Tragedy by Sydney M. Cooper
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Vicky’s Note: While not a GLBT romance, this book has a major GLBT character and so it may be of interest.
I received this book in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.
Aiasjia and Teveres hold the powers of life and death in their hands. Though they do not know it, their destinies are intricately tied to the fate of their world; it is by their success or failure that their people survive. The leaders of their homeland have been captured, the high priest who has taken over is not who he seems, and the warring Kaldari people have broken through their borders with the intent to destroy everything they ever knew. It is up to them to find a way to move beyond their own limitations to save what is left of their home before they lose their society forever.
I loved this book. I thought about it at length when I wasn’t reading it. I feared for its characters. I lost sleep and many breaks at work pouring over its pages. It’s been a while since I felt this way about a novel, despite my voracious reading habits.
The characters are rich and vastly complicated: we have Aia, who can heal and read minds, Teveres who can kill with a thought, Les who has the power to extinguish light and Garren, a Kaldari with no obvious powers but who follows his sense of duty. I loved (and sometimes hated) them, especially Teveres who has as much to loathe as to love about him. There was also a pleasant surprise in the form of a GLBT character in a book that’s not specifically targeted at that audience. I’m always happy to find diversity in genre fiction and I hope to see more of that character’s arc in the next book.
The plot is captivating, with a few scenes so heart and gut wrenching I teared up a few times in company. I was surprised by the ending, but be warned: there is no resolution. This novel ends on a cliffhanger which left me salivating for more and desperate to learn the fates of characters I fell in love with. I can’t wait for the sequel, which is on my must-buy list for sure.
The writing, spelling and grammar is good overall, but the book probably could have used one more proofread. The occasional sentence feels like its missing a word here and there, which made me reread one or two passages to make sure I was understanding what was being said. It’s really hard to root out every error and Tragedy is a lot better in this department than a lot of self-published novels. It didn’t detract from my enjoyment.
If you’re looking for a good fantasy novel to sink your teeth into, with deep, interesting characters, Tragedy should be right up your alley. I’m so glad I won this and got the chance to reignite my love of fantasy. Tragedy is everything fantasy should be and I can’t wait to see how the sequels play out.