Nicky Kyle has just released a wonderful, dragon-positive, high-fantasy friendship story between a lesbian and an aro-ace woman! There’s a lot going on here within the short scope of The Faerie Godmother’s Apprentice Wore Green‘s novella length–I admire the narrative’s metaphors about how pain is sometimes too great to be contained and will have out to wreak destruction, and about how outsiders who do not share our marginalizations will, no doubt, get our stories wrong as they pass out of our control and into legend.
The story is told with visceral, evocative writing that made everything easy to imagine–both the beautiful and the terrifying. I like the way the author draws you in to the stranger’s suspicions without making them too obvious, giving you time to feel suspicions of your own before you learn what she thinks is really happening in the village.
Frivolous, irrelevant quibble: I don’t care for the title–it doesn’t feel direct and it’s sort of long and awkwardly constructed. That’s probably the picky-pantsest thing I’ve ever written in a review, but so be it.
Anyway, I’m always a sucker for women rescuing women and for dragon-as-protector!
TW for people trying to (unsuccessfully) force women who do not want men, to marry men.