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2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Obsidian Sun by Jon Keys

Obsidian Sun by Jon Keys
Gay Fantasy
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (July 10, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1634762916
ISBN-13: 978-1634762915
Amazon: Obsidian Sun
Amazon Kindle: Obsidian Sun

Differences must be put aside when vengeance becomes all-consuming.

Anan, a spellweaver of the Talac people, returns from a hunting trip to find his village decimated, his mate dead, and everyone else captured by Varas slavers. The sole survivor is Terja, a young man without the velvet that covers most Talac, marking him as a spellspinner. Since Talac magic requires both a weaver and a spinner, Anan and Terja must move beyond their ingrained mistrust. All that remains is revenge and a desperate plan to rescue their tribesmen before they are sold to Varas pleasure houses. A goal Anan and Terja are willing to die for.

With the blessing of the Talac gods, they discover new and surprising ways to complement each other’s power. But as they race through terrain full of enemies and dangerous creatures to reach their people before they pass into Varas lands, they must take drastic steps to face the overwhelming odds against them. Understanding their connection might be their only hope.

Captivating, immersive worldbuilding, and a story that won't let you go. A truly original work of fantasy that would make as excellent a film as it does a book.

I pretty much gobbled this up in one delicious bite. Beautifully descriptive use of the English language, showing a realistic yet frail, violent fantasy world full of intriguing details. Anan and Terja complement each other so well, as a velvet weaver and a non-velvet spinner they're different but sport a united front against their foes, the Varas addicted to velvet. The plot tells a story of revenge and a battle for the survival of the Talac peoples. A wonderfully woven tale of kilt-wearing heroes, and I can't wait for more by this talented author.

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