The world was not a place of black and white, night and day. It was shades of gray and shadows, dusk and dawn, in-between moments and shifting sands. And somehow, knowing that nothing was permanent or real made it easier for Nettie to slip into her own skin. For the first time, she stopped trying to be something else and accepted that what she was was as real and fine as what anybody else was.
—  Wake of Vultures, Lila Bowen

Ok, so I’ve read two different books in the same week with a character outside the gender binary.

Nettie Lonesome (also called Rhet Hennessy) from The Vultures Series by Lila Bowen in Adult Fiction who is transgender.


Alex Fierro from Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor in YA fiction who is transgender/non-binary.



Dayseeker - Vultures (music video)

dysfunctional-college-roommates  asked:

(Okay, how many categories of book recs can I ask for, because I really want to take advantage of this...) Do you know of any good lgbt+ historical fiction books? Because those are pretty much two of my favorite things, so that would be really awesome.

Hi! You can ask for as many categories as you want! Tbh giving book recs is one of my favorite things.

Historical + LGBTQIA… And I Darken by Kiersten White, Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine (alternate history, two of the supporting characters are gay, their relationship gets more attention in book 2. I’m adding this one because it is such an interesting story/concept and I have lots of feels for the characters), The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (not YA but still), The Steep and Thorny Way by Cat Winters (prohibition era), Timekeeper by Tara Sim (okay, technically steampunk Victorian England but it’s so cute I had to add it!), Wake of Vultures by Lila Bowen (this is a mashup of fantasy and the wild west and the characters are so wonderfully diverse and I love the story, one of a kind), Pantomime by Laura Lam (if I remember right this is like Victorian England with fantasy?), Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham (one storyline is set during prohibition, not so much about LGBTQIA but there is an ace character and that made me happy). 

The book I am dyyyyying to read is The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee which comes out June 27. I have it pre-ordered! It’s set during the 1800s and the MC is bi. My friend read it and has only the best things to say about it!

Prometheus On His Crag

Had such an advantageous prospect
He could see, even as he slept,
The aeons revolving.

He could see, centre of every aeon,
Like the grit in its pearl,
Himself sealed on his rock.

Between the aeons - dark nothing. But he could see
Himself wading escaping through dark nothing
From aeon to aeon, prophesying Freedom -

It was his soul’s sleepwalking and he dreamed it.
Only waking when the vulture woke him
Into a new aeon
                               to the old chains
                                                              and the old agony.

—  Ted Hughes, Prometheus On His Crag 15
Wake of Vultures - Lila Bowen

My Rating: Adored it!

Specific Genre: Wild West Fantasy

Blurb: Nettie Lonesome lives in a land of hard people and hard ground dusted with sand. She’s a half-breed who dresses like a boy, raised by folks who don’t call her a slave but use her like one. She knows of nothing else. That is, until the day a stranger attacks her. When nothing, not even a sickle to the eye can stop him, Nettie stabs him through the heart with a chunk of wood, and he turns into black sand.
And just like that, Nettie can see.
But her newfound sight is a blessing and a curse. Even if she doesn’t understand what’s under her own skin, she can sense what everyone else is hiding – at least physically. The world is full of evil, and now she knows the source of all the sand in the desert. Haunted by the spirits, Nettie has no choice but to set out on a quest that might lead to her true kin… if the monsters along the way don’t kill her first.

My Review: An adventure-filled fantasy in the American wild west, with a half-Black, half-Native American (she doesn’t know which tribe, so we don’t know which tribe, but she’s looking for her heritage) genderqueer/genderfluid protagonist who happens to maybe be the chosen one? AND it’s astonishingly well-written, with a plot full of twists and turns and amazing characters to boot? Yeah, this one’s a must-read. 

For Fans Of: westerns, genderqueer biracial protagonists who have agency and are wonderful.

I received a review copy of this book from Orbit and that has in no way made an impact on my review.