Lai is an aromantic, asexual protagonist who sets out to find her place in the world. Falling in love wasn’t what she expected would happen, but that’s exactly what happens. The story focuses largely on Lai finding her place in the wider world, but the subplot of her relationship with Tara is prominent in the story.
Sometimes failure is just the beginning
All Lai has ever wanted is to become a priestess, like her mother and grandmother before her, in service to their beloved goddess. That’s before the unthinkable happens, and Lai fails the trials she has trained for her entire life. She makes the only choice she believes she can: she runs away.
From her isolated desert homeland, Lai rides north to the colder, stranger kingdom of Alanum—a land where magic, and female warriors, are not commonplace.
Here, she hears tales about a mountain city of women guardians and steel forgers, worshiping goddesses who sound very similar to Lai’s own. Determined to learn more about these women, these Keepers of the Dawn, Lai travels onward to find their temple. She is determined to make up for her past failure, and will do whatever it takes to join their sacred order.
Falling in love with another initiate was not part of the plan.
Keeper of the Dawn is a tale of new beginnings, second chances, and the endurance of hope.
Cis girls: Lai, Tara
White: Lai, Tara
Location: Fantasy world based on a western country
Ownvoices: Ownvoices for asexuality and aromanticism.
Ending: Happy – romance