She has hunted the wildest game and dallied with countless beautiful girls, but still longs to know the world beyond the city wall. Princess Rilavashana SanParite, called Bold Riley, leaves behind her station and sets out to travel through distant lands and find forgotten ruins, fearsome enemies, inscrutable gods, and tragic love.
I was brought up on Robert E. Howard’s Conan stories. They were so stereotypical – fierce, strong, heavily muscular barbarian swordsman, confronting evil priests and bizarre monsters and bedding wenches of all kinds, that kind of thing. I loved “that kind of thing.”
I have basically been waiting my entire adult life for someone to write “that kind of thing” starring a lesbian Princess who leaves her home to find adventure, because she can’t stop herself, and who confronts gods, creatures, demons and the like. And, of course, beds wenches.
Leia Weathington’s The Legend of Bold Riley, is, at last, that story.
The feeling of “yes, this, this is exactly it” I had while reading the new collected volume of Weathington’s Bold Riley stories, was endlessly repeated. It was like finding a treasured book from my youth and loving it all over again.
This collection gathers all the chapters from the Bold Riley stories, with full-color pages, story by Leia Weathington, and art by Vanessa Lynn, Jason Thompson, Konstantin Pogorelov, and Kelly McKlellan. The different artists for each chapter gives the reader a chance to re-meet and re-learn to love Princess Rilavashana over and over again.
The different artists also means that, realistically, you might not love the art for each chapter. One chapter might appeal to you more than another, but I kind of admit to finding the wildly different styles charming. Each story was told to me by a different story-teller, each a different adventure. It was a full day’s worth of entertainment. (And heaven help me, I want to write a Bold Riley story so badly now that I can taste it….)
Art – Variable
Story – Awesome
Characters – Doubly Awesome
Yuri – Triple-y Awesome
Service – There is nudity
Overall – Really, really awesome
Anyway, I don’t think I need to tell you what to do, do I? Obviously, go buy this book. ^_^ I have already pre-ordered my copy.
“She’s a hero, you’re a reader. You were made for each other.” – Jane Espenson, from the Foreword.
Thanks to Leia (who will be interviewed sometime soonish here, as soon as I get my lazy ass in gear) for the preview PDF copy. I cannot *wait* to have the real thing in my hands.