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A Strange and Stubborn Endurance

(2022)
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“Many a reader longing for a sense of homecoming in the realm of romantic fantasy will find it in A Strange and Stubborn Endurance.”—Jacqueline Carey

“Stolen me? As soon to say a caged bird can be stolen by the sky.”

Velasin vin Aaro never planned to marry at all, let alone a girl from neighboring Tithena. When an ugly confrontation reveals his preference for men, Vel fears he’s ruined the diplomatic union before it can even begin. But while his family is ready to disown him, the Tithenai envoy has a different solution: for Vel to marry his former intended’s brother instead.

Caethari Aeduria always knew he might end up in a political marriage, but his sudden betrothal to a man from Ralia, where such relationships are forbidden, comes as a shock.

With an unknown faction willing to kill to end their new alliance, Vel and Cae have no choice but to trust each other. Survival is one thing, but love—as both will learn—is quite another.

Byzantine politics, lush sexual energy, and a queer love story that is by turns sweet and sultry, Foz Meadows'
A Strange and Stubborn Endurance is an exploration of gender, identity, and self-worth. It is a book that will live in your heart long after you turn the last page.

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Genre: Fantasy

Praise for this book

"Blending intrigue and queer romance, A Strange and Stubborn Endurance stitches together two cultures and re-embroiders gender conventions. Meadows combines the personal and political through an elegant voice, and finds time for tender moments of healing." - E J Beaton

"Gorgeous romance, a slick murder mystery, and a political thriller all rolled into one, with characters you quickly grow to love and root for. Most of all, it's a novel about learning to accept oneself, whatever may have been done to you." - Mike Brooks

"Many a reader longing for a sense of homecoming in the realm of romantic fantasy will find it in A Strange and Stubborn Endurance." - Jacqueline Carey

"An engrossing political intrigue and romance set in a world that feels complex and lived-in; beautifully realised and a pleasure to read!" - Sam Hawke

"I flew through this book and enjoyed every page of the journey...I loved that this was a gripping political fantasy, but I loved even more that it was wrapped around a stubbornly kindhearted romance." - Freya Marske

"A complete joy to read. From the love story, to the slow healing of the main character, to the intricate mystery of the plot, Meadows has constructed a world to get lost in and this is a book to savour." - Everina Maxwell

"A Strange and Stubborn Endurance blends beautiful prose with a richly imagined world, but it's the raw, real emotional stakes that kept me turning the pages. A smart and sensitive read!" - Rowenna Miller

"A satisfying balance of romance and action, with political intrigue that is both elaborate and plausible and rich, fascinating worldbuilding." - Malka Older

"A heartfelt, meticulously observed romance, a page-turning mystery, and a world that feels real enough to live in." - H G Parry

"A very human story, and an unabashed love story, it nonetheless deals with issues around power, parental neglect (or at least ignorance), cruelty, and ambition in a way that never feels forced or supplemental to the main characters as they navigate arranged marriage and a traumatic past." - Anna Stephens

"A Strange and Stubborn Endurance is a book of nuance, passion, and insight, and effectively showcases Foz Meadows' talents." - Juliette Wade

"An absolute delight! A perfect balance of romance, fantasy politics, and a truly sinister murder plot. It put me in mind of The Goblin Emperor (earnest but wounded lead characters you can't help rooting for) and Winter's Orbit (queer marriage of convenience with deep sff politics)." - Olivia Waite


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