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Must-Read Great Gay Fantasy Books
These are the books I highly recommend for those who are looking for Fantasy book with gay protagonists!
I have personally read all these books, and I will give you my thoughts on it. The list will range from fluffy books that will make you sigh dreamily to steamy books that will make flush like a tomato, while also screaming in delight.
I mostly read in e-book formats nowadays, because I do not have the space anymore to store paperbacks, and for practical reasons also.
I will be adding more to the list! And please comment your thoughts!
CARRY ON By Rainbow Rowell
MAGICAL is words that come into my mind with Carry on.
Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who’s ever been chosen.
That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.
Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he sets something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here—it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.
(Excerpt from: http://www.rainbowrowell.com/carry-on/)
Looking for a YA Gay Novel? Look into the Mirror of Erised, and you will see written in gold and glitter; CARRY ON.
This YA novel was one of the first books I have read with a gay protagonist. So, I picked it up with high expectations, and it didn't let me down, not one bit.
It's quite similar to Harry Potter in a sense they're both set in a wizarding school, but half of the story will take place outside. And the author played with the 'chosen one' trope and made it her own; A gay chosen one, which is the best one there is.
The story itself is not overly complicated. It's light and fun, but also dwells in the question, 'Why is Simon the Chosen one?' There are many more mysteries which surround the story like; Simon's origin, Baz's feelings, and the Headmasters plans.
Overall, a great read!
- Completed by a satisfying ending.
- Believable Characters with Great Character Development.
- A Unique Magic System.
- Extremely Fun to Read!
Praises for Carry On
Goodreads Score: 4.2/5
“With rock-solid worldbuilding, a sweet and believable romance subplot, and satisfying ending, Carry On is a monumentally enjoyable reading experience.”
— School Library Journal, starred review
“Rowell also imbues her magic with awe and spectacle. It's a powerful, politically minded allegory about sexual, ethnic and class identity—with a heady shot of teenage lust.”
— The New York Times Book Review
THE CAPTIVE PRINCE TRILOGY
INTELLECTUAL & MATURE are two words that come into my mind with Captive Prince.
Damen, the rightful heir to the throne of Akielos, is betrayed by his own brother in a move to claim the throne for himself. Drugged, beaten, and chained, he is sent to Vere as a slave.
He and Laurent, his new master and the Prince of the Enemy Nation, will find themselves navigating the political web of the Royal Court of Vere.
Damen and Laurent will use each other. As Laurent fights for his diminishing right to the throne, and as Damen fights for his freedom. Two Heirs of their kingdom. Master and Slave.
-Written by yours truly.
Looking for an Well-crafted & Mature Gay Novel? THE CAPTIVE PRINCE TRILOGY is what the medieval gays are shouting.
A Classic. Became an Amazon Best-Seller within a Week.
The critically acclaimed trilogy by C.S. Pacat. Consisting of three novels
- Captive Prince
- Prince's Gambit
- King's Rising
The premise of the novel can be somewhat misleading. I also fell victim thinking it was just a story of Master and Slave romance. BUT NO, it is actually a satisfying and intriguing plot. With a main character thrown into an unknown country, so far from his own. Especially where the values are different.
The Kingdom of Akielos is more similar to Rome, where sportsmanship and brotherhood are important. They wear loose clothes like tunics. And they're more straight to the point when it comes to everyday life. Deceptions are rarely needed when everything can be solved by your fists. Which Damen excels at.
The Kingdom of Vere on the other hand excels at Deception and battles of Intellect, where Laurent has learned to excel at. The people of Vere are aristocratic and wear tight fitting clothes. Slavery is common business here, but still, this does not prevent them from seeing the Akielons as savages.
Some see it as a gay Game of Thrones.
Its a character driven story, told in the eyes of Damen. We get to read the brutality he experiences on the clutches of Laurent, who doesn't know that his slave is the heir of the enemy kingdom, to the friendship and comradeship that blooms between them.
Their relationship is hindered by the war that's boiling on the horizon, the betrayals that occur daily in the Royal court of Vere, and especially the bad blood between the two Princes.
AN EXCELLENT TRILOGY! A MUST-READ FOR ADULTS
- Perfectly written.
- Excellent plot which doesn't let up the tension.
- The Pinnacle of Character Development.
- Great Cast of Characters.
- Toe-Curling, Sigh-inducing, Romance.
Praises for the Captive Prince Trilogy
“You will be completely enthralled and on edge.”—USA Today
“Pacat’s powerful debut, a blend of intense erotica and political fantasy, is disturbing and intriguing in equal measure...The intricacy of the political entanglements gives depth to the novel’s erotic turmoil...Fans of Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel series will eat this up with a spoon.”—Publishers Weekly
'Kings Rising' Achieved a score of 4.49/5 on Goodreads.
The second novel and the highly-awaited sequel of Captive Prince!
With their countries on the brink of war, Damen and his new master, Prince Laurent, must exchange the intrigues of the palace for the sweeping might of the battlefield as they travel to the border to avert a lethal plot.
Forced to hide his identity, Damen finds himself increasingly drawn to the dangerous, charismatic Laurent. But as the fledgling trust between the two men deepens, the truth of secrets from both their pasts is poised to deal them the crowning death blow…
The romance deepens, and the fight for crown gets heavier.
A kingdom, or this.
The setting changes from the political games of the Palace to the harsh battles of the border. Damen and Laurent's relationship will face many difficulties. Questions of loyalty. Sincerity of the wicked. And the blooming love between Master and Slave.
Will Damen be finally free? Would he still want to?
Will Laurent finally let Damen in? Would he deny himself of that?
In the second novel, the readers will be able to see the progression of the two protagonist turn from Master & Slave, to friendship, to brother-in-arms, to reluctant lovers.
AN EXCELLENT SEQUEL
- Good Progression of story
- Side-characters are given enough material
- Even better than the First book
Achieving a 4.49/5 score on goodreads with over 24,020 ratings.
Available in Kindle and Paperback
THE LIGHTNING-STRUCK HEART by TJ Klune
FUNNY & SEXY are the two words to describe The Lightning-Struck Heart
Once upon a time, in an alleyway in the slums of the City Of Lockes, a young and somewhat lonely boy named Sam Haversford turns a group of teenage douchebags into stone completely by accident.
Of course, this catches the attention of a higher power, and Sam’s pulled from the only world he knows to become an apprentice to the King's Wizard, Morgan of Shadows.
When Sam’s fourteen, he enters the Dark Woods and returns with Gary, the hornless gay unicorn, and a half-giant named Tiggy, earning the moniker Sam of Wilds.
At fifteen, Sam learns what love truly is when a new knight arrives at the castle―Knight Ryan Foxheart, the dreamiest dream to have ever been dreamed.
Naturally, it all goes to hell when Ryan dates the reprehensible Prince Justin, Sam can't control his magic, a sexually aggressive dragon kidnaps the prince, and the King sends them on an epic quest to save Ryan's boyfriend, all while Sam falls more in love with someone he can never have.
Or so he thinks.
Looking for something Laugh Out Loud Funny yet Steamy Sexy? THE LIGHTNING-STRUCK HEART appears in the sky bold letters.
This book might be the funniest novel I've ever read. It's that funny. A talking gay unicorn? A loving giant? A talking dragon? A sassy wizard? A dreamy knight? Sign me up!
The story is quite simple; a merry-band of characters travel to rescue the Prince Justin from the clutches of the vile dragon. But it's not the destination that's important. It's their journey, as Sam and Ryan's true feelings are exposed. In an angsty and funny way, of course.
Even the villains are down-right hilarious!
The heart of this story are the characters, as mentioned above, all the quips and banter between the cast are what makes the jokes so hilarious. Not a page goes by without the reader giggling or laughing. The interactions between them are comedy gold.
But it's all laughs and jokes, as the When Ryan has to choose between Love or duty. Oh, the pain! That leads to a steamy love-making scene.
Warning for swearing, and mature content!
OVERALL, A HILARIOUS AND SATISFYING READ.
- Great Dialogue which are delivered perfectly.
- A Refreshing story of Humor, Love, and Sexy Times.
- Sure to Make Anyone Smile.
Praises for The Lightning-Struck Heart
Achieving a score of 4.5/5 on Goodreads
Available in Kindle, and Paperback
THE SONG OF ACHILLES by Madeline Miller
INTIMATE is the word that comes to mind when it comes to The Song of Achilles.
Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. Despite their difference, Achilles befriends the shamed prince, and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine, their bond blossoms into something deeper - despite the displeasure of Achilles' mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess.
But when word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, Achilles must go to war in distant Troy and fulfill his destiny. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus goes with him, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear.
LONGLISTED FOR THE ORANGE PRIZE FOR FICTION 2012
Looking for something downright Romantic? You can hear the Trojan army shout, THE SONG OF ACHILLES
The books tells the love story of Achilles and Patroclus. It's intimate and romantic. We get to read the whole span of their story together, told in the eyes of Patroclus.
I say intimate, because the reader is privy to all their moments together. The way they discover their sexuality, and attraction to each other. The way their friendship blooms into something more surreal and powerful. The moments where Patroclus shares his insecurities.
Its written in a way where you can feel the emotions in every action. Even when they touch each other, it's not just lust. The readers can feel the intimacy between the two protagonists, and how each touch affects them, and the consequences of their actions.
Up to the war that they are inevitably drawn to.
Where we all know what will happen. Yet we still wish it would happen differently. And maybe because of that, their journey is so overwhelmingly emotional.
AN EPIC-LOVE STORY
- Beautifully written
- A Passionate Love Story
- Emotional and Intimate.
Praises for Song of Achilles
"At once a scholar's homage to THE ILIAD and a startlingly original work of art by an incredibly talented new novelist. Madeline Miller has given us her own fresh take on the Trojan war and its heroes. The result is a book I could not put down."--Ann Patchett, bestselling author of BEL CANTO and STATE OF WONDER
"Miller somehow (and breathtakingly so) mixes high-action commercial plotting with writing of such beautiful delicacy you sometimes have to stop and stare."--The Independent
Available in Kindle, Library Binding, Paperback and Cassette.