Review: Coal

Boom! Another Four Star Review. You can’t see me but I’m doing the Hammer Dance!!!

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Reasons for Inclusion: Black protagonist. Elves are matriarchal and have varied skin tones. 

Publisher’s Summary: Coal has lived most of his life in the fey realm with his elven best friend, but when a human child he promised to protect unintentionally breaks a law in front of the fey elite, he will have to choose between betraying his best friend or saving the child’s life. 

My Review:

(4/5 stars)

Coal, a human boy among elves, has always been seen as just the barely-tolerated pet of Princess Chalcedony. When he protects a human child against elvish law, he risks destroying the few friendships he has, and might even lead the fey to war. 

The tense and often hateful relations between elves, dwarves, and humans allow for a look at racial dynamics free of generalizations or preaching. The elves, humans, and dwarves usually hate each other. While Chalcedony has…

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