Lisa Henry's Tribute is difficult to review. I loved the writing, loved the concept (it is akin to the Sleeping Beauty trilogy) but had a hard time with some elements of humiliation and TPE (total power exchange). Kynon wakes up one morning as a prince and later in the day is relegated to slavery. That's a lot for any person to handle- but Kynon is beyond proud. He struggles with submitting and Henry makes sure that you feel that confusion with him. There is a great deal of investigation of the BDSM lifestyle and Henry's depiction seems more realistic than some of the other BDSM themed books that I've read. Brasius wants more than Kynon's basic submission. He wants it all, which confuses Kynon even more. All in all, I liked the book; I knew what to expect going into the book and the story kept me enthralled.
Genre: BDSM LGBT Fantasy
When the fearsome warlord Brasius chooses Kynon as his tribute, Kynon tells himself it’s the price of peace, and that he can endure anything. If his slavery will save his father’s kingdom, then he will be a slave and submit to every indignity the warlord and the senate of Segasa require of him. He can live with the shame; it’s the mind-blowing pleasure that frightens him.
But the warlord wants more than a tribute who will respond eagerly to whips and bondage. The warlord might just want the man underneath: the prince, the soldier and the tribute, if Kynon can figure out who that is. On an enforced journey of self-discovery, Kynon learns that being the warlord’s tribute isn’t just about submission. And, to be the tribute that Brasius wants him to be, Kynon will have to defy all the traditions of Segasa and risk the wrath of the senate that really holds his chains.
Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: strong BDSM theme and elements, dubious consent, violence. Readers with a history of rape or sexual abuse may find elements of this story disturbing.