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This edition is no longer available.Kade has been a slave for too long. When he passes to yet another owner in a game of chance, he goes without a fight. He's still as proud as he ever was as a warrior of his people, but he has no hope left in him. Or so he thinks. Surial doesn't keep slaves. He's not a native of Azize, the land where he serves out his banishment from hisThis edition is no longer available.Kade has been a slave for too long. When he passes to yet another owner in a game of chance, he goes without a fight. He's still as proud as he ever was as a warrior of his people, but he has no hope left in him. Or so he thinks. Surial doesn't keep slaves. He's not a native of Azize, the land where he serves out his banishment from his family. He doesn't believe in their customs. So when Kade comes to him on a bet, he's not sure what to do with the big, quiet man. Kade goes to work in the stables, and soon an uneasy friendship begins to grow between the unwilling slave and the unlikely master. Even Surial's servants disapprove of the relationship, but Kade and Surial have more to worry about that a few raised eyebrows. In a world where magic exists in the everyday, Surial and Kade have to face their own fears, their own dreams, and a danger that might well overtake both of them. Sean Michael builds a world full of amazing characters and places in Windbrothers, where the fragile friendship of two men is tested and tried again and again, until ultimately, they find something more precious than anything either of them has ever dreamed of....

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Windbrothers Reviews

  • Vivian
    2018-11-30 16:15

    One banished and wanting to returnThe other enslaved and wanting to run freeSurial, exiled by his family to a trading outpost as a youth has built a loyal household and found a place within Azize society. He brought Rowani, his devoted bodyguard and childhood friend and his fiery tempered horse, Mon'keur. A small bit of home away from home. He has friends and diversions in the city. Dining, theater, and gambling is how Surial amuses himself when not buried under the family business paperwork. And one evening his luck is particularly fine. Kade is one of the pot winnings from a race. A barbarian slave who sings, a horse whisperer, and his presence in the Helan's house changes. Though Surial's people do not condone slavery and he has never owned one it is commonplace in Azize. After one look, Surial refuses to send him back to the auction house.The scent of Madrise’s soap was sweet in his braids from the night before. Too long since he’d regularly honored his family, his clan, and the warriors who taught him; it had ached. To whisper those names, to sing their deeds, their lineage, their deaths, it had ached, but the ritual had loosened the anger, eased the impatience.This is a story of friendship that grows out of sacrifice and faith that Surial and Kade show to each other. It is a slow, gentle tale that is filled with learning about their histories and cultures. As it turns out they share more than they expected and that is what bonds them.As evil moves across the land taking and leaving trophies of the lost behind there is a growing unrest. Violence and torture, a common form are always close, but never this malevolent before, and it makes its way to Surial's house. There is magic and a demonization of chthonic religions as one, the gravest, antagonist manifests.Naik are bonded with horses. Kade's people have an oral history, furs for beds and tents, and ethnically appear to be a mashup of nomadic peoples with tribal structure and reverence for nature and gifted roles within it. I loved the organic nature of his belief system and the rituals entailed within it. Even the detail of singing them was a nice touch to expressing the importance of it not being written, but carried on the wind. Plus it added some rather beautiful lyricism.“One day, Lik’ta, I know you will run through the tall grasses, dance upon the snow, eat the tiny spring apples from the trees. You will feel the Winds in your mane, and your songs will be sung over many fires, the drummers chanting your name.”If you've read other Sean Michael stories this is unlike them. I have read thirty, and this is completely different in tone and content. It is beautiful to read.One long braid fell over his shoulder, laced with a single dark green stone and tied with a red silk. Long enough to just kiss the pages of the beloved book, it seemed almost metallic in the lamplight—copper wire plaited together.It has no sex. And while that might be shocking, it has an erotic aesthetic to the language and senses, the fetishization of things from fabrics to eyes to the play of light to sounds. It is alluring without being sexual. And thus it avoids the dubious consent of master and slave in its institutionalized form.I enjoyed this story greatly and look forward to reading the sequel. It was an unexpected surprise, and I love the setting and the characters. If there is one I gripe I have, it is the cliffhanger ending. It is in the style of fantasy epics where the journey takes the next leg, so I am somewhat forgiving. I'm just glad since there is another edition that is being redone that I trust it won't take too long. I hope. This is a review for the 2016 second edition. I have not read the first, so I cannot compare the two.Kade saves Surial when there is no one else. ~ARC provided by NetGalley~

  • Serena Yates
    2018-12-01 11:38

    ‘Windbrothers Desert’ is fantasy of the best kind. It pulled me into a world entirely different from my daily reality, and with its lyrical language and beautiful world building Sean Michael has created something special with this first volume. With mystical countries, the contrast between harsh slavery and luxurious living, and hints of magic, the scene is set for what looks to be an unusual and epic battle against a very dark evil. Initially, it wasn’t very clear (at least to me) what forces are at work, but it quickly becomes evident that cruelty, torture, and a ruthless disregard for life is what they stand for. Like always when a fantasy world fascinates me, I did not want the book to end – and I’ll warn you now that it’s quite the cliff-hanger.The two main characters come from very different backgrounds, yet have a lot in common in terms of their inner strength. They start out as unwilling master and yearning-for-freedom slave, then become friends and may become more, as hinted at toward the end of the book. It’s an excellent slow burn that simmers in the background and elegantly avoids any hint of dubious consent.Surial is banished from his homeland for reasons that only become clear partway through the novel, and he thinks it’s unfair. He feels ignored by his father, hates the family business he has to take care of, and wants nothing more than to return home. He leads the life of a solitary-by-choice rich nobleman and the last thing he wants is to own a slave. As soon as Kade becomes a member of his household things begin to change, no matter how much Surial intends to ignore him – or the fact that he now owns another human being, much to his dislike.Kade comes from a proud warrior race, but has been a slave for years. His background only emerges slowly, and the connection to the bigger picture is as fascinating as it is scary. He has been horribly mistreated, and can’t believe how relaxed things are at his new master’s home. Kade works with horses and quickly seems to settle in, but escape and regaining his freedom remain at the forefront of his mind, no matter how nicely he’s being treated.That escape attempt has all kinds of consequences neither man was able to foresee, and it becomes the first turning point in the way they relate to each other and the world around them. Both have their own trials as well as tests together, and each of them has a lot to learn. They are not the same men by the end of this first book as at the beginning, and I can only fear what trials may lie ahead of them in future volumes.If you like well-built fantasy worlds that pull you in and make you forget where you are, if you want to know more about two men from vastly different backgrounds who face unspeakable evil as they become friends, and if you’re looking for a read that is fantastical, interesting, and only the beginning of what promises to be a captivating story arc, then you will probably like this novel as much as I did. Bring on the next installment!NOTE: This book was provided by DSP Publications for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews.

  • Jason Bradley
    2018-12-11 14:26

    really loved this.

  • Jenna ~Don't Talk To Me When I'm Reading~
    2018-12-08 13:23

    This was a re-read... I love this story. Absolutely love it. I think the Windbrothers verse is Sean Michael's best work. It's a beautiful, deep, intense story of love and loss and what makes us whole. And the 'verse is ... literally magical. I'd love to see more of this 'verse honestly, I love the pairing of ba'chi and hi'icha. There are 3 books in the 'verse... Windbrothers Desert, Guardians of the Wind, and an anthology of shorter stories with different pairings, As it Should Be I recommend them all.

  • Sala Bim
    2018-12-06 14:32

    The writing was nice in some places but it was sometimes a bit too....fantastic. And a tad silly. Also, it was basically gay-for-you, which I don't care for at all and have virtually no patience for, especially when it's as serious as one having been happily, heterosexually married with children with absolutely no prior homosexual inclinations or desires. The premise was interesting (exile and such) and I'm a fan of strong silent types and forced arrangements that turn into something beautiful, but the resulting relationship here was unfulfilling for me...I mean the title is befitting as, by the end, the protagonists are virtually just "brothers". And I don't mean because of the lack of sex, so don't misunderstand, because I am a HUGE fan of non-explicit sex or no sex at all, so I chose this book for that reason. I just didn't really enjoy the plotline. Also there was more "telling" than "showing". Big fluffy sandwich with no meat in the middle.

  • Jd Guinn
    2018-11-15 19:15

    This was my second attempt at this book. Both times I found the first 60 or so pages tiresome, tedious, and slow. Breaking thru the early character, culture, and class development into the nearly melodic tones of the remainder of the book is akin to finding a rainbow after a storm. This text is frequently slammed for what comes after in the series. If M/M is not for you - think of this as a stand alone story of faith and friendship. Appreciate this well written volume on its own.

  • Paul
    2018-11-24 16:16

    3.5 STARSI feel like this entire book is setting down a strong basis for book #2, it's a great high fantasy that might have been 300 pages long for what I felt was laying down a base so I'm really looking forward to the sequel, and that's not something I usually do. I usually find them a huge let down as I'm pretty sure there's no more books to follow on from this.

  • Arthur
    2018-12-11 15:25

    I liked reading this book. Kade and Surial are interesting characters. Kade is a slave from the land where horse and nature are very important. Surial is a lord whose power of healing caused him to be banished from his family. It turns out he is also a descendant of a long-line magic family. No sex here. They are saved for the sequel, Guardians of the Wind.

  • Ije the Devourer of Books
    2018-11-23 11:39

    “All my life I have allowed others to dictate what I will do. It is time I grew up and took my fate into my own hands”A very beautiful story and perfect high fantasy!I really enjoyed reading this and I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series. This is a story of desert, magic, wind and horses. It is a rather gripping story that touches the reader as the lead characters, Suriel and Kade, each in their own way, reach out for justice, freedom and life. Windbrothers Desert is a story of courage, of people rising up to stare adversity in the face, refusing to be cowed by it, refusing to be cowed even when death draws near. I loved this story and I am not sure I can do it justice in a review because it is more than just a story. It is the beginning of a saga.As I started this book, I was taken to the strange desert kingdom of Azize and to a young man who lives there. Suriel a wealthy trader lives in Aziz with his household and his horses. He lives quite a solitary life yearning for his own country but he is an exile, banished to Azize by his family. Life is ok but it isn't what Suriel truly wants. He yearns for the family who rejected him and he desires more from life. Suriel despairs of things ever changing but the desert winds blow where they will, bringing sand, horses and magic and when he wins a slave in a wager, Suriel's life begins to change in ways he could not have predicted.Azize is a place of social hierarchy with a caste system, slavery and the brutality that goes with this. Suriel does not take part in this system, refusing to own slaves until he wins Kade. Kade is a slave who was taken from his home in the desert. He is a proud warrior, stripped of his power but not his dignity. Kade mourns the loss of his home and people but in Suriel's household he finds his place caring for the horses or Windbrothers.Eventually through respect, and justice Kade is set free and finds friendship and companionship with Suriel but it is not just Kade who finds new life. Suriel also finds life, self-acceptance, courage in the face of oppression, and affirmation. Suriel begins to push back the shadows and fears in his own life. “I will not be bullied by people with more money than brains and more greed than honor.”“It was not an easy thing, to follow the song in your heart. It was, however, a hard thing to silence it.”This is only the first book in a series that is being re-published and so the story ends as another begins. Nevertheless this first book is deeply enjoyable and rich in its storytelling. A sense of darkness and suspense runs through the story and as events occur the feelings of suspense increase. I was so tempted to peek at the end of the book but I resisted.The story overflows with the emotions of all the characters. I would have cried at the passion and courage towards the end of the story but I was in a plane and decided not to alarm everyone. My heart was left on a high with the ending and yet I was also left with many questions and a need to know what will happen next.I am glad I read this and I think any fan of high fantasy will enjoy this. This isn't an erotic story though, so those of you who like 'rumpy pumpy' stories move along, move along. Having said this who knows that might come later but it is a really good read without the erotic.This is the second edition of a series which the author has decided to re-publish and I am so glad the author is doing this. I hope book two will be re-published soon because I have so many questions, as do Suriel and Kade, and I cant wait too long!!Copy provided by DSP publications (many thanks) via NetGalley in exchange for a review.

  • Sarina
    2018-12-10 15:24

    Review written for Love Bytes Reviews.This book…was so much more than I thought it would be and by the end of it I was fairly amazed at the story I’d just finished reading. I never got around to reading the first version of the Windbrothers books and while I’m disappointed in myself for that fact, I’m also so very pleased to have the opportunity to read the re-release now.Kade, once a proud warrior for his tribe has been taken and sold into slavery, a fate worse than death as far as he’s concerned. Nearly broken by the harsh treatment and failure to escape, he’s wholly unprepared for when he’s lost in a bet and given to a man that owns no slaves and finds the practice horrifying. Surial, on the other hand, grew up within a life of privilege and even when he was banished from his home and sent across the sea, he never really lost sight of that. When he ends up winning the one thing he didn’t expect and doesn’t want, he isn’t quite sure what to do but is entirely positive he wants nothing to do with any of it. What starts out as merely an inconvenience, however, slowly morphs into a friendship that changes both men in ways neither expected. Kade comes to respect the man he now calls master and even finds himself pledging to protect him while Surial finds within himself the strength to take the moral high ground and stand up to those long used to pushing him around.I found the changing relationship between the men was kind of like watching a flower open up; it was a slow process but rewarding to see and, in the end, you’re left with something beautiful. There is no romantic relationship portrayed here but the beginnings of it could be seen by the end and I very much look forward to seeing it happen in the next book. In truth, I didn’t miss not having a relationship here as it was more rewarding to see how each man brought the best out in the other, even just as friends. There was so much more to the story than just the relationship between Kade and Surial, however, as there was family drama, political machinations, and a threat that neither man saw coming to contend with.There was a little drag to the story in the very beginning as I struggled with unfamiliar terminology and just getting settled into the pace and setting of the story but I was very quickly drawn into the world the author created and found myself lost to it. The series, according to the author, is going to be expanded out to four books and after reading this first one I am extremely excited to see what’s coming next. I HIGHLY recommend this one, even if it doesn’t seem like your typical read at first; I felt that way as well but was completely in love with it by the end.

  • Benjamin
    2018-12-08 18:41

    Surial was banished from his home at a young age, and sent from his cool fostered lands in exile across the ocean to dwell in a land of hot sandy deserts. Whilst banished by his father he is not discarded, but set up in relative luxury with a large house and many servants. Now in his early twenties he enjoys life as best he can ,indulging his passion for the arts and attractive young men, while also looking after his family's business interests in his adoptive city.While somewhat self-centred, he is a fair master and presides over a happy household, but when in payment for a gambling debt he wins a tall and strong slave by the name of Kade he is not quite sure how to handle matters. While ownership of slaves is common practice where he lives, Surial finds it morally questionable, but he does his best to accommodate his new possession. But when the relationship between slave and master seems to becoming rather more than that, it begins to raise eyebrows with others, including his loyal staff.But that proves to be the least of his worries. A series of unfortunate events puts Surial in danger, and it is Kade who in one way or another comes to his rescue. It is Kade too who looks out for and sustains Surial when events necessitate that he leaves his desert home.Windbrothers is an engaging story with appealing characters. We soon see beyond Surial's spoilt-child outer skin and find a caring and thoughtful young man. The barbarian slave Kade is man of principle and unquestioning loyalty, and although from very different backgrounds the two men form and unlikely yet deep friendship.This is surely one of Sean Michael's better offerings, he creates an interesting but not extreme fantasy world, and the plot maintains an air of mystery; the gay aspect is considerably underplayed. There is a sequel titled Guardians of the Wind.

  • Riayl
    2018-11-27 19:32

    The first chapter or two almost killed me. I wanted to claw my eyes out. Happily I stuck with it and it got much better. My only other gripe after that is that Surial's attitude/reaction towards things and people occasionally got on my nerves. (view spoiler)[ He's abused and neglected, yet spoiled. He's against slavery yet it doesn't occur to him until much later to free the slave he has acquired. He's generally shown to be at least somewhat shrewd and discerning but then in the last half of the book he just blindly trusts and follows the woman who is trying to kill him. He doesn't make any move to do anything to help any of slaves earlier in the book even when he knows how horribly they are abused and how easily their lives are forfeited, yet he gets mad (throws a fit, really) when Kade kills slavers to rescue slaves and get revenge for his family, and wants to help the slavers. He was all over the place. But I kept trying to remind myself that he was much younger and while generally seen as mature, he really wasn't. Still, even knowing that, at times it was a struggle to not be totally disgusted with his character.(hide spoiler)]

  • Feliz
    2018-11-15 13:43

    I've read this several years ago and still remember some of the scenes, the whipping, the travel through the mountains, the bazar - so I think this says something. I also remember that there was no on-page sex in this, and still the connection between the two heroes was strong. Gotta reread it sometimes...

  • Ayanna
    2018-11-10 11:30

    This was in to-read until I noticed it was written by Sean Michael, who I've repeated been disappointed by (just not my type of books, I guess *shrug)The blurb...the blurb sounds interesting, but is poorly written. Don't be apologetic about it, sheesh.

  • Ravyn
    2018-11-18 11:28

    FYI - no sex in this book.