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Glorious Day

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  48 ratings  ·  37 reviews
The bodyguard is a traitor. The princess is her one true love. And the revolution is almost here.

Elsenna Hazen left spaceport security and ended up a royal bodyguard. She should have known better than to fall in love with a princess.

It’s been two years since one ill-advised kiss in the garden pulled them apart. With uprisings in the streets, the nervous princess transfers
Kindle Edition, 87 pages
Published August 3rd 2020 by NineStar Press
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Lex Kent
4.25 Stars. This was great! First I do want to say that while I do not “know” Skye, she is a Goodreads friend of mine. Skye has been a reader/reviewer on Goodreads for years so most of us, especially if you are a part of the LGBTQ+ book reader’s corner of Goodreads, will probably know of Skye too. While I love seeing “one of us” actually get published, and I was totally rooting for her, I don’t believe I’m being biased here. I was prepared to write a critical review if warranted. Luckily, this s ...more
Skye Kilaen
UPDATE 7/12: My forthcoming novella, Glorious Day, now has a cover! See it even bigger on the NineStar Press website, now linked in the book info here. (More retail options coming soon, but if you pre-order from NSP it's on sale *and* you get it early. How cool is that?)

More in-depth content warnings can be found on my website, in case you need them:

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A bodyguard-princess f/f romance with a sci-fi setting... that I wrote. :) After 9 years and
I was sent this book as an advance copy by author for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own.

Let's not beat around the bush, I simply loved this! From the first line (very first line worthy) to the very end I loved the writing, and the main character's voice was quick to pull me into her head and into the story.

The story itself worked incredibly well as a novella, especially if you're someone who in any given moment cares more about the character and relationships than about heavy a
See Kilaen's website for content warnings.

A lot happened in this novella. I experienced a range of emotions such as concern, sadness, and joy throughout the read.

Vice-Captain Elsenna Hazen of the castle's security force is helping to overthrow the current king of Iospary. When she gets reassigned as the princess's bodyguard, the same job she had two years ago, she has no choice but to face her feelings for the crown princess. Again. She is also sure that the princess has many bedmates and does n
Colleen Corgel
Wow, this was a tightly paced, engaging novella. It feels like a snapshot of a time of upheaval and country on the brink, without needing to get into the full history of the country in question. It's quite a feat to do a huge amount of world building in just 80 or so pages (that's the page count on my e-ARC )but Kilaen pulls it off with ease. I loved how its just integrated into the plot, as we learn the important parts of what caused the unrest and the immediate effects of it. Even though Capta ...more
The first sentence of Skye Kilean’s Glorious Day sold me. The fact that it was a fast moving, thoughtful, quick read kept me.

It had been difficult that morning to fit treason in around my duties as vice-captain of the castle complex’s security forces.

Elsenna Hazen is providing information to a rebel faction and hoping an end to the current king’s rule comes swiftly. She does not expect to survive the coming coup, in whatever form it takes. The Princess throws a wrench into Vice-Captain Hazen’s p
Terri Jones
Jul 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was given an ARC of this ...novella? and this is my honest review.

What a great story. The setting is a kingdom with a spaceport. Yisss. :D

It took me some patience to get into (not the story's fault), but once in, I read it in a few well-spend hours. Great disability rep, great characters, great ending. Don't miss this one!
Emily Ozuna
Jul 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


The ARC for this novel was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

OMG the book was too exciting! Normally I don't get carried away by the synopsis of a book unless I know (from recommendations) that it is incredible but this time the synopsis and the cover completely caught me and I must say that I am very satisfied with what I read~.

You have to meet Elsenna! She is strong, committed, responsible, she is that heroine with a broken hea
Jul 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for my e-ARC.

This novella made my day. I’ve literally read it in one sitting.

Skye Kilaen’s ‘Glorious Day’ follows Elsenna as she navigates her job as a Vice-Captain Hazen, helping the rebels planning to overthrow the current King and her feelings for a princess who she hasn’t spoken to in a long time. Her regret for things she had to do as a guard and strong feelings for a person she doesn’t think she deserves are driving her actions throughout ‘Glorious D
Katia M. Davis
Aug 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up on pre-order and read it as soon as it downloaded. This was an engaging read from the first sentence, very fast paced but with enough world building packed into it to not lose clarity. In fact, I am impressed so much was fitted in to a novella without confusing the reader. In a very short space of time I cared about the POV character and their struggles. I actually think it was the first sentence that summed up how I was to feel about them. It is an excellent first sentence and ...more
I received an early copy from the author; this in no way influences my thoughts, opinions.

This is a sweet f/f romance set against a coup and political machinations. Be on the lookout for it in August!!
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read an early version of this, and I am so excited to read the final edition!! Sexy, paced well, great worldbuilding, fun with a generous helping of yearning--big fan of this sci-fi wlw romance.
ARC provide by Netgalley in exchange of a honest review.

In this book we follow Elsenna, a guard of the royalty. She is part of the rebels that are against the cruel king. There's also the princess, who elsanna is in love with but they can't stay together. Now Elsenna have to decide if she's going to be a real traitor to the crown or save the girl she loves.

Don't get me wrong, this book isn't bad. It just didn't work with me. I couldn't get attached to the characters and despite reading in like t
Disclaimer: I have voluntarily reviewed this book after receiving a free copy from the publisher via NetGalley, thank you!

I don’t usually love reading novellas, mostly because it seems to be impossible for me to fit good worldbuilding, solid plot, and appealing characters into such a small amount of pages. Novellas often leave me unsatisfied and wanting more from the world I was introduced to. However, there are exceptions.

Glorious Day has its world and plot presented in a clear way. We follow
Eric Suchyta
Jul 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
=== I received an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review ===

Glorious Day is an enjoyable, nothing-to-lose single sitting kind of novella. Nevertheless, do not mistake it as breezy and content-free. It's all-too-current, in the face of police/government resistance to protest. I thought the author made a great choice to set it in a future-seeming world. Stories of this kind are more often found in a (Medievalish) fantasy setting, but the issues at the heart of the action have not been
Romance? Intrigue? Space castle? YES.
The relationship at the center of the novel is between Elsenna, vice-captain of security, and Her Highness, the Most Glorious Born on the 13th Day of Spring, Crown Princess Banyelle Geren. There is political intrigue, a romantic past between the MCs, and some security situations. Her Highness is blind, and it is used by her opponents to oppress her and keep her guarded, when in fact she manages her life quite well on her own -- she appreciates art, fine clot
Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Glorious Day" takes some fairy-tale-ish elements – a wicked king and a scheming courtier, an innocent (at least in some ways) princess, a noble-hearted guard – adds a lot of realistic emotional complexity, gives it a futuristic veneer, queers it, and remixes it all into an unusual, slow burn FF romance (with just a dash of second-chance trope).

What I liked best about was the subtly shifting balance of what characters are capable of and what other characters assume they're capable of (physically
Ivy Brooks
Jul 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Glorious Day is an enjoyable, quick novella that you can definitely read in an afternoon. Now, although it is a quick read, that does not diminish the fact that it is packed full of content and action! When I first began reading this novella, I was anticipating it to be set in a more renaissance time period based on the synopsis, but I was pleasantly surprised that it was more modern/futuristic. It definitely focused on the political aspects that were occurring around the kingdom with the people ...more
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an Advance Reader Copy and also in the interests of full disclosure, the author and I are friends, who often critique each others' work. However I'm not in the habit of finishing books I don't like, regardless of the writer and I couldn't put this one down. Without going into too much detail, I despise spoilers, let me tell you why you should read this book.
First off, it's a f/f romance, which I've been yearning for and the world needs more of. And it's not just some fluff romance. T
Ty Kuta
This novella is the wlw sci-fi I wanted as a child and never got.

I grew up in SF/F fandom, literally teethed on Star Trek and spent many weekends at Sci-Fi/Fantasy conventions. Saw space shit everywhere, had paintings of imaged worlds and the space ports that serviced them hanging in my parent's home. I grew up dreaming of speculative worlds like this, and I can't say how meaningful it would have been to me to read something like this when I was younger, just a tiny gay who wanted to see themsel
Jul 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt, f-f, ebooks
I really enjoyed this novella and I think fans of Once & Future and Girls of Paper and Fire would really love it too! I've been dying to read an f/f princess and bodyguard book for the longest time, so when I saw this I requested it on Netgalley straight away! Although this book is very short, it is very complex - there is so much political intrigue crammed into so few pages. I did really enjoy the plot and worldbuilding in the novella but regarding the romance I feel that it could have benefite ...more
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick exciting action read. Bodyguard, princess romance. Treason, a coup and dangerous regime change.
Definitely had a GREAT surprise moment half way through. Totally unexpected and very entertaining.

Elsenna is the disenchanted vice-head of security for an awful dictator. She is also feeding intelligence to various rebel groups seeking to overthrown the regime. She has no illusions that this course of action will lead to her death, but she can no longer stand passively by while the king kills,
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you enjoy pining bodyguards, frilly badass princesses, romance novels that get a smidge violent, pining, political intrigue, high stakes, slow burn, or, have I mentioned pining? You may well need to read this book.

This was extraordinary. I absolutely loved the painstaking work the leads had to do to walk so carefully through the turmoil around them. The careful dance of learning about each other from glimpses and glances and delicate conversations. The deep bond they have by the end, built fr
Aug 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, ebooks, sff, queer
I had the pleasure of beta reading this at one point, and my review, such as it is, pertains to the beta I had. Skye assured me that the changes that came after weren't enough to change my feel for the novella.

I have read several things from Skye that are soon to be published, and each thing is different. What they all have in common are that they're well-written. With this one, I was astounded at the political plot that she managed to put into such a small space. My creative powers don't run th
Libby Kennedy
Aug 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*The author and I are friendly online and I beta read a previous version of this novel; this review is after rereading the finalized version*
Glorious Day is an atmospheric, riveting mix of sci-fi and romance. The plot, which follows the relationship between bodyguard Elsenna and the princess she’s sworn to protect, all against the backdrop of a simmering revolution, is tightly-paced, and rarely felt rushed or lacking, despite the relatively low page count. It’s perfect for reading in one sitting
Sameena Jehanzeb
Jul 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt, science-fiction
This was a short but fun read. The Princess was different, the bodyguard intriguing and I enjoyed the mix of a monarchy set in a SciFi environment. At some point one character gets hurt a lot and I feel that part was either too much or not addressed enough, because it is a loaded scenario (you know, war crimes) for an otherwise cute romance. The contrast is too stark for me and doesn't really fit together. It just set me off a bit. Still I recommend this book because it is good anyway. Esenna is ...more
Anna Galchuk
Jul 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Netgalley for sending me this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

This novella is a love story, with main character trying to overthrow the government.

Can we just mention, we get a disabled (main) character?!!! And a same sex relationship?!!! Big. Fat. YES!
While it was short, this story dealt punches left and right and I couldn't stop reading. So no need to say, I finished this in one sitting.
And it also helped that the writing style was flowingly easy and the story in itself was s
This is a good option if you’re looking for a quick sapphic sci-fi read. It’s pretty light on the sci fi - there are mentions of spaceports and other planets, but the setting of this mostly feels like if the modern US was a kingdom.

I do wish this book had stronger worldbuilding. This might just be a problem with novellas in general, but I wanted the world this takes place in and the characters to be more fleshed out. I needed a better sense of the stakes of the political upheaval at the core of
Aug 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When the King of Iospary was assassinated, the deed was deliberately planned and executed to perfection from the most unlikeliest of source.

As the story unfolds, readers get a grasp of the ruthless reign of King Geren, evident in the murder of his wife and the ordering of killings and imprisonments. Vice-Captain Elsenna, even though a part of the security force, has been quietly abetting rebels and slipping intel to aid the uprising. When she was reassigned as the Princess’s bodyguard, a positi
Erica Naone
Aug 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The romance is great, but what I’m really excited to talk about is how well thought through the concept of revolution is. This far exceeded my expectations in this way. It wasn’t just like “yay, we overcame the tyrant and everything is great now.” It was hopeful and thoughtful about what sort of work would need to be done to effect change, while also bearing in mind the emotional effects that revolution and the preceding tyranny would have on the characters. So a much deeper and more satisfying ...more
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Skye Kilaen writes queer romance, both contemporary and science fiction, that is mostly f/f or f/m with queer main characters and sometimes about polyamorous relationships. Even her contemporaries are usually at least a bit geeky. After all, she does some of her writing in her local comic book shop.

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