Author’s Note – This is set in a fairy-tail kingdom a long, long time ago. This is also set in our backyards, yesterday. Fantasy is always a little more cutting than our real life. Let it be so.
Rainbow Reading is our weekly series focusing on book reviews with a geeky/sci-fi/fantasy/supernatural flair with LGBTQ characters. Today I review Immortal by Amy Lane.
Immortal is different from Amy Lane’s contemporary books, and yet the same. It is filled with pain and angst for the main characters and in the end good overcomes evil. This is truly a fairy-tail. There is an evil prince, an enchanted dark forest, heroes and a fantasmil ending.
The story opens with a glimpse into the hell of Teyth’s life. It changes when his sexually abusive stepfather sells him to the village blacksmith – Cairsten. This one action turns out to be the best thing that has ever happened to Teyth. He is in a home with food, people who don’t hurt him and can learn a skill. Teyth has a case of hero worship for Diarmuid who is Caristen’s apprentice. Diarmuid was taken in by Cairsten as a young boy after he was found wondering in the woods.
Teyth life is turning around, and the only thing he really misses from his old life is his younger brother, Aubrey. He is able to see his younger brother sporadically when his mother comes into the village. This sustains his need, until his stepfather is killed. For one brief moment, Teyth believes he can now help support his younger mother and brother. His mother lets him down yet again by entering the Prince’s tower and taking Aubrey with her. There is nothing Teyth can do now, so he moves on.
We continue to see the development of Teyth’s and Diarmuid relationship from hero worship to love. Every time Teyth and Diarmuid start to move toward a more substantial relationship, something happens to friends, loved ones and family. The struggle shows the true strength of characters that after everything they have been through, their thoughts are about how to help others. Diarmuid wants to help the village, and Teyth wants to protect Diarmuid. Along the way, Teyth and Diarmuid not only do what they can to help the village, they learn how to use the dark forest to their benefit.
I read this when it came out, but I will not be able to reread anytime soon. Amy Lane has made the characters and their pain too real to me. In the end, there is joy and good overcomes evil, but there are so many struggles that involve humiliation, pain and fear that come before that moment. It is a beautiful book that pulled me into the story immediately. I hated the evil prince, and was rooting not only for Diarmuid and Teyth, but the entire village. Read this book, and you will not be disappointed. You will need tissues though, and a support system around you that doesn’t think you are crazy because you are yelling at the characters in a book.
The Lambda Literary Awards were held in New York this past Monday, June 1st. Lambda's Mission Statement is:
Lambda Literary believes Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer literature is fundamental to the preservation of our culture, and that LGBTQ lives are affirmed when our stories are written, published and read.
I completely missed the date and I still can't believe I didn't realize they were occurring so soon. I'm not one for most award shows like the Oscars or Grammys but I love the Lammy Awards. I normally try to read all nominees in several of the categories. I will say in the few years I have been doing this, I have never been disappointed in the nominated books. Since I didn't get a chance to read all of them this year, I'm taking the opportunity to create a great reading list for Pride month. If you are interested in any type of LGBTQ books, click here to get a list of the best of the best.
I anticipate some of these books will make it to Rainbow Reading book reviews, so stay tuned!
Rainbow Reading is our weekly series focusing on book reviews with a geeky/sci-fi/fantasy/supernatural flair with LGBTQ characters. Today I review the Cloverleah Pack series by Lisa Oliver.
Lisa Oliver’s Cloverleah Pack series is fantastic. I recently read book six in the series Fae for All. I’m a little ashamed to say it wasn’t until this book that I realized that each book is a puzzle piece leading to something much bigger. I got a hint of it in book five Getting Close to the Omega, but it really slapped me in the face with book six. After I read book six, I went back and re-read the entire series, and I started seeing hints of things to come in earlier books. The author has really thought this out. Even though each book can technically be read on its own, I got so much more out of the story by reading them in order.
Premise of the series is that Kane Mathews started the Cloverleah pack because he got kicked out of his pack due to his sexual orientation. Kane has been told all of his life there are no mates for gay men. The Cloverleah Pack starts off very small, but essentially becomes a haven for those wolves/shifters that are gay. The reading order for the books are below:
Book 1 - The Reluctant Wolf - Kane Mathews and Shawn Bailey’s story
Book 2 - The Runaway Cat - Griff Mathews and Derrick Franklin’s story
Book 3 - When No Doesn’t Cut It - Scott Peterson and Damien’s story
Book 3.5 - Never Go Back - novella about Scott going home and Malachi and Elijah’s story
Book 4 – Calming the Enforcer - Troy Peterson and Anton Sage’s story
Book 5 - Getting Close to the Omega - Dean Weir and Mathew Carmichael’s story
Book 6 - Fae for All - Jax Cooper and Aelfric and Fafnir’s story
With each new book, we see the Cloverleah Pack becoming more and more powerful. The pack keeps growing, adapting and changing which is making others jealous and envious. As other groups work together to try to destroy the Cloverleah Pack, the reader is given slight hints as to why this pack is growing so powerful, but we are also left with lots of questions. I can’t wait until the next book!