Queen Shulamit is eager to help Kaveh, the youngest prince of a neighboring country, when his father throws his engineer boyfriend in jail for leading his workers in protest over underpaid wages. But if she can’t find a peaceful solution that will keep everybody happy, the two countries could wind up at war.
The very first scene in the book shows a bisexual woman (the queen’s partner) saving the life of a bisexual man; both of them are in same-sex relationships, a configuration of bisexuality I sometimes feel like people forget about in real life discourse, if not necessarily in fiction.
It was also very meaningful for me to write a fantasy novel themed on worker’s rights and specifically wage theft, because I was inspired by the efforts of my spouse and other local labor activists to promote a wage theft ordinance in our home county.
Lastly, those of you who like shapeshifters, stay tuned: there’s more than one among the cast of characters!
Click here to see a sneak peek at the new couple in this book, Prince Kaveh and the engineer Farzin.
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