Saturday, September 13, 2014


Publisher: Torquere Press
Date published: 7/2/14
ISBN: 978-1-61040-770-0
Fantasy, Adventure, Gay, Lesbian romance
Reviewed by Helen
Obtained via publisher
Rating: 3

Aviva, the second cook, and Queen Shulamit of Perach are in love, when Aviva finds a wounded prince and brings him back to the castle. Shulamit loves peace and justice, and is determined to help the prince.

Prince Kaveh, from the City of Red Clay, is in love with his engineer Farzin. But Kaveh’s father the king slashes the workers’ wages and imprisons Farzin, threatening to execute him.

Each chapter has a unique and expressive title, which is a nice introduction to a book that is quite different from what the reader might be expecting. This is a longer book, with a detailed and complicated story of two neighboring countries and their very different rulers. Add in dragons, other more unexpected shapeshifters, and warriors, people who aren’t necessarily what they seem to be, and a huge cast of minor characters, and you have a fantasy/adventure/romance with lesbian, gay, and bisexual protagonists, as well as straight characters.

The start of the book is a bit slow and rambling with unnecessary detail and the real action more described that shown, but it warms up as the book progresses, and the reader becomes embroiled in the convoluted situation and the many appealing people they meet. I also found some of the details a little clinical. I understand the problems the queen faced and agree the author overcame them cleverly, but it wasn’t at all romantic for me.

However, some of the action was wonderfully written and there are certainly plenty of unexpected twists and turns in the story. Very different and interesting to read.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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