Author: K.L. Noone
Book: A Prophecy for Two
Page/Word Count: 182 pages, 48,370 words
Categories: Fantasy/Paranormal/Sci-Fi, Gay Romance
Release Date: August 21, 2018
Cover Artist: Helene Boppert
In every legend of Fairyland, the fairies have their own reasons for crossing the border…
Oliver has spent his life as the crown prince, preparing to rule but in no hurry to do so, enjoying life and taverns with Tirian, his fairy-companion and best friend. But when the traditional Vision Quest calls― and a dragon appears―Oliver finds himself facing difficult questions about heroism, sacrifice… and the emotions he’s discovering he has toward Tirian. But Tirian has secrets of his own, about his purpose, his magic, his feelings for Oliver, and a prophecy that will change the fates of two kingdoms forever.
“I brought beer,” he added. “Brewed with cocoa nibs.”
“In that case, lead on.” Tir fell into step beside him, going up. They didn’t speak much on the way, companionably so; they didn’t need to. At the top, through slitted windows, the stars twinkled cold and clear.
Oliver handed him the beer—a large earthen jug, unpretentious, happy to help—and sat down on the frost-bitten window ledge, the night at his back. “Okay, you want to tell me?”
“Do I want to tell you what?” Tir took a drink and took the chair by the telescope—a big and time-battered scarlet velvet beast that’d once happily held them both. He tucked one infinite leg under himself and handed the jug back. His eyes stayed in shadow.
“It’s not . . .” Tir shrugged at him—annoyingly graceful even when slouching in a chair—and accepted another drink. “Not something you need to worry about.”
“You tell me everything,” Oliver said. “I tell you everything. I told you when I was desperately in love with Lady Katherine that whole year, remember? It’s me, you can say anything.”
“I remember you constantly wearing that awful orange leather riding outfit because she told you she liked the color orange.” If an emotion other than amusement hid in his voice, Ollie couldn’t pinpoint it. “Oliver, it’s nothing you can do anything about, and I don’t want to distract you. It’s your Quest.”
“I’m distracted right now. And you’re not talking.” He got up, came over to the chair, flopped inelegantly down on the dusty tower floor by his fairy’s feet. From here he could look up, an odd sort of role reversal for a crown prince and his companion, at those winter-pale eyes. “Don’t make me talk to myself. It’ll be a boring Vision Quest if I have to, come on.”
Tir stayed silent for a minute, but it was a loud silence; Oliver had the impression that his fairy was trying to decide, turning possibilities over before giving them voice.
He tacked on, because he’d never been good at letting things go, “You can’t say anything that’ll make me stop being your friend. You know that, right?”
Tir reached down, plucked the beer out of his hand, and finished off half of it. Then answered, “I know.”
K.L. Noone teaches college students about superheroes and Shakespeare by day, and in her not-so-secret identity writes romance – frequently paranormal or with fantasy elements, often LGBTQA+, and always with happy endings! She also likes cats, tea, and the sound of ocean waves.
Guest Post from K.L. Noone
Hi, I’m K.L. Noone, and I’m excited to be here and talking about fairytales, love, and my latest novel!
I’ve always loved magic and magical worlds, and the ways in which magic and fairy-stories (to borrow Tolkien’s term) are entwined with romance and the Happy Ever After. With Prophecy, I wanted to tell a story with those traditional fairytale elements—a quest, a prophecy, True Love, even a dragon—but also a story in which the romance belongs to two princes, who embark on that quest together, rescue each other, and fall in love.
(There might also be some magical coming-back-from-the-dead involved. Happy endings are important!)
Even more than that, I wanted a world in which all kinds of relationships and sexualities are present—it’s the kind of fantasy kingdom I’d like to imagine. So Oliver and Tirian end up together, and Oliver’s very bisexual and Tir is…happily into everything, being a sarcastic pansexual fairy prince, but in love with Oliver; Oliver’s youngest sister is asexual, his other sister’s thoroughly in love with her husband, at one point we meet a comfortable polyamorous triad, and so on…
It’s also a world in which kindness matters, in the best fairytale tradition. Sacrifices can be rewarded. Those happy endings might not be easy—and sometimes there’s a cost, as there is for Oliver and Tirian—but the happiness exists. People remember small acts of compassion and return them. Friends help. And those soft warm bright stories are important, I think—for readers of romance, for readers of queer romance, for the world.
All of which sounds far too self-important! So I’ll just say that this particular novel is very much influenced by Robin McKinley, Alexis Hall, and Hope Mirrlees, and I hope it’s got some of that same strain of shimmering wonder and emotion and also jokes about terrible melodramatic Gothic novels, which Tir likes to read under the pretext of studying humanity.
(For the record, Tir would absolutely listen to Katy Perry, And probably ABBA. Oliver’d be a classic rock fan.)
Thank you for reading! Remember, wild fairy-touched apricots are delicious. And make excellent wine.
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