Published by MIRA on October 27th 2015
Genres: BDSM, Erotica
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Once upon a time, Nora and Søren made a fateful deal—if he gave her everything, she would give him forever.
The time has finally come to keep their promises.
Out of money and out of options after her year-long exile, Eleanor Schreiber agrees to join forces with Kingsley Edge, the king of kink. After her first taste of power as a Dominant, Eleanor buries her old submissive self and transforms into Mistress Nora, the Red Queen. With the help of a mysterious young man with a job even more illicit than her own, Nora squares off against a cunning rival in her quest to become the most respected, the most feared Dominatrix in the Underground.
While new lovers and the sweet taste of freedom intoxicate Nora, she is tempted time and time again by Søren, her only love and the one man who refuses to bow to her. But when Søren accepts a new church assignment in a dangerous country, she must make an agonizing choice—will the queen keep her throne and let her lover go, or trade in her crown for Søren's collar?
With a shattering final confession, the last link in the chain is forged in The Original Sinners saga. It's the closing chapter in a story of salvation, sacrifice and the multitude of scars we collect in the name of ecstasy—and love.
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The Queen used to be one of the weakest pieces, when they played chess in the Royal Court in Spain in the 15th century, the Queen Isabella was offended by this so she asked her advisors if they thought her that feeble, the response was to make her the most powerful piece in the game. In chess the most powerful a piece is the more useful they are, not just for winning but to be used as sacrifice, as a trick.
I think this is the perfect metaphor for Eleanor/Nora’s life, Eleanor even if wild in some senses she wasn’t as powerful as she could have been, she made herself small to fit the mold Søren created for her, and her infatuation and feelings for him made her be there and stay happy.
But as any chess player and strategist can tell you, you can’t hold back that kind of power, and that’s what happened when Eleanor decided to leave Søren. And then she decided to become the most powerful piece of the game, she became the Queen when she could stayed with the pawn and live comfortably after Kingsley’s offer.
The Queen, the most powerful piece in the chess game, she can move in any direction and target any other piece, she is the one who sacrifices for the king and ultimately for stroking the player’s ego and god complex.
“That you think I’m doing this to hurt you is all the proof I need that leaving you was
the right thing to do”
She sacrifices parts of herself for love, that’s what she values the most, she loves her pawns, her bishops, her knights and of course her king, that’s what broke my heart towards the end, how she loves everyone else but sometimes seems she doesn’t love herself that same amount. I guess we’re comparing infinities, as she explained to Kingsley one time.
That’s Nora, that’s her essence and I think that’s one of the reasons we all love her, and me personally kiss the ground she walks, Nora is all about love unconditional gut wrenching love, and as any up-brought Catholic can tell you, God is love, therefore Nora is God .
If Nora is God, if Nora is The Queen, if she holds the power, does it mean she is the ultimate player? The Queen is the more powerful piece in the game but more powerful does not mean more important or more valuable it is more powerful because it is capable of controlling a greater number of squares, and I think even when she’s being manipulated by Søren, trying to be by Kingsley, or anyone really, she’s still in control of the game, she’s the one with the upper hand.
“I’m not giving me up for you. I can’t sacrifice so much of myself
that there’s nothing left to give back to you”
A Queen sacrifice is a chess tactic, the deliberate sacrifice of a Queen in order to gain a more favorable tactical position, and that’s what we see in the last 10% of the book, she’s going to sacrifice herself, the most important part of herself, Nora her non negotiable for a long time, the one she alone built; and in another timeline she already sacrificed a lot too as Eleanor with everything that led her to leave the security Søren provided for her, was it worth it at the end? I think all that sacrifice in one long game of chess it’s what brought her to the end she got, so that last “motherfucker” she directs at Søren is the fruit of that, of her work and all the choices she made. She built herself the ending (or start depending on your POV) she wanted for herself. I bow to you Queen, and I’ll always kiss your boot, even if I don’t agree with you along the way.