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Good Neighbors, Stephanie Burgis 20 April 2024

2022 fantasy-romance, fixup of four shorter works. After the townsfolk burned down her workshop, Mia Brandt tries to keep her powers quiet in her new home. But the necromancer next door isn't going to let it be.

It's a comfort read, certainly. It's clear that Leander the necromancer is thoroughly in love with, and also endlessly patient with, Mia, and that if she could only allow herself to trust someone again things might get better for her.

But at the same time there's the practicality of trying to build a life that doesn't provoke the Normal People into panic over the weirdoes, and if the weirdoes here have wings or bone-animating powers rather than unconventional tastes in sexual partners, the connections are very clear.

Yeah, all right, the opposed "everything different is bad" faction may come over a bit heavy-handed—as with the traditional Evil Church, one has to ask what it offers to its members—but in the context of the story it fits together well. I like these people, and it's a pleasure to spend time with them.

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