- File Size: 1814 KB
- Print Length: 67 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Less Than Three Press, LLC (October 30, 2015)
- Publication Date: October 30, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B017E890VA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,577,027 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I adored this. From the female dwarves with beards to the neopronouns for the alien.
There was some great world building in this novella that I’ve seen lacking in full novels. There’s also the bits where the alien doesn’t know the language and then goes to learn the language that’s really neat (and it’s not just one language that xie has to learn). It was all so cute.
I do remember it having a few issues here and there but for the most part the few issues are masked by the rest of the book. There is deaf representation in this book (that’s the other language the alien has to learn is sign language) but as I am hearing and don’t speak much sign language that’s not something I can speak a whole lot on and I would defer all my potential issues (I think I had one or two things that rubbed me weird with representation there) to the deaf community as they are more the experts in their community and what is good and bad representation.
Overall though, super cute novella that I’d definitely recommend.
The plot is simple and easy, when it does finally show up. And frankly, there are a lot of scenarios it should have dealt with toward the end that it didn’t. For a caste that’s so hell-bent on their task, dispatching only one soldier and having no fear of being found again seems unlikely to me.
There is a romance that happens within these pages, though I found the romance unnecessary but intriguing. Intriguing only in that the practical aspect of how they have sex was interesting. As for the connection between the characters, I believe a deep friendship would have been simple enough in order to get the plot across. As for the actual sex scene, it was odd and hard to follow. I had issues understanding parts and almost wish it wasn’t there because it was more confusing than interesting or innovative.
I did like the aspect of a stranger for a foreign world coming to a new world and having to learn about everything. That was very well described, if mostly irrelevant. The diversity in this piece is vast, which I greatly appreciated. And, if you throw in a Deaf character and sign into anything, I’m probably going to latch onto that and run with it.
Overall, not a fantastic read. I’m still not quite sure what to make of it and am thinking I really should have not necessarily continued with the reading.
**I received this ARC free in exchange for an honest review from Inked Rainbow Reads**
Veni is a wonderful main character. Ze is so open and curious about everything without being patronizing or judgmental. It’s clear that Veni is from a much more advanced world, but ze finds plenty to admire amongst the industrious dwarves, while in Wystan ze finds solace from everything ze had to leave behind.
I have to admit I was a little non-plussed about the romance. I wasn’t sure what precisely drew Veni to Wystan – other than his unusual looks, I suppose – and likewise why Wystan fell for Veni. Everything about Veni is so insect-like that I struggled to picture hir face, which didn’t help, and the whole alien sex moment sounded pretty uncomfortable for Veni.
However, that aside, I really liked the details about how Veni differed from the humans and dwarves – from breathing to social taboos. It showed real thought from the author and I definitely admired that. I was less convinced with how things ultimately turned out, but in a story this short there isn’t room for in-depth plots or explorations of minor side characters – which is a shame because I really liked those dwarves and was very curious about some things there.
Overall, though, this is a well thought out tale that beautifully integrates a gender-neutral character in a high fantasy world, with a deaf romantic lead and some clever female dwarves. It’s full of wonder and curiosity and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I’ll be looking out for more from this author.
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)
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