Inkmistress by Audrey Coulthurst

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I first heard of this book because of the outrage over its Kirkus review alluding to the fact that the MC’s bisexuality is undermined by the fact that she falls in love with a guy. As a queer woman in a m/f marriage, this made me immediately put this book on my to-read list.

It took a while but I finally did it! I finished this book.

(But I almost didn’t.)

Here’s what I loved about it. It starts off with a beautiful portrayal of an f/f relationship in a really intriguing world full of gods and magic. As it continues, we are taken on a journey and get to see so much as we follow two characters falling in love. It had everything I love about fantasy and more.

And yet, as I got to the 40% mark I started skimming. First sentences, then paragraphs, then entire PAGES. Something about it just made me want to know what happens but not how? I don’t know. I felt disconnected from the writing, which has never happened to me before. It’s like even though it was in first person, it felt like an omniscient narrator telling us about days and weeks passing and I just kind of wanted more connection.

I did end up finishing it, and I’m glad I did. I think it’s just personal preference that the writing style wasn’t for me, even though the story itself was. I’m going to check out Of Fire and Stars and see if it’s a little better.

Overall, a good story and a great addition to queer fantasy we need so much more of.

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