WTF Weekend: Mistress Of The Air by S. Nano

Lady Sally Rudston-Chichester owns a brass mine in Zanzibar, a Lapsang Souchong tea plantation in China, a rubber farm in Malaysia, trunk loads of corsetry and the country’s largest collection of antique whips. Larger than life, and itching to find new and inventive ways to punish her submissive gentlemen, the Edwardian dominatrix has a vision. Embracing the spirit of the age of aviation, she embarks on a series of adventures on her airship, ‘The Corseted Domme’, with her transvestite maid, Victoria, her airship pilot, Captain Wyndham and her automaton sex-doll, Borghild. 

A select group of submissive gentlemen, consisting of a duke, bishop, lawyer and banker, is invited to join Lady Sally so she can try out her dastardly, electric and steam-powered devices on them.
She spanks, whips, and punishes her way across the Empires of Europe, dropping off to visit her aristocratic relatives and friends for afternoon tea. 

But Lady Sally’s journey is not uneventful. War is threatening to break out and the Ministry of Aviation want to commandeer her airship for the war effort. And when ‘The Corseted Domme’ has a crash landing, Lady Sally realises there is a stowaway on board intent on sabotaging her airship. 
‘Mistress Of The Air’ is a genre-crossing comic, Steampunk, erotic adventure.


Steampunk adventure, bondage erotica, and pulp humour. The three shouldn't go together. Hell, they shouldn't even be in the same sentence, much less the same book. And yet, in so far as Mistress Of The Air is concerned, the combination works.

What S. Nano has crafted is a comic BDSM-themed steampunk adventure that delivers on every one of those terms. It is funny, it is sexy, and it is exciting, often at the very same time, and even more often in the most inappropriate ways. The characters are parodies and caricatures in many respects, poking fun at Victorian literature, vintage science fiction, pulp adventure, and contemporary erotica, but they are also engaging personalities with whom you cannot help but fall in love.

Mistress Of The Air is the story of Lady Sally Rudston-Chichester (a rich, eccentric, well-connected Dominatrix), Victoria (her obedient submissive transvestite maid), Borghild (her automaton steampunk sex-doll), and The Corseted Domme itself (the largest airship to ever take to the skies). It is an altogether ridiculous tale, full of slapstick pratfalls, running gags, Wiley Coyote-like equipment malfunctions, and daring escapes from impossible situations. Against that backdrop, the bondage erotcia should seem awkward and rather forced, but the sheer charismatic extravagance of Lady Sally makes it all work.

Then, of course, there is the duke, bishop, lawyer, and banker, who are there to be the objects of Lady Sally's whips, floggers, paddles, strap-ons, and steampunk sex toys - which, more often than not, malfunction in glorious moments of painful excess. While they do not get to demonstrate a lot of personality, I loved how the bishop goes to great lengths to keep his vows of chastity while being punished and penetrated. There are also family members of Lady Sally's throughout the world, on whom she descends to impose herself, and who cause no end of mischief in trying to claim her airship for their own means.

The straight man to this comedic entourage is Captain Wyndham, the only man aboard The Corseted Domme not to feel the bite of her whip. If this were a movie, he'd be Harrison Ford, channeling the most daring characteristics of Han Solo and Indiana Jones, only with a sexy C-3PO replacing Chewbacca as co-pilot. He is a man with whom Lady Sally flirts uncontrollably, but who is there more to observe on the reader's behalf than to be dominated. The steampunk elements are as inventive as they are erotic, and their tendency to malfunction beneath the over-enthusiastic hand of Lady Sally keeps the story from getting stale or repetitive.

There is a plot here, with a comical series of events that keep the adventure moving, but they are secondary to the sexual exploits. I have, quite honestly, never had so much fun with a story as I did with Mistress Of The Air. It was everything I could have wanted from S. Nano, and so much more. If you can stand a little tongue-in-cheek while enjoying steampunk-fired dildos jack-hammering between other cheeks, then this is a must-read. And, if (like me) you're left wanting more, there are three original Lady Sally short stories that predate the novel (contained in Beltane FireFifty Shades of Green, and Of Passion and Steam), which I intend to gather in short order.

Kindle: 283 pages
Published: April 21, 2017
Published by: Excessica 

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