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.
Winterglass (Apex Publications) is a lesbian epic/weird fantasy loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen’s ‘The Snow Queen’, set in a secondary-world Southeast Asia analogue. Out December 2017.
A fairy tale, beautiful like an ice crystal, and razor sharp. – Silvia Moreno-Garcia, World Fantasy Award-winning editor of She Walks in Shadows and author of Locus-nominated, Sunburst-nominated Certain Dark Things
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