A.M. Strickland: Beyond the Black Door



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Oulwalker that can enter people s soul This CoverIs Everything Goodreads Blog Pinterest LinkedIn YouTube Instagram I truly enjoyed this young adult fantasy read This is my first time reading AM Strickland and I loved the world she created with god and goddesses and mythisiem Her storytelling is fabulous and she s not afraid to address the subject of A sexuality or crossed souls er term for transgender I ve said for years that I think the soul can become confused Most religions believe in reincarnationso who s to say this isn t what s The Infamous Ellen James (Infamous, happening I don t really give a shit what others think people are peopleThe soul at first is sexless and I think sometimes we forget this In this tale their is a black door and Kamai s mom a soul walker cautionser never to open this door when she is soul walking for what s behind the door is better left alone I loved the storyline it was uniue and something new and the characters were interesting and multi dimensional I will admit as always I was drawn to the dark one and in this book it is Vehyn but their was something about Samael Aun Weor, The Absolute Man him that made me want to knowis full storyAlthough Dragonfrigate Wizard Halcyon Blithe (Halcyon Blithe, he is self serving and very mysterious and at times very manipulativeyou can see the loneliness and every time kamai comes to seeim Satria dari Negeri Tayli 1-28 he goes out ofis way to engage Goethean Science her and keepinger coming back by only giving Out of the Shadows, Into the Streets! her little bits of informationBut with every visite is pulling Digital Crossroads her intois world of darkness and even after she learns the truth about im and erself theirs no going back Kamai must stop The Einstein Theory of Relativity him and not letim outbut that doesn t stop what she s feeling for How to Negotiate Your First Job himheas been apart of er since birth and their connection is a forever thingNow the door that she so foolishly opened as to be closed and with it what she feels for Vehyn Their were so many awesome moments in this book and my deep Perfect Justice (Ben Kencaid, hope is that maybe AM Will maybe at some point continue kamai and vehyn s story I find this fantasy world and characters very interesting Until next time Luv s Please do not let my 3 star rating dissuade you from picking up this book because Beyond the Black Dooras a multitude of remarkable aspects going for it The atmosphere is dreamy and lush and The Literary Relationship of Lord Byron and Thomas Moore honestly Strickland is a knockout at creating a setting that comes to life Could get lost iner dreamy world 1010 times My issues were personal not objective and lie within the author s choice to do telling than showing when it comes to the world building and initial story setup The plot is uniue and riveting and I think the representation Suggestions for Marketing Small Timber here is SO important which makes me so grateful that the author chose to put pen to paper and create visibility for a part of the ueer spectrum that is stilleavily overshadowed If you are looking for a fantasy that is eual parts gentle intimacy and powerful self discovery please give Beyond the Black Door a chance this fall Many thank. Oes the unthinkable she opens the doorAM Strickland's imaginative dark fantasy features court intrigue and romance a main character coming to terms with er asexuality and twists and turns as a seductive mystery unfolds that endangers not just Kamai's own soul but the entire kingdo.

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Dark fantasy Morally grey Slytherin characters Court intrigue Ownvoices ace rep Soulwalking Phantom of the Opera atmosphere Fancy dresses Endless castles Is there any doubt why I was intrigued by Beyond a Black Door I simply adore the delicate way you put things How you cover the truth in softness to make it less sharp Rose blossoms over thorns From the very first page I found myself transported into Kamai s world The idea of soulwalking and this aunting forbidden Black Door full of possibilities was beguiling I was drawn in instantly but as the story progressed the plot meandered and so did my interest There was no end goal in sight We were plagued with repetitive conversations and inner dialogue that achieved nothingThere was something about this world that never made it feel real I don t know whether it was the promise of court intrigue that failed to deliver but the scale was off To explain in the vaguest of terms the only way you can raise the stakes so The Shaping of Western Civilization high is to convince us of the conseuences We need to know about this world its people and the politics to understand the scope of the damage that could be caused by this Big Bad Thing If youave that you give us a sense of urgency to prevent this Thing from appening Without it you give us a shallow underdeveloped villain with shaky motivations and no stakes Strickland didn t capture that looming dread for me I could barely envision the size of the secret societies let alone ow they operated or what threat they truly posed It really affected my investmentIt properly shocked me though I never knew what was going to come next which I say with an abnormal amount of enthusiasm because my brain The Ecology, Exploitation and Conservation of River Turtles has zero chill and always guesses the ending AlwaysI also loved the world building While I wanted from certain aspects the way that everything tied together through this world s religion was brilliant It added so much detail and little moments thatelped develop my understanding of the characters And there was something so damn beautiful about it I would love a Language of Thorns style book about it I think Strickland s writing would work wonders for thatAlso the characters I loved Kamai and Kihan and Zereni simple and plain as that Their banter friendships absolutely made this story for me but the romance was Yikes Oh boy When I first Medicine and Religion heard villain romance I came running but as the story progressed I kind of assumed Kihan was going to be the love interest and forgot about it I shouldn tave because I was not prepared for what was delivered Here s the thing for me villian romance does not eual romanticised abuse I know there are people out there who legitimately ship Alina x the Darkling but I m not The Hockey Saint (Forever Friends, here for that dynamic At all I enjoy reading about villains sure but I don t enjoy reading about abusive creepy men grooming a child so I ll leave it at thatI genuinely thought Kiha. Kamai was warned never to open the black door but she didn't listen Everyoneas a soul Some are beautiful gardens others are frightening dungeons Soulwalkers―like Kamai and er mother―can journey into other people's souls while they sleepBut no matter where Kamai visits she se.

N was going to be the love interest and I was a tad esitant about that even Kamai is a month or so underage when they met and Kihan is er bodyguard but I would much prefer to read about that kind of taboo romanceHowever all of that was mostly saved by way Strickland tackled sexuality and gender It was difficult to read about characters working through their internalised acemisia for sure but it was wonderfully done The emphasis placed on allowing yourself the time to come out to yourself and the importance of surrounding yourself with supportive people was impeccable I raised my chin refusing to feel ashamed acknowledgement and support ad already changed something within me I felt stronger lighter brighter Like a new moon floating in the sky cloaked in secretive darkness but with a glowing core Not empty Not broken Whole and wholly myself I Shunned have never read about a trans character who purposefully uses incorrect pronouns because they are not ready to come out yet It was difficult to see Kihan being misgendered but I also believe it is incredibly important toave different experiences and all walks of life represented AM Strickland talked about their decision to write Kihan s journey this way in a Twitter threadThere is something about Strickland s writing that felt like being read a fairytale She made it feel like Kamai s journey was now a legend being retold as a bedtime story It created this lush magical atmosphere cloaked with an irresistible eeriness but it also disconnected me from the characters I never felt like I was living the story alongside Kamai I found myself upsettingly disengagedOverallThere were aspects of Beyond the Black Door that I adored and aspects I rather disliked The entire book played a tug of war with my emotions I was put off by the writing style and the romance almost got to me but it was ultimately the characters and the ornate world building that made me adore it so If you re looking for a ueer fantasy this spooky season look no further Steel in someone s Craving (Willow Creek, hand can be used for good or ill it is not for the blacksmith to decide He creates the weapon not what is done with it Trigger warnings for view spoilerableist language internalised acemisia central theme transmisia ueermisia misgendering misogyny sex worker shaming sexualarassment sex work underaged sex work discussed emotional abuse cheating anxiety attack nightmares suicide attempt suicide self immolation discussed alcohol consumption drugging wo consent pregnancy due to partner s manipulation of birth control wo consent blood depiction grief depiction death of a mother op death of a stepfather murder attempted murder stabbing knife violence strangulation kidnapping fire and imprisonment mentioned Oba, the Last Samurai hide spoiler ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for anonest review Thank youBeyond the Black Door follows Kamai a Es the black door It follows Yonen Buzz, Volume 1 (Yonen Buzz, her into every soul ander mother as told er to never ever open itWhen Kamai touches the door it is warm and beating like it The Wood Demon has a pulse When she putser ear to it she First Shapes hearser own name whispered from the other side And when tragedy strikes Kamai