Gravitas: Valkyrie in the Forbidden Zone – by Lynne Murray – Review

Fun-filled and enjoyable book for a Sunday afternoon read

Apart from a very unique plot structured around a distinctive and unconventional matriarchal system we earthlings may not even witness in the near future, the novel has something for just about everyone. You want erotica with hints of bdsm? You have got it:

“I was nude, as is customary in our meditation, but Gelbrave wore full Roggarian courting gear including the thick boots that now protected his feet from the roadside rocks. He also carried a whip and dangling handcuffs strapped to his waist. Roggarians prefer unwilling victims.”

If you are a single guy and looking for some hot females to jerk off to, well this book has got plenty of them and you don’t need any of that Gravitas aphrodisiacs as help (hell the lead female protagonist is probably the hottest one; I wish I could witness her nude figure up and close); this lady is in fact a less-hot version of the protagonist and still how alluring:

“Golden-haired, blue-eyed, with the abundant flesh our culture most admires”

Be careful with messing up with these beauties however, for they have ample brains and powers to knock you off if needed, even if you consider yourself as strong as Gelbrave. Seriously, we get to witness the real strength and perseverance of Sybil when she lands on the Forbidden Zone (poor she).

For those who love to read dark fantasy thrillers with tense atmosphere, the book has got you covered too:

“Speaking of foolishness, whose idea was it to hold the Conference so near the Forbidden Zone? Bringing so many delegates near Earth was asking for trouble, despite the extraordinary security measures. Guardian Angels don’t come cheap.”

Finally, I cannot help but mention the witty and humorous passages which are spread out in abundance throughout the book; for instance:

“Worshipping tourists allowed Earth’s human species to destroy its own habitat, while firmly believing divine intervention would swoop down to save it.”

The book has feminist overtones indeed (““It is sad to see bodies that the Goddess loves treated with contempt.” I thought of the men, yelling things from cars.”), with Sybil being the leader of the pack, and Gelbrave being the typical MCP (“I felt a momentary urge to slap him for his smug, woman-controlling attitude”, ” “The women in the pictures look weak,”) and objectification of women that often leads them to become anorexic (““Alison says ads like these take power away from women by making them obsess about impossible personal appearance goals.”) – however, all these characters are portrayed quite realistically so that the feminist tone of the book comes across as natural rather than jarring and forced. One unique thing about this book is the portrayal of demons: despite their somewhat menacing appearances, most of the demons seemed to be helpful rather than hostile (“demons, who, once conjured could hear my thoughts and grant me the answers without the use of spoken words”). Personally I believe demons are not as bad as they are made out to be. I especially loved the character of the jovial and helpful middle demon; here are some “demon dialogs” for you:

“This is Planet Maenad! Turn the key, turn the statue!”

“I did manage to grab a bottle while we were there. Those maenads have the best wine, and their demons. . . . He produced a large bottle. They make Demon Rum, he announced. Finest kind.”

Overall a very fun-filled and enjoyable book for a lazy Sunday afternoon read! Recommended with confidence.