Her Pitiless Command

The city-state Sirapirat once knew only warmth and monsoon. When the Winter Queen conquered it, she remade the land in her image, turning Sirapirat into a country of snow and unending frost. But an empire is not her only goal. In secret, she seeks the fragments of a mirror whose power will grant her deepest desire.

At her right hand is General Lussadh, who bears a mirror shard in her heart, as loyal to winter as she is plagued by her past as a traitor to her country. Tasked with locating other glass-bearers, she finds one in Nuawa, an insurgent who’s forged herself into a weapon that will strike down the queen.

To earn her place in the queen’s army, Nuawa must enter a deadly tournament where the losers’ souls are given in service to winter. To free Sirapirat, she is prepared to make sacrifices: those she loves, herself, and the complicated bond slowly forming between her and Lussadh.

If the splinter of glass in Nuawa’s heart doesn’t destroy her first.

Her Pitiless Command (Apex Publications) is a lesbian epic fantasy loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen’s ‘The Snow Queen’, set in a secondary-world Southeast Asia analogue.

Winterglass: Purchase from Apex or Amazon. Also available on KoboiBooks, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords.

Winter’s Mercy (free prequel short story that collects in-universe myths about the Winter Queen)

Mirrorstrike: Purchase from Apex or Amazon. Also available on KoboBarnes and Noble and Google Play.

Shattersteel: Purchase from Apex or Amazon. Also available on Kobo and Barnes and Noble.

A fairy tale, beautiful like an ice crystal, and razor sharp. – Silvia Moreno-Garcia, author of Mexican Gothic

Winterglass is rich with diamondine prose, a scintillant retelling of the Ice Queen that challenges Occidental aesthetics, colonial mentality, and personal identity. – Cassandra Khaw, author of Hammers on Bone, British Fantasy Association and Locus Award nominee

An exquisite gem of a novella. Politics, relationships, and combat presented as a matryoshka, the beauty of which is there’s no easy way of telling which shells are within which. Sriduangkaew’s sensuous metaphors and elegant imagery are never less than a pleasure to read. Thoroughly recommended. – Jonathan L. Howard, author of Johannes Cabal the Necromancer 

Content notes

  • Childhood trauma and parental death. The novella begins with one of the protagonists as a small child walking to her execution; one of her mothers dies. (Execution is non-graphic and involves bloodless removal of soul from body.)
  • Graphic sex. Fully consensual; no instance of sexual assault occurs in this book.
  • References to homophobia. No primary character experiences homophobia or transphobia. However, there is a reference to nameless characters who fled their homophobic society to come live in the country in which the book takes place.