This is why I love Fire Emblem.
What the fuck even are Fire Emblem: Awakening’s characters
dreams and hope
|Hawke:||[makes a minute long fart noise while maintaining eye contact]|
Kate Elliott’s Cold Magic rewrites European history drastically; most notably forcing various north African tribes to flee their ancestral lands in the face of disaster, centuries prior to the events of Cold Magic, creating a heavily multiracial European society.
Catherine Barahal is an orphan, taken in by her ant and uncle and raised as their own. She and her cousin have been trained in all of the traditional Barahal arts— primiarly espionage. But Catherine’s world is turned upside down on the day a cold mage appears at her family home and claims the right to a contract signed 17 years ago— a marriage contract allowing his mage house possession of the oldest Barahal daughter: Catherine.
Catherine must now battle for her freedom and life as she struggles with what this means about her dead family, discovers information that casts her parentage into doubt, and contends with the powerful mage Andevai who has married her against her will while she is caught up in a power-play between mage houses.
Cold Magic is a marvelously complex novel. It is a smart steampunk story that centers around how the world changes with the advent of the industrial revolution. It addresses colonialism and how history is written by the victors. It also passes the Bechdel test with flying colors; the primary relationship is between Catherine and her cousin Beatrice and their dedication to each other. The characters are wonderfully rel and Andevai is swoon-worthy but this is not your average Stockholm Syndrome romance; this is a novel about two young women who battle fiercely to protect each other in the face of family secrets, mysterious men, and powerful magic.
Cold Magic is a remarkable novel in that it radically rewrites history to imagine a world where most of Europe is mixed-race. In fact, the all-powerful mage houses are the product of the intermingling of Celtic and north African mages. The Barahals themselves are Pheonicians— an ancient sea-faring civilization that existed in real life in the modern-day Middle East. In effect (and despite what the cover may lead one to believe) none of the main characters are white.
Magical, steampunk, feminist novel about determined young women of color fighting to protect each other? Yes please.
I’m putting these up again because apparently I failed horribly at clicking earlier tonight. And at noticing I failed horribly at clicking. And two of the banners we made got left out. Sorry!
So, like I said in the original post, I know I mentioned that we were working on a campaign to increase the variety of submissions we get.
Well, here is the first round of graphics. I know this doesn’t cover everything (even when you consider we deliberately left gay out because we have close to 70% gay stories), but it’s a start.
Feedback is welcome. If there’s an orientation/identity you’d like us to include in our next round, please let me know. We truly want to publish books that represent the whole rainbow spectrum, and we want to spread around graphics and posters that represent that.
For more details, see our submission guidelines.