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  • Keywords
    • Political fantasy,
    • Contemporary fantasy,
    • High fantasy,
    • Social commentary,
    • Lesbian romance,
    • Queer fantasy,
    • LGBTQ+ fantasy

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From Dust We Were Born
by Julia G.D Gobio

Amara Ira stands out. She really can’t help it. In the Seven Cities, shored up against the void outside by soaring concrete walls no one sees over, there is only white, grey, silver, and gold. Amara was born in colors that are forbidden even to wear, and it sucks. Her mother’s never satisfied, her picture-perfect sister is almost terrified of her, and everyone is constantly asking her, “Were you born looking like that?” as if she’d do this to herself. Provided she can pass “betrothal training”, Amara is mentally preparing to be handed off at eighteen to whatever man her mother can pay richly enough to take her. When Crown Prince Atlas (kinder and much more perceptive than she’d given him credit for) takes an interest in her, Amara’s fortunes seem ready to change. But there’s so much she doesn’t know. Somewhere else—somewhere that will strain the bounds of Amara’s imagination and shatter her understanding of the world and of herself—someone is watching her. A woman whose name lives in horror stories told to future brides, whose fate is bound into that of the golden royal family and into Amara’s own. That woman is sharpening her blades and saying to herself: “It’s time to bring her home. The gods are awake, and we have work to do.”

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Julia Gobio brings us her stunning debut novel: a queer love story set overtop of a glittering world on the brink of collapse. This is a story Julia has been grappling with—in one form or another—since she was a child. Sown by her wild imagination and her passion for books and nurtured over the years by her study of English literature, From Dust We Were Born developed alongside Julia herself as she came into her unique authorial voice. When she isn’t indulging her tempestuous imagination, Julia loves to garden, to draw, to watch horror movies, and to get lost in the woods. Julia lives in Georgina, a lakeside town in northern Ontario, with her family and their dog Winston.


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