In case you missed it on the Alanna post, the Non-Binary Book Club continues with Book 2 of Song of the Lioness: In the Hand of the Goddess (1984). (Click here if you missed our intro to or discussion of Book 1.)
What’s the Non-Binary Book Club?
Our focus is on books (and media) about characters with non-binary sexualities, gender identities, or gender expressions. That is, characters who are bi/pansexual/queer-identified, or whose gender expression or identity is not strongly fixed to the gender binary (may include agender, transgender, gender-nonconforming, gendervariant, genderfluid, intersex [as identity], non-binary, genderqueer, et al.). We tend to read speculative fiction novels (as opposed to non-fiction, including autobiographies), but other genre fiction, graphic novels, comics, and short stories may be on our list.
In the Hand of the Goddess
Alanna, disguised as a boy, becomes a squire to none other than the heir to the throne. Prince Jonathan is not only Alanna’s liege lord, he is also her best friend—and one of the few who knows the secret of her true identity. But when a vicious sorcerer threatens the prince’s life, it will take all of Alanna’s skill, strength, and magical power to protect him, even at the risk of surrendering her dreams…
We’re shifting from the “in disguise” portion of this book to the “coming out” portion–I maintain the best non-binary action happens in Books 3-4, but get ready for sword-fighting, feminist burns, binders, and sorcery!
The club reconvenes at the Dancing Dove (read: here) on Aug. 1!