Love Song of the Lizard Boy by Delilah S. Dawson
You know how it goes; it’s a story older than time. Boy meets girl, they fall in love, and then they have a million eggs together because they’re actually lizard people. Oh, that’s not how that usually goes? Well crap.
That’s actually how it goes in Delilah S. Dawson’s Love Song of the Lizard Boy, which is set in her Blud universe. And don’t worry if you haven’t actually read any of the books in that universe, because neither have I and I still managed to enjoy these lizards. I can also happily report that there is no obnoxious cliff-hanger forcing you to buy any of those books either if you don’t want to. Which, now that I think about it, I’m kind of tempted to now.
Fun fact about me: I have a degree in anthropology. This mean I often get real crotchety about the way writer’s do or do not build non-human realities. It also means that I love it when authors get it right. Dawson’s development of the lizard people, their environment, and their culture is spot on. There is no consideration for the human perspective whatsoever, and her lizard people exist on their own terms. Even if you think you’ll hate a romance story about lizard people, it’s worth a read for this aspect alone.
The story follows Eblick, a lizard boy who has found himself a job as a circus freak in the human world. His lizard instincts kick in, telling him its time to return to the island where he was born, and to the incurious and bound-by-tradition lizards he left behind. Problems arise because 1) none of the lizards believe there is life beyond their island, and 2) the childhood bully has claimed Eblick’s love as part of his kingly harem.
Love Song of the Lizard Boy is available in the August 2013 Issue of Fireside Fiction Company. Individual issues are a bargain at $2 each, or you can get the whole year in one go for $24. As an aside, the subscription I have is among some of the best book-money I spent in 2013.