1) This had a great plot, one where the eroticism actually helped moved the story along, and a really interesting mythology, but it was the characters who kept me reading. A strong politically charged fantasy with some very clear parallels to contemporary terrorism.
Edge of a Knife (Flame Cycle) James L. Wolf
Bisexual - Fantasy
Series: Flame Cycle
Paperback: 228 pages
Publisher: Fantastic Fiction Publishing (March 29, 2017)
Amazon: Edge of a Knife (Flame Cycle) James L. Wolf
Daniil LaChance grew up hard on the streets of the city-state of Allistair. A chance meeting with the shapeshifting Flame known as Knife changes everything when Knife takes Daniil as her apprentice. The promise of initiation as one of the sexual mystics of the goddess Pelin turns Daniil’s life from one of poverty and desperation to one of magic and mystery — and made possible the renewal of a love affair that has lasted many lifetimes. But this opportunity has come in dark times. Mob violence and murder sparked by the resentment of an aggrieved merchant threaten to literally drown the Flame, extinguishing them from the face of Uos. The Emperor stands aside, allowing the killings to go on for his own political gain, leaving the few surviving Flame to provide for their own safety. Daniil and Knife stand alone in the face of a world spurred to genocidal violence, desperately seeking a way to insure the survival of their kind. Knife has a plan, complex and risky, but there’s so much that she’s held back from her apprentice that Daniil doesn’t find it easy to trust his mentor. Daniil must make an impossible choice: Will he initiate as Flame and risk horrible death at the hands of the mob? Or will he go on hiding forever in miserable safety, trapped in an identity he has always known is not his true self?
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