I am a huge cover-lover, which is actually how I discovered Julia Ember’s first book, Unicorn Tracks, a YA Fantasy and F/F Romance. Fun fact: I now own two copies of this book because I couldn’t resist buying it in hardcover, even after I bought it on my kindle. So let’s just say, my expectations were quite high for her next book cover.
So let’s get down to business…
Okay here it is!
Tiger’s Watch (Ashes of Gold #1) by Julia Ember.
Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy.
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press.
Pub. Date: August 2017.
Sixteen-year-old Tashi has spent their life training as an inhabiter, a soldier who spies and kills using a bonded animal. When the capital falls after a brutal siege, Tashi flees to a remote monastery to hide. But when the invading army turns the monastery into a hospital, Tashi catches the eye of Xian, the regiment’s fearless young commander.
Tashi spies on Xian’s every move. In front of his men, Xian seems dangerous, even sadistic, but Tashi sees a more vulnerable side of the enemy commander – a side that draws them to Xian.
When their spying reveals that everything the inhabiter’s academy taught was a lie, Tashi faces a choice: save their country or the boy they’ve started to love? But while Tashi grapples with the decision, their volatile bonded tiger doesn’t question her allegiances. Katala slaughters Xian’s soldiers, leading the enemy to hunt her. But an inhabiter’s bond to their animal is for life – when Katala dies, so will Tashi.
Badass Asian genderqueer protagonist (with singular “they/them” pronouns!)– sounds awesome, right? So awesome you just want to add it to your Goodreads TBR right now, huh? I feel you, man. I have such a mighty need, I can’t believe I have to wait til August 2017 to have this beautiful book on my shelf.
And, just to satisfy my own curiosity, this is what Julia Ember’s two books will look like side-by-side:
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Originally from the Windy City, Julia Ember now resides in Sunny Scotland where she learned to enjoy both haggis and black pudding. She spends her days working as a professional Book Nerd for a large book distribution firm, and her nights writing YA Romantic Fantasy novels.
A world traveler since childhood, Julia has now visited over 60 countries. Her travels inspire the fictional worlds she writes about and she populates those worlds with magic and monsters.
Follow the author on Twitter: (at)jules_chronicle!