In this review I'll be giving my thoughts on Circe & Telemachus Volume 1: An erotic feminization and gender swapping romance by Eloise Abelard.
This is a bit of a different take on the stories of Telemachus and Circe than the ones I vaguely recall from Homer's The Odyssey. This story takes place years after Odysseus has returned to Ithaca. Telemachus is the commander of a ship that comes upon an island; having heard his father's stories he is a bit leery of what may await him on this island, but being the brave young prince he sets off to explore. Unknown to Telemachus this is Circe's island, whom his father had encountered previously, and Circe is a weaver of magic and spinner of spells. Circe feels Telemachus on her island before even seeing him, and the touch intrigues her. She casts a spell to expose who her visitors truly are inside. While Telemachus is mostly resistant to Circe's magic (as Odysseus was in The Odyssey) there is some effect and it turns out that Telemachus is actually a young maiden in a boys body. Circe endeavors to bring this young maiden, whom she feels a strong desire for, forth and let Telemachus become who he/she truly is.
This is a well written tale that is sweet and sexy. I enjoyed how the author developed the characters; both Circe and Telemachus were at times strong and at other times vulnerable. Telemachus' femininity was brought forth in a very sweet and caring manner by Circe and I enjoyed observing it emerge. I also liked how protective Circe was as she brought forth the maiden that was hidden inside Telemachus; she didn't force femininity on him she allowed it to bloom within. Of course Telemachus had moments of doubt and struggle as the girl inside was emerging, but Circe helped him/her to discover her true self; this was not a story about humiliation or degradation.
I found the erotic scenes in this book quite hot if a bit different from most erotica. The scenes were not so much raw sex as they were sensual. I enjoyed that very much.
The book was well edited, there were a very few mistakes I caught but none were egregious enough to disrupt the flow of reading.
I'm giving Circe and Telemachus Volume 1 four and one half out of five paddles. I look forward to more from this author. I definitely recommend this book to feminization fans, especially those who enjoy when feminization is encouraged and celebrated rather than forced.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.