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Sing for the Coming of the Longest Night

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4.40  ·  Rating details ·  139 ratings  ·  63 reviews
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
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Kindle Edition, 105 pages
Published December 7th 2018
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K.J. Charles
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 weird ancient quality of Susan Cooper's magic writing--and contrasts with the very contemporary setup of genderfluid Nat and bi married Layla who have nothing in common but their missing boyfriend, and need to get ...more
Cat M
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 children, and a comfortable place within her local community. Nat is a blue-haired, genderqueer musician with a decidedly non-normative queer community, and no interest in marriage, children, or assimilation into main
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Zen Cho
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 or loved one, etc).
Freya Marske
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.

This is a funny and cosy and utterly charming novella, full of found family and quietly wrenching emotions which sneak up on you and wrap themselves around your heart. Deeply human, deeply queer, and deeply magical.
Skye Kilaen
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 0-genre-fantasy
Iona Datt Sharma is an auto-buy author for me so I had to pick up this polyam magical mystery book they co-authored with Katherine Fabian. I cannot review or describe this lovely diverse book any better than Cat M did, so hop on over there for the full details: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

The only thing I will add is that it’s so FUNNY at times, and I really appreciated how Fabian and Datt Sharma balanced that with the tension of the characters having to solve the mystery and save t
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Punk
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This novella reads like Connie Willis if Connie Willis were aggressively queer:

* set in London
* during the Christmas season
* magical scavenger hunt
* a church
* an old busybody
* an unexpected ally

All that and poly relationships, a married same-sex couple with kids, and three genderqueer characters. Unfortunately, Ari and Kay, who both use they/them pronouns, are nearly indistinguishable and almost always in the same room, which made me wish the singular they pronouns had been deployed with a littl
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Sonja
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh man, this novella was SUCH an utter joy and a delight.

Set in a contemporary fantasy London, two queer poly people, Layla and Nat, who don't even really like each other at first and have nothing in common except for having the same chaos magician boyfriend have to go on a quest through parts of England to save him before time runs out, after a magic spell goes disastrously wrong.

This was so fun and funny and charming. I loved loved loved how Layla and Nat warmed up to each other in the course
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Teleseparatist
Dec 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, owned
One of my Christmas traditions is to read either something queer & wholesome or something depressing & creepy. I chose wholesome queer this year and "Sing for the Coming..." was perfect. It gets so much right, emotion-wise, it's so life-affirming, kind and lovely. I was only somewhat invested in plot and worldbuilding, inventive though it was, but the queer feels were lovely, particularly after the first 1/3, when the setup was done and we could focus on the protagonists.

The details about the po
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Sadie Slater
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 just as much fun as a post-holiday read.

Sing for the Coming of the Longest Night is a fantasy set in a London where magic is real, fairyland is just over there and magic users are just another minority group in a d
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Ludi
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 cultivated, how queer people exist in heteropatriarchal societies and form safer spaces within and alongside them, and the ways in which many queer and otherwise-marginalised people hurt themselves in trying to fit int ...more
Alice
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 queerness is an integral part of their lives but it’s not the whole plot, y’know? Instead of unnecessary drama or dumb love triangles we just get this lovely story of all these people coming together in different constellati ...more
Fred Langridge
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 represented in fiction; this story does so lovingly and without any fuss. It also includes the variety of religious affiliations and practices among the characters in ways that felt lovely and natural to me. Highly rec ...more
Amy
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A warm, beautiful winter's tale. A perfect afternoon's read.
ambyr
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 day to day life treated as normal and unremarkable, and in that it delivers in spades.
victoria.p
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Warm, wry, and smart. A lovely read.
Lauren James
This novella has a very Neverwhere/Rivers of London vibe, and is a lot of fun with some unusual relationship dynamics.
Lulu (the library leopard)
That was SO good, I don't know what to do now!

I just…really loved this? It felt very cozy despite the high stakes & I love the character relationships & the feeling of the magic and the humor.

Update: Oh no, I read it again ten days later.

Full review:
Listen, I LOVE THIS NOVELLA. I read it twice in three weeks and rated it five stars each time, so I’m not kidding when I say I adore it. Sing for the Coming of the Longest Night is an urban fantasy story following Nat and Layla, two polar opposites w
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Jenni
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Uudenkuun Emilia
Summer is perhaps a weird time of year to read a book set around midwinter, but oh, this was a perfect comfort read for me. Such amazing and realistic polyamory rep, diverse and also realistic queer rep. A beautiful story of two metamours on a quest to save their loved one from fairyland, and about all they learn about each other in the process. I also profoundly loved the magic system in this novella: it could be huge and epic too, but the small everyday magics really got to me the most: found ...more
Suzi
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 if you just tried it. It handles the tension between metamors wonderfully and brings them together to be chosen family through their quest for their shared partner just as wonderfully. The characters feel like people ...more
IsagelCharles
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, queer
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 different experiences of being queer, but still find respect and love for each other in their shared queerness is so lovely! This novella is such a beautiful, funny, real celebration of queer community and queer family i ...more
Claire
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
Wonderfully queer and tremendously engaging, this was very easy to get swallowed up in. It's a familiar and yet completely foreign world, where magic is real and getting too cheeky about it has caused Meraud to be taken (back) to what is essentially faerie, leaving his partners to try and find him before time runs out. I found the deeply and inherently queer community in this to be thoroughly convincing and extremely familiar (<3); the magic system is really neat in a way I don't think I've seen ...more
Juliana
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, poc, polyamory, queer, sff
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.
Amelia
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.
Andrea
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq, sff-h
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!
charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)
(4.5)

i just? love layla and nat and meraud and katrina? so mcuh

Rep: polyamorous relationship, Jewish genderqueer mc, Hindu bi mc, bi side character, wlw side character, genderqueer side characters
Em
Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sf-f, romance
Absolutely beautiful story. Not a romance-genre romance but love and those we love is so central to the heart of the story. It's *so* queer, so good, and also the magic felt so real that when I finished reading it I was half convinced I could've done a spell right then.
Kelly Dalton
Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just lovely.
Li
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 and it took me a while to play catch-up.

Once I did, I was fully absorbed in Layla and Nat’s story, which wasn’t really about their quest to save Meraud. Well, it was and it wasn’t. I thoroughly enjoyed watching La
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Stephanie
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
A warm, inclusive, and totally charming adult f/sf holiday story set in an alternate version of contemporary London with the magic worked in seamlessly and beautifully.
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