Ilario, A Story of the First History
Set in the same alternate medieval world as Gentle's Ash: A Secret History sequence, Ilario, A Story of the First History is more limited in scope. The protagonist, Ilario, is an intersex person seeking to serve as apprentice to a master painter, a path that takes Ilario from Iberia to Carthage, Rome, Venice and Constantinople. Described as "part picaresque, part travelogue, part prose chanson de geste", the story serves to examine issues of gender, sexuality, and power.
Roz Kaveney, reviewing The Lion's Eye for Time Out described the book as "action-packed, deeply intelligent novel a focus for intrigue, intellectual debate and a fair amount of polymorphous hot sexual action". Strange Horizons found the book "something of a disappointment", with "precious few changes of tone".
- Ilario: The Lion's Eye. London: Gollancz, 2006. ISBN 0-575-07661-5
- Ilario: The Stone Golem. London: EOS, 2007. ISBN 978-0061344985
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