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@Read E-pub ¶ Beyond the Black Door é Kamai was warned never to open the black door, but she didn t listen Everyone has a soul Some are beautiful gardens, others are frightening dungeons Soulwalkers like Kamai and her mother can journey into other people s souls while they sleepBut no matter where Kamai visits, she sees the black door It follows her into every soul, and her mother has told her to never, ever open itWhen Kamai touches the door, it is warm and beating, like it has a pulse When she puts her ear to it, she hears her own name whispered from the other side And when tragedy strikes, Kamai does the unthinkable she opens the doorAM Strickland s imaginative dark fantasy features court intrigue and romance, a main character coming to terms with her asexuality, and twists and turns as a seductive mystery unfolds that endangers not just Kamai s own soul, but the entire kingdom Dark fantasy Morally grey, Slytherin characters Court intrigue Ownvoices ace rep Soulwalking Phantom of the Opera atmosphere Fancy dresses Endless castles Is there any doubt why I was intrigued by Beyond a Black DoorI simply adore the delicate way you put things How you cover the truth in softness to make it less sharp Rose blossoms over thornsFrom the very first page, I found myself transported into Kamai s world The idea of soulwalking and this haunting, forbidden Black Doo Dark fantasy Morally grey, Slytherin characters Court intrigue Ownvoices ace rep Soulwalking Phantom of the Opera atmosphere Fancy dresses Endless castles Is there any doubt why I was intrigued by Beyond a Black DoorI simply adore the delicate way you put things How you cover the truth in softness to make it less sharp Rose blossoms over thornsFrom the very first page, I found myself transported into Kamai s world The idea of soulwalking and this haunting, forbidden Black Door full of possibilities was beguiling I was drawn in instantly but as the story progressed, the plot meandered and so did my interest There was no end goal in sight We were plagued with repetitive conversations and inner dialogue that achieved nothing.There was something about this world that never made it feel real I don t know whether it was the promise of court intrigue that failed to deliver but the scale was off To explain in the vaguest of terms, the only way you can raise the stakes so high is to convince us of the consequences We need to know about this world, its people and the politics to understand the scope of the damage that could be caused by this Big Bad Thing If you have that, you give us a sense of urgency to prevent this Thing from happening Without it, you give us a shallow, underdeveloped villain with shaky motivations and no stakes Strickland didn t capture that looming dread for me I could barely envision the size of the secret societies, let alone how they operated or what threat they truly posed It really affected my investment.It properly shocked me, though I never knew what was going to come next, which I say with an abnormal amount of enthusiasm because my brain has zero chill and always guesses the ending Always.I also loved the world building While I wantedfrom certain aspects, the way that everything tied together through this world s religion was brilliant It added so much detail and little moments that helped develop my understanding of the characters And there was something so damn beautiful about it I would love a Language of Thorns style book about it I think Strickland s writing would work wonders for that.Also, the characters I loved Kamai and Kihan and Zereni, simple and plain as that Their banter friendships absolutely made this story for me but the romance was Yikes Oh boy When I first heard villain romance, I came running but as the story progressed, I kind of assumed Kihan was going to be the love interest and forgot about it I shouldn t have because I was not prepared for what was delivered Here s the thing, for me villian romance does not equal romanticised abuse I know there are people out there who legitimately ship Alina x the Darkling but I m not here for that dynamic At all I enjoy reading about villains, sure, but I don t enjoy reading about abusive, creepy men grooming a child so I ll leave it at that.I genuinely thought Kihan was going to be the love interest and I was a tad hesitant about that even Kamai is a month or so underage when they met and Kihan is her bodyguard but I would much prefer to read about that kind of taboo romance.However, all of that was mostly saved by way Strickland tackled sexuality and gender It was difficult to read about characters working through their internalised acemisia for sure but it was wonderfully done The emphasis placed on allowing yourself the time to come out to yourself and the importance of surrounding yourself with supportive people was impeccableI raised my chin, refusing to feel ashamed acknowledgement and support had already changed something within me I felt stronger, lighter brighter Like a new moon floating in the sky, cloaked in secretive darkness, but with a glowing core Not empty Not broken Whole and wholly myselfI have never read about a trans character who purposefully uses incorrect pronouns because they are not ready to come out yet It was difficult to see Kihan being misgendered but I also believe it is incredibly important to have different experiences and all walks of life represented A.M Strickland talkedabout their decision to write Kihan s journey this way in a Twitter thread.There is something about Strickland s writing that felt like being read a fairytale She made it feel like Kamai s journey was now a legend being retold as a bedtime story It created this lush, magical atmosphere cloaked with an irresistible eeriness but it also disconnected me from the characters I never felt like I was living the story alongside Kamai I found myself upsettingly disengaged.Overall There were aspects of Beyond the Black Door that I adored and aspects I rather disliked The entire book played a tug of war with my emotions I was put off by the writing style and the romance almost got to me, but it was ultimately the characters and the ornate world building that made me adore it so If you re looking for a queer fantasy this spooky season, look no furtherSteel in someone s hand can be used for good or ill it is not for the blacksmith to decide He creates the weapon, not what is done with itTrigger warnings for view spoiler ableist language, internalised acemisia central theme , transmisia, queermisia, misgendering, misogyny, sex worker shaming, sexual harassment, sex work underaged sex work discussed, emotional abuse, cheating, anxiety attack, nightmares, suicide attempt, suicide self immolation discussed, alcohol consumption, drugging w o consent, pregnancy due to partner s manipulation of birth control w o consent, blood depiction, grief depiction, death of a mother op , death of a stepfather, murder, attempted murder, stabbing, knife violence, strangulation, kidnapping, fire, and imprisonment mentioned hide spoiler Representation Kamai mc is demi biromantic ace Vehyn li is ace Kalin sc is trans ace Zereni sc is gay poc Hallan Razim scs are poc queer poc scs Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review Please note that this review uses quotes taken from an uncorrected proof copy subject to change Blog Twitter Instagram The Book Depository As soon as I read the blurb and saw the amazing cover, I clicked to request and when I saw it on my dashboard, I thanked my lucky stars and wore my dancing shoes to perform a scene from singing in the rain but I forgot I was living in LA and it rarely rains here but I kept on dancing I think I created to shine the dark objects and show its beauty by sharing my long and appreciative sentences When it comes something dark, twisty, edgy, my ascendant sign Scorpio takes the front seat to drive me As soon as I read the blurb and saw the amazing cover, I clicked to request and when I saw it on my dashboard, I thanked my lucky stars and wore my dancing shoes to perform a scene from singing in the rain but I forgot I was living in LA and it rarely rains here but I kept on dancing I think I created to shine the dark objects and show its beauty by sharing my long and appreciative sentences When it comes something dark, twisty, edgy, my ascendant sign Scorpio takes the front seat to drive me to the dark side of the moon because I really entertain too much of disturbing, nerve bending stories instead of showing some frustration or nervous reaction But you know the feeling you get too excited about something but it may drive you up the wall with disappointment because you didn t get what you highly expected This is what happened to me after reading this book I had some questions on my mind about queer rep because the characters seemed like developed a little haphazardly, artificially It gave me the feeling the author wanted to take the attention of the readers by choosing an asexual heroine which had also grabbed my attention to read this book because I wanted to see attributes, characteristic virtues and I was curious how the author reflected the POV of character s own sexuality and interaction with others but it seemed like the author didn t study her lesson well before writing this story and the situations, relationship dynamics between her characters which were a little dull, flat and awkward for me to digest it properly It reminded me of high school plays with low budget production or no budget Mythological part was nice touch and I wanted to readabout those parts captured my all attention and maybe I gave my all points to those parts but it didn t save the whole development The relationship dynamics and description, back stories of characters didn t work for me I understood the reasoning behind them but I still have my own confusions I liked to read diversity stories which gives mehope and joy to see people in our modern world learn to respect each other s differences and respect their bravery because we have every right to choose who we are and everybody should bemoderate and supportive each other s free expressions and opinions Maybe this story didn t work for me but I m hopeful I m gonna read much better ones because too many brilliant debut authors are about to release their new works And I know I will find my best diverse fantasy book sooner than I expected I already purchased Gideon the Ninth and so excited to devour it with one bite actually it will takebites because this book is also too long but slow burn fantasy stories always fit well with me, I have enough bottles of Chardonnay to enjoy myself Special thanks to NetGalley and Imprint for sharing me this ARC COPY in exchange my honest review Please do not let my 3 star rating dissuade you from picking up this book, because Beyond the Black Door has a multitude of remarkable aspects going for it The atmosphere is dreamy and lush, and honestly Strickland is a knockout at creating a setting that comes to life Could get lost in her dreamy world 10 10 times My issues were personal, not objective, and lie within the author s choice to dotelling than showing when it comes to the world building and initial story setup The plot i Please do not let my 3 star rating dissuade you from picking up this book, because Beyond the Black Door has a multitude of remarkable aspects going for it The atmosphere is dreamy and lush, and honestly Strickland is a knockout at creating a setting that comes to life Could get lost in her dreamy world 10 10 times My issues were personal, not objective, and lie within the author s choice to dotelling than showing when it comes to the world building and initial story setup The plot is unique and riveting, and I think the representation here is SO important, which makes me so grateful that the author chose to put pen to paper and create visibility for a part of the queer spectrum that is still heavily overshadowed If you are looking for a fantasy that is equal parts gentle intimacy and powerful self discovery, please give Beyond the Black Door a chance this fallMany thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy via NetGalley. Hey all Now that the cover is out in the wild, I figured I d share a bitinsider info about BEYOND THE BLACK DOOR This is a YA dark fantasy with court intrigue, assassinations, fancy dresses, twisty romance, evil love interests, a fair bit of blood, and cool stuff like bottomless staircases in endless dark castles It should appeal to fans of Beauty and the Beast retellings though it s not a retelling, itself , Phantom of the Opera, and Labyrinth Also, there are lots of queer characters Hey all Now that the cover is out in the wild, I figured I d share a bitinsider info about BEYOND THE BLACK DOOR This is a YA dark fantasy with court intrigue, assassinations, fancy dresses, twisty romance, evil love interests, a fair bit of blood, and cool stuff like bottomless staircases in endless dark castles It should appeal to fans of Beauty and the Beast retellings though it s not a retelling, itself , Phantom of the Opera, and Labyrinth Also, there are lots of queer characters a demi biromantic asexual main character, an ace love interest, and ace trans and gay side characters Also, it has specifically ace romance Since this book is fairly dark and twisted, it may come as no surprise that there are some content warnings that come with it also, here is your warning for the mild spoilers that may follow CWs regarding the queer content Some internalized acephobia that the MC works through specifically that she s not normal , but that is resolved on the page The asexual MC forces herself into a sexual situation because she thinks she has to she stops it before it goes very far, but still, it s there Not a forced outing of the MC as ace, per se, but she is put on the spot for sure before she comes out though it s a relief for her after, if that helps Some misgendering of a trans character who hasn t yet switched pronouns and is working to get to that pointon that choice here CWs regarding emotional or physical violence harm Emotionally abusive manipulative romantic relationships though the emotional abuse manipulation is in most cases called out Attempted self harm suicide a noble sacrifice attempt that fails with no physical harm done, but again, it s there Lots o physical violence in general people getting stabbed to death, kidnapped, hit, etc Birth control manipulation of a partner neither party being the MC that results in a pregnancyIf this strikes you as too much, I understand it s not going to be for everyone I essentially wrote this book for my 16 year old self I sought out dark and twisty content as a teen, especially with dark and twisty relationships, and it would have been great if some of that stuff addressed the issues I was going through BTBD is what I wish I had then So, despite all the content warnings, I hope the book helps, not hurts or at least entertains but first and foremost, please take care of yourselves