It’s time for my fourth Diversity Spotlight Thursday! I hope you’ll enjoy it. Once more remember to check out Aimal’s post about this, as well as her blog.
Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire
Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere… else.
But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.
Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced… they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.
But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter.
No matter the cost.
This book features an asexual MC and a trans male side character set in a world where children sometimes disappear for years, growing up in various parallel worlds in every imaginable fashion. This story mostly deals with the aftermath of being in such a fairytale-like situation and how people can deal with this and it’s really good! (It mentions aromanticism on page & tbh I cried at that) 4 Stars, published in 2016
City of Strife by Claudie Arseneault
Isandor, City of Spires.
A hundred and thirty years have passed since Arathiel last set foot in his home city. Isandor hasn’t changed—bickering merchant families still vie for power through eccentric shows of wealth—but he has. His family is long dead, a magical trap has dulled his senses, and he returns seeking a sense of belonging now long lost.
Arathiel hides in the Lower City, piecing together a new life among in a shelter dedicated to the homeless and the poor, befriending an uncommon trio: the Shelter’s rageful owner, Larryn, his dark elven friend Hasryan, and Cal the cheese-loving halfling. When Hasryan is accused of Isandor’s most infamous assassination of the last decade, what little peace Arathiel has managed to find for himself is shattered. Hasryan is innocent… he thinks. In order to save him, Arathiel may have to shatter the shreds of home he’d managed to build for himself.
Arathiel could appeal to the Dathirii—a noble elven family who knew him before he disappeared—but he would have to stop hiding, and they have battles of their own to fight. The idealistic Lord Dathirii is waging a battle of honour and justice against the cruel Myrian Empire, objecting to their slavery, their magics, and inhumane treatment of their apprentices. One he could win, if only he could convince Isandor’s rulers to stop courting Myrian’s favours for profit.
In the ripples that follow Diel’s opposition, friendships shatter and alliances crumble. Arathiel, the Dathirii, and everyone in Isandor fights to preserve their homes, even if the struggle changes them irrevocably.
This book is written by the creator of the Aromantic or Asexual Speculative Fiction Database (you can check it out here, it’s really nice!) and features a lot of LGBT+ Characters. It is ownvoices for the ace/aro characters. Even though the words are not mentioned on page, I heard it was still described really well, so I’m super excited! published in 2017
27 Hours by Tristina Wright
Rumor Mora fears two things: hellhounds too strong for him to kill, and failure. Jude Welton has two dreams: for humans to stop killing monsters, and for his strange abilities to vanish.
But in no reality should a boy raised to love monsters fall for a boy raised to kill them.
Nyx Llorca keeps two secrets: the moon speaks to her, and she’s in love with Dahlia, her best friend. Braeden Tennant wants two things: to get out from his mother’s shadow, and to unlearn Epsilon’s darkest secret.
They’ll both have to commit treason to find the truth.
During one twenty-seven-hour night, if they can’t stop the war between the colonies and the monsters from becoming a war of extinction, the things they wish for will never come true, and the things they fear will be all that’s left.
This book is promoted as a story about “five queer teens trying to save the colonized moon Sahara from getting run over by gargoyles”. It features disabled characters, black, latinx and multiracial characters as well as bisexual, pansexual, asexual, trans and gay characters, all of them MCs. It is one of the books I’m most excited for and I honestly can’t wait for it to come out! to be published in October 2017
This week’s theme seems to be books with a huge LGBT cast all of them featuring important asexual and aromantic characters. I honestly can’t say how excited I am for all these books, especially when there’s not many asexual or aromantic characters in fiction. To see all these representation is really, really good. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this post and found a book that you’re interested in. Have a nice week!