Since I’m becoming tumblr-famous(I’m at 6 PEOPLE w00t) I’m going to start promoting stuff I like that I’ve not found on tumblr(yet).
BEST BOOK EVAH!!!
If you like Game of Thrones, you will like this. Sizzling politics, incomprehensible religion(at first), alternate history based on some real world stuff. A heroine whose only “powers” are a divinely inspired tolerance for pain, and her own intellect.
It features a religion where the worst heresy you can commit is rape. A non-patriarchal culture that is falling into sexist traps. Prostitution is a sacred calling.
It does somewhat poorly in the POC representation in the first book, but it takes place is Western Europe circa 800 CE. But, England was never conquered by the Romans, so it still maintains its original Pict population.
This is improved upon in later books, as the characters travel further into the world. The characters are well rounded, and believable. It has amazing sex, but it is heavy in the BDSM(that’s where that divine pain thing comes in), so if that’s not for you, I’d pass.
This is the first in a NINE book series, 3 separate trilogies that span 200 years, with three separate protagonists, each having to deal with the consequences of the last.