Published by Harlequin Enterprises ULC on 2021-06
Source: Blog Tour
Genres: Contemporary, Fantasy, LGBTQ, Wizards & Witches, Young Adult Fiction
Format: Ebook Arc
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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.
Content Warning- Death and mentions of parental death, blood, graphic violence, mild gore, physical assault, sexual harassment, child abuse, trauma relating to fires, suicide attempts, misgendering, some explicit sexual references.
The witch-king is every fantasy trope you ever wanted, with a very likely transgender witch king as your main character. Wyatt is like the big brother who needs a hug cause no one wants to accept them for who they are. Born to be something his parents did not wish to a witch in a Fae community and paired with a royal fae to be married in the future, he runs away from his life after he tragically uses his powers to defend himself. Now the community that never wanted him needs him to come back and save their world by being the face of a rebellion that never wanted him in the first place.
There a lot to love about this book, passionate characters, real-life, relevant situations, and crazy family relationships that are so real to life. I love Wyatt adopted sister; she is so fierce and loyal. I want her to be my best friend. Wyatt is also the best character as he was so real; he makes mistakes, gets angry, and grows from the crappy past that life dealt him, and he learns that this world can be so much more than what it is. Witch-king is the start of the healing of a community, and i can’t wait to read the next book.