Book Reviews and Highlights

Fireheart Tiger

Aliette de Bodard

  • Fantasy & Magic
  • Fiction
  • LGBTQ+
  • Romance
  • They’re coming.
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  • The light sinks to the slow, lazy glow of embers: it’s just sunlight coming through the closed shutters. Thanh exhales, and leaves the room—though she already knows that the fire will come back. It always does.
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  • Thanh’s hands itch, remembering how soft her skin was when she ran her fingers over her legs, when her lips grazed the pale skin of her neck, the same neck that’s now hidden behind a high collar and a ruffle, the lips that are closed, the face bare of makeup, her fair skin glowing like white jade.
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  • Thanh is already such a disappointment in Mother’s life: the princess sent away who came back, not brash and confident, but quiet and thoughtful.
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  • “Anyway, the fire doesn’t matter. There will be other fires, my love, and we will survive them all.”
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  • Life is too short to be ringed by other people’s expectations of proper behavior.”
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  • “She likes the unattainable. Challenges. And then she discards what she’s got as she has so many broken toys. You’re hardly her first.”
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  • “Child,” Mother says. It’s short and snappish.
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  • “You matter.”
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  • How—how does she even begin to voice this? That it’s not about power, that it’s not about how many people whose lives she can bend to her will, but simply about being in control of her own life?
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  • Thanh looks up. Giang’s human face is a faint outline, and the stripes of the tiger’s carving waver in and out of existence on her skin. She’s the fire—the one that’s haunted her nightmares for so long, the one that she’s feared for so long.
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  • “Big sis, it’s your life. You go through it the way you want. You—” She stops then, starts again, “Your life doesn’t come with an obligation to make mine work.”
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  • Because Giang should be angry. Because Giang should be blaming her. Because—because anger is easier, and compassion hurts so much.
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  • But she can, can’t she? She understands fear and anger and atonement and the desire to make herself smaller to do less harm. Why would she not understand other feelings, too?
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  • Giang stares levelly back at her. She doesn’t move, but she seems to grow larger and taller, her hands stretching into claws, her eyes catching fire, her skin golden and striped. Light spreads beneath her skin, as if it was just a thin, papery shell over ever-burning flames.
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  • There’s just a dark shadow, with yellow eyes the color of amber, elongated pupils—with a stretched mouth full of fangs, and claws gleaming sharper than any human steel.
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  • But for now, there is just the two of them, and the warmth that binds them both together—and the future that is theirs to shape.
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