Lunasa Days is a book about majic, travel, and adventure. But not the grand adventure of Epic fantasy, the adventure of life on the road. Small majic is effectively used throughout to tell the tale of a small town in drought times.
It’s a well written book, but the mentality of the cis straight white male pervades. The attitude toward the female interest is a bit creepy, and very coercive. The love interest is nothing but a receptacle, for the attention of the protagonist, for the abuse of her boyfriend, and for the emotional abuse of her family.
The metaphor of the creative force of male and female coming together works, but at what cost?
And let’s just examine that trope for a bit, the creative force must always be a coming together of male and female, equal and opposite. There is much more than male and female in this world. This type of thinking harms us all, by enforcing strict gender roles, and more than that, denying the possibility of non-normative relationships (including but not limited to same gender and poly relationships), or non-binary gendered folx.
Where the story works admirably well is developing the character of the town and the protagonist. The setting at once becomes a character and an antagonist.
7/10 Would read again, but heavy trigger warning for coercion.