I Can’t Wait For…A Taste of Gold and Iron by Alexandra Rowland

Posted 3rd November 2021 by Siavahda in Can't-Wait Wednesday / 0 Comments

Can’t-Wait Wednesdayis a weekly meme hosted over at Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about but haven’t yet read. Most of the time they’re books that have yet to be released, but not always. It’s based on the Waiting on Wednesday meme, which was originally hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine

This week my Can’t-Wait-For is A Taste of Gold and Iron by Alexandra Rowland!

Cover art by Martina Fačková
A Taste of Gold and Iron by Alexandra Rowland
Published on: 21st June 2022
Genres: Fantasy, Queer Protagonists

Kadou, the shy prince of Arasht, finds himself at odds with one of the most powerful ambassadors at court—the body-father of the queen’s new child—in an altercation which results in his humiliation.

To prove his loyalty to the queen, his sister, Kadou takes responsibility for the investigation of a break-in at one of their guilds, with the help of his newly appointed bodyguard, the coldly handsome Evemer, who seems to tolerate him at best. In Arasht, where princes can touch-taste precious metals with their fingers and myth runs side by side with history, counterfeiting is heresy, and the conspiracy they discover could cripple the kingdom’s financial standing and bring about its ruin.

I was an ardent follower of Rowland’s even before they published their first book, A Conspiracy of Truths – they’re a fun and on-point blogger and I heartily recommend following them – but Conspiracy absolutely put them on my auto-buy list! So I would be grabbing a copy of A Taste of Gold and Iron even if all we knew about it was who wrote it – but we do know more, and all of it sounds incredible!

Like, pure wonderful wish-fulfilment. I love, love, LOVE it when authors use AO3 tags to describe their books, and Rowland’s tags for Taste are enough to make me go heart-eyes;

  • exquisitely beautiful prince/hot stoic bodyguard
  • chronic anxiety
  • oaths of fealty
  • washing each other’s hair and talking about ethics
  • found family
  • what we owe each other
  • enemies-to-lovers
  • kissing to avert suspicion
  • hurt/comfort
  • slow burn
  • there’s only one bed

All of that on top of a really unique magical ability, a queernorm setting, and Rowland’s fantastic prose? I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS. SO MUCH.

(And EXCUSE ME??? THAT COVER??? There is such a thing as too gorgeous, you know!!!)

I already have my copy preordered, and so should you – but if June feels like it’s too far away, you’ve got Rowland’s other books to catch up on while you wait!

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