Wood introduces a troubled hero torn between duty and self in this impressive gay fantasy, the first in the Stagsblood Trilogy. Tel, the ruggedly handsome crown prince of Feigh, has negotiated an end to the war between his country and the strange queendom of Omela. But when his father dies suddenly, his brother takes the command of the kingdom, and as the new ruler, he has entirely different ideas about how to run the empire. With darkness taking over Feigh, Tel must decide if he wants to flee or stay and fight for the people. The narrative builds slowly on a classic dark fantasy framework of black-and-white morality and magic. Wood develops his fantasy world with keen understanding of LGBTQ issues, class disparity, sibling rivalry, substance abuse, and recovery. Meanwhile, the assured, intelligent prose and deeply realized characterization allow readers to stay invested. This finely constructed tale will equally appeal to general fantasy audiences and aficionados of dark gay fantasy.
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The Stagsblood Prince
(Book One of the Stagsblood Trilogy)
By Gideon E. Wood
Ex Asperis, LLC
Pub date February 7, 2021
Price $3.07 (USD) Kindle edition, $11.99 Paperback