A Taste of Honey is the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, Theodore Sturgeon, and Locus finalist novella that N. K. Jemisin calls "a love story as painful as it is beautiful and complex". One of Book Riot's "Best Books We Read in November."
Long after the Towers left the world but before the dragons came to Daluça, the emperor brought his delegation of gods and diplomats to Olorum. As the royalty negotiates over trade routes and public services, the divinity seeks arcane assistance among the local gods.
Aqib bgm Sadiqi, fourth-cousin to the royal family and son of the Master of Beasts, has more mortal and pressing concerns. His heart has been captured for the first time by a handsome Daluçan soldier named Lucrio. In defiance of Saintly Canon, gossiping servants, and the furious disapproval of his father and brother, Aqib finds himself swept up in a whirlwind gay romance. But neither Aqib nor Lucrio know whether their love can survive all the hardships the world has to throw at them.
|Publisher:||Tom Doherty Associates|
|Product dimensions:||4.80(w) x 15.90(h) x 0.70(d)|
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This is a story about love, from the very first chance meeting of two men on the street at night; through strange turns that include meddlesome 'gods,' malicious oracles, and the difficulties of parenting telekinetic toddlers; to a family and a life together. I don't want to say too much about the story itself -- part of the joy in reading this is the twists and turns that reconceptualize the story you thought you knew. I will say that there is a happier ending, for anyone worried after reading the first story, and that I really enjoyed another look at this world; if there's a third novella coming, I'll be looking forward to it.
Ok, so I HATE non-linear timelines that bounce around like this one did. I'm rather lazy and I don't like having to rearrange my mental sequence of events constantly as I read. That said, I stuck with this anyway since it was too short to bail on and it turned out to be worth it. The twist at the end was great and the writing was beautiful. Definitely going to check out Sorcerer of the Wildpeeps.