Summer is fast approaching. As I’m working on my slightly dystopian YA novel, I can’t help but look at the books I’ve enjoyed over the past few months. In no particular order I’ll be covering a few of them over the next few weeks. First up, one of the authors I most admire in the field of YA LGBT writing: John Goode (@FosterHigh).
(Warning: There might be some mild spoilers!)
Stormfront by John Goode & J.G. Morgan (book link)
Finally found a moment to read the latest book in the Arcadia series by John Goode and J.G. Morgan. Usually whenever a new John Goode book is released, I tend to read it the next day. I blame my recent obsession with The Expanse novels for keeping me from this one… Sorry!
After what feels like many years since the first Arcadia book, John Goode brings the story of Kyle and Hawk’een to an end (?). With Mr Goode one can never be sure that there isn’t another book to be written with these characters. The ending definitely leaves room for more stories to be told in this universe. And with all the world building that went into Athens and the other realms, it’d be a shame not to return to Arcadia at some point.
Things I enjoyed about this book: It’s clearly LGBT YA, but not a romance story. There is a romance, but too often in these books the romance takes center stage and there’s little room for anything else. Thankfully, that was not the case in this book (or any of the Arcadia books) as the plotting is tight, the characters come alive (Mr. Goode’s abilities to write a strong first-person perspective and have snappy dialogue that just flows definitely are his strengths).
I enjoyed the world building more than I realised at first, the lore of the universe is nowhere near Lord-of-the-Rings complexity (if that’s your cup of tea, then look elsewhere) but the different realms and creatures felt as being part of one cohesive whole. Which is a fine line to walk when you’re incorporating such classic characters and elements as the Red Queen, Fairies and Elves. The Crystal Court still feels like the most original fantasy folk I’ve read about in a while and it’ll be interesting to read more about them at some point.
All in all, I was sad to see the story come to an end, but the big finale was such a positive pay off after a four-book build-up, it was definitely worth the journey. Strongly recommend the whole series if you haven’t had a chance yet to pick these books up.