Author Lara Elena Donnelly’s debut novel Amberlough follows a gay double agent as he schemes to protect his smuggler lover during the rise of a fascist government coup. Do we have your attention yet?
Cyril DePaul is working his way through the aftermath of a mission that has lead to disastrous results, leaving various political fires smoldering throughout Amberlough City. Cyril thinks he’s good at keeping secrets, especially from his lover Aristide Makricosta. They suit each other: Aristide turns a blind eye to Cyril’s clandestine affairs, and Cyril keeps Aristide’s moonlighting as a smuggler under wraps. But shielding Aristide from the fallout proves to be less than easy, as he refuses to let anything—not the crooked city police or the mounting rage from radical conservatives—dictate his life.
Enter streetwise Cordelia Lehane, a top dancer at the Bumble Bee Cabaret and Aristide’s runner, who could be the key to Cyril’s plans—if she could be trusted. As the twinkling lights of nightclub marquees yield to the rising flames of a fascist revolution, the three will struggle to survive using whatever means necessary, including each other.
Remember, trust no one with anything—especially in Amberlough City. Listen to an excerpt of the Amberlough audiobook, read by Mary Robinette Kowal: