Title: Fireheart Tiger
Author: Aliette De Bodard
Genre: Fantasy, Novella, LGBTQ+
Page Count: 112
Publication Date: February 9, 2021
Publisher: Tor Books
Themes: Fire, Magic, Politics,
Fire burns bright and has a long memory….
Quiet, thoughtful princess Thanh was sent away as a hostage to the powerful faraway country of Ephteria as a child. Now she’s returned to her mother’s imperial court, haunted not only by memories of her first romance, but by worrying magical echoes of a fire that devastated Ephteria’s royal palace.
Thanh’s new role as a diplomat places her once again in the path of her first love, the powerful and magnetic Eldris of Ephteria, who knows exactly what she wants: romance from Thanh and much more from Thanh’s home. Eldris won’t take no for an answer, on either front. But the fire that burned down one palace is tempting Thanh with the possibility of making her own dangerous decisions.
Can Thanh find the freedom to shape her country’s fate—and her own?
Thank you to NetGalley and Tor for an eARC of this title
Fireheart Tiger is a story lyrically written and filled with magic. I really wanted to love this story. I loved the writing and atmosphere that was in this story. Things were complicated and mysterious. I also enjoyed the complicated political situation in this world. I found the main plot incredibly interesting and definitely wanted to know more about it.
The main downside to this story was that it was so short. I wanted to know more. I wanted the worldbuilding to be more in-depth than it was. If this book was about 100 pages longer I think I would have loved it so much more. The mystery felt a bit rushed, but I found it so interesting and enticing. I was confused about what had happened and who was involved, in the best way possible.
If you like political intrigue, mysteries, family dynamics, and sapphic romances, this is the story for you.
Rating: 3/5 stars