Fealty, Romance, and Dangerous Politics: Revealing Alexandra Rowland’s A Taste of Gold and Iron

We are so pleased to share the cover for A Taste of Gold and Iron, a new novel from author Alexandra Rowland.  A Taste of Gold and Iron by Alexandra Rowland will be available on June 21, 2022 from Tordotcom Publishing.

“A delicious tangle of romance, fealty, and dangerous politics.”—Tasha Suri

Kadou, the shy prince of Arasht, finds himself at odds with one of the most powerful ambassadors at court—the body-father of the queen’s new child—in an altercation which results in his humiliation.

To prove his loyalty to the queen, his sister, Kadou takes responsibility for the investigation of a break-in at one of their guilds, with the help of his newly appointed bodyguard, the coldly handsome Evemer, who seems to tolerate him at best. In Arasht, where princes can touch-taste precious metals with their fingers and myth runs side by side with history, counterfeiting is heresy, and the conspiracy they discover could cripple the kingdom’s financial standing and bring about its ruin.

Cover art by Martina Fačková; Design by Christine Foltzer


Said the author, Alexandra Rowland:

“[screeches for several minutes]”

When asked whether they would like to provide more coherent comments, they replied,

“I don’t have any!!! That’s it, that’s the book!!!!! That’s the whole book right there!! Yes!!!!!”


Applicable AO3 (Archive of Our Own) tags:

  • exquisitely beautiful prince/hot stoic bodyguard
  • chronic anxiety
  • oaths of fealty
  • washing each other’s hair and talking about ethics
  • found family
  • what we owe each other
  • enemies-to-lovers
  • kissing to avert suspicion
  • hurt/comfort
  • slow burn
  • there’s only one bed

Alexandra Rowland is the author of A Conspiracy Of Truths, A Choir Of Lies, and Finding Faeries, as well as a cohost of the Hugo Award-nominated podcast Be the Serpent. Find them at their website or on Twitter as @_alexrowland.


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