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One of those books that LGBT SFF fans have been waiting for all our lives
Reviewed in the United States on October 1, 2019
I was incredibly fortunate to obtain an advance copy earlier this month of Nina Varela's Crier's War, which was finally released today. I feel honored to have read it early because I was clamoring for a copy for months, and after reading, I pre-ordrered in hardcover, Kindle, and audiobook.
Crier's War is told from the alternating perspectives of Crier, an Automa princess, and Ayla, a human rebel, in a world where Automa now rule over the humans who once created them.
Falling in love in such a world would be complicated enough, even if Ayla weren't sworn to assassinate Crier as revenge for her family's death...
Crier's War is something extraordinary: It is a story of forbidden romance between two girls, set in a world without homophobia, which nonetheless manages to declare that the homophobes who try to control us are wrong: there is nothing broken about who we are.
Did I ugly cry? I ugly cried. But it was from joy, because there are no dead lesbians here.
What do we have instead?
* A romance between an android lesbian Slytherin who is having Big Feelings for the first time and a traumatized, fighty Gryffindor rebel who is terrified of loving anyone, lest they literally die (again) (oof)
* Enemies to friends to lovers
* Bed sharing
* Found family!
* A magic system based on alchemy
* Girls! Loving! Girls! In! A! SFF! Setting!
As a lesbian who loves SFF and romance, I have never read a book that was so perfectly aligned with my interests. Crier's War is easily my favorite book of 2019 and one of my favorite books of all time. I am already back to clamoring... for the sequel, which is set for a 2020 release!