Do you like books filled with magical beings and court intrigues? Would you like to read a great LGBTQ+ ya fantasy with elemental magic and sassy elves? Swoony princes? If you answered yes to any of these… then I have just the thing for you: Cloaked in Shadow by Ben Alderson!
Genre: YA fantasy, LGBTQ+
Year Of Publication: December 2017
Publisher: Oftomes Publishing
My rating: 4-4.5 stars
First of all, I am going to put my hands up and say that it was my first LGBTQ+ novel with a male to male romance and I did not know what to expect which made me anxious just because I hadn’t experienced that before. It was incredible. I absolutely loved it and I cannot believe that I have not read anything like that before.
I am incredibly happy that I picked Ben’s book because it was so well written and the relationship between the main characters is so damn cute I couldn’t believe it. I loved them so much, I cannot wait to read the sequel! Zacriah is a well-rounded character that I was able to relate with and I felt his pain like it was my own. I generally have problems in connecting with male POV’s, but I absolutely loved being in Zacriah’s head. Hadrian was an absolute darling and I loved him so much! His attitudes and reactions to what was going on was so on point! Plus, he’s super-hot, so… These characters felt like people that I would know, people that would exist in real life and have a pint with. If I would have something to say is that I would’ve liked to know more about the other supporting characters, I felt that we only skimmed the surface with those.
The plot was well done and although there were obvious tropes, the writing was well executed so I enjoyed my journey with these characters from start to finish. I enjoyed the twists and turns, the political intrigue and machinations of the royal court. I am not a huge fan of royal intrigue, but this story was so full of action and swoony romance that I didn’t care!
Ben’s writing is lyrical and captivating. I struggled to remove my nose from the book because I kept on saying… ONE MORE CHAPTER! And then it was midnight and I was still reading, but I was hooked.
It’s by no means a perfect story or perfectly well written or with perfect characters, but it entertained and hooked me to the pages! It held my hand like a very good friend and I can only love it for this, so thank you Ben for writing this story! Thank you for introducing me to the awesome world of LGBTQ+ and I can only feel ashamed with myself for not trying to read them any sooner…