“A Tyranny of Queens” Review

Rating: 5.5/5

I bought the book for myself, and all views are 100% my own and honest.

“A Tyranny of Queens” is the second book in the Manifold Worlds series, which primarily follows Saffron Coulter, an Australian girl of 15-16, who accidentally worldwalks to a country called Kena with a woman named Gwen Vere. In the second book, after a successful return to Earth, Saffron misses Kena and her friends, and her first love, Yena a Trishka, a trans woman who is everything I could ask, as a trans woman myself. AToQ follows Saffron, Gwen, Yena, along  with others, as they navigate the aftermath of the first book, and all of the odd things that happen as a result.

Now, something which must be said for this book is how they treat relationships and romance in Kena and various other countries in the books. They practice polyamory is the default state, most people having two or more lovers and children calling parents firstmother or secondfather, etc. Saffron is from Earth, but when she meets Yena, and then in this book, meets Nim, she realizes that she could do this thing. I love a world where polyamory is normal, and where it isn’t a bad thing.

The author, Foz Meadows, is genderqueer, and I so depely love how she writes her trans and nonbinary characters, who are currently Yena a Trishka (trans woman), Naruet (autistic trans man), and Nim (genderfluid), they all act and sound like real people and their stories are not purely based on their gender. Yena’s is in some parts due to how she transitioned, but that is a minor part of her part in the Great Story.

I adore this book, I loved every minute of reading it. I bought it when I found it on Saturday, and would have finished it faster if it weren’t for work in the way of doing so.

If you like books that have: worldwalking, dragons, polyamory, queerness, trans characters who are people, horrible people who have motivations that you can see, heart wrenching moments, happy gays, female-led societies, aliens, and so many more, or just want a great book, read “An Accident of Stars” which is the first book, and then read “A Tyranny of Queens”.

“Mask of Shadows” Review

Rating: 5/5

I received a free ARC through NetGalley, and my review is honest and with only my opinions and thoughts.

Mask of Shadows is a fantasy novel by Linsey Miller, coming out later this year, about a genderfluid thief named Sallot Leon, whose gender presentation dictates what pronouns are used that day. They rob a carriage, and flirt with the occupant, and end up learning that an audition for the Left Hand of the Queen, assassins for the Queen named after the rings she wears, is soon happening. They secure a way in, and then the real fun begins, wherein they must pass tests, survive assassination attempts from their fellow auditioners, and try to become the next Opal (the position up for grabs). While dealing with this, Sallot is sent to tutoring, where they meet Lady Elise de Farone, who they tried to rob and which leads to a beautiful love story, kind of.

So, for the review, I loved it. I absolutely adored every word of this book. I was hooked from chapter one, and the language kept me so enthralled. Sallot uses contractions in places I wouldn’t have expected, saying things like “I’d a bag of gold” and the like, and it was so immersively wonderful. And Sallot’s dealings with the attendant who threw 23, the number Sallot is given when accepted into auditions, is Maud who is a perfect attendant for Sallot, or Sal, because she is always caring about Sal but also wants them to become Opal to save her family from being sold off.

Another thing I love is the Left Hand. Ruby, who is a brash man of action and very quick to temper when certain topics come up and who also adores poetry with all of his soul. Emerald is an archer ace, amazingly beautiful (every queer lady wants a piece of her) and who is a pun in herself, being an aro archer. And, finally, Amethyst, the last of the Left Hand to get in (her audition was three years prior to the start of the book), is lovely and badass. They are all wonderful people and assassins of great note.

The world of the novel, a country calls Igna, is a country which had magic until it was used for mindless killing things called shadows who flayed any in their way to their bodies (more is explained in the novel), and destroying them cost the Queen, Lady Ignasi, scars and strength and her hair.

I loved this book. I loved it so much, a book about a character whose gender is fluid and depends on presentation, where they get pronouned correctly by anyone good, and who is a ruthless killer only to avenge their fallen country, and they get the girl and it is adorable and lovely.

There is a sequel in the works, and I can not wait to read that.

“Descendants” Review

Rating: 3.5/5

I received a free ARC through NetGalley, and my review is honest and with only my opinions and thoughts.

Descendants is a story of Urban Fantasy, about the descendants of Mythic Figures. However, unlike every other story, they are not of the heroes. They are of the cursed, the hated, the maligned.

The story follows El, a 17 year old, with an ancient power as she overcomes obstacles, and has to deal with the shadowy Order, while meeting other aretes (those who are descendants of the cursed figures) and dealing with the problems before her.

I truly wanted to enjoy this novel, with its fresh idea and interesting take on history and powerful individuals descended from myths, but I just couldn’t like it that much once we got into the love triangle and everything that came after was a bit predictable. But, I did force myself to finish it.

I will leave the spoilers of the story below a Read More, to allow for spoilers to be chosen, and for triggering topics to be kept safe.

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“American Gods” Review

Rating: 4/5

I listened to the novel through Audible’s Free Credit per Month subscription service. All opinions are my own.

So, this is the novel of Shadow, a man who has been in prison for (as you learn later) beating the two men who tried to rob himself and his wife of money from a bank job for three years. He is looking forward to seeing his wife, when he gets released early due to her death. On the plane ride home, he meets Mr. Wednesday, and the whole novel goes from there.

The novel is about the Gods and how they are doing in America, having been brought over with their people. It is about a road trip, about mythology, about love, and about coin tricks. It would be a 5/5 if it were not for Wednesday’s belief of “As Long as I get what I want, I don’t care about all else” when it comes to sex, including age laws. He makes it a 2.5, which is made better when we get through the story, and plot happens, and we meet the real Odin.

I love how we meet Shadow, how he becomes a true character throughout. In the version I listened to, his voice fit what I have always imaged him as: a large black man, who is also very sweet. It was a fully voice cast recording, so each character had a voice, and it was all very great. I am very fond of Shadow, Sam Blackcrow, Mr. Jackal, Laura, and Mr. Ibis’s voices and characters the best, but every voice fit the character, and with how long I listened to it over, the plot twist was even better because I forgot the voice.

I honestly loved the whole novel, except for Wednesday and the first canonically queer character we meet are an Ifreet and the failing Arabic salesman and how their scene ends with sex and a stolen identity. I loved the gods (including the Rabbi and his Golem which made me especially happy), I loved the mortals, the story, the road trip (especially as half was listened to while literally driving from my home to Vermont and slightly back).

Spoiler below

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“FantasticLand” Review

Rating: 4.5/5

I bought the book for myself, and all views are 100% my own and honest.

CW: gore, violence, suicidal ideation, implied/discussed sexual assault

So, this novel is situated strongly in the Horror genre, as it tells the tale of what happened after a colossal hurricane buried Florida’s coast under water during a rainy season, and the 326 employees of FantasticLand, an amusement park composed of six different “worlds”, who are trapped within with enough food and water and such to survive, but a la Lord of the Flies, it goes horribly wrong as the employees become 7 tribes (Mole Men, ShopGirls, Freaks, Pirates, Robots, Deadpools, ) who fight for dominance of the park, and safety for their tribe.

The narrative is told in a series of 23 interviews, a few with the leaders of some of the tribes, and a PSA from the Florida National Guard. The author’s note situates the events as taking place between September 15th and October 15th/November 1st, 2017. And, from the various perspectives, we see how and why what happened in the park happened.

I am reading on a Kindle, so any citations will be based on that and not on page numbers.

Below, the review might contain spoilers, so I am putting it under a Read More for that purpose.

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On the Subject of the Huntress

openbookI do not claim to be a world class book huntress, or even one which is currently known at all. I claim to be many things, but not a world class or world renown literhuntress.

I claim to be a lover of books, one who adores most people they find, who thinks the written word is a dear friend that we shan’t lose if we can do anything about it, whether physical or digital (there is no “One’s better” thoughts here).

I claim to be a literature huntress, one who seeks out and tries to find the best novels that she can, the ones which appeal to me, which will give me stories that I want to hear, and usually, ones which I haven’t heard before.

Lastly, I claim to be a bookwyrm, one who hoards knowledge, loves and lavishes praise upon the written word, who feels that every book that enters her hoard is valued, some may have higher value than others, but all books are valued the same to me, unless they come from a place of privilege talking down on the oppressed, or contain rampant bigotry.

Things which might be found on this blog: book reviews, discussions of books, love of novels

Things which will not be found on this blog: defense of books of bigotry (ranging from those Nazi-Jewess novels, to the recent crop of “Savage Dark People” novels, and all inbetween and beyond).

My name is Abigail, and I am a book huntress, and I truly hope that you find a new book to read, or something interesting to think about within these “pages”.

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