Theia, rebel from the First Kingdom, decides to travel through her world's Seven Lands, and find what lays in the darkness beyond. In her travels to the Second Land, in a desert of solid water that tastes of citrus, she meets a beautiful, mysterious woman, Tellus, with many names and as many histories to go with them. With the blessings of the Second Land, they journey together, to the Third Constellation, the Fourth Tributary, and beyond, discovering beauty, self-definition, and a thing or two about love.
The Size of the World is my favorite book I've reviewed so far this year. In an unusual format for f/f novels--poetic prose, reminiscent of early Tanith Lee or a minimalist Catherynne Valente--Skye details beautiful worlds with their own cultures, histories, and lives. It's a story with minimal conflict, and that's what makes it so lovely--a novella with a trans femme/cis femme couple at its center, with open talk of consent, boundaries, identity, and going beyond your own history, that can just be beautiful. In and of itself, that's revolutionary. I loved it, and breathlessly await more of Ivana Skye's writing.