My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I seriously had no idea what I was going to get from this book, never having read the author before, so it was a real delight to get a well written and plotted fantasy story with a quiet romance at its heart.
There’s a real lack, imho, of people writing in the Sci-Fi and Fantasy genres in the LGBTQ+ space (when considered against the pure romance field that is) and while there was a bear shifter in this, the focus was on relationships in a fantasy setting with a flavour of the Medieval mixed in with some druidic and and shamanic influences.
Every thing is gentle, even though there is some violence, and the real focus is between two characters learning to trust the other and to open up to finding something more.
I loved the world building, it’s familiar – stone castles, guards and invaders overthrowing a cruel ruler – but there’s elements which take it beyond that and into a new narrative where a Hunan mage and an Ursini shifter can find common ground and a solid love.
#ARC kindly received from Riptide via NetGalley in return for an honest and unbiased review.