Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Reasons for Inclusion: Trans protagonist, queer characters
Publisher’s Summary: On holiday in a strange and shockingly repressed kingdom, Alex finds herself sacrificed to the local sea monster in honor of the prince ascending the throne. This was not mentioned in the brochure.
The sea monster, however, is less interested in devouring Alex than he is in what everyone will think if they find out he’s hopelessly in love with another monster. Add in a cat too smart for anyone’s good, and Alex is ready to swear off holidays forever.
All she wants to do is escape, but if she’s going to manage that she’s first going to have to deal with lovesick monsters and updating an old-fashioned kingdom with some modern thinking…
A very funny story about a trans secret agent in a conservative kingdom, a talking cat, a flamboyant sea monster, and a gay Prince.
Alex starts her story tied up as a human sacrifice, and things get more interesting from there. The monster who comes to take her is more interested in his own appearance and love life than in eating her- which makes their conversations highly amusing.
The scenes with the Prince are funny as well, as he tries to figure out why he isn’t attracted to any of his multitude of beautiful wives.
Overall, the story is very entertaining. A good fit for anyone who likes slightly silly adventures with bright and interesting characters. It’s not really my type of story, but there’s definitely an enthusiastic audience out there.
(ARC received through Netgalley)