Heya sweets, just wondering if you could recommend any gay/LGBT+ books? Thank you! - a lesbian who's sick of reading straight books x
Some of my favorites include:
- The Fire’s Stone by Tanya Huff
This story is about three people who are brought together by circumstance and attempt to go on a quest together. Aaron is a thief who’s fled his home country, Darvish is a prince and a drunkard who seems to be unable to do anything right, and Chandra is a princess and a powerful wizard who has no wish to ever get married. The Stone, which keeps a volcano from going off and destroying Ischia, is stolen and the three of them must work together in order to get it back. This is one of the few books that I’ve ever read or heard of that has asexual representation.
- Immortal Quest by Alexandra MacKenzie
This one is really fun. Nick is a detective who is trying to interrogate a burglar, Marlen, who seems to know much too much about Nick to be comfortable. Nick ends up going on adventure with Marlen, who is trying to fix the mess he’s created. Marlen claims that he’s a 500-years-old, immortal mage and that Nick has been reincarnated over and over for those 500 years. There’s a lot of humor in this one. The mages are used to serving the rich and powerful so they’re all stockbrokers in the modern-age, if I remember correctly, and their magic is pretty much useless with modern technology.
- The Nightrunner Series by Lynn Flewelling (beginning with Luck in the Shadows)
This is my all-time favorite series. It’s about a pair of bisexual spies who are in a relationship. The relationship begins in the second book because the characters had a mentor and protégé relationship at the beginning. They are on equal footing by the time the relationship happens. The books are full of action, fantasy, and political intrigue, and all of the characters are very well-written. The stories are interconnected and involve the same characters, but do not follow the same plot line. I would recommend reading them all in order, though, because they’re consecutive and you miss vital information when you skip them. I enjoyed all of the books, but books four through six were not as good as the first, second, third, and seventh. I highly recommend these books. I was so sad to reach the ending of the books; I just wanted to keep reading them forever.
- Seidman by James Erich
This one takes place in Viking-era Iceland as Christianity is taking root and Norse Paganism is being systematically wiped out. As a young boy, Kol becomes an apprentice to a seið-woman. In doing so, he moves into the home of another boy–Thorbrand–with whom he falls in love. Their relationship is rocky due to the expectations of the time period and the roles they’re forced into. It’s pretty simple, as you might expect from a YA novel, but it’s well-written and enjoyable.
- Shadowdance by Robin Wayne Bailey
In this one, the main character, Innowen, is born paralysed. We meet him as he’s dragging himself across the ground, trying to find someone who will save his guardian from the poisonous snake he was bitten by. He encounters a witch who saves his guardian and, through her god, grants him the ability to walk, but only at night. This ability also come with other stipulations and curses that one finds out later. Innowen develops a relationship with another man in the book. There’s a lot of incest and ableism, and one of the characters blames themself for their own rape throughout the entirety of the novel without it being ever resolved.
- The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
Basically everyone who is into gay books knows about this one, but I’ll explain it anyway. It’s a retelling of the Iliad. In this book, the relationship between Achilles and Patroclus is explicitly romantic. I greatly enjoyed this book and thought it was very well-written. I read it quite awhile ago, so I can’t remember if I had any complaints with it.