitely want a sequel to. You know, for the plot.

EMOTIONAL ENGAGEMENT
This book is a wee bit, ahem, skimpy on the character development. We jump right in to a scene between Alura and her cruel master Lucien, where she appears to be complacent and emotionless, like someone who has suffered years of cruel abuse. Directly after, she is hitting him over the head with a chamber pot and fleeing to freedom. Her personality seems to fluctuate between innocently naive and childish to determined and world-hardened, and the two sides of her don’t really seem to organically jive. Tia we get even less of a sense of her personality aside from a feminist backstory of leaving her family because they wanted to marry her off. I would have loved to see more from both of them- how long had Alura been planning escape? Was the emotionless state she was in in the first scene a clever ruse? We don’t get any real indication that it was. Was it a trauma response of disassociation? In which case, how did she manage to shake it off to attack her master? Tia mentions that her mother was from somewhere with less sexist practises, did this influence her ideas and ideologies growing up? There was a lot of potential for both of these characters to be more fully fleshed out and to feel real, but it’s never completely actualized.


WORLDBUILDING
I do think that the author did a good job in giving us an interesting fantasy setting that feels like classic high fantasy with a little bit of fetish baked in for good measure. I especially would have liked more of the lustbeasts, they were a particularly interesting creature, both conceptually and physically. It can get a little bit preachy; a lot of the perils of the setting are built in there so that the characters can deliver diatribes about why those things are wrong. Slavery exists, but only so that we can rant about the evils of it, sexism and misogyny exist, but only so that Tia can denounce it, the threat of rape is commonplace (either from beasts, sex pollen or human rapists) but only so that the two leads can talk about the negative ramifications of it. In short a lot of the perils inherent to this setting are set up in a way to delivery a morality lesson on the subject, without much meaningful exploration of how those aspects effect daily lives. The setting is of course just a backdrop for the characters to get into sexy shenanigans against though, and to that end it works really well. It’s enough of a fantasy world to feel familiar to a D&D nerd while also maintaining a lot of opportunities for sex. It’s a blend of genre tropes, comedy, sexy content, and political ethics.

STEAMINESS
The sex in this book is just ridiculously fun. I’ll say that it’s a little too visually oriented and lacking in an emotional quality to be the kind of stuff that really gets me going personally, but it was also just a heck of a good time to read. There’s everything here from noncon kink, sex pollen tropes and dubcon, monster fuck, and good old fashioned sweet love making. My favourite scene was the one with the lustbeast, which is a really creative creature design (I did not expect the monster’s tongue to ejaculate, props for making me gasp out loud in surprise), and there’s some other really nice little sex comedy moments like Alura casting a spell on her breasts so that her nipples can point her in the right direction to go, which seems like a very convenient spell if you have a terrible sense of direction like myself. I really liked the growing relationship between Alura and Tia, even if it happens a bit fast, and the two of them wrestling with consent issues between them before coming to a real understanding was lovely. Some of the most fun I could ask for reading a silly little fantasy smut novel.

Pick up this book if you like classic hentai, this is all over a joyful exploration of silly tropes and fun sex. Couldn’t have asked for anything else from a title like Sorcery, Swords & Titties, and I am very glad to have read it. Even if it’s not the style you usually read, I can all but guarantee it will put a smile on your face.

Have you read Sorcery, Swords & Titties? Let me know what YOU thought by leaving me a comment!

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