*I received an ecopy of this book via Edelweiss. This has not influenced my review.*
I was excited to jump into this one ASAP after finishing the first volume, and it was just as great!
There was even more emotion in this one for me than the first. Sadness. Happiness. Moments of awwwww. I’m trying to remain spoiler-free, so I’m keeping it vague, but I felt for these characters.
The relationship/romance was super cute again. Ed and Lucardo really are so cute together, and I feel like we got to see more of their relationship outside of the sex this time. (There was still some sex though, and it was still lovely.) They have such a caring and healthy relationship, aside from that one blip of Ed not talking to Lucardo about things.
Also, again, I want to mention how nice the diversity/inclusivity is in this series and how it breaks that common trope of immortals dating teenagers by instead being about an immortal dating a 61-year-old.
And of course this one had the same black-and-white but pretty and clear artwork.
I’ll admit I’m still a little unclear about a couple things. I’m fairly certain this is set in a fantasy world, but we haven’t been given much info about it beyond there being a Night Court, a Day Court, and a Dark Lord. Also, the characters never use the word vampire, but the blurb does, so I assume that’s what the immortals are, even though they’re maybe not the most typical portrayal. So I wouldn’t mind some clarification on these things, but it’s not a big deal since the focus of these graphic novels is on the romance and characters.
Also, these books do end in cliffhangers! I want the next one already!
Overall, this was another lovely, inclusive, sexy, sweet, unique fantasy graphic novel about a relationship between an aging human and his forever-young immortal lover, and I’m very much looking forward to continuing the series!
Fans of Volume 1 in Otava Heikkila's Letters for Lucardo series. Anyone who likes erotic graphic novels, inclusivity/diversity, and books with romance between humans and paranormals that go against the usual tropes.
More Books in the Series:
When the vampire Lucardo fell in love with Edmund Fiedler, a 61-year-old mortal scrivener, their passion became legendary before Lucardo’s practical father intervened. The royal Court of Night has gone back to its peaceful reign, Ed has exiled himself, and Lucardo . . . well, Lucardo is hopelessly enraged. Determined to seize control of his life again, Lucardo mounts a search for his missing lover, sparking a new flame that — this time — threatens to consume them both.
An erotic graphic novel that redefines a genre, Fortunate Beasts continues the immortal romance begun with Letters for Lucardo in a paranormal tale of fighting back against fear for love.
Book Author: Otava Heikkila
Publisher: Iron Circus Comics
Series: Letters for Lucardo
Genre: Fantasy, Fantasy Romance, Graphic Novel, High Fantasy, LGBTQIA
My Rating: 4
Series/Standalone: Part of a Series