Rafa Reviews: Driven by Duty, by Mia West

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Driven by Duty, by Mia West
Series: Sons of Britain, Book 3
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: September 13, 2018

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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Twin Book Review by Mel: The Black Tides of Heaven & The Red Threads of Fortune, by JY Yang

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The Black Tides of Heaven, by JY Yang
Series: Tensorate, Book One
Publisher: Tor.com
Release Date: September 26, 2017

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

 

The Black Tides of Heaven is one of a pair of unique, standalone introductions to JY Yang’s Tensorate Series, which Kate Elliott calls “effortlessly fascinating.” For more of the story you can read its twin novella The Red Threads of Fortune, available simultaneously.

Mokoya and Akeha, the twin children of the Protector, were sold to the Grand Monastery as infants. While Mokoya developed her strange prophetic gift, Akeha was always the one who could see the strings that moved adults to action. While Mokoya received visions of what would be, Akeha realized what could be. What’s more, they saw the sickness at the heart of their mother’s Protectorate.

A rebellion is growing. The Machinists discover new levers to move the world every day, while the Tensors fight to put them down and preserve the power of the state. Unwilling to continue as a pawn in their mother’s twisted schemes, Akeha leaves the Tensorate behind and falls in with the rebels. But every step Akeha takes towards the Machinists is a step away from Mokoya. Can Akeha find peace without shattering the bond they share with their twin?


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The Red Threads of Fortune, by JY Yang
Series: Tensorate, Book Two
Publisher: Tor.com
Release Date: September 26, 2017

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

 

The Red Threads of Fortune is one of a pair of unique, standalone introductions to JY Yang’s Tensorate Series, which Kate Elliott calls “effortlessly fascinating.” For more of the story you can read its twin novella The Black Tides of Heaven, available simultaneously.

Fallen prophet, master of the elements, and daughter of the supreme Protector, Sanao Mokoya has abandoned the life that once bound her. Once her visions shaped the lives of citizens across the land, but no matter what tragedy Mokoya foresaw, she could never reshape the future. Broken by the loss of her young daughter, she now hunts deadly, sky-obscuring naga in the harsh outer reaches of the kingdom with packs of dinosaurs at her side, far from everything she used to love.

On the trail of a massive naga that threatens the rebellious mining city of Bataanar, Mokoya meets the mysterious and alluring Rider. But all is not as it seems: the beast they both hunt harbors a secret that could ignite war throughout the Protectorate. As she is drawn into a conspiracy of magic and betrayal, Mokoya must come to terms with her extraordinary and dangerous gifts, or risk losing the little she has left to hold dear.

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TRANS BOOK MONTH: Sneak Peak by Mel: “The Black Tides of Heaven” & “The Red Threads of Fortune”, by JY Yang

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As part of Trans Book Month on Just Love, in which we are highlighting trans literature and authors, we want to give you a sneak peak at the upcoming twin novellas The Black Tides of Heaven and The Red Threads of Fortune by JY Yang, which show a wonderful concept of gender and transgenderness as well as several transgender characters.

Mel has already read them and can’t shut up about them because they were incredibly good.

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TRANS BOOK MONTH: Trans Stories and the Woman Disguised as a Man Trope, by EE Ottoman

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As part of Trans Book Month on Just Love, in which we are highlighting trans literature, we have invited several authors to share some of their thoughts with us. Please welcome EE Ottoman here today…


Trans Stories and the Woman Disguised as a Man Trope

I have a love hate relationship with the cross-dressing trope that pops up in a lot of romantic storytelling. Specifically the narrative of the woman who disguises herself as a man to go on adventures or otherwise enjoys some aspect of male privilege, and along the way falls in love. It’s a trope found in everything from historical romance novels, historical fiction, classic movies, television shows, romantic comedies, and fantasy novels.

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