Ember and Ash

Author: 
Pamela Freeman
Blurb: 
Two peoples have been fighting over the same land for a thousand years. Invaders crushed the original inhabitants, and ancient powers have reluctantly given way to newer magics. But Ember was to change all this with a wedding to bind these warring people together - until her future goes up in flames. Ember's husband-to-be is murdered by a vengeful elemental god, who sees peace as a breach of faith. Set on retribution, she enlists the help of Ash, son of a seer. Together they will pit themselves against elementals of fire and ice in a last attempt to end the conflicts that have scarred their past. They must look to the present, as old furies are waking to violence and are eager to reclaim their people.
Representation
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Female protagonist: 
Yes
Protagonist of Colour: 
Yes
Queer relationship: 
Yes
Disabled protagonist: 
No
Publication
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Publishing date: 
2011
ISBN: 
9781841498270
Publisher: 
Orbit Books
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This is a really charming story: mythological in scope but also all about the minutiae of life in a pre-technological world. Babies are named after the first thing their mother sees after the birth; nature governs life. The magic the blurb talks about is a practical tool for everyday life, not a swords-and-sorcery-esque claim to fame or glory.

Lots of the book's about Ember - the main female character - paying lots of attention to her sexuality in the wake of her fiance's death, and about women's sexuality in their patriarchical world. And although the main character and foreground relationships are het, there's two different lesbian couples in the background, and they're both super charming and adorable.

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