I actually don’t know how to classify these books myself.
There is definitely a lot of gay action of the explicit kind, though I doubt porn-lovers will be thrilled. There is m/m-romance, but a lot grittier than you would expect. There is domination, but the books are definitely not BDSM novels. They might appear to be slightly yaoi, but the uke doesn’t behave as he should and neither does the seme. They are definitely Fantasy, yet there is no magic, there are no wizards, and the only dragon is a heraldic one.
I’m afraid I’ve not respected the tropes of the genre(s). I turned some of them upside down and generally made a mess of them. Besides that, there is also a lot of political intrigue, questions about right and wrong, and warfare. I’ve tried to keep these themes interesting, but as always, YMMV.
So, what is Dark Tales of Randamor the Recluse about?
To begin with: the books are set in a fictitious medieval setting. Actually, they’re set in the future, in a post-apocalyptic world where mankind has slowly made its way back to civilization. While this world may remind you of our Middle Ages, it isn’t, and the way people behave and speak isn’t meant to be consistent with what we know about “our” medieval era.
The kingdom of Ximerion is threatened at its southern border by a major power. In the far North another danger looms, albeit a minor one, of raids and possible invasion by barbarian tribes. The high king sends his two youngest sons, the princes Ehandar and Anaxantis, under the guidance of an experienced general to defend the northern border region.
His aim is twofold. He wants to keep his youngest sons far from the main conflict in the South, and at the same time he is testing their mettle. The princes are half brothers and rivals for the succession, together with their two older brothers, in a fierce and aggressive dynasty.
Soon, strife breaks loose between them…
Warning: there are very explicit sex scenes. There is rape, domination and cruelty. None of it, IMHO, gratuitous or unexplained. A lot of people die, some of whom you might have grown to love, and their death will not always be an easy one.
There are — for now — seven books, divided into a trilogy and a quadrilogy:
I’m not excluding the possibility of sequels and I’ve been toying with ideas for novella-length stories, some set in the same period but parallel with or disconnected from the main story-line, some set in an altogether different time frame.