Book Review – Sworn to the Night

I don’t really read a lot of specifically lgbt fiction, but I felt compelled to write my first ever review for this blog and this particular writer with his latest and greatest because it features two women as the main players in this drama.

The author is Craig Schaefer and I discovered him quite by happy accident through BookBub. I don’t consider myself a fan of dark urban fantasy, what Mr Schaefer writes, but I am a HUGE fan of his. He has three full series and this book that I’m reviewing is Book 1 of a trilogy. My first introduction to Mr Schaefer’s writing was his book titled Harmony Black about an FBI agent who works for a super secret branch of the FBI battling more than just the average criminal syndicate.

I’m not sure what I can say about Craig Schaefer that hasn’t already been said a hundredfold. His writing is action packed, concise and the plot is constantly in motion. Just when you think some tangent is going to be irrelevant, he brings it all right back to the main plot with envious ease. He is the sort of writer I wish I could be. He’s the sort of writer whose books are hard to put down.

Amazon summarizes Sworn to the Night best:

Marie Reinhart is an NYPD detective on the trail of a serial killer. When she sleeps, though, she dreams of other lives; she dreams of being a knight, in strange wars and strange worlds. On the other side of the city, Nessa Roth is a college professor trapped in a loveless marriage, an unwilling prop in a political dynasty. She’s also a fledgling witch, weaving poppets and tiny spells behind closed doors.

When Marie’s case draws her into Nessa’s path, sparks fly. What comes next is more than a furtive whirlwind affair; it’s the first pebbles of an avalanche. Nessa and Marie are the victims of a curse that has pursued them across countless lifetimes; a doom designed to trap them in a twisted living fairy tale, with their romance fated to end in misery and death.

They aren’t going out without a fight. As they race to uncover the truth, forces are in motion across the country. In Las Vegas, a professional thief is sent on a deadly heist. In a Detroit back alley, witches gather under the guidance of a mysterious woman in red. Just outside New York, an abandoned zoo becomes the hunting-ground for servants of a savage and alien king. The occult underground is taking sides and forming lines of battle. Time is running out, and Nessa and Marie have one chance to save themselves, break the curse, and demand justice.

This time, they’re writing their own ending.

The best part of all of Craig Schaefer’s writing is that he doesn’t shy away from including lgbt characters. All of his characters – even those of the underworld – have some aspect that I think anyone can identify with.

If you love dark urban fantasy novels, I cannot recommend any of Mr Schaefer’s books enough. You won’t be disappointed. He is a master storyteller and a extraordinarily gifted one. Still unsure if these books are for you? He’s got a short story on his website so you can get a taste of his style: Drive.


Stonewall Revisited

I recently discovered a podcast series to listen to here at work, which makes the time go by faster. It’s about New York City history, but as I’m a lover of history, I find it fascinating. These two guys – Greg and Tom – are fantastic in their thoroughness of research, finding photos to go along with a lot of the information they provide. The format is conversational and I really feel they do each subject justice. They also have regular blog entries without a podcast that also give a lot of historical information about various sites around this massive city. If they talk about a particular neighborhood, you’re given the history from the time of the Dutch settlement all the way to today. Today I’m listening to a follow up podcast on something they did in 2008 about the Stonewall Inn and the Stonewall Riots so I thought something like that should be known and remembered by all in the LGBT community and those who support us.

Revisiting the Stonewall Riots: The Evolving Legacy of a Violent Night


What if the gunman was deep in the closet?

I’d really like to hear the opinions of any who follow this blog. What are your thoughts if it turns out the gunman was a closeted gay man? Does it change how we should approach this? Please share your thoughts.

More and more I’m thinking he was deep in the closet.

What happens when it’s revealed that the man who killed 49 queer people — most of them queer people of color — and wounded 53 others at a queer nightclub might have been a longtime patron of that club and that he was spotted on gay sex apps?

One of the most horrific and heartbreaking moments in modern American history threatens to become even more horrific and heartbreaking.

Suddenly, instead of simply (or not so simply) blaming the mass shooting on a dizzyingly noxious cocktail of hate, extremism, mental illness and offensively lax gun laws, we now must also grapple with the gruesome and all-too-familiar specter of internalized homophobia materializing to haunt this tragedy.

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