Sing for the Coming of the Longest Night

Sing for the Coming of the Longest Night

The world you know is underneath the substance of another, with cracks in the firmament that let the light of its magic in? Layla and Nat have nothing in common but their boyfriend ? enigmatic, brilliant Meraud ? and their deep mutual dislike. But when Meraud disappears after an ambitious magical experiment goes wrong, they may be the only ones who can follow the trail of The world you know is underneath the substance of another, with cracks in the firmament that let the light of it...

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Title:Sing for the Coming of the Longest Night
Author:Katherine Fabian
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Genres:Fantasy
ISBN:B07KVJR5L3
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:105 pages pages

Sing for the Coming of the Longest Night Reviews

  • Zen Cho
    Dec 21, 2018
    I loved this unusual novella -- contemporary fantasy set in a London illuminated by the light of another world. Elegant, tender and funny, it's a perfect book to curl up with on a winter's night, along with your favourite seasonal accessories (mug of hot drink, festive jumper, pet cat ...
  • Jenni
    Dec 09, 2018
    I had a lot of things I was supposed to do this morning, but I read this instead, and I have 0 regrets. It's queer, funny and beautiful, full of warmth and magic and hope, and I loved it. I want to read a million more things in this world and with these characters. ...
  • victoria.p
    Dec 11, 2018
    Warm, wry, and smart. A lovely read. ...
  • Juliana
    Dec 15, 2018
    Representation matters, and seeing families like mine? queer, polyamorous, of multiple cultures and faiths? in fantasy is so good. Found family finding each other make this a delightful, warming story to read at a time of year that can be bleak for many of us. ...
  • Mo
    Feb 18, 2019
    This beautiful novella integrates magic into the substance of diverse, queer, poly family so thoroughly that I caught myself forgetting the magical elements aren't part of everyday life. It's a lovely story to read on a cold, snowy day. ...
  • Carly
    Dec 22, 2018
    I liked this and yet, there was something just not quite right for me. I picked it up after it was rec'd on the Be the Serpent podcast. On that same episode they were talking about classifying things by the portal world axises from Seanan McGuire's Every Heart a Doorway (which I loved)...
  • Tanya
    Mar 28, 2019
    "... we'd like to report a disappearance. He's a consulting magician. What does that mean? Oh, he escaped from fairyland when he was five and he does things for anyone who pays him. What relation is he? Hard to say but we're both fucking him. That's gonna go, oh, brilliantly." [loc. 13...
  • ambyr
    Mar 08, 2019
    The plot here is a bit by-the-numbers--plot coupons must be collected for metaphysical reasons I was never entirely convinced by--but who cares; that's not why I'm reading. I'm reading for the characters, for the pleasure of seeing the sort of people and relationships who surrounded my...
  • Lauren James
    Apr 16, 2019
    This novella has a very Neverwhere/Rivers of London vibe, and is a lot of fun with some unusual relationship dynamics. ...
  • Li
    Dec 08, 2018
    My quick scan of the blurb somehow left me with the impression that this was SF (goodness knows why, as having re-read it properly, there is nothing science fiction-y about it at all), which meant I was thoroughly thrown by the very contemporary opening at a London school nativity play...
  • Amy
    Dec 13, 2018
    A warm, beautiful winter's tale. A perfect afternoon's read. ...
  • Chris
    Jan 10, 2019
    A good novella where I really enjoyed the characters and the sense of community they give to them in the strong London setting. I felt the plot perhaps could have been stronger but as a vehicle for the other elements it is very enjoyable. ...
  • K.J. Charles
    Dec 15, 2018
    A strange and thoughtful story of found family and memories and queerness in many forms, set in a London touched by magic but otherwise strongly ours--diverse, grubby, suburban, bleak. The search for the missing magician is intriguing in a very old-English-magic sort of way--it has the...
  • Kate
    Feb 25, 2019
    So, basically, it?s a story about following a trail of clues; Meraud has done something stupid, and his lovers have to follow a trail of very Meraud-like clues to get all the pieces they need to try to bring him back. In the process, they have to work together ? and navigate actual...
  • Fred Langridge
    Nov 30, 2018
    I loved this magical, queer novella. The protagonists and their concerns are so familiar that they're almost certainly friends of friends of mine, and the magic similarly. My relationships with my lovers' lovers and their lovers are a part of my daily life that I don't usually see repr...
  • Andrea
    May 24, 2019
    I adore how queer this is! I really enjoyed seeing Layla and Nat go from mutually disliking each other to becoming friends over the course of their quest. All the characters are wonderfully drawn and the writing is excellent! ...
  • Fikri
    Dec 02, 2018
    This novella is like coming home to queer family. Everyone is quirky and layered and only sometimes do you want to hold them firmly by the shoulders and gently shake some sense into them. I realise I?d never seen poly relationships, much more poly protagonists, depicted in fiction be...
  • Suzi
    Jan 11, 2019
    Please let me sing this book?s praises from the rooftops! It is a modern day fairytale filled with magic, but the way it handles love and gender and sexuality and polyamory and family feels so very true to life. Even the magic feels so real and a part of our world that it would work ...
  • Sadie Slater
    Jan 05, 2019
    I saw a lot of mentions of Katherine Fabian and Iona Datt Sharma's novella Sing for the Coming of the Longest Night on Twitter last month, and bought it because it sounded like a fun holiday read. I didn't actually get round to it until the very end of the holiday, but it proved to be ...
  • Bryn (Plus Others)
    Feb 15, 2019
    This is a length that does not work particularly well for me, so I knew going in I might end up unsatisfied, and indeed, it was very good for what it was but I was frustrated as well. I loved the world these authors created, and the diverse mix of characters who people it, and all the ...
  • Freya Marske
    Nov 27, 2018
    I explained this to someone on Twitter as "a sensible gay-married pathologist and a blue-haired nonbinary composer have to bicker their way through a magical quest when their mutual boyfriend goes missing" and really, that's it in a nutshell. I love Layla. I love Nat. I love EVERYONE. ...
  • Cat M
    Jan 04, 2019
    I ADORED this book. OMG did I adore this book. It's a queer, poly, found-family story about two people who have absolutely nothing in common - except for their complete chaos muppet of a boyfriend, who has gone missing. Layla is a sensible, married pathologist with a wife, two small...
  • Caroline Duvezin
    Jun 27, 2019
    Well-written, well-paced and insightful, with great rep (non-binary, gay, bisexual, polyamorous, Jewish, lapsed Hindu and whatever the f*** Meraud believes in) and intelligent, simple magic. I may have gotten teary-eyed at the end looking at the queer family of choice. Katrina is my fa...
  • Amelia
    Dec 17, 2018
    Great novella about two metamours who don't like each other much searching for their missing mutual partner (an actual nightmare scenario imo), with a lovely combination of the mundane and the magical. ...
  • IsagelCharles
    Dec 31, 2018
    This book features one of my absolute favourite tropes: two people who love the same person but don?t get along with each other have to work together to save their mutual beloved, and in the course of doing that, they come to understand one another better. How Layla and Nat have diff...
  • Jeannelle Ferreira
    Dec 07, 2018
    There's a deeply real world in this novella, but it's not quite ours. It's also profoundly magical, and that magic has rules; those rules suddenly affect Nat and Layla, two disparate Londoners who think they have only one thing in common -- their lover, Meraud. This is a great story s...
  • Alice
    Mar 02, 2019
    This story is so wonderfully queer and centers found families in a really beautiful way. I adore so much about this story that its hard to put into words. It?s just so lovely reading about adult queer people who get to be happy and unapologetically themselves and where their queernes...
  • Chris
    Jun 17, 2019
    An intriguing alternative-culture novella that reads like a modern-day Shakespearean fantasy. And Reddit. ...
  • EscapistBookReviews
    Mar 21, 2019
    Summary: Layla is a bisexual, polyamorous, Hindu pathologist. Nat is a six-foot-something genderqueer Jewish freelance composer. The only thing they have in common is their mutual lover, Meraud, who is a highly skilled magician (not unheard of in this setting) and who has also been mis...
  • Ludi
    Dec 07, 2018
    This book is clever, thoughtful and above all kind: while the story goes along at a fast and driven pace, the highlight is how the authors have drawn the characters, tensions and conflicts that form London's queer communities. The book highlights how chosen families are formed and cult...