The Satyr’s Song by A. J. Marcus. A review by Julia Flowers writing as A. T. Weaver.
Marcus has done it again. He has used the backdrop of the Renaissance Faire to bring to life a group of people the public sees only as entertainers.
Adrian (Dio) Mylonas is a musician. He finds music in everything he hears. When he loses his job as a concert flutist with the Dallas orchestra, a friend suggests he sign on at the Scarborough Renaissance Festival wearing the costume of a satyr and demonstrating flutes and ocarinas at the ceramic shop. He soon becomes part of the ‘family’ of performers.
Ed Costa runs the elephant and camel ride. A job he took over after the death of his father. Along with his brother and his five-year-old son, Eddy, he travels to fairs in Texas to help pay for the feed for his animals. He’s been lonely since the birth of Eddy and his twin sister, Trina. Ed and their lesbian mother separated the twins when they were babies. He is overjoyed when the mother and daughter show up at Scarborough.
Dio has never had a relationship that lasted over a week or two. When he and Ed meet, sparks fly and he wonders what it would be like to settle down. He hears the murmuring of the mother elephant to her calf and transforms it into a song.
When animal rights people invade the world of the fair, the group pulls together against the outsiders.
Although there is rather graphic sex in the book, it is tastefully done and incidental to the story, not like some I’ve read where the sex is the primary story.
I understand Marcus has several more books planned in this series and look forward to them.
A.J. MARCUS has been writing to pass the time since high school. The stories he wrote helped him deal with life. A few years ago, he started sharing those stories with friends who enjoyed them, and he has started sending his works out into the world to share with other people. He lives
in the mountains with his extremely supportive lover. They have a lot of critters, including dogs, cats, birds, horses, and rabbits. When not writing, A.J. spends a lot of time hiking, trail riding or just driving in the mountains. Nature provides a lot of inspiration for his work, and keeps him writing. He is also an avid photographer and falconer; don’t get him started talking about his birds because he won’t stop for a while.
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