On Tuesday 14th February Promised Land was released to the general public after a Crowdfunding campaign raised $40,000 (NZD) to see this project come to life.
The brains, and hearts, behind the book are writers Chaz Harris and Adam Reynolds from Wellington, New Zealand, who worked tirelessly to see this inclusive fairytale land come to life along with co-illustrators Bo Moore and Christine Luiten.
Promised Land is centred around a prince and a farm boy whose friendship blossoms into a romantic love, and after the queen’s new husband threatens the world they live in, they join forces to protect the land and people around them.
The story has everything you would want from an illustrated children’s book- dashing heroes, cute sidekick, and an evil villain to defeat!
The world of children’s literature has been bereft of LGBT-inclusive relationships and themes, and it is so refreshing and heartening to see this story come to life.
The authors have explained in their book release statement: