3.5Alright, we have some real bdsm in this one. It goes way beyond playful to permanently scarring, not with the hero of course. Not for the faint-hearted, though not as horrifying as I expected having read some of the other reviews. The psychological transformation of the heroine is what makes this worth reading. The actual story because the of the setting almost seems surreal, like a twisted fairytale which reminded me of The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty.