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  • Historical Fantasy

    The Lion Lies Waiting by Glenn Quigley Sequel to The Moth and the Moon Historical Fantasy set in a time that never was...or a time that was but never was as this book portrayed it. In this story 1780 was a time that allowed couples to form and live and love according to their own preferences without prejudice and with acceptance by those around them. As for the story… Edwin is called by his widowed sister-in-law to come deal with his difficult rather crazy sounding mother. He asks his partner, Robin, to come along and they in turn ask Duncan to join them. Duncan used to live where they are going and it is assumed he will be their guide. Blackrabbit is governed by a group that was formed to provide stability. The use of masks they wear to give them credibility is an interesting twist. There are additional story lines dealing with issues such as corruption, treason, hurricane survivors being sidelined, mistreatment and incarceration of mentally unstable, poor prison conditions, dysfunctional families, and more. The relationship between Edwin and Robin was sweet. The two definitely seemed to belong together just as did Eva and Iris. The proposition the women bring to Edwin was intriguing and required some thought by all four of them. So much to this story – do not want to give it away. I will say that the overriding theme of this book seems to be family and the powerful impact it can have. Did I like this book? Definitely Would I read more by this author? Yes Thank you to NetGalley and NineStar Press, LLC for the ARC – This is my honest review. 4-5 Stars

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  • A beautiful historical fantasy w/LGBTQ+ characters

    The Lion Lies Waiting by Glenn Quigley is packed full of LGBTQ+ characters and has an undercurrent of romance, but its main focus is on the stunning historical fantasy world Mr. Quigley created and the many intriguing characters within it. This is book two in a series put out by Ninestar Press. I’m usually a bit hesitant to read books in a series, unless it’s book one. However, I was thoroughly pleased to find this book did a wonderful job of standing alone. I didn’t find myself confused or left out of sorts because I’d missed the happenings from book one. Instead, the necessary information was carried forward (in a beautifully non-info dumpy kinda way) so I could enjoy book two while still recognizing the impact book one had on their story. In fact, it was done so well, I’m going to go back and read book one, The Moth and Moon, as a pleasure read. 😊 I cannot stress enough how amazing and in-depth Mr. Quigley’s world was built. I got lost in the lore and believed, with all my being, it was a true and real place. I also adored how his large and varied cast of characters intermingled in unexpected and creative ways. Their stories, while separate, always found their way back to one another so the story didn’t feel disjointed or out of sync with itself. I’ll admit, books with more than two POVs can often leave my head reeling and result in a decrease of connection between me and the characters. It’s hard to get into someone’s head and build a link that allows you to care about their experiences when there’s a plethora of characters to try and get to know. However, Mr. Quigley managed to mostly bypass that issue. I was able to “bond” with the main characters, and the scenes with those who didn’t fit that bill were short and informational. I’ll let it be known, I even messaged Mr. Quigley during my read. My romance-centered heart was crying for the book to take a certain direction he decided not to travel, which of course meant I had to beg and plead to see a resolution in the third book… if such a thing is to exist. 😁😉 I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical novels, especially of a fantasy origin. There is just enough adventure and intrigue to keep you turning the pages without detracting from the world and relationship building Mr. Quigley has such a knack for. In addition, his LGBTQ+ characters are written so beautifully and without an excess of outward forces aimed at unnecessarily discriminating or judging who they are as humans. I’m all for addressing the realities of life in fiction, but it’s also a welcome breath of fresh air when LGBTQ+ characters are given stories and adventures not focused on the adversities they face based on their gender/sexuality.

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