Fireheart Tiger

Aliette de Bodard

fiction fantasy lgbtqia+
adventurous medium-paced

112 pages | first published 2021

Fire burns bright and has a long memory....

Quiet, thoughtful princess Thanh was sent away as a hostage to the powerful faraway country of Ephteria as a child. Now she's returned to her mother's imperial court, haunted not only by memories of her first romance, but by worrying magical echoes of a fire that devastated Ephteria's royal palace.

Thanh's new role as a diplomat places her once again in the path of her first love, the powerful and magnetic Eldris of Ephteria, who knows exactly what she wants: romance from Thanh and much more from Thanh's home. Eldris won't take no for an answer, on either front. But the fire that burned down one palace is tempting Thanh with the possibility of making her own dangerous decisions.

Can Thanh find the freedom to shape her country's fate--and her own?

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emotional 72%
hopeful 35%
adventurous 29%
reflective 29%
tense 29%
mysterious 22%
challenging 17%
dark 13%
sad 13%
inspiring 6%
lighthearted 3%


fast 63%
medium 26%
slow 9%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 69% | A mix: 23% | Plot: 6%

Strong character development?

Yes: 65% | It's complicated: 23% | No: 9% | N/A: 1%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 51% | It's complicated: 30% | No: 18%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 93% | N/A: 2% | No: 2% | It's complicated: 1%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 71% | It's complicated: 14% | No: 9% | N/A: 3%

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