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Winterglass is a sci-fantasy about one woman’s love for her homeland (Sirapirat) and her determination to defeat the Winter Queen who has overtaken the land. The city-state Sirapirat once knew only warmth and monsoon. When the Winter Queen conquered it, she remade the land in her image, turning Sirapirat into a country of snow and unending frost. But an empire is not her oWinterglass is a sci-fantasy about one woman’s love for her homeland (Sirapirat) and her determination to defeat the Winter Queen who has overtaken the land. The city-state Sirapirat once knew only warmth and monsoon. When the Winter Queen conquered it, she remade the land in her image, turning Sirapirat into a country of snow and unending frost. But an empire is not her only goal. In secret, she seeks the fragments of a mirror whose power will grant her deepest desire. At her right hand is General Lussadh, who bears a mirror shard in her heart, as loyal to winter as she is plagued by her past as a traitor to her country. Tasked with locating other glass-bearers, she finds one in Nuawa, an insurgent who’s forged herself into a weapon that will strike down the queen. To earn her place in the queen’s army, Nuawa must enter a deadly tournament where the losers’ souls are given in service to winter. To free Sirapirat, she is prepared to make sacrifices: those she loves, herself, and the complicated bond slowly forming between her and Lussadh. If the splinter of glass in Nuawa's heart doesn't destroy her first. "A fairy tale, beautiful like an ice crystal, and razor sharp." --
Silvia Moreno-Garcia, World Fantasy Award-winning co-editor of She Walks in Shadows
 "Winterglass is rich with diamondine prose, a scintillant retelling of the Ice Queen that challenges Occidental aesthetics, colonial mentality, and personal identity."
 --Cassandra Khaw, author of Hammers on Bone, BFA & Locus Award nominee
 "An exquisite gem of a novella. Politics, relationships, and combat presented as a matryoshka, the beauty of which is there's no easy way of telling which shells are within which. Sriduangkaew’s sensuous metaphors and elegant imagery are never less than a pleasure to read. Thoroughly recommended. " --Jonathan L. Howard, author of Johannes Cabal the Necromancer...

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  • Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk
    2019-05-29 11:22

    „One day you will fire all that you are, like a bullet, into the heart of the winter queen.“Even though I was really intrigued after reading the description, Sadly I DNFd it at 44%. I’m not able to really give you a proper review, so I’ll give you this: The story has ✅ a queen made of armor and ice which loves her female general ✅ a badass main character who does not care if her lover is female or male ✅ a competition to become a lieutenant of the queen and be trained by the general✅ people who have fragments of the queens mirror in their bodies Good/bad things in the book: ✔️ the writing was sometimes really beautiful ✔️ the female-female love sounded awesome especially that the queen had a female lover that was also her general ❌ in my opinion it was way too much filled with descriptions ❌ it was really confusing and slowly even though it only had ~150 pages ❌ throughout the book the author says lord/prince only to then say it was a “she”Also the author says one name and then says “they” which is really really confusing ❌ I thought the language itself and the writing were really hard and I had trouble to read it fluently. I always needed to read it slowly. Maybe that’s because English isn’t my mother language, but I still guess it’s just a really complicated writing styleAll in all I wasn’t as intrigued as I hoped I was and I couldn’t continue, because I was way too confused and kind of bored. But the diversity was great... Sorry not sorry 🤷🏻‍♀️

  • Gary
    2019-06-17 13:37

    When we read stories, we are driven by a desire for closure, but we also long to have our satisfaction deferred until it is earned. We feel cheated if closure comes too soon, so the success of any story depends on keeping us in a protracted state of suspense as much as releasing that tension in a gratifying way. These contradictory impulses – a desire for the end and for making the end desirable – were dubbed “textual erotics” by the literary theorist Peter Brooks, a term that applies in both a literal and theoretical sense when discussing Benjanun Sriduangkaew’s new novella, Winterglass.Nuawa Dasaret has known that her life was a story since the age of six, when her mother saved her from execution by putting a shard of the Winter Queen’s mirror in her heart. From that moment on, her story could only end one way – with Nuawa assassinating the Winter Queen and liberating her homeland of Sirapirat from the monarch’s brutal, icy reign. Being a story, though, there are detours and digressions, particularly in the form of General Lussadh, the Queen’s right hand, charged with finding all the glass-bearers. Nuawa’s attraction to Lussadh, which is reciprocated, causes her to question exactly what conclusion would satisfy her desire.Both Lussadh and Nuawa are aware that the engines that power their respective stories are fragile, that satisfaction is more complicated than simply finding closure. Nuawa, who makes her living as a fighter, enters a tribute tournament that would, if she wins, land her in the service of the Winter Queen. When Lussadh discovers that Nuawa is the last glass-bearer, she knows she could simply bring Nuawa directly to the Winter Queen and fulfill her charge, but is compelled to learn more about Nuawa, and to get closer to her. Nuawa herself must suppress the ever-present desire to strike out at her nation’s conqueror when she is near; others have tried and failed, and Nuawa needs to understand why or else she risks failure too.Sriduangkaew’s prose carries an intense lyricism that flirts with decadence, and often writers like this – who push and pull words like a photographer or painter manipulates colors – can lead readers down an aesthetic rabbit hole that loses sight of fiction's other goals. Sriduangkaew herself has been guilty of this on occasion, but not so with Winterglass. With her best stories, she knows what stimulates our need to consume them, our desire to earn their riches. That the characters in Winterglass know it too is a flourish just delicate enough to savor.

  • Acqua
    2019-06-08 12:38

    3.5 stars.Winterglass is a Southeast Asian retelling of the Snow Queen. It has one of the best covers ever and ruthless lesbians, so of course I had to read it.The worldbuilding was really interesting: Sirapirat has been conquered by the Winter Queen, who is looking for the shards of her magic mirror. Now Sirapirat is a city of dream arenas, oneiric drugs and ghost-powered technology - all under an endless winter. These sci-fantasy aspects made the story and the setting stand out, and I wanted to know more about them; the magic system, while never really explained, was unlike anything I had seen before.And everyone was queer! The main characters are a lesbian and a non-binary femme person (who uses she/her); there are non-binary side characters and characters who use neopronouns.This book also had an all-PoC cast (almost - the white characters are minor, usually annoyances; there's in-universe xenophobia).There was a lot to explore, but like many novellas, Winterglass was too short for what it was trying to be. The ending felt rushed, anticlimatic, and the novella felt more like a part of a novel than something that stands on its own. This needs a sequel; there are too many threads that aren't wrapped up.The plot wasn't bad, but it could have been better. The potential was there, but the tension wasn't, for the most part. I knew Nuawa was going to succeed, and what's the point of having a competition in your book when there's so little tension you can skip the fight scenes without losing anything?The descriptions were undeniably beautiful and the atmosphere was perfect, but the writing was unnecessarily heavy; this also made the dialogues feel awkward.Here's a description of Nuawa while she's climbing a window:When she pulls herself up, clinging arachnid to a window, she paces her breathing. Exertion is its own ecstasy, the human engine rewarding itself.Pretty? It also gets tiring really quickly, when it doesn't flow well, and here it didn't. There were some great passages, but there was also a lot of repetitive/heavy-handed writing.I liked the characters, but there wasn't much character development. I loved the romance. The scenes in which Lussadh and Nuawa were together were the best ones; their dynamics were great and... morally complicated (and I'm totally here for this). And even if I didn't love the writing for most of the book, the sex scenes were well-written.Also, what a fascinating villain. It's not common to find female villains who are.

  • ⚔ Silvia ⚓
    2019-06-14 17:16

    I was sent this book as an advanced copy by the publisher via NetGalley for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own.DNF @79%I didn’t really like this and even though I DNF’d it around 80% I marked it as read because I could have just as easily kept skim reading until the end and it would have made no difference.I wasn’t interested in the romance or in the world building but honestly the writing was what ruined this for me completely.I’m not someone who complains about writing style a lot, especially when I see that there’s something unique about it. And this was definitely unique, but it also didn’t feel genuine at all. It wasn’t fluid and it felt like every sentence was written in a contorted way on purpose to achieve some specific kind of style that I couldn’t even begin to try to describe. It’s not bad per se, it’s just something I can’t seem to understand or be able to enjoy.The writing was really what ruined this for me, and paired with a story that starts without much explanation about the world building at all, it meant that I had almost no idea what was going on most of the time. I’m okay with being thrown into a world without it being explained but I can’t focus on that if I’m also trying to understand what every sentence means.The only thing I loved about this was the diversity because there was absolutely no heteronormativity or cisnormativity and there were different sexualities and genders portrayed. I also believe that the world might have been interesting had I been able to understand it.Rep: multiple queer and nonbinary characters, nonbinary femme LI

  • Sadie | sadie_reads_them_all
    2019-06-05 09:26

    This is an appropriate book to finish out my year and my reading challenge for 2017.Winterglass is a beautifully written story...“It is beautiful at first, snow, Mother would say, until is erases and turns all you know into a copy of itself. Soon you no longer recall a time without; soon you forget warmth and buffaloes dozing by the riverbank. Soon, you remember only what it wants you to remember.”First and foremost, I loved the diversity in this book, LBGTQ forward in a totally normative context--it didn't seem like the author was trying too hard or awkward with any of it--felt right.That being said, the characters are very strong. Our protagonist, Nuawa was almost put to death at the age of 6 but she has a special shard of glass in her heart that both prevented her death and makes her a threat to the Winter Queen.General Lussadh is tasked with locating other glass-bearers, finds one in Nuawa who has forged herself into an enemy and is trying to get into the Queen's army so she can exact revenge.Interesting relationships build!!Much more than the worldbuilding actually.Which is a flaw in this tale for me. In fantasy, I need a bit of a set up so I can find my bearings and some stability in my new surroundings. This story moves so fast, I felt buried under trying to keep the new characters straight as well as pay attention to all the complicated relationships.Things got better once the action started but I still had to re read portions of the story to figure out what was going on sometimes.I also felt like the author rushed through descriptions of objects and back story in order to keep tight to the present day drama but I really needed those gaps to be filled in--I wanted to know more about the Winter Queen and the glass shards in people's hearts, ultimately I had more questions to wrestle with than I had satisfactory answers for.However, this doesn't deter me from rating this with high marks! This author has excellent writing skills. I was very impressed and I hope there is more from this land with these characters. I'd read more for sure!

  • Emma
    2019-06-18 13:43

    “Your mind is a weapon, Nuawa, and we shall nurture it in the absence of fear. One day you will fire all that you are, like a bullet, into the heart of the Winter Queen.”3.75 stars.This is one of the most unique retellings I've ever read. Drawing on elements of the Snow Queen fairytale, Winterglass is an intriguing and action-packed story set in a steampunk Asian fantasy setting. All the characters are queer and/or POC, and heteronormativity and cisnormativity do! not!! exist!!! The gender, pronouns, and orientations of characters are never assumed and universally respected, and the central romance is between a woman and a femme nonbinary person.The worldbuilding is immersive and complex. I especially liked the way that their technology is powered by ghosts—a bit of a confusing concept at first, but really fucking cool and an interesting part of the Queen's power. The only complaints I had were minor: 1) I unfortunately never really felt invested in the main relationship :/// and 2) the pacing felt strange and kept skipping over scenes I would have liked to see (ex. Nuawa's tournament rounds). I feel like both of the problems stemmed from the fact that this novella is so short. There just wasn't time to flesh out the romance more, and the tournament seemed a bit oversimplified.This read like the opening of a series rather than a standalone story. There was A LOT left unresolved at the end, and it felt like the plot had been building up to something more. I'm not sure if there will be a sequel, but I really hope there is! I feel like a lot of my little confusions would be resolved by spending more time in this world, and I'd be interested to see where the characters and their relationships develop from here. :)

  • Lex Kent
    2019-06-08 17:27

    3 1/2 Stars. This is high fantasy with steampunk like elements. It is a loose retelling of the Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen. Due to the length, I guess you would consider this a novella, but I didn’t even realize that while reading. Considering all the world building that was needed, there was a lot packed into this story in such a short time. There was a lot of LGBT representation in this book which I liked. Lesbian characters, transgendered, gender-fluid, and there was no issues, everything just was accepted. There is a relationship building and some sex scenes, but I would not consider this book a romance.I enjoyed this read. I thought Sriduangkaew writes really well. But I must admit this was not an easy read for me. I like to think I have a decent vocabulary, but I found myself looking up a lot of words. Some even my Kindle did not know so I’m not sure if those were made up for the story, or just beyond my Kindle’s capabilities. And because of having to look up more words than I am used to, the book’s flow was a little stop/start for me. I like to get really immersed in my reading so this did jar me out of it at times.My other issue, I’m left with some questions. I could not tell from the ending if this story is over, or if there will be a book two. The storyline itself is not close to over, but I’m not sure if the author will continue. If I knew for sure the story will continue, I might rate this a tad higher. Not knowing if my questions will ever be answered is leaving me a tad unbalanced. If there is a book two, I will absolutely read it. I’m keeping my fingers crossed there is. An ARC was given to me by Netgalley, for a honest review.

  • Allison
    2019-05-30 14:25

    I need to add a little snippet to this before I completely forget. Complete review some time in early October. Completely gorgeous prose, typical for Sriduangkaew's work at this point. Unapologetically queer. Women living their best and worst lives. Is it sci-fi, is it fantasy? Who cares, it's perfect.**11/6/17: I first read this almost 2 months ago and it's still ENTIRELY FRESH in my mind, always a great sign. Winterglass seamlessly blurs the lines between sci-fi and fantasy, which I love if it's done well. (It is done well.) This is a very loose Snow Queen retelling with an all-POC cast and full spread of queer characters. Nuawa and Lussadh are flawed and wonderful and their dynamic is absolutely amazing. The sex? HOT, raw, and gorgeously rendered like everything else. Thanks so much to Apex for the review copy!

  • destiny ☠ howling libraries
    2019-06-12 17:14

    DNF @ 60%I loved the diversity in this story, but the writing wasn’t for me. Maybe if it was a full book and had time for more explanations of the world and events, but as it stands, there’s too much info crammed into too small of a space for me to connect with it.

  • Stephanie
    2019-06-09 12:31

    My full review and more also on my blog!Actual Rating: 3.25This story is beautifully written. A queer retelling of the snow queen. It has fantasy, sci-fi and steampunk elements. Interesting and tough characters that I did like reading about. The world-building was beautiful too.Fantasy sometimes goes over my head as it did here. I would have liked a bit more explanation and in-depth but I don't think it's a story fault. I think it's more so me being easily confused and not well versed in fantasy or the snow queen fairy tale. If you are more into fantasy, steampunk or the snow queen retelling I'd bet you'd understand it more than I did.That said I still did enjoy reading it. I got it at least some of the story, enough to like what I was reading. There are also some erotic elements to it (which I enjoy but I know everyone has different tastes).I loved how it's unapologetically queer! Being trans, different pronouns, being queer, it's no big deal and I loved that! I do highly recommend this. I'm sorry I didn't fully understand everything but what I did was beautiful and I'm thinking I'll need to do a re-read of it in the future. Thank you to Apex publishing for providing me with a copy to read in exchange for an honest review.My Booktube Channel

  • iam
    2019-05-31 16:17

    I absolutely adored this, it's one of my favourite reads of 2017 and has so much re-reading potential I'm already looking forward to reading this againMight write a proper review in the future!

  • Benjamin Appleby-Dean
    2019-05-28 12:37

    My first impressions of this book were very positive - Sriduangkaew has a knack for description and vivid prose, and her world-building is creative, original and intriguing. Her book is also unapologetically, matter-of-factly queer, which I appreciated.Both main characters are complex and well-drawn, although some readers might find neither of them especially sympathetic (though this wasn't a problem for me) - there's an (appropriate!) lack of human warmth here. The ambiguious dance of their relationship is also compelling, even if their initial chemistry seems to come perhaps a little too quickly.Although this is a retelling of the Snow Queen - monarch and mirror-shards both present - the plot quickly goes down entirely unfamiliar and subtler routes. The prose is occasionally so dense with formal description that it can feel a little stiff, but this book's main fault is being only the first chapter of what's clearly intended to be a larger story - there's no closure here, only the setup for greater mysteries.

  • Helen
    2019-06-06 14:33

    I loved the atmosphere and the slow pace. I couldn't quite picture the world, there weren't enough details about it but the imagery and descriptive prose created an atmosphere, a feeling, so strong it almost didn't matter to me. I'm left with lasting impressions of an icy, powerful queen and a beautiful, cold world here you have to be ruthless to survive.Winterglass meshes sci-fi and fantasy - I'd say it's sci-fi at the core but it's based on a retelling of Snow White and the fantasy feel is very strong. It's so well combined that it wasn't until afterwards that I found myself wondering what genre it is. It's definitely original and inventive and brings something new to both genres.The writing falls just short of (or goes a bit too far over) the beautiful, descriptive style the author seems to be aiming for. Edging just too far into complicated, it made it difficult for me to follow the story. It ends up in 'why use one word when you can use ten' territory and drops in so many unusual 'big' words that I found myself having to use the Kindle dictionary on nearly every page. I don't mind looking up words every so often but this was too excessive for me and interrupted my enjoyment of the story.Near the end, I was struggling to concentrate enough to follow what was happening. I found myself reading other books as a break from the amount of brain power I had to use on this. I'm still not sure what the author was trying to do with the ending and I can't tell if the story is done or not. It's open-ended so a sequel is possible but it's also possible that the author intended the story to be done.Nuanced, intricate stories where you have to work out for yourself the characters motivations might be your thing, if so I think Winterglass could easily be a four-star book for you. I appreciated the depth but I found it hard to follow and I couldn't grasp the reasons behind Nuawa's actions at the end. I also felt the use of so many fancy words came across as the author trying too hard to impress. For these reasons, I'm only giving three stars.I received a free copy from the publisher in return for an honest review.

  • Victoria
    2019-05-21 15:33

    DNF at 28%I had no idea what was going on. NONE. The writing style is weird and we are just thrown into this world with no explanation of anything.It has a lovely cover with a fantastic queer world but it was putting me on a slump.

  • matthew
    2019-06-14 15:42

    Stupendous: meticulous and beautiful prose scaffolds this dense and rewarding novella. Perhaps some of the finest prose in contemporary SFF, each sentence is its own reward. Yet WINTERGLASS is also a complex political tale, one withholding of easy answers. In conversation with the long history of orientalism in SFF and still of its own making. Wonderful read. Highly recommend.

  • Alina
    2019-05-31 09:21

    Looking fw to this one, as I totally loved The Snow Queen as a child.

  • Fernanda (the.wanderlust.reader)
    2019-06-08 15:25

    Oh my, I have soooo many questions

  • Rocío Vega
    2019-06-15 16:34

    Muy chachi. La prosa es una pasada y todo es queer.

  • Ariadne
    2019-05-30 13:35

    I am really not certain how to review this book - it's unlike anything I've ever read before. The setting blurs the lines between sci-fi and fantasy in some really interesting and unusual ways, which kept me off-balance as I read. The world building is intricate, and lovingly conceived, but since you are thrown into the deep end and very little is ever explained it, again, left me feeling off-balance. It's a very slippery little book.The writing is artful and lovely, and the imagery is striking and fresh. I also enjoyed how unapologetically queer it was. Yet, I could never quite connect to the story nor characters. I think it might be a case of me trying too hard to riddle out all the rules of the world when it was more like being emerged in dream-logic. You are bombarded with so many fascinating little pieces of setting, character, and mood, but they are rarely expanded upon (it is a novella after all). This is one of those reads that's going to be very appealing to people who can relax and float through the painting Sriduangkaew has rendered, but off-putting to people who want to examine and make sense of the canvass being used. It has a strong style, and I think overall this one is going to come down to whether or not it suits your particular tastes and reading style. I remain glad I read it, but still uncertain how I feel about it.

  • charlotte
    2019-05-21 10:18

    Galley provided by publisherI am angry at this book. Angry because that's not an ending. Angry because there's throwing you straight into a world, but then there's lazy worldbuilding. Angry because of the lazy characterisation and lazy relationship development. But mostly angry because I put up with all that in the hopes that I'd get a satisfying ending and I didn't.(But Charlotte, you say. Life often doesn't have satisfying endings. Yeah, but this ain't life, is it. This is fiction, and I would like my satisfying ending.)But, ranting aside, this book did nothing special for me. Sure, it had potential, but ultimately, it was just a bit too short to live up to it. Short and underdeveloped.The two main characters are primarily archetypes: the perfect warrior, and the loyal general. They aren't ever seen as much more than that, and it's boring. Because these are the people I'm supposed to be rooting for (though how I can root for Lussadh, the loyal general of a colonising invader, when she is so completely loyal she believes the invader to be right in every aspect, I don't know - but that's a whole other kettle of fish). And I just didn't connect, because they didn't seem to be anything beyond those archetypes.Then there's the fact that there's never any intensity to any of the scenes. Not the fight scenes, and not the sex scenes. You know, the two types of scene in particular where you might want there to be something on the line? And also, you're telling me that Nuawa, the perfect warrior, meets no one close to her match in a tournament of 400 people? That she passes through it perfectly, almost without even having to break a sweat? Heck, even having one battle put in where she doesn't win it easily would be enough to raise the intensity. As it is, we breeze through these fight scenes (I'm not kidding, they take 2 pages, maximum), without any conflict. What would have happened to Nuawa's plan to assassinate the queen if she had failed at any point to become part of her army? What if she'd ever been in a position where that would have threatened to have happened? Who knows, because she's never put there. And it's frustrating because there's so much more that could have been done, but no. She's the Perfect Warrior, and thus will not be defeated.The lack of intensity in the sex scenes also arises from their shortness, but also from the fact that the characters don't seem to have any personality of their own (archetypes, remember?), and it's just boring. Give me more. Actually develop the relationship. It's not even instalove here, it's just shoving two people together when they have no chemistry and being like "now kiss". Does not work.And, finally, the ending. Don't even get me talking about that ending. It's like this isn't actually a standalone book. Like maybe the author planned another. Well, you're not getting me with that hook. I'm out.

  • Lu
    2019-05-24 12:32

    There is some irony in "Winterglass" feeling like, of all things, a warm bath. This retelling of "The Snow Queen" takes such care to describe in exquisite (yet never florid) detail the land of Sirapirat, from its architecture to its fruits to the clothes on its people's backs, that the experience of visiting Sriduangkaew's world is a sensuous one indeed. Lovers of captivating and succinct worldbuilding should find plenty to love here.Main character Nuawa, a master duelist and extreme trauma survivor, finds herself in an arena wholly unknown to her as she decides to enter a special tournament with entry to the Queen's inner circle as a reward. Come to oversee the proceedings is General Lussadh, a woman from the province of Kemiraj with her own misgivings about her role in the glacial empire. These women circle each other in a tense game of intrigue which the author ably relays in verbal jousting, pulse-pounding action and -- I can't deny it -- extremely hot lesbian romance. In fact, the whole cast is wonderfully queer to the extent I actually learned about pronouns I'd never heard of thanks to a certain Kemiraj assassin.Pick up this novella if you're into wonderfully weird R-rated steampunk and I'm sure you'll have a (ghost-powered ice)blast.

  • Alpacapanache
    2019-06-13 09:29

    Full review posted here.Thanks to Apex Book Company and Netgalley for the ARC to review.Overall, I enjoyed this story. I struggled with it for the first thirty pages as I acclimated to the setting and the style of writing, but then I found myself invested in both main characters. I knew they would likely end up working against each other and I wanted to see what would happen, especially as their relationships developed. The descriptive prose blew me away, and I loved that the story was set in a AU of Southeast-Asia.My only complaint about the novella is that it feels unfinished. I expected the story to get further than it did based on the synopsis, and I hope there's a sequel in the works.

  • Lindsay Bee
    2019-06-20 12:38

    I wavered between a three and four star rating but ultimately went with four because this book is beautifully written with intriguing characters, innovative magic systems, political intrigue, and lots of queer people kissing. I think my biggest issues were mostly with the abrupt ending but I suppose that can 100% be forgiven, especially if there will be more books in this series. I also felt the tournament aspect of the book was unnecessary; none of the characters even seemed to care about it all that much, especially once it was pretty much clear who'd win. But there are my own issues I guess and other readers may look at it differently.Worldbuilding is a complex thing with many, many facets. But one thing I appreciate in worldbuilding is respect for the reader. What I mean by this is an author who respects their readers knows they don't need to spend pages and pages and pages explaining how or why their world works. If the foundation is there then added explanations just end up sounding patronizing. To enjoy this book I didn't really need to know how ghosts can be used for energy, or how statues can produce massive destructive forcefields. It's enough that these elements are seamlessly integrated into the narrative and in this book, they were.I did feel however that there was A LOT going on in a very short space and some of the elements could've been removed, making the narrative stronger, pulling it tighter together. I LOVED how much queerness there is in this fact I don't think any of the characters were heterosexual tbh WHICH IS MY FAVORITE THING. I love how this book has characters of all sorts of genders as a natural part of its world and I loved reading all the very different and very real queer relationships between characters. For that alone this book is worth reading if you are a queer fan of SFF.The author addresses colonial narratives in an incredibly innovative way, especially in relation to memory, nature, and symbolism. We need more authors of color writing about colonialism and decolonization and this is a great example of how it can be done well.Though there were some structural issues and the ending may leave some unsatisfied (especially with quite a few Chekov's guns that were not fired) I would recommend this book wholeheartedly. I hope the author will write more about this world and these characters because I love all the concepts introduced and would love to know what happens next.

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    2019-06-05 15:16


  • Lusie
    2019-06-03 12:23

    This book is mysterious and the writing is beautiful. However, I didn't care for the characters. They are so ruthless. This book just wasn't really for me.

  • Victoria Ramsey
    2019-06-12 16:24

    [heart eyes forverr]

  • Cora
    2019-06-11 13:26

    Winterglass has a lot of potential. It reveals a bit of a world that I am interested in knowing more about. The characters are wonderfully diverse and strong. The story, a retelling of The Snow Queen, builds slowly and at the end I felt that most of it happened in the background. That our main character does not really know what is going on and therefore neither do we the reader until it is revealed at the end. It results in me wanting to know more than I did and feeling a bit unsatisfied. I also found the writing a bit hard to digest. The author uses many descriptions with words that are made up for the world and others that are just obscure vocabulary word choices that I had to look up. I am used to reading fantasy where you are thrown into a world with no explanation and usual have no problem with it. In this story, I found it distracting. I had to reread sentences and paragraphs in order to understand the descriptions and it would take me out of the story. Overall it is a good story with some good characters that had the potential to be great, but fell a little short.I received a kindle edition of this book from LibraryThing's early reviewer program in exchange for an honest review.

  • Skye
    2019-06-04 13:20

    I still don't know what the hell I just read.But it was good.A captivating story set in a creatively designed world that doesn't follow any of the common tropes for worldbuilding.A fantasy world where queer and trans characters are just naturally who they are. This alone makes the book exceptional but on top of that it's also just a good book.This story is one that leaves the readers with more questions than answers. It highlights the ambivalence of human actions and the ways their paths change even if their goals stay the same.CNs for death, murder, and hella queer sex scenes.

  • Marie
    2019-05-31 10:22

    This book was made for me to readIt was so beautifully written, full of finely made characters, fantastic lands and a story that upset me because it ended. I love it.

  • Bonnie
    2019-06-18 13:15

    This is the sort of lyrical, mythical, gorgeous prose I always wish I could write effortlessly. A lot of lovely imagery in this piece. A little that reminds me Cat Valente. A little that reminds me of China Miéville. Apparently it should also remind me of Hans Christian Andersen, but for some reason I read all the other fairy tales as a kid and not those. In any case, a recommended read.