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Sing for the Coming of the Longest Night

4.47  ·  Rating details ·  70 ratings  ·  29 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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A warm, beautiful winter's tale. A perfect afternoon's read.
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Warm, wry, and smart. A lovely read.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
Bryn (Plus Others)
Feb 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: spec-fic
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 different sorts of families; I loved the story of their quest and how they need to find ways to work together, and I appreciated that things were both simpler and more complex than they first appeared. I did want m ...more
Jeannelle Ferreira
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 skillfully and succinctly told -- the world-building is rock-solid and deeply nerdy -- but for me, there's actually much more to it than Deathly Peril at the Winter Solstice. Layla and Katrina, Nat, Ari, and Kay, an ...more
Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
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), and I wish that was as common as the sorting hat, because honestly I think this book was too nonsense for me. It was the same problem I had with Space Opera by Catherynne Valente where I could recognize that it w ...more
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 before — and this novella gets it exactly right. It’s as much magic as the actual magic! Smart, funny, and absolutely worth your time.
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
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.
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.
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh what a lovely lovely story!
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.
There is a crack. A crack, in everything. That's how the light gets in.
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
sweet, short, magical & queer -- just a warm and cute read all around
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved it. Definitely read this in December if you can.
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don’t think I would have ever found this had it not been gifted to me, but what a perfect cozy story. I accidentally read the whole thing waiting for my daughter to fall asleep and would happily do so again.
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful little novella. A lovely fresh magic system seamlessly woven into contemporary London, and characters that were instantly likeable and packed a hell of an emotional punch. Warm, loving, sometimes laugh-out-loud funny: such a gem.
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