In Stone and Steel, when General Aaliyah returns triumphant to the city of Titus, she expects to find the people prospering under the rule of her Queen, the stone mage Odessa. Instead, she finds a troubling imbalance in both the citizens’ wellbeing and Odessa’s rule. Aaliyah must rely on all of her allies, old and new, to do right by the city that made her.
Eboni Dunbar is a queer, black woman who writes queer and black speculative fiction. She resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her partner. She received her BA from Macalester College and her MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College. She is a VONA Alum, an associate editor for PodCastle, an acquiring editor for FIYAH Literary Magazine and a freelance reviewer. Her work can be found in FIYAH, Drabblecast, Anathema: Spec from the margins and Nightlight Podcast. She can be found online atwww.ebonidunbar.com and on Twitter as @sugoionna87.
"Stone and Steel is a sharp and sexy story of love, loyalty and magic. Eboni has given us a world where Black Queerness reigns supreme, and our world is better for it." — Danny Lore, co-author of Queen of Bad Dreams
"An intimate story of cruelty, love, and duty bound up in an immensely lush and complicated magical world, one far bigger than the story can even hint at. You won't forget Odessa and Aaliyah, and you won't forget their people." — Premee Mohamed, author of Beneath the Rising
“Stone and Steel is an ambitious, sexy, gloriously fucked-up, genius epic fantasy (somehow) packed into a novella. Aaliyah’s story enchanted me, and I'm waiting with baited breath to see what Eboni Dunbar does next.” — Lina Rather, author of Sisters of the Vast Black