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The Tiger's Watch (Ashes of Gold #1)

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Sixteen-year-old Tashi has spent their life training as a inhabitor, a soldier who spies and kills using a bonded animal. When the capital falls after a brutal siege, Tashi flees to a remote monastery to hide. But the invading army turns the monastery into a hospital, and Tashi catches the eye of Xian, the regiment’s fearless young commander.

Tashi spies on Xian’s every mov
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Expected publication: August 22nd 2017 by Harmony Ink Press (first published August 2017)

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Julia Ember Hi Shade! Thanks for your question! Tashi is a genderfluid protagonist. Although they were born with a male body, they do not identify this way. Tashi…moreHi Shade! Thanks for your question! Tashi is a genderfluid protagonist. Although they were born with a male body, they do not identify this way. Tashi is really adamant about being seen as a person, without the expectations of gender. They don't want to feel bound to a series of "shoulds" and want to express themself according to how they feel at the moment. Some of the ways their body is changing (Tashi is 16) also cause them anxiety, as Tashi wants to maintain their androgynous look.

Being misgendered and forced to change their appearance in order to hide is a source of conflict in the novel. It is not the central plot conflict, though.

Hope that clears it up!(less)

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Julia Ember
Dec 30, 2016 Julia Ember rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I am the author! This is my second novel (that I wrote, but it won't be the second one published!) and the start of a series that is extremely close to my heart. The Tiger's Watch started out as a seed of an idea while I was in a hot air balloon floating over Bagan, Myanmar, at Christmas with my family.

It is a much darker type of fantasy than Unicorn Tracks and writing a trilogy has presented completely new challenges.

This book is a bit of a feast of queer ... series pairings include gq/m, m/m
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Morgan (HopelessBookAddict)
Hi guys.
This book has a genderfluid protagonist. And it's a fantasy.
Okay, that's all.
Bye.
The Bookavid
GENDERFLUID PROTAGONIST
I NEED THIS IN MY LIFE
Avery
ALL I SAW WAS 'GENDERFLUID' AND 'FANTASY' AND I'M HOOKED OK
Hannah Welch
Aug 18, 2016 Hannah Welch marked it as to-read
AHHHHHH OMG.

This book has everything I've ever wanted in life. A genderfluid protagonist. They as a third-person non-gendered pronoun. M/M and F/F pairings, too.

Thank you, Ms. Ember. I have been waiting for a book of this caliber to come along for so long!
Andrew
Nov 13, 2016 Andrew marked it as 2017-lgbtq-reading-challenge
That cover though O.O
I need this so much-
Jessica
Jun 25, 2016 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
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Meredith
Nov 04, 2016 Meredith marked it as to-read
Shelves: queer-tbr
GENDERFLUID MAIN CHARACTER IN A FANTASY BOOK WITH AN INTIMATE BOND WITH AN ANIMAL. IT'S LIKE THIS BOOK WAS MADE FOR ME. EXCUSE ME WHILE I SCREAM INTO THE ABYSS.
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Originally from Chicago, Julia Ember now resides in Edinburgh, Scotland. She spends her days working in the book trade and her nights writing teen fantasy novels. Her hobbies include riding horses, starting far too many craft projects, PokemonGo and looking after her city-based menagerie of pets with names from Harry Potter. Luna Lovegood and Sirius Black the cats currently run her life.

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