"Evocative and captivating. An enthralling tale of ancient gods, dangerous magic, family and love." ―Sue Lynn Tan, author of Daughter of the Moon Goddess
Two women embark on a unforgettable quest into a world of dark gods and ancient magic in this sweeping fantasy debut inspired by the history and folklore of colonial South America.
Reina is desperate.
Stuck on the edges of society, Reina’s only hope lies in an invitation from a grandmother she’s never met. But the journey to her is dangerous, and prayer can’t always avert disaster.
Attacked by creatures that stalk the mountains, Reina is on the verge of death until her grandmother, a dark sorceress, intervenes. Now dependent on the Doña’s magic for her life, Reina will do anything to earn—and keep—her favor. Even the bidding of an ancient god who whispers to her at night.
Eva Kesaré is unwanted.
Illegitimate and of mixed heritage, Eva is her family’s shame. She tries to be the perfect daughter, but Eva is hiding a secret: Magic calls to her.
Eva knows she should fight the temptation. Magic is the sign of the dark god, and using it is punishable by death. Yet it’s hard to ignore power when it has always been denied you. Eva is walking a dangerous path. And in the end, she’ll become something she never imagined.
Praise for The Sun and the Void:
"Enchanting. An impressive debut.”―Ava Reid, award-winning author of Juniper & Thorn
"A gorgeous epic of family and power, gods and magic, longing and betrayal." ―Melissa Caruso, author of the Rooks and Ruin series
The Warring Gods
The Sun and the Void
Romero Lacruz debuts and launches her Warring Gods series with a spellbinding sapphic epic fantasy about two young women navigating a world steeped in prejudice, folklore, and ancient magic. When Reina Duvianos, a "half-nozariel in a country hostile to her kind," receives a summons from her estranged, magic-wielding grandmother, Doña Ursulina Duvianos, she sets off across the treacherous mountains. On the way, she is attacked by some supernatural creatures and Doña Ursulina saves her life, leaving Reina indebted to her grandmother—and determined to stay in the powerful witch's favor. Meanwhile, Eva Kesaré, human but "bastard born and ugly," is shunned by her family because of her own affinity for magic. The arrival of Rahmagut's Claw, an astrological event that leaves the veil between the human world and the gods at its thinnest, puts Reina and Eva in each other's paths as Doña Ursulina schemes to summon the god of the Void to grant her more power. Both heroines search for a sense of belonging in a treacherous, colonized world where magic (called "geomancy") is deeply tied to the earth. The lush worldbuilding and delightful blend of love, betrayal, and curses set the stage for a powerful and promising new series. This is a gem.