Friday, April 14, 2023

Five top angst-riddled, dual-POV YA fantasy novels

M. K. Lobb is a fantasy writer with a love of all things dark— be it literature, humour, or general aesthetic. She grew up in small-town Ontario and studied political science at both the University of Western Ontario and the University of Ottawa. She now lives by the lake with her partner and their cats. When not reading or writing, she can be found at the gym or contemplating the harsh realities of existence.

Her debut novel is Seven Faceless Saints.

At Lobb tagged five favorite angst-riddled, dual-POV YA fantasies, including:
Onyx and Ivory by Mindee Arnett

I specifically love dual-POV when the two characters have a shared past. Seeing how they remember one another, as well as how the dynamic between them has shifted over time, is one of my favourite methods of characterization. As such, I was a big fan of Onyx and Ivory.

Kate Brighton’s father committed treason, and she still carries the weight of his crime. She’s trying to start over when she accidentally saves the life of Corwin Tomane—the king’s son and the boy she once loved. As the two reunite to try and solve a mystery involving dragons and court intrigue, they struggle to rebuild their friendship, then their romance. For me, having both Kate and Corwin’s perspectives is key to understanding how their complicated history informs their present interactions.They perceive the events that led to the end of their friendship very differently, and they have wildly different biases. The reader isn’t simply told about these conflicting feelings—they get to see it from both sides. Can you say drama?
Read about another entry on the list.

The Page 69 Test: Onyx & Ivory.

--Marshal Zeringue