First of all, I would like to point out this book is not about condoning sex trafficking, nor the abusiveness and often murders committed in sex slavery as we know it to exist today. These are crimes against humanity and needs to be stopped.
This story was written from a different perspective where the women willingly signed or entered a contract to be in this harem. No one was kidnapped, forced or coerced or sold into sex slavery. The story is based upon a much earlier form of harems. Not the organizations we know of today. Very little information survived about this form of wifeage but what little did survived clearly showed it worked more in favor of the female not the male. This status changed drastically with the coming and forcefully installment of the patriarch system as we know things today which came into being at the end of the last Ice Age.
The stories are developed based upon the traits of the Immortal named Azazel I was able to retrieve from ancient texts about him. An immortal as proud and arrogant as Azazel was said to be considered very particular about what he accepted or I don’t believe he would have been selected as a chief Watcher.
From what I gathered, if he was anything like proud people it would’ve been far beneath him if he had use of the methods of cruelty made so famously employed by later harem owners and creators. These methods were not his taste, if he had do any of these things to get women to come and live with him he would simply move on to another world. He feels his powers, wealth, sexual prowess, and looks were enough to allure any woman. This is a story about relationships between consenting adults. Not captured, abused women. Sorry, if that’s your taste in reviewing this book it will disappoint you.
It was based upon the legends of his legendary harems. I viewed things from many angles before writing this book. Had he been abusive as the idea we’ve come know as a harem there would’ve not been so many legends about them predating the patriarchy system and certainly no woman would voluntarily gone to him. In earlier times, in the days of the matriarch system, harem members were lesser wives and had all the authority of a wife not as it later became as the definition we know today and the definition popularized by Chinese, Arabic, African and European cultures.
These women lived elevated statuses akin to that of the main or first wife. They often served as their rich husband’s representative to foreigner delegations or even possessed or ruled smaller province of their own within his kingdom. All didn’t always live in a group house with him. They were not powerless victims of sexual abuse. Most wielded power that was quiet substantive throughout the kingdom.
In earlier time, before the complete take over the patriarch system these arrangements were consensual between the woman and the man who later became her husband not the system which was a usually her father or a brother as we have come to know it. Some women chose this life because it took a lot of responsibly off one woman in running a household.
But this system died out with the coming of the patriarch system as we know things today which brought much abuse and atrocities into this arrangement which by then no longer favored the woman. In earlier times, she was free to leave a harem and become the wife of one man. However, from ancient text, I learned this system was looked upon very unfavorably by males became most women of great beauty chose the harem system in contrast to marrying a man with no wealth and she had to labor and toil in fields.
Azazel predates the earth, let alone the patriarch systems as we know it so his ways aren’t going to be as those we are accustomed to. Sorry, for the little history lesson but I think people should know that things haven’t always been the way we’ve known them to be for the last ten thousand years. The patriarch system hasn’t always existed. I like to give insight were the information comes before introducing a book.
As a former student of anthropology I learned to take ancient stories and look at them not with modern eyes but place myself in the position and mind frame of the person who lived long ago. It’s a fictional story based upon facts but I like to add fact to even fictional stories to heighten the possibilities of a reality.