(Artesia #2 by Mark Smylie)
Artesia: Lady of the sword and of magic, leader of men, cunning, pragmatic, and even compassionate. Here she demonstrates the proper way to dispatch assassins stupid enough to think they could seduce her into letting her guard down.
I like her!
Hey… is that you? Oh… look at you. You’re alive. Me, I’m not so sure. Could use your help. I know this looks bad. Hey, say something already… Say something, will you?!
I loved the visuals and plot hook of Transistor ever since they first appeared, but the game play of it just doesn’t appeal to me and I wish so much that you could avoid all that and just get the story experience.
Luxa from the Underland Chronicles. I really loved this series growing up, I thought she was so cool. This character has still stuck with me even though it’s been a long while since I read the books … that being said I probably made some detail mistakes!
Art wise I attempted to clean the rendering up a bit more, there’s a detail shot on my tumblr link. I also modified the previous design I’d made for her crown to make it look more like an abstract bat, but then I covered it with her hair anyways!
Can I get a source on this one? Anyone seen it before?
Keziah Ravenshade, Witch of the Outlands, has sworn never to love again, but her predictable life is upended when she takes a dying stranger into her home.
Esdelot, the Golden Prince, can outfight or befriend anyone- except for the usurpers who tried to kill her with a poisoned blade. Finding the young royal delirious and on the verge of death, Keziah saves her life. But while Esdelot regains her health, betrayal comes from an unlikely source: her brother has taken the throne in her absence and declared himself king. As the two women travel to the capital city to stop a false ruler’s coronation, they form a friendship that seems poised to turn into something more. But Esdelot has promised herself in marriage to a woman she barely knows… and Keziah knows she’s fallen too deeply for a woman whose betrothed waits for her along with her throne. When an enemy from Keziah’s past resurfaces, a mere conflict of politics becomes something that threatens to upend the gods themselves. Will love win out?
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Trigger warnings: mentions of emotional abuse, blood, fire. This book also contains a rad bisexual protagonist, trans and nonbinary characters, an ENTIRE CAST of QPOC, and a road trip.