The Initiate


Jacob Madigan was in a bind. Stranded in the Canadian wilderness and desperate to escape the cold, he tries to hustle a sweet old married couple into giving him shelter for the night. However, Silas and Arthur have plans of their own, and the young drifter finds himself outmaneuvered and taken down a path he never knew existed. Written in the Jo-ha-kyu style of ‘Beginning, break, rapid’, ‘The Initiate’ tells the story of an elder concerned about the future, a youth on the run from his past, a man in the middle struggling to find where he stands, and the mysterious Order of the First Guard that binds all three of them together. Accompanied with the vivid illustrations of Papacon, writer J. Swartz takes the reader on a tale of passion, intrigue, loss, love, and finding your way exactly to where you were destined to be. For so many, BDSM is nothing more than a colorful fantasy. However, for Messrs. Madigan, Clarke and Campbell, the realities of ritual, power exchange and sadomasochistic sex are about to get very black and white.

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