For my theme, I'm going with a little author/title alliteration.
Today's challenge post is brought to you by the letter I, as in Ice Song by Kirsten Imani Kasai. Okay, so it's a bit of a cheat, since Imani is her middle name, but it works. Ice Song is one of those long-lingering titles from my TBR pile. Rather than try to explain the appeal, take a gander at the opening (and this is just the opening, mind you) paragraph of the cover blurb:
Sorykah Minuit is a scholar, an engineer, and the sole woman aboard an ice-drilling submarine in the frozen land of the Sigue. What no one knows is that she is also a Trader: one who can switch genders suddenly, a rare corporeal deviance universally met with fascination and superstition and all too often punished by harassment or death.
So, we have a very dark fantasy set in a world of environmental degradation and genetic mutation, with ice-drilling submarines, and heroes/heroines who can shift gender at will. I like originality in my reading, and I can definitely say I've never read a fantasy quite like this.
To borrow an idea from several bloggers I've been visiting on the challenge, I've included a little musical accompaniment for the day, courtesy of Iron Maiden. There are so many songs I could have chosen from, but I've gotta go with the highlight of their '88 concept album, Can I Play With Madness - a killer track, with an awesome video.
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