The Pyramid Waltz
To most, Princess Katya Nar Umbriel is a rogue and a layabout; she parties, she hunts and she breaks women’s hearts. But when the festival lights go down and the palace slumbers, Katya chases traitors to the crown and protects the kingdom’s greatest secret: the royal Umbriels are part Fiend. When Katya thwarts an attempt to expose the king’s monstrous side, she uncovers a plot to let the Fiends out to play.
Starbride has no interest in being a courtier. Ignoring her mother’s order to snare an influential spouse, she comes to court only to study law. But a flirtatious rake of a princess proves hard to resist, and Starbride is pulled into a world of secrets that leaves little room for honesty or love, a world neither woman may survive.
Reviews for The Pyramid Waltz
“The mystery of who is trying to undermine the royals and let loose the terrible Yanchasa…weaves intrigue…amid the heartwarming blossoming romance between the princess and the courtier.
“…Wright…includes characters who are charming… along with a classic love story to be savored by the romantic in us all.
“…a healthy dose of a very creative, yet believable, world into which the reader will step to find enjoyment and heart-thumping action. It’s a fiendishly delightful tale.”
“Barbara Ann Wright is a master when it comes to crafting a solid and entertaining fantasy novel.
“The world of lesbian literature has a small handful of high-quality fantasy authors, and Barbara Ann Wright is well on her way…
“Lovers of the fantasy and futuristic genre will likely adore this novel, and adventurous romance fans should find plenty to sink their teeth into.”
“The Pyramid Waltz has had me smiling for three days.
“I also haven’t actually read…a world that is entirely unfazed by homosexuality or female power before. I think I love it.
“I’m just delighted this book exists.”
Winner of the 2013 Rainbow Award for Best Lesbian Fantasy. Also one of Tor.com’s Reviewer’s Choice books of 2012 and a 2012 Foreword Review Book of the Year Award Finalist as well as a Golden Crown Award finalist. One of Book Riot’s 100 Must-Read Sci-Fi Fantasy Novels By Female Authors. Listed on Autostraddle as one of the 100 Best Lesbian Fiction Books of All Time.
For Want of a Fiend
Princess Katya Nar Umbriel’s uncle Roland rose from the grave, kidnapped her cousin, and stripped her of her greatest weapon—her Fiendish power. Without her Fiend, Katya doubts her ability to weather the storm her uncle is brewing. When she lacks what even the children in her family possess, can she even call herself an Umbriel?
In only a short time, Starbride has become the princess consort, a pyradisté, and a member of a secret order in charge of protecting the crown. Even steeped in responsibility, she’s still an outsider. While wading through court intrigue and resisting schemes to break her bond with Katya, Starbride must prepare for a covert war. Roland is waiting, watching, ready for any chink in their armor, and he doesn’t care who knows their secrets.
Reviews for For Want of a Fiend
“Their evolving relationship continues to be one of the loveliest things about these books
“I love seeing a passionate, adoring romantic relationship flanked by friendships…of different weights and colors.
If you enjoyed The Pyramid Waltz, For Want of a Fiend is the perfect next step…you’d be embarking on a joyous, funny, sweet and madcap ride around very dark things lovingly told, with characters who will stay with you for months after.”
“I like Wright’s characters, and the central conceit of a noble royal family needing to keep a demon at the heart of their realm bound… it’s appealing.”
“My favorite characters returned, and they’re even MORE amazing in this book than they are in the first, if possible.
“I cannot wait for the next book…I know it’ll be well worth any way I must endure because Barbara Ann Wright’s books just keep getting better and better!”
“This book will keep you turning the page to find out the answers.
“Fans of the fantasy genre will really enjoy this installment of the story. We can’t wait for the next book.”
A Kingdom Lost
Princess Katya Nar Umbriel has little left to lose. Her uncle Roland took her home, scattered her family, and forced her to abandon Starbride, her dearest love. Slim hopes and righteous anger carry Katya into Starbride’s homeland to raise an army and take back all that was stolen from her.
Starbride never dreamed she’d lead a pack of foreign rebels against a Fiendish usurper. She holds the capital city out of love, denying any rumor of Katya’s death. As the two strive toward each other, Roland dogs their every step, loosing Fiend-filled corpses on Katya’s army and hypnotizing the capital’s citizens into hunting Starbride down. If they ever meet again, it’ll be over his dead body.
Reviews for A Kingdom Lost
“It’s a series I’m really enjoying… Will anyone survive? I’ll be tuning in next year to find out…”
“The setting and the world of the story are nicely original… There’s something touching about the way each character explores the home of the other… they’re learning about one another’s childhoods and culture and history. Barbara Wright makes it clear they are one another’s motivations, and that they’ve learnt from and inspired one another. It’s adorable, and very refreshing for me…”
The Fiend Queen
Within the walls of her palace, Princess Katya’s best friend lies at her feet, close to death. Her pyradisté is overwhelmed by some mysterious power, and her former lady-in-waiting has stabbed her in the back. Wounded and nearly alone, Katya must find a way to sabotage the magic of her Fiendish uncle Roland, or those who fight for the capitol will be overwhelmed by hypnotized guards and Fiend-filled corpses.
Starbride’s pain is nearly overwhelming. The agony inside her only lessens when she satisfies a strange new desire to hurt those around her. She may hold the key to banishing Fiendish power from Farraday, but only by using it herself. Together, Katya and Starbride must make a final desperate push to take back the kingdom, but even if they survive, can the strength of their love keep them from madness? After all, fighting evil with evil has its consequences.
Reviews for The Fiend Queen
“This series is fantastic. There’s no other way to say it. It falls in the epic fantasy genre, but the books are short, quick reads and there are only four of them (boohoo!). Instead of having a roll of hundreds of characters, Barbara Wright focuses on a few stellar ones, to good effect. I fell in love with the side characters as much as the protagonists. The worst thing about reading The Fiend Queen (book #4) was finishing the series.”
“Wow. What a magnificent book. …It’s been an honor to read your work.”
— A Rainbow Awards Judge
Thrall: Beyond Gold and Glory
Like heroes from an ancient tale, Aesa and Maeve plan to raid foreign shores, claiming gold and glory for their homeland. Young and in love, neither considers what will happen if one is chosen to be a warrior and the other is left behind.
On a mist-shrouded island, Aesa meets Ell, a woman enslaved by an insidious curse. Maeve walks the path of dark magic and finds Laret, a woman well acquainted with pain. Together, they must break the magic surrounding Ell, an act that will force them to choose between their dreams, their homes, and the women they love.
Reviews for Thrall: Beyond Gold and Glory
“The characters were likable, the issues complex, and the battles were exciting. I really enjoyed this book and I highly recommend it.”
“Aside from Aesa and Maeve, who are both strong women who want to do what’s right, there’s another great character in THRALL. Laret is the first transgender woman I’ve read in fantasy, and she stole the book for me.”
“…incidents and betrayals run rampant in this world, and Wright’s style successfully kept me on my toes, navigating the shifting alliances… This is a story of finding one’s path where you would least expect it. It is full of bloodthirsty battles and witty repartee…which gave it a nice balanced focus…
This was the first Barbara Ann Wright novel I’ve read, and I doubt it will be the last. Her dialogue was concise and natural, and she built a fantastical world that I easily imagined from one scene to the next. Lovers of Vikings, monsters and magic won’t be disappointed by this one.”
Paladins of the Storm Lord
Surrounded by dead crewmates, marooned above an unknown planet, the bridge crew of the Atlas awakens from a crash with extraordinary mental abilities. When their most powerful member jettisons their passengers to the planet below, they have an unprecedented opportunity: they can become gods.
Two hundred years later, Lieutenant Cordelia Ross is a paladin serving the Storm Lord, her city’s patron deity. Her faith is absolute until her people are attacked by a native species, harmless creatures turned devious by an unknown hand. Cordelia tries to solve the mystery of their development before they kill anyone else, but the secrets surrounding them are too deep. As orders from the Storm Lord begin to value obedience over integrity, Cordelia wonders whose side her god is really on.
A Godfall novel, book one.
Reviews for Paladins of the Storm Lord
“…fun and fast and entertaining…”
“This was a truly enjoyable read… I would definitely pick up the next book. …the mad dash at the end kept me riveted. I would definitely recommend this book for anyone who has a love of sci-fi.”
“An intricate…novel[,] one that can be appreciated at many levels, adventurous sci fi or one that is politically motivated with a very astute look at present day human behaviour. …There are many levels to this extraordinary and well written book …overall a fascinating and intriguing book.”
“…my favorite of the author’s books that I’ve read. …I’d definitely pick up the next in the sequel to see where things progress.”
“I loved this. The set up with a colony ship experiencing a disaster and the survivors developing God-like powers was quickly and effectively drawn, with the politics and interplay of those on the ship excellently established.
The world that the Paladins inhabited was fascinating…
Simon Lazlo was a fascinatingly flawed character who knows that what he has done is wrong, but at the same time is still proud of the positive achievements of his work.
…didn’t want to put this down until I knew what happened. I’ll be looking for more of Barbara Ann Wright’s books.”
Widows of the Sun-Moon
Naos is bored. Alone in space, life should be idyllic. No more random thoughts intruding on her brain; no bodies clogging her senses. But what is there to do besides stare at the planet below and wonder what it would feel like to be Calamity’s only god?
War between the other gods shouldn’t be too hard to start. The Storm Lord has a bad temper, and after being abandoned by Simon Lazlo, source of immortality, he’s easy to provoke. And the Sun-Moon live closely with Calamity’s plains-dwelling people and their new neighbors, a pack of humans and aliens led by the intriguing ex-soldier Cordelia Ross. With a plague ravaging their numbers, it will be easy to set them at each other’s throats.
A little war, a bit of death, and the chance to be Calamity’s only deity? It’s a game to keep even the most fickle goddess entertained.
A Godfall novel, book two.
Cressida loves Greek mythology, tales of gods and monsters, but she knows they aren’t real no matter how awesome it would be to meet the beautiful women of myth. When her aunt June disappears, Cressida realizes the other members of her family aren’t so rational. June’s notes point to a possible entrance to the fabled Underworld before they cut off completely.
Following June’s footsteps leads Cressida into a world she knew only as legend, a place of marvels and danger, where the living are highly prized by the dead. Desperate, Cressida turns to Medusa, a demigoddess who’s been maligned by myth, but everything in the Underworld comes with a price. Medusa is more than willing to help find June, and all it will cost Cressida is one little murder.
Reviews for Coils
“…it was the cover that caught my eye and made me say ‘Self, you must check out the blurb for this one and hope you want to read it because damn, that cover is awesome.’ Okay, Greek myths, gods and monsters and a trip to the Underworld. Sign me up.
“Major delighted bonus points… So a good start, great Greek myth action and a late blooming romance that flowers in the end…”
“A unique take on the Greek gods and the afterlife make this a memorable book. The story is fun with just the right amount of camp. Medusa is a hot, if unexpected, love interest… A truly unexpected ending has us hoping for more stories from this world.”
House of Fate
Judit has one duty: to guard the chosen one, he who will unite two warring, star-spanning houses in marriage. Simple, if she wasn’t already in love with the bride-to-be. As far as anyone knows, Annika has been raised to be the perfect bride and future matriarch. Secretly, she’s an assassin ordered to usurp the chosen one’s mind and kill anyone who gets in her way.
When the political landscape shifts, murders and abductions threaten to tear the galaxy apart. Judit and Annika race to uncover the source of the strife. It must be someone powerful and bold enough to risk throwing whole star systems into ruin, someone who could change destinies and bring two lovers together, if they survive.
Amor and More: Love Everafter
Passion, lust, and desire don’t have to end with “I do”…
Rediscover favorite couples as Bold Strokes Books authors reveal glimpses of life and love beyond the honeymoon in short stories featuring main characters from favorite BSB novels. New tales of eros, romance, and adventure from the boldest and the best!
Featuring a new Katya and Starbride story.