To save a fae kingdom, a trans witch must face his traumatic past and the royal fiancé he left behind. This debut YA fantasy will leave you spellbound.
Wyatt would give anything to forget where he came from—but a kingdom demands its king.
In Asalin, fae rule and witches like Wyatt Croft…don’t. Wyatt’s betrothal to his best friend, fae prince Emyr North, was supposed to change that. But when Wyatt lost control of his magic one devastating night, he fled to the human world.
Now a coldly distant Emyr has hunted him down. Despite transgender Wyatt’s newfound identity and troubling past, Emyr has no intention of dissolving their engagement. In fact, he claims they must marry now or risk losing the throne. Jaded, Wyatt strikes a deal with the enemy, hoping to escape Asalin forever. But as he gets to know Emyr, Wyatt realizes the boy he once loved may still exist. And as the witches face worsening conditions, he must decide once and for all what’s more important—his people or his freedom.
[I received a digital arc from Netgalley for an honest review]
I don’t even know where to begin with how much I loved everything about The Witch King by H.E. Edgmon. Besides stating this is a YA LGBTQIA+ fantasy I am not going to going into the plot because I don’t want to accidentally spoil anything so just scroll up and read the synopsis.
“The fae are all monsters. But so am I.”
I’ll start with the characters who are unique and flawed and beautiful. They make mistakes, but that doesn’t mean they don’t deserve love. The lead Wyatt is a trans witch who wants nothing to do with where he came from, and he has every right to feel that way. He struggles with doing what is right for his fellow witches and what’s right for himself. Then there’s Emyr who even though he’s technically forcing Wyatt to uphold their marriage contract you can tell he really does care for him. He’s accepting and tries to be patient with him. There are more than a few moments with them that will tug on your heart strings. Let’s not forget Wyatt’s best friend Briar who was literally a ray of sunshine and I loved her relationship with Wyatt.
“Some connections are too important to be broken, no matter the time or distance between people.”
Plot wise, The Witch King has twists and turns that will keep you fully invested in its outcome. Sometimes I feel like stories can be hindered from only one POV but I didn’t feel that was the case here. While yes I’d love to see inside Emyr’s head because he totally stole my heart, I still felt completely connected to the characters. Wyatt’s voice was so strong and expressive, you connected with them through him perfectly.
The story is compelling and the characters are captivating. Witches, fae, magic, diversity, love, deceit, trauma, arranged marriages, bonds, obligations, dragons and at one point even one bed 😉 The Witch King just has so many aspects to keep you hooked and make you feel ALL the feels. Knowing this is a series and not a standalone makes me ridiculously happy because I need more Wyatt, Emery and their friends’ in my life.
Trigger Warnings: graphic violence and injury, mild gore; physical assault; sexual harassment and assault; child abuse; drug use; trauma relating to fires; suicide attempt; misgendering and deadnaming (dead name off the page)