About The Eldritch Heart

Princess Oona Talomir enjoys the little things that come with her station: a handmaiden, her lavish bedchamber, and scores of fancy dresses―the duty to win a decades’ long war, not so much.

Oh, did I mention assassins?

Seers foretold the conflict would end by her hand. From the moment she drew her first breath, the neighboring kingdom has been trying to kill her so she could not grow powerful enough to destroy them. The king, fearing for his daughter’s life, has kept her confined to the castle grounds for most of her sixteen years. With the tide of war turning against them, the burden of her crown becomes too much to bear, yet one thing lifts her spirits amid the gloom.

Her servant girl, Kitlyn.

Alas, in a kingdom obsessed with the god of purity, she is terrified to confess her forbidden love. When her father makes a demand she cannot abide―marry a prince to forge a military alliance―Oona panics. He is handsome and honorable, but he’s not Kitlyn. Unable to admit why she cannot obey, Oona does the only thing she can think of, and runs away.

Alone and unprepared in the wilderness, she prays the gods will let Kitlyn find her—before the assassins do.

Reviews for The Eldritch Heart

Cox fuses the classic tale of a destined saviour with the equally classic tale of a love society will not understand without becoming constrained by either. The result is lesbian fantasy that transcends a sense of political agenda.

For sixteen years, Princess Oona Talomir has lived a life of privilege marred by only two things. First, she is prophesied to end the war between her nation and its neighbour; leaving her confined to the palace in case assassins come, and filling her with fear she will cause the slaughter of a nation. Second, her feelings for Kitlyn, her childhood friend and [...]

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I enjoyed this book far more than I thought I would. I requested it originally because I heard there was a main player – a Princess, no less – who was an LGBTQ character. Since, even in this day and age, this seems to be an underrepresented segment of society, I thought this work would be well worth promoting, or at least exploring. Turns out, I was right on both counts.

The author has crafted a wonderful adventure story full of intrigue, action, mystery, romance, and fantasy. It is truly a delightful tale, awash with magic and [...]

StarStarStarStarStar(4/5 Stars)

The Eldritch Heart is my favorite book I’ve ever read for a blog tour! Full stop. This is not just because the two main characters are unfailingly badass, it is because this world does something I was afraid I’d never see in a YA and like again. It explores old tropes and remakes them.
We’ve all heard of prophecies for people who will save their kingdom. But do any of them have a badass lesbian protagonist at the forefront? Probably not.
Do we have writings centered around a lesbian relationship? Sometimes. But are they filled with humanity and honesty [...]

StarStarStarStarStar(5/5 Stars)

This book is a YA fantasy containing everything you’d want from a good fantasy novel. There are feisty heroines, evil nobles, war and politics, and excellent worldbuilding.

Princess Oona has been kept locked in the castle and its grounds for her own safety since she was a young girl. Now sixteen, her life is under constant threat from assassins from the country her father, the king, is at war with. It’s a war that has lasted twenty years and shows no signs of stopping. Oona’s only ray of sunshine is her handmaid, Kitlyn. They were friends when they were young, always [...]

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