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2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Dragon Horse War: The Calling by D. Jackson Leigh

Dragon Horse War: The Calling by D. Jackson Leigh
Lesbian Fantasy Romance
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (February 17, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626392404
ISBN-13: 978-1626392403
Amazon: Dragon Horse War: The Calling
Amazon Kindle: Dragon Horse War: The Calling

When is war justified to preserve peace?

Society has evolved into one collective belief that celebrates diversity. Luxury credits are earned and spent only after the world population is fed and educated. But when catastrophic weather kills thousands and destroys crops, people begin to look for answers among ancient legends of guilt, retribution, and a vengeful deity.

Jael, seasoned commander of a latent cell of dragon horse warriors, understands what Alyssa, an alluring young priestess, doesn’t—words won’t be enough to quell the violent sect preying on the population’s fear and hunger. As their conflicting ideologies threaten to jeopardize their mission, Alyssa and Jael realize their growing attraction and entwined destiny might be more formidable than the enemy they have been called upon to defeat.

Outstanding. The first book in a speculative fiction trilogy. Cyrus is "The Prophet" (think Mike Huckabee)  preaching to a return to  "The Natural Order" (think Islamic Taliban).. First Warrior Jael and Advocate Alyssa are fighting to prevent the fascist religious overthrow. They have special powers with the 'dragon horses'. I was riveted.

An excellent and fully realized fantasy with endearing characters.

This was one of the best lesbian novels I've ever read, honestly, and definitely a great fantasy. I think the writing style could do with a bit of fine tuning when it comes to descriptions, but the romance was just delightful and the world-building was smooth, diverse, and really refreshing.

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