*I received an ecopy of this book via NetGalley. This has in no way influenced my review.*
This was a very quick, light read. It was a nice, positive story about a genderqueer/non-binary character (no specific term was used, but he didn’t feel like a man, and he didn’t feel like a woman, he was simply both). Not everyone in the world was accepting, but those closest to Kikeru were, and Kikeru, after a bit of struggle to figure things out, was accepting of himself.
There was also romance, but that too was light with only one brief intimate scene that was on-screen but not too explicit.
Because the book was so short though, the plot was uncomplicated, the problems they ran into were solved easily, the romance was instalove-y, and the characters didn’t have much depth. I also had a hard time trying to understand the way their society worked with the priestesses and daemons and whatnot since some things weren’t really explained or explored.
Overall it was entertaining and enjoyable as a quick, light read, I do recommend it if that’s what you’re in the mood for, but it had potential for more and I think I would’ve enjoyed it more had it been longer and less rushed and explored things more in depth.
Anyone looking for a quick, light read with a positive genderqueer and LGBTQIA message.
This looks quite interesting – and the cover is beautiful! Great review. 🙂
I love the cover too! And it was a nice books 🙂 Thanks!
Sounds like a good read with an LBGT positive message, even though it was a bit short. Those kind of stories are great for when you’re in the mood for a short light read. I usually enjoy those short reads when well written, although sometimes they can feel rushed or lack depth because od the length, but some authors write the shorter format very well. The mythology aspect and how he has to figure things out does sound interesting. Great review!
Yeah, there definitely are times when a short, light read is exactly what you need. But you’re right that sometimes it works better than others. I think maybe there was just a little too much in this one? That’s why I think it would’ve been better longer, it could’ve explored the mythology more, but it was still enjoyable regardless. Thanks!
I feel like there are so few books with genderfluid/nonbinary main characters, I’m really glad I stopped by your blog and found your review! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this one.
Wren @ http://fortheloveofbooksreviews.blogspot.ca/
I agree, there are so few books are genderfluid/nonbinary MCs, probably even less in sci-fi/fantasy, so it was nice that this book included it. Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed the review!