Author: Aurora Lee Thornton
Publication date: August 2020
Genre: adult, fantasy
Hello, friends! It’s your friendly neighborhood K-Specks, coming to you with another blog tour. This is my first time working with Caffeine Book Tours, so huge thank you to them for allowing me to be a part of this. On the docket for today: a self-published, super-queer, #OwnVoices high fantasy. It’s got demisexual characters. It’s got polyamorous soulmates (yep, you read that correctly). It’s got trans characters, gay characters, lesbian characters, multiple species of humanoid creatures, magic transferred through intimacy, assassins…and that’s just the beginning. Let’s get started!
In a world where everyone has a soulmate, uniquely powerful mage Royiora and reluctant assassin Kalo collide in the worst of ways.
Royiora Daralkaen, the only mage alive able to use all five kinds of magic, has a near idyllic childhood in the country of Porescalia – before war breaks out with their antagonistic neighbors, Kloria.
Kalo Porla, a naturally magic-proof individual known as a Null, is trained to be as an assassin by the authoritarian empire known as the Domain.
When Kalo and his partner assassin are sent to kill a mage and his apprentice, it starts a journey neither man was prepared to begin.
Quotes ‘n’ Stuff
While reading, I flagged a couple quotes I particularly enjoyed. Here are a few for your reading pleasure, including my own little commentary after each one.
“No one cares about whatever nasty theory you’re about to spout, so just leave off. Gods, I used to think Hult was the bitch.”
“I still am,” Hult said, “I just don’t try to pretend I’m being intellectual about it.”girl, same. this is such a mood.
“This place is who we are now. But that doesn’t mean I have to accept their rules. I don’t have to accept the person they think they’re making me into . . . Every time they try to take something away from me, I get to decide whether or not they succeeded.”dang straight. don’t let the bastards dictate what you believe about yourself.
“Can you not swear in front of our kid?” the battlemage asked, “We’re trying to set a good fucking example.”#irony #butwhohasn’tsworninfrontofakidbefore #ifyousaidnoyourelying
“Family’s about people who care about you and want you to be happy – not who care about you or want you to be happy.”say it once more, for the folks in the back!
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About the Author
Aurora is a nonbinary, asexual writer with a new goal in life: to write the queerest books possible. (And yes, xe means gay, but also weird is good too.) Xe loves dragons and fantasy, and someday hopes to complete a (soft) science fiction novel as well. Currently, xe lives with xyr two cats.
That’s all for now, folks! Catch you on the flipside.
Thank you to Caffeine Book Tours and the author for providing me with a digital copy of this book as part of my participation in this tour!