Review Copy Received: Eboni Dunbar’s Stone and Steel

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ARB has a print (paperback) review copy of Eboni Dunbar‘s new queer, Black epic fantasy novella Stone and Steel—about a general who must challenge her (former) lover, the queen, to free the people of the city she loves—from indie SFF publisher Neon Hemlock.

If you are interested in reviewing this book—especially as a Black critic or writer—please reach out to the editors to express your interest in reviewing the book for ARB. Please note: Because of mailing costs, this item is limited to reviewers located only in the U.S.

From the publisher:

In Stone and Steel, when General Aaliyah returns triumphant to the city of Titus, she expects to find the people prospering under the rule of her Queen, the stone mage Odessa. Instead, she finds a troubling imbalance in both the citizens’ wellbeing and Odessa’s rule. Aaliyah must rely on all of her allies, old and new, to do right by the city that made her.

Stone and Steel is a sharp and sexy story of love, loyalty and magic. Eboni has given us a world where Black Queerness reigns supreme, and our world is better for it.” — Danny Lore, co-author of Queen of Bad Dreams

“An intimate story of cruelty, love, and duty bound up in an immensely lush and complicated magical world, one far bigger than the story can even hint at. You won’t forget Odessa and Aaliyah, and you won’t forget their people.” — Premee Mohamed, author of Beneath the Rising

This queer, elementally themed world should appeal to fans of Laurie J. Marks’ Elemental Logic series.” — Booklist

This will be an easy pick for anyone looking for queer, Black speculative fiction—and for fantasy fans more broadly.” — Publishers Weekly

About the author:

Eboni J Dunbar (she/her) is a queer, black woman who writes queer and black speculative fiction. She resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her partner. She received her BA from Macalester College in English and her MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College. She is a VONA Alum, a former associate editor for PodCastle, a managing editor for FIYAH Literary Magazine, and a freelance reviewer.

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