Release Date: August 4, 2017
Received From: Review copy from author
When Emma applied to study healing magic with one of the most prestigious mages in the country, she never thought she’d actually be accepted into the program. Her bags are packed but she is not ready to go. Accepting the position means she’ll be apart from her partner, Sky for three long months. But Sky has a night planned that Emma won’t soon forget.
GENDER: cisgender, nonbinary
SEXUALITY: presumed bisexual/pansexual
TAGS: adult, romance, queer romance, fantasy, existing relationship, sexual content, short story, queer characters
This short is a super cute, fluffy one shot about two people on their last night together for a few months. It was a fun, quick read and a nice palate cleanser after reading an angsty novel.
I really loved that Sky is nonbinary and there’s casual mentions of their binder. It’s incredibly refreshing to see gender, and the discussion of how that manifests for different people, as just something that exists, instead of something that requires a lot of fanfare. As a nonbinary person, it’s lovely for me to see the use of gender neutral pronouns as well as the character being accepted and loved for who they are, with no qualifications.
The little novella felt like it could be the beginning of something longer–perhaps Emma’s apprenticeship? or just general queer fun?–so I’m hoping to see more of these two in the future! I definitely recommend picking this one up!
Elliott Junkyard is a queer trans man and living a reclusive life in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. He spends his free time listening to audio drama podcasts, crying over fictional characters, and generally being as queer as possible.
You can reach him at his twitter account: @elliottjunkyard
You can find more about his other queer books on his Goodreads page