Labyrinth, An Erotic BDSM Novel by Lizbeth Dusseau
Labyrinth is not so much a place, as a state of mind; the domain of men who worship the female sex and with the same gut level passion reduce them to little more than sexual playthings. Alec West
On windswept nights, off city streets, from the monotony of daily life, four sexy females are taken to the depths of a mysterious Labyrinth for a 24 hour orgy of sex and submission. The powerful erotic spell the Labyrinth weaves around its submissive females remains unbroken until the last hour of each spectacle is played out.
Among the four is the beautiful Lana...until her charming black lover swept into her world, she was a sad girl with great ambitions working for tips in an all-night diner. Though she's now a successful magazine editor, this seductive beauty remains an willingly owned woman, in every way a slave to the dominant lover who rescued her from despair. Shackled, caged and thoroughly trained as a humble sexual servant, she's faithfully served her master. But now she wants out of the contract she once signed in blood. But the way to earn her freedom will be to give her master what he desires...the waifish ballet dancer, Evie. But time is slipping by fast. Lana has only until the end of the Labyrinth's next gathering to bring Evie to her master or he'll void their deal and an unknown fate will await her.
The ambitious stockbroker, Kathryn, and the overworked seamstress, Jewel, join Lana and Evie, telling tales of the mystifying Labyrinth and the unfolding drama that will determine if Evie will succumb to the seduction and Lana earn her freedom.
A haunting tale of S&M revelry, with bondage, punishment and unbridled sex.
Posted by Tobias Tanner on 23rd Apr 2010
Labyrinth by Lizbeth Dusseau
Reviewed by Tobias Tanner
Labyrinth is not so much a place as a state of mind… So begins this tale from the prolific and able hand of Lizbeth Dusseau and it ranks right up there with her finest work to date. Why? Funny you should ask.
It’s nasty, to start with. Is it ever! Brandings and beatings and fistings, slaves crawling here and there, penned up, tied up, hung up, beaten and swapped and used and abused—oh yes, nasty is what it is—as deliciously salacious as you could ever hope for. But, oddly, that’s not the part that sticks with the reader afterwards.
All right, let’s have a show of hands. How many people remember the number of times that ‘O’ was whipped, or given to strangers, or used by the members at Roissey? A lot? Well, yes, I can’t argue with you there. But is that what you remember from Pauline Reage’s book? No, of course not. What you remember are the changes that her central character underwent, and the confidence that those changes wrought.
Labyrinth, like The Story of O, is about power, and the certitude that it brings. It is about change through dominance and submission and about the inevitability of that change when one is opened psychically in such a fashion. The state of mind and the symbolism are equally important, and Dusseau has done a masterful job of defining these things through her many characters. She understands that, by definition, interactions between humans cannot be static. We are a dynamic race, ever changing, growing throughout our lives.
It stands to reason then that no dominant or submissive can stand still, either mentally, physically or emotionally, and that such movement brings transformation. Whatever motive one may have used at the beginning (becoming a slave, for instance) will fade into irrelevance, because people change, and are changed, by the very experience they seek. You may be submissive or you may be dominant, but whatever else happens, you won’t be quite the same tomorrow. We never are.
So, who are the masters in the labyrinth, and who are the slaves?
Funny you should ask.