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For hundreds of years, humanity has used magical wards to protect themselves from the demons that manifest each night in search of prey and vanish at dawn’s first light. In Tibbet’s Brook, the rediscovery of ancient battle wards has allowed the villagers to wage war on their demon foes. But there’s always those who cause trouble, and in a place like Tibbet’s Brook, where families have grown up alongside each other for generations, old grievances run deep. Selia Square, appointed Speaker, suddenly finds herself in the middle of a present-day battle with roots buried deep in her past. In order to protect her village from a new demon threat, she’ll need to tell the story of her past—and the woman she loved—before politics and a demon prince destroy everything.

You might think that setting the all-too-real struggles of sexual-orientation against a backdrop of magic to be discordant, but you’d be wrong. Brett does a great job of working the ridicule and oppression his protagonist faces due to her sexual orientation into a backdrop of magic and demon fighting.

Barren is a good read that keeps the pain of these struggles intact, even while entertaining the reader with a richly detailed imaginary world.

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Author Peter V Brett
Star Count 4/5
Format Trade
Page Count 144 pages
Publisher Harper Voyager
Publish Date 2018-09-25
ISBN 9780062740564
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Issue April 2019
Category Science Fiction & Fantasy


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