Genre(s): fantasy, romance, LGBTQIA+, novella
Publication: October 25, 2016
Long after the Towers left the world but before the dragons came to Daluça, the emperor brought his delegation of gods and diplomats to Olorum. As the royalty negotiates over trade routes and public services, the divinity seeks arcane assistance among the local gods.
Aqib bgm Sadiqi, fourth-cousin to the royal family and son of the Master of Beasts, has more mortal and pressing concerns. His heart has been captured for the first time by a handsome Daluçan soldier named Lucrio. In defiance of Saintly Canon, gossiping servants, and the furious disapproval of his father and brother, Aqib finds himself swept up in a whirlwind romance. But neither Aqib nor Lucrio know whether their love can survive all the hardships the world has to throw at them. (from Goodreads)
Until I did a little search this evening on Goodreads, I had never heard of this book. Apparently the author, Kai Ashante Wilson, has won several awards for his work since his debut in 2013. I love that this novella features an LGBTQIA+ relationship and the hardships that can come with that, black characters specifically in a fantasy world, and political tension. The reviews seem overwhelmingly positive (although there are always a few negative ones) and it looks like right now this novella is only $2.99 on Kindle. I think I’ll be picking this one up and giving it a read sometimes soon!
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