The Hidden King (The Coming of Áed #1) by E.G. Radcliff

Indie Ink Awards 2022 Nominee: Writing the Future We Need: LGBTQ+ Representation
Indie Ink Awards 2022 Nominee: Best Debut
Indie Ink Awards 2022 Nominee: Best Villain
Indie Ink Awards 2022 Nominee: Best Morally Gray Character
Indie Ink Awards 2022 Nominee: Best Use of Tropes
Indie Ink Awards 2022 Nominee: Shadiest Character
Indie Ink Awards 2022 Nominee: Best Book Cover & Cover Artist
Indie Ink Awards 2022 Nominee: Side Character MVP
Indie Ink Awards 2022 Nominee: Most Optimistic
Indie Ink Awards 2022 Nominee: Best Friendship
Indie Ink Awards 2022 Nominee: Writing the Future We Need: Gay Representation

Hidden truths. Hidden power. Hidden destiny. On the shores of a rusty sea, in the streets of a starving city, a young man named Áed scraps to build a life for himself and the makeshift family he loves. Scarred by a trauma he cannot remember, and haunted by the brutal damage it left behind, he has no idea of the courage his future will demand. When tragedy strikes, a desperate Áed risks a treacherous, life-changing journey in his last chance to save the only family he has left - but an ancient legacy smoldering within him is about to turn deadly. Neither he - nor a kingdom - will ever be the same.

Young AdultFantasy/Mythic, Retelling, and FolkloreDiversity Representation/LGBTQ+Diversity Representation/Disability


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📖 rainanightingale author / book blogger

Worldbuilding: Aided the story
Plot: Mostly clear
Characters: Roles are clear
Storytelling: Balanced
Immersion: Didn’t want to put the book down
Emotional Response: Strong emotions
Thought Provoking: New ideas came up
Cover: Adequately represents the story

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📖 SKaeth author

Worldbuilding: Aided the story
Plot: Straightforward
Characters: Roles are clear
Storytelling: Descriptive
Immersion: Didn’t want to put the book down
Emotional Response: Strong emotions
Thought Provoking: New ideas came up
Cover: Matches the story well
Content Warnings: torture scene. mention of childhood abuse, protagonist's mother's rape.

Like a gay Goblin Emperor with a disability, with Found Family themes, and lovely description. I loved the worldbuilding but I craved even more of it to be on the same level with Strange the Dreamer. Amazing book though from an astounding talent.


📖 SuesMusings book blogger

Worldbuilding: Aided the story
Plot: Straightforward
Characters: Roles are clear
Storytelling: Descriptive
Immersion: Didn’t want to put the book down
Emotional Response: Strong emotions
Thought Provoking: New ideas came up
Cover: Matches the story well

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