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ssleif
These Divided Shores | Sara Raasch
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Mehso-so

In this sequel to These Rebel Waves (which completes the duology I believe), I... Was just as torn as with the first book. XD there's a lot to like, but there's also a lot that feels inconsistent, or unpredictable in a way that did not work for me. If you're really into the aesthetic, #pirates #queerbooks #queerfantasy etc, then that may be enough for you, but it wasn't for me. I look forward to seeing this author grow, however. 💯💯💚👌

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ssleif
Raybearer | Jordan Ifueko
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Pickpick

Aaaaaaaaa excellent. This one had a rocky start, a lot of time skipping that didn't particularly help you settle in. But all the pieces come together in a Very satisfying manner. Eventually. ;) Otherwise, gorgeous setting, characters you definitely come to live and root for, wonderfully musical language, and some refreshing (and new to me) elements. A+ can recommend, particularly for the kind of casual #queerbooks rep You always love to see. 💚

ssleif #lgbtbooks #lgbtfantasy #queerfantasy specifically, there's a main character who seems to be Ace, and lots of inclusive language and casual reference to queer identities and relationships. Gender norms are more rigid, but partly that is plot relevant. And then there's this kind of poly vibe, not unlike sense8, that I really dug. 8mo
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ssleif
Glimpses: A Collection of Nightrunner Short Stories | Lynn Flewelling, Laura Anne Gilman
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Pickpick

Lovely lil collection of shorts and firsts from the Nightrunner series. Best read probs after book 5 or so, certainly not before 3. A handful of first meetings and such from before the series began, One Other Significant First that was fade-to-black in its original book, and an excerpt from then-forthcoming book 6. A lovely Saturday morning read. #queerbooks, #queerfantasy

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ssleif
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Pickpick

Book 5 in this series was excellent, if more than a bit stressful there at the end! I'm going to pause before hitting the next two in the series, since this and book 4 basically functioned like one larger book I think. But it was good, lots of character work, stress and growth on the core romantic relationship, and new characters and magics. (And dragons!!!) Can still recommend the series. #queerbooks #lgbtbooks #queerfantasy #lgbtfantasy

Kenyazero This one was, somehow, a much more stressful read than the other books! The next one was less stressful. 12mo
ssleif @Kenyazero oh good. XD not that I didn't like it, I absolutely did, but I was legit anxious, particularly through the caper and flight at the end. 12mo
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
Burning Roses | S. L. Huang
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Pickpick

First book finished in 2021! A novella about two older queer women friends Hou Yi and Rosa (one trans, one cis) who embark on a quest to end attacks by destructive sunbirds being sent by Hou Yi's son. Both have dark pasts and need redemption. The narrative skips back and forth in time telling mostly Rosa's story. Fairy tales are woven in and retold, including Little Red Riding Hood and Robin Hood. Interesting, but didn't grab me emotionally.

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ssleif
Witchmark | C. L. Polk
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Pickpick

I dug it. I was engaged pretty quickly, felt for the protagonist, and was fascinated by the world. It's technically a romance, but it's all fade-to-black, and the central issues and challenges are those of world-level plot and personal character arcs. I thought it worked (although it Nearly lost me, just before the end. XD) a nice, light, #queerfantasy #queerromance, with an interesting and unique world. (Oh, and more than a bit #steampunk)

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ssleif
Stalking Darkness | Lynn Flewelling
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Pickpick

Second book in the series, stakes are much higher, and it's a lot more gay. 👌👍👌👍 Still a fan. I love these two protagonists so much, and if you're a high fantasy/political intrigue fan, this may be the epic romance/adventure for you! #queerfantasy #queerbooks #lgbtfantasy

Kenyazero That's a really great cover! I love this series, it's one of my favorites. 13mo
ssleif I had started the series several years ago, but left off partway through book three, I think, so I'm enjoying the reread, and looking forward to stuff I haven't read! Such a good series. 💚💚 And yeah, I'd never seen this cover, library audiobook, until this read. It's neat. 13mo
CruelSister I love this cover! 9mo
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ssleif
Arrows of the Queen | Mercedes Lackey
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Pickpick

Always a good read. I saw RBdigital was carrying these, so I expect that's what I'll be up to for a bit. Although there are lots of good things, and lots of queer themes, I'm not sure I can in good conscience recommend then as #queerfantasy, or #queerbooks since, as expected for the times, the more explicitly queer characters tend to meet tragic ends. But then, the whole Valdemar series is a delicate balance of joy and tragedy for most characters.

ssleif This trilogy, and the Vanyel/Magic's pawn trilogy, were actually the very first books I read as a young person with explicitly GRSM characters. I have always loved them, and with the caveat that Lackey sometimes Buries Her Gays, at this point in her career, I think these books still hold up really well, especially if you enjoy heroes that get beat up, self sacrifice, and save everyone, often with a miraculous last-minute plot point. 2y
ssleif Also there are magic horses that talk to you and become your soul mate. 👍 2y
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ssleif
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Pickpick

A re-read, and always a fav. A nice big city, swords and horses universe, with magic and necromancy and mythic races and thievery and Valor and two bi/pan protags who come to care for eachother at just the moment where they're each gonna need an unbelievable amount of support to survive the magics and political machinations. #queerbooks #queerfantasy #epicfantasy

ssleif Particularly, there's a great deal of master!spy/theif stuff in this one-- which is great. Skullduggery indeed. 2y
Kenyazero Always worth a reread! 2y
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Kenyazero
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I loved this book. I think I liked it more than book 1. I really enjoyed all of the references to #AmericanHistory that I recently learned about from the #podcast Stuff You Missed in History Class. The audiobook is also really well done. #racism #ghost #psychic #1920s #chineseamericanhistory #lgbtcharacter #queerbook #queerfantasy #trauma

magicalshelves I love this series! The third book is soooo good 2y
Kenyazero @magicalshelves That's good to hear! I really look forward to reading it. 2y
PaperbackPrincess19 Just started book 2 via audio also, just curious how did you add the “listening book” to your pic? 2y
Kenyazero @Paperback.princess19 I hope you enjoy it! The book and it's audio are excellent! I added the headphones image as a sticker when editing the photo here on litsy. Unless you mean the thing that says listening library. I don't remember if I screenshot my audiobook (it was a library book) or grabbed an image on Google 🤔 either way, it was part of the image. 2y
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