Which lesbian book should you read first?
Nightshade (Shea Godfrey, 2010) grabs the reader’s attention first by describing how a brutal and corrupt patriarchy might behave. Thereafter, an insistence that lesbians deserve the right to express their sexuality without fear dominates the story. Ms. Godfrey’s character Darry, an openly ‘backwards’ princess, makes this point with stormy élan. Through her eyes the reader learns how politics and bigotry can turn the world into a vicious place for anyone who deviates from orthodoxy.
Darry also discovers Jessa, a foreign princess trapped by the machinations of a royal succession. The two women dance their courtship from shadow to shadow as wheels of destruction turn all around. No danger can stop them, however, from eventually falling in love and celebrating it with vibrant passion. Then their secret escapes and the time for hard choices arrives.
Somebody out there surely has said that the act of analysis somehow damages art, and I think my paragraphs are no exception. I must add that Ms. Godfry’s words never convey crude advocacy. The voices of her characters are unified by a powerful sincerity that permits no cynicism.
And that is why it would be a great first choice for lesbian fiction.
Anthony Baus is the author of Earth Mother’s Grace, a swords, shamans and sorcery lesbian fantasy, available on Amazon as a Kindle ebook.
You can follow or contact him on the Earth Mother's Grace Facebook Page.
- Earth Mother’s Grace by Anthony Baus on Amazon
- Read the review of Earth Mother's Grace
- Nightshade by Shea Godfrey on Amazon
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