I complain constantly about the lack of “diverse fantasy books” on the market. My friends family are probably both tired of hearing it, but it’s something that we keep saying we’ll address and then never do. Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst is a giant step in the right direction.
In a single book Coulthurst has managed to discuss the political problems presented by and inactive government, provided her readers with two strong LGBTQ+ characters, and, doubtless the most important part, create a riveting plot!
This book ignores old clichés in favor of creating believable romance between the two main characters, Princesses Denna and Mare. Engaged to Mare’s brother, the Crown Prince Thandilimon, Denna has spent her entire life preparing for the marriage that would seal the alliance between Mynaria and Havemont.
Mynaria is a kingdom that harbors a deep mistrust of magic. Denna has never encountered such sentiments until her engagement, and unfortunately for her, they make it even more essential for her to hide a secret that she’s held for years.
With plenty of twists and turns, mystery and fantasy elements, and political intrigue, this novel makes a fascinating read and should hold a spot on everyone’s To Be Read list.