Her secret could save her people. It will also destroy her life.
The peaceful Isle of Eburos is poised to become the next conquest of the powerful Alyrion Empire. Unless the loose collection of native tribes can come together to form an unprecedented coalition for military defense, the emperor’s forces will roll across the land, looting and enslaving the small island nation without mercy.
Carivel is an apprentice in the village of Draebard—an unimportant nobody, until an attack kills the tribe’s horse master and elevates her to the job. Born female, she has been secretly living as a boy for years among the people of her adopted tribe, doing a job the elders insist can only be done by a man. If her secret comes out, she’ll become a pariah, facing exile or worse.
When her new position thrusts her into a central role in a vital diplomatic mission to a neighboring tribe, Carivel must join Draebard’s First Warrior and its enigmatic high priest in an attempt to win over a powerful female chieftain—a leader whose support could make all the difference in defending the island.
Rumor has it that her two male companions are lovers, but that isn’t the only secret the pair are keeping. When deceit crumbles and illusions begin to fall one by one, the trio must choose whether to trust each other or risk the success of their mission… not to mention the future of their island home.
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A 2016 Rainbow Award winner, The Horse Mistress is an unconventional ménage romance set against a backdrop of shapeshifters, magic, war, and sweeping societal change.
A special note for Fantasy readers: herein, you will find explicit sex scenes. The sex is not vanilla. If your reaction to that is “Ew,” or even “Meh,” this probably isn’t the series for you.