juliet recs

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I just finished reading ‘Shakespeare On Toast’ by Ben Crystal and oh my gosh I loved this book! I wish I’d read it before my GCSEs, since I now have a much better understanding of how the plays were written and why certain things are as they are.

Did you know that ‘thou’ and ‘you’ in Shakespeare are like tu and vous in French (informal and formal/plural)?
Knowing this, you can pick up on meaningful subtleties, because when a character switches 'thou’ to 'you’ or vice versa it always means something.
For example, Lady Macbeth never uses 'thou’ to her husband again after he tries to persuade her that they shouldn’t kill Duncan.

Interesting, huh?

anonymous asked:

GIVE ME BOOK RECS OR GIVE ME DEATH

OMG OKAY I’LL GIVE YOU BOOK RECS.

The Song Of Achilles, by Madeline Miller. You will cry, you will smile, you’ll cry again, you’ll smile sadly, then you’ll bawl like a baby. Honestly this book is amazing, it’s beautifully written, and it has two incredibly rare things; canonically LGBT main characters and a centaur. READ IT.

The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood. Hahaha imagine a dystopian world where women were seen simply as vessels for babies…wouldn’t that be horrible….sure glad that hasn’t happened…..

The Gospel Of Loki, by Joanne Harris. It’s Loki’s autobiography of how he destroyed the world and was a cheeky handsome little shit. Need I say any more?

Romeo And Juliet, by William Shakespeare. Honestly I’m usually not one to read plays but I loved this. Mercutio is the best minor character ever, and it’s genuinely so beautiful to read (even if you’re not into love stories).

Prince Of Shadows, by Rachel Caine. It follows the same storyline as Romeo and Juliet but it’s from Benvolio’s point of view and it’s so good omg. Also Mercutio is the best minor character ever (did I already mention that?).

Blind Beauty, by KM Peyton. Okay so you know that one girl in your class who was always obsessed with horses? That’s me. I got this book when I was 9 and I still love it 7 years later. Even if you’re not a horse person, you’ll love this book. The main character is a strong independent badass girl who wants to be a jockey, her step dad’s evil, her horse is practically a donkey, and it’s so good. I cried.

Born To Run, by Michael Morpurgo. Technically a kid’s book, I read it when I was 6 and I never forgave any of the people who let me read it because it broke my heart. I still love it tbh.

Not Bad For A Bad Lad, by Michael Morpurgo. Okay it’s another kid’s book, and it’s just a short story, but like I said I was the horse girl and it was my favourite when I was little.

A Tyranny Of Petticoats, by Jessica Spotswood. Do you like short stories? Do you like historical fiction? Do you like badass female leads? Do you like diverse characters? READ THIS BOOK NOW

Book recs for Hufflepuffs!

Gif source | More recs: hufflepuff (pt. 2), ravenclaw (pt. 1 and pt. 2), slytherin (pt. 1 and pt. 2), gryffindor (pt. 1 and pt. 2) | text by @viegsen and @juan-nieves

House traits: trustworthy, loyal, kind, just, friendly, patient, hardworking, dedicated, inclusive

  • FEMINISM IS FOR EVERYBODY, by bell hooks - non fiction - Hufflepuffs care about justice, equality and inclusion, and they aren’t afraid to fight for what’s right. Helga Hufflepuff never stood for discrimination of any kind and for this reason I would recommend this amazing and inspiring work by bell hooks, which presents a passionate theory of feminism sure to appeal to the socially-conscious Hufflepuff!
  • THE PRINCESS BRIDE, by William Goldman - fantasy - Adventures aren’t just for Gryffindors! And in any case, The Princess Bride is about lots of things, not least of all perseverance, endurance and working hard for revenge (like Inigo) and for true love (like Westley). A funny and hearwarming story that could be read aloud in the cosy Hufflepuff common room for everybody to enjoy.
  • A LITTLE PRINCESS, by Frances Hodgson Burnett - children’s - “I am a princess. All girls are. Even if they live in tiny old attics. Even if they dress in rags, even if they aren’t pretty, or smart, or young. They’re still princesses.” I dare you not to cry when reading the story of Sara Crewe, a kind-hearted girl who goes from the most pampered student in an all-girls school to the lowliest servant when her father dies, and stays just as loving, friendly, generous and patient, because even all the terrible things she suffers cannot change the fact that she’s a princess in her heart.
  • FANGIRL, by Rainbow Rowell - YA; romance - Cath is a Hufflepuff with crippling social anxiety. When she goes to college, she has to juggle the challenges of her new life, a bad home situation, a new distance from her twin sister, and a crush on her intimidating roomate’s cute boyfriend, Levi (also a total Hufflepuff). It can be quite sugary-sweet at times, but I think Hufflepuffs will appreciate the characters a lot.
  • PERSUASION, by Jane Austen - romance - Anne Elliot is unfailingly dedicated to her family. When she’s 19, she’s reluctantly persuaded that her engagement with naval officer Frederick Wentworth is beneath her family’s status, and gives up on her love. She spends years being treated terribly by her family but enduring it with the patience of Job. When Frederick reappears in her life, he’s rich and respectable, and looking for a wife, while Anne (at 27) is quite “on the shelf” by Regency standards, but strong, quietly dignified and much more mature than the girl she was. Could Frederick ever forgive her? Could Anne hope for a chance of happiness?
  • COTILLION, by Georgette Heyer - historical romance - Did you know that Georgette Heyer is the inventor of the Toaster Strudel Regency historical romance? Cotillion is absolutely hilarious (it’s actually more of a comedy than a romance, really) and follows Kitty and Freddy, who get up to all sorts of hijinks in London after getting fake-engaged. They are consistently underestimated by the people around them but are, of course, as trustworthy, kind, friendly and dependable as you’d expect from two Hufflepuff cuties!
  • SCANDAL IN SPRING, by Lisa Kleypas - historical romance - Daisy Bowman is a nice, romantic, kind girl who is told by her father that if she can’t find a husband by the end of Spring, she would have to marry the bridegroom of his choice, Matthew Swift, whom Daisy hasn’t seen in years, but considers to be cold, aloof and ruthless. As they reacquaint themselves, however, the idea of marrying Swift starts looking decidedly attractive…
  • RADIANCE, by Grace Draven - fantasy romance - Ildiko and Brishen are nobles who enter into an arranged marriage to seal an alliance between their kingdoms. Just a teeny, tiny, problem: Brishen and his people aren’t actually human. This is a cool twist on the Beauty and the Beast story because both parties think the other is a Beast. But Ildiko and Brishen are both decent people who try to make the best out of a difficult situation and end up forming a deep friendship. If being a Hufflepuff is all about accepting those who are different and not being judgmental, these two are definitely Hufflepuffs.
  • THE BOOK THIEF, by Markus Zusak - historical fiction - Liesel Meminger is a girl who comes into the care of Hans and Rosa Hubermann feeling like there’s not much in the world that isn’t scary or dangerous. However, through the patience, humor, warmth and kindness she finds in her new surroundings -even during WWII in Germany-, she slowly begins to see everything in a different light. This book is filled with tons of Hufflepuff characters that not only see the value of being accepting and compassionate, but of actually following those feelings with actions that benefit those that might need it most.
  • THE COLOR PURPLE, by Alice Walker - historical fiction - Set in rural Georgia in the 1930s, this epistolary novel tells the story of Celie, a black woman that has to live a life filled with as many hardships and heartbreaks as you could imagine. Don’t let that depressing summary convince you of not picking up this book though, because what makes it great is that it’s actually a story very much about the triumph of the human spirit. Celie sees the world in a really moving way, and it helps to show you just how big of an impact empathy and acceptance can make in someone’s life.
  • MAUS, by Art Spiegelman - graphic novel - This graphic novel set tells you the true story of Art Spiegelman’s father, who was a survivor of the Holocaust. Here you’ll find a man that, in true Hufflepuff fashion, works carefully and relentlessly to make the best he possibly can out of a horrible situation for himself and his family. As with most of literature set in or about this time period, you get to see how it in some ways shaped the man he was later in life, but that doesn’t prevent you from seeing just how intelligent and perseverant he always was.
  • THE HISTORY OF LOVE, by Nicole Krauss - fiction - I honestly think this book is better if you go into it not knowing much about it, but I’ll tell you this: it has 3 stories that are linked in one way or another, it’s a book about human relationships and the endurance of love, and it will probably make you very very sad and very happy at the same time.
  • UPROOTED, by Naomi Novik - fantasy; romance - This book may have been marketed as more of a romance but the most important relationship in it is the friendship between Agniezka and Kasia. You could argue Agniezka is actually a Gryffindor on account of the many brave deeds she performs to save her friend and her village but I just think she has a very laid-back, Hufflepuff vibe, and more than bravery it is her loyalty and empathy that define her.
  • DAUGHTER OF THE FOREST, by Juliet Marillier - fantasy - [tw: rape!!!] Sorcha, the protagonist, is very much a Hufflepuff. She is fiercely loyal to her six brothers and her people, and kind even to her enemies. She is really into plants and healing (herbology, anyone?) and always rushes to help those in need no matter their social station or if it will get her in trouble. And when her brothers are cursed she really goes above and beyond to save them, in an impressive display of patience and hard work.

anonymous asked:

Hello. Do you happen to know of any Leap Year, Letters to Juliet or fake fiancé AUs?

Leap Year

Letters to Juliet

  • I couldn’t find any, sorry. If anyone knows of some, please let us know!

Fake Fiance AU

+ fake/pretend relationship tag!

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Hey. Do you care about women? Do you care about comics? Do you care about women in comics? Yeah? Why aren’t you reading Rachel Rising?

Rachel Rising is by Terry Moore, who is most famous for Strangers in Paradise–a massive, decades-spanning work chronicling the long romance between two unlikely women. He is particularly celebrated for his ability to draw a variety of female body types, and in general, the female-dominated nature of his comics. Terry Moore’s women are brave, frightened, sassy, shy, angry, demure, and everything in between. They are, in short, characters afforded the respect we’re always clamoring for. Much of his work is explicitly feminist in nature as well–which brings me to Rachel Rising.

Rachel Rising is about a young woman who wakes up in a shallow grave. She’s dead, but….not. She goes on to discover that 300 years prior, her small Massachusetts town slaughtered hundreds of young girls in an effort to root out witches, and moreover, that she might have been one of them. Then Lilith–actual, biblical Lilith shows up. Without going into too much spoilery detail, Rachel Rising is a story about revenge, nonconformity, good and evil, witches, demons, and death. It’s creepy, stark, and really, really good.

It’s also in danger of ending, due to financial concerns. So check it out at your local comics shop, or buy it digitally through Comixology. Whatever you do, give it–and more female-dominated comics–a chance.

MM Book Review: Without A Compass by Helen Juliet

Available here on Amazon

Or more information at the author’s tumblr: @helenjwrites !

Oh boy, how much did I love this book.

All of Helen Juliet’s books have been the perfect way to relax after a long week, and so I have to admit I was genuinely looking forward to this one. I couldn’t wait to unwind with a story that I knew was going to have lovable characters and a truly heartwarming ending. And Without A Compass did not disappoint.

You have Riley Anderson, who is unashamedly not an outdoors guy (more on that later!), and Kai Brandt, his older brother’s best friend. Out at a family camping trip together, as the days go on, Kai begins to question his sexuality and his undeniable new feelings toward Riley, and the two of them learn to face each other honestly, admitting what they really want and need.

There were so many tiny details about this book that I loved, but the biggest one was just how strong Riley was as a person. He was completely out of his element–he doesn’t even pretend to enjoy camping–and yet he didn’t stumble along trying to suppress his personality or quietly imitate everyone else. Instead, (without giving anything away!) he was completely unashamed about his love for creature comforts, and he did things his own way.

Another detail I loved was the way Kai made mistakes (accidentally stereotyping or making assumptions based on ignorance), and these were corrected rather than let go or–often worse–used as drama fodder. Kai didn’t mean any harm by the things he said, but they’re the same stereotypes and assumptions that we’ve all heard before, and just reading them makes your stomach sink. To be able to read them and then have the author gently correct those assumptions was uplifting and cathartic.

Overall, Without A Compass was a sweet, emotional read with minimal angst and a lovely slow-build to their relationship. The characters were lovable and real, and there are lots of rich details to enjoy along the way as well as their mutual pining.

anonymous asked:

i want to get into other comic editorials besides marvel and dc, could you recommend me what are some good ones and what comics should i read?

Sure can! I’m not sure what kind of genres and characters you’re specifically into, so I’m gonna go for broad-spectrum stories here.

I highly recommend getting a Comixology account. It’s really well-organized, delivers your comics to whatever device you want to read them on, and makes it a lot easier to access work by smaller publishers. For real, just explore their browsing options and click on what looks interesting to you! That said:

Image Comics: Image is really coming into its own–I’m starting to hear people refer to a “Big Three” instead of a “Big Two” and while that’s sort of a hilariously backhanded insult towards the industry, it’s also exciting. Right now, Saga is one of the biggest series in comics, a fantastic space opera with amazing art and characters and imho, it deserves all the hype it gets. The Walking Dead is Image’s most famous book–I haven’t read it (zombies aren’t really my thing), but check it out if your'e so inclined. Sex Criminals has made a pretty huge splash with just 4 issues, so now is a great time to jump in. Some other popular currently-running series include: Chew, Alex +Ada, Pretty Deadly, Lazarus, Velvet, Fatale, East of West, Morning Glories, and Rat Queens. I’m not caught up on all of those (okay, I haven’t actually read East of West or Morning Glories yet but my friends love ‘em), but they’re all fairly roundly enjoyed. Some older/completed Image comics I’d recommend are: PhonogramI Kill Giants, It Girl & The Atomics, Girls (haven’t read that one yet, but my friend liked it a lot), Nowhere Men (ditto), Mara, and The Pro. Image Expo revealed a lot of exciting new series in the comic year–I’m particularly excited for Ody-C, The Wicked and the Divine, Shutter, Bitch Planet, and 8house. Image is honestly fairly accessible as comic publishers go–just browse their website/comixology page/Wikipedia entry and look up what looks interesting!

IDW: IDW is mostly licensed stuff, but they put out Locke & Key, Parker, and The Rocketeer. A lot of their licensed stuff is pretty decent actually, so take a look and see if they do comics for any franchises you’re already into.

BOOM! Studios: The Adventure Time comics are all fantastic–they play around with side characters the show could never devote any real time to, pull in all kinds of cool webcomic talent and just have a whole lot of fun in a lot of different ways. I’m not into Regular Show, but I hear the comics are pretty good too. BOOM! also did Irredeemable and Incourruptible, which I’ve heard mixed things about but got enough buzz that you might want to check it out. CBGB was pretty cool too.

Dynamite: Dynamite has rebooted it’s Red Sonja span of comics recently, with Gail Simone at the helm–we’ve got everything now from Queen Sonja, to Tales of Red Sonja, to Lil’ Sonja. I’d recommend you start with the first issue of the revamp and go from there. Beyond that, there’s a lotta classic cheesecake at Dynamite, from Dejah Thoris to Vampirella, which, yes, is capital-P Problematic but I had a lot of affection for them as a kid looking for any women in comics, so I’ll toss them in here. :P. Oh, and American Flagg which I read a tiny bit of years ago. I honestly remember nothing of it but it’s fairly well known.

Abstract Studio: Abstract Studio is actually just Terry Moore’s own publishing company. Strangers in Paradise is his most famous work, a loooooong and complicated love story between Francine Peters, an all-American good girl and Katina Choovanski, a punky bad girl with a tough backstory. SiP is not perfect and probably ran past its expiration date but I totally love it and rec it wholeheartedly. Rachel Rising is Moore’s currently-running series and I urge everyone to check it out too because Moore is thinking of ending it due to financial concerns.

Top Shelf: Lotta good stuff at Top Shelf. Alan Moore has published some work here, most prominently From Hell. Blankets is here as well, probably one of those most well-known and accessible graphic novels around. I’d recommend Essex County, Alone Forever, Chester 5000, Owly, and March. Honestly, I’m seeing tons of stuff on the TS Comixology page that I’ve never heard of before but now really want to read!

MonkeybrainBandette is adorable and fun and also appropriate for all ages. I’ve heard really interesting things about High Crimes, Subatomic Party Girls and The Double Life of Miranda Turner.

Archie Comics: cough Afterlife With Archie cough

Fantagraphics: Fantagraphics is where you’re going to find Love and Rockets, one of the absolute pillars of the alternative comics world. They have done an amazing job of making 30+ years of work accessible to new readers–check out the Guide to L&R on their website. Fantagraphics stuff ranges from collections of older work like Nancy, Carl Banks’s Disney comics, and the old EC horror titles to weirder, more avant-garde stuff, so I highly recommend digging into their website on your own to see what you’re into. Some stuff I’d recommend: Hip Hop Family Tree, Meatcake, Wandering Son. I highly urge you to check out their stuff for yourself though–none of these publishers have a unified universe or voice the way DC and Marvel do, but Fantagraphics least of all.

Oni Press: Well, Scott Pilgrim of course. But also: Wet Moon, Salt Water Taffy, Hopeless Savages, and Queen & Country. Again, like Fantagraphics, there’s no unified voice here.

Slave Labor Graphics: If you’re looking to feed your inner goth kid (we’re talking the one who wears Tripp pants and listens to Good Charlotte specifically), you’ll find Nightmares and Fairytales, Gloomcookie, Johnny the Homicidal Maniac and Lenore here. They’ve…kind of peaked, tbh? And a lot of this work is out of print now (but pretty cheap if you buy it used on Amazon), or severely dated. But it’s still worth a look, I think.

Vertigo: Vertigo is technically a DC imprint, but I’m going to put it on here anyway as it’s really it’s own separate publisher, in terms of content. Vertigo has put out a lot of stone-cold classics over the years, and a lot of interesting little stuff that maybe didn’t take off the way Sandman did, but are still worth reading. I recommend: Fables, Sandman, Preacher, 100 Bullets, Animal Man, Doom Patrol, Y: The Last Man, Scalped, Pride of Baghdad, Cuba: My Revolution, My Faith in Frankie, Swamp Thing, Sweet Tooth, We3.

Dark Horse: Empowered. I love Empowered so much (though be warned that it’s basically softcore. BUT IT GETS AMAZING TRUST ME.) The Avatar: The Last Airbender comics are good, if you’re into that series. The Fifth Beatle got a lot of buzz this year. You’ll find all the Hellboy stuff here, and Sin City. Oh, and Blacksad, which is fantastic. That’s all I’m really familiar with–definitely look into Dark Horse on your own and see what piques your interest.

There you go! Phew. I hope that was helpful.

theanomousteenblogger  asked:

I'm looking for a Romeo and Juliet au. I found many edits but not any fanfictions? Are there any floating around?

Well - there have been an AWESOME number of Royalty!Bughead fics - it was spurred on by a gorgeous edit (probably one of the ones you saw actually) I posted those here:

Fantasy/Royal Bughead Fics

But if you’re looking for thematic Romeo/Juliet - like they’re from two different sides of the Civil War - I’ll need more specifics. It’s a HUGELY common trope since the season finale.

But then there are some actual - Shakespearey R&J fics too - why don’t I link some of those for you too!

We Burn Daylight by @formergirlwonder​ (1/1)

Word Count: 2029 / Rating: Gen

Summary: Basically, I had the idea, “Oh, what if Betty and Jughead were a reincarnation of Romeo and Juliet, and he figured it out right before he climbed into her window?“And then I went back and read a bit of R&J and realized that neither Betty nor Jughead could ever be capable of being that dumb. Literally. There is some amazing stupidity on display in that play (as well as gorgeous romance, of course, but that makes me sad, so let’s stick to stupidity).


Ladder Talks by @jugaddict (1/1)

Word Count: 2409 / Rating: Gen

Summary:  Betty opened the window and leaned over the ledge on her elbows. She quirked an eyebrow. “Is this going to become a habit?” She asked, referring to the last time Jughead snuck in. When he comforted her and kissed her and smiled so softly at her she felt the edges of her world blur.


Romeo and Juliet by @juggieheadcoopers (1/1)

Word Count: 1881 / Rating: Gen

Summary:  Betty and the gang prepare to put on their school’s production of Romeo and Juliet.


fantasy book recs, as told by my dash

a couple days ago, i asked people to rec fantasy book that were written by women and starred a woman protagonist. since finding these sorts of books is something of a Recurring Problem for me, i figured i’d make a list of all the books! i organized as best i could, let me know if something’s goofy!

author recs
ilona andrews (my rec– wife/husband writing duo)
leigh bardugo (my rec)
n.k. jemisin
shannon hale
kameron hurley
ursula leguin
anne mccaffrey
robin mckinley
tamora pierce
lj smith
patricia c. wrede

high or historical fantasy (alphabetical by title)
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the firekeeper saga | jane lindskold
girl of fire and thorns | rae carson
graceling | kristin cashore
a great and terrible beauty | libba bray
the grisha trilogy | leigh bardugo (my rec)
howl’s moving castle | dianna wynne jones
the naming | allison croggon
princess ben | catherine gilbert murdock
the queen’s thief series | megan whalen turner (not a lady protag, but lots of awesome ladies)
seraphina + shadow scale | rachel hartman
six of crows | leigh bardugo (my rec)
sevenwaters series | juliet marillier (my rec, dark/triggering themes for book one: daughter of the forest)
snow like ashes | sarah raasch
the sunbolt chronicles | inistar khanani (my rec)
thorn | inistar khanani (my rec)
the water trilogy | kara dalkey

adult
bel dame apocrypha series | kameron hurley (dark themes/graphic)
brother to dragons, companion to owls | jane lindskold
deathless | catherynne valente (folklore)
deerskin | robin mckinley (warning: dark themes)
the elements: descension | lauren drube (available on inkshare)
the hero and the crown | robin mckinley
the hundred thousand kingdoms | n.k. jemisin
the fifth season | n.k. jemisin (rec’d multiple times!)
parasol protectorate series | gail carriger (steampunk)
the spiritwalker trilogy | kate elliot
the study series | maria snyder (warning: dark themes)
the tombs of atuan | ursula leguin
uprooted | naomi novik (warning: sex/violence)

urban fantasy
ya
the darkest part of the forest | holly black
the lynburg legacy | sarah rees brennan
the mortal instruments/infernal devices | cassandra clare
shadowfalls (born at midnight) | cc hunter
shatter me series | tahereh mafi

adult
alex craft series | kalayna price (my rec)
the broom closet mysteries | marianna roberg (irish mythology + paranormal)
the edge series | ilona andrews (my rec)
kate daniels series | ilona andrews (my rec)

honorable mentions for dudes writing lady protags who don’t suck
the craft sequence series | max gladstone (urban fantasy/adult)

anonymous asked:

Do you know of any books similar to 'Romeo and Juliet'

Hi, I’ve not read any, but I know of some:

Young Adult:

Adult:

Also, as long as we’re talking about genres and the cultures that shaped them, let’s discuss superheroes within the context of Jewish-American culture!

Basically: 20th century Jewish-American culture was a massive influence upon the superhero genre. Many, if not most of the prominent figures of the industry, especially between the 1930s and 1960s, were Jews, many of whom changed their names to something a little less Semitic: Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster, Will Eisner, Joe Simon, Flo Steinberg, Bill Finger, Bob Kane, Gil Kane, and a million others. That list right there encompasses the creators of Batman, Superman, The Spirit, the modern Green Lantern, the Atom, The Fantastic Four, the X-Men, the Hulk, The New Gods, Spider-Man, Captain America and Iron Man. I don’t know if I’d say understanding the impact of Jewish-American culture is absolutely essential to being a well-rounded comics fan, but I think it’s important and encourage anyone who cares about the genre to study this aspect a little more deeply.

Here are some great books in that regard:

EDIT: Ivysaurr has pointed out that I left out Joe Kubert and I am ashamed because Joe Kubert is amazing. So: Also Joe Kubert.

Original Gay Fiction Rec - The Captive Prince Trilogy

CAPTIVE PRINCE | PRINCE’S GAMBIT | KINGS RISING -  CS PACAT

This trilogy was described to me as “Gay Game Of Thrones” and was the series to get me into original gay fiction - I had no idea there were so many quality stories out there until my recommendations on Amazon started filling up with the most awesome looking books!

I read this trilogy in four days flat, I was completely obsessed.  The plot is so intriguing and clever, I can’t imagine what was going on in Pacat’s brain when she conjured up all these twists and turns!

The story starts with Damen, warrior prince of Akielos being betrayed by his half brother, stripped of his identity and shipped of to neighbouring Vere as a pleasure slave for their own prince, the cunning and beautiful Laurent.  Through a series of events Damen must fight for his people, his crown and his life, all without Laurent ever finding out who he really is…

These books are one of the darker series I’ve read since embarking into the world of LGBT fiction, but I’m quite a wuss and there was nothing too much for me, if that tells you anything at all lol.  There are a lot of complex themes especially regarding sex and rape, mentions of past abuse and off-page deaths.  If that’s not cool with you, this might not be your cup of tea.  I for one am extremely glad I gave it a chance!

I would just say that I know people who couldn’t get on with this series at all, or actively hated it for various reasons.  And I get that, I really do.  But I adored it, absolutely.

Damen and Laurent are such interesting characters, and seeing as 95% of the story-telling was from Damen’s point of view I loved how Laurent was portrayed.  The development of them both is wonderful and like I said earlier, the plot is ingenious and the ending just brilliant!  

Definitely worth giving a go if you want a slow burn romance and nail biting action!

(NB: The aesthetic is by me, though I own none of the images.  Featuring Jason Momoa as Damen and Jamie Campbell Bower as Laurent.

If you want to follow my gay recs, I’m using the hashtag “#juliet recommends gay books” - I’ve got a whole bunch more AMAZING books to rec, and I’d love you to check them out!  I will also be saving them on my main page under “Original Gay Fiction Recs”.)