This was such a magical, romantic and emotional fantasy, with great humor, sweet friends-to-enemies-to-lovers and found family tropes and an amazing trans rep. It’s been a long time since I wanted to read a fantasy, but this book just pulled me in from the very first page and made me love this genre all over again!
Let me start with the trigger warnings, because there are a lot of those – like violence, child abuse, suicide, misgendering, (fantasy) racism and sexual assault. But H.E. Edgmon has included such a wonderful note at the start of the book explaining how and why some content might have the potential to trigger some of the readers and why it’s important to go into the book prepared for what you might find. But still pointing out that The Witch King is not a queer pain narrative, but a story about queer hope and that it hopefully will offer the readers a bit of the same healing experience it gave H.E. Edgmon writing it.
The story follows trans witch Wyatt, who has run away from the fae kingdom to hide in the human world, but who is eventually found and has to face his traumatic past, his blood spelled destiny and the royal fiancé he left behind.
There were so many amazing characters in the story, who were all so fleshed out and deeply human, so full of flaws and internal anger, and not clearly good or bad. I really enjoyed the many grey characters and the plot twists that made you root for them, then despise them and then maybe root for them again… The main character, Wyatt, was so angry, bitter and selfish, but still managed to steal you heart. And the fiancé, Emyr, who was at first described as a fae monster (although a very hot one) soon turned into a completely sweetheart. I actually think that Emyr was my favorite character of them all, once I got to the real him. Wyatt’s found family was amazing at first and Briar was the supportive, fun and badass best friend we all want, but after learning some of their secrets I’m not sure what to think. Other than that I can’t wait to continue the series to find out more about it all!
I’m not sure how to describe the world building. It had a lot of the high fantasy parts, like faes, witches, blood spells, magic disguise and prophecies, but it still felt more like an urban fantasy somehow. Maybe because of the humor and all snarky banter, or because of the way modern technology, like laptops and cell phones, was included but didn’t ruin the magic. Either way, I loved it! I also really appreciated the way this story pinpointed topics like racism, colonialism and systematic oppression. Not to mention the amazing trans rep; it was so well done in the way it was interwoven into the story, and how Emyr immediately accepted to be engaged to a boy was really beautiful.
All in all, this was a magical fantasy romance that resonated with me on so many levels. I absolutely loved it and can’t wait to continue this series. Highly recommended!
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