BOOK REVIEW (ARC): The Witch King by H E Edgmon

The Witch King by H E Edgmon

Series: The Witch King #1

Release Date: June 1, 2021

Page Count: 432 pages

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Synopsis 

To save a fae kingdom, a trans witch must face his traumatic past and the royal fiancé he left behind. This debut YA fantasy will leave you spellbound.

Wyatt would give anything to forget where he came from—but a kingdom demands its king.

In Asalin, fae rule and witches like Wyatt Croft…don’t. Wyatt’s betrothal to his best friend, fae prince Emyr North, was supposed to change that. But when Wyatt lost control of his magic one devastating night, he fled to the human world.

Now a coldly distant Emyr has hunted him down. Despite transgender Wyatt’s newfound identity and troubling past, Emyr has no intention of dissolving their engagement. In fact, he claims they must marry now or risk losing the throne. Jaded, Wyatt strikes a deal with the enemy, hoping to escape Asalin forever. But as he gets to know Emyr, Wyatt realizes the boy he once loved may still exist. And as the witches face worsening conditions, he must decide once and for all what’s more important—his people or his freedom.

Review 

Wow! This book is absolutely stunning! Check this out if you love:

✔Betrothals
✔Fae magic
✔Only one bed
✔Childhood friends to enemies to lovers
✔Fated mates
✔Gay Trans witch
✔Queer found family

This is the queer revolutionary fantasy that you’ve been waiting for! Not saying any about the plot except I really liked it. Don’t want to spoil anything.Wyatt is my new favourite character. He’s angry and funny and sad and so very real. Also super gay! Emyr is so loyal  and kind and I love him so much.  He’s been pining for so long and deserves everything! Also he has fangs, claws and WINGS?!!!!!

I love the secondary characters, they are all very well developed. Wyatt’s relationship with his best friend Briar is one of the highlights of this book. They have an incredible bond and I love how they can read each other so well. I also adored Jin, Tessa and our favourite hellhound Boom!

The world building is really good and I definitely want to see more of Asalin. This book is entirely told from Wyatt’s POV and while I’d have loved to get Emyr’s POV, it didn’t make me enjoy it any less.
I cannot wait for the next book and I need it so bad!! Highly recommended!!

CW: abuse, sexual assault, death, transphobia, deadnaming (not mentioned), violence

*ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review

Preorder Links: Amazon USAmazon UK | Book Depository  

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