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Edgmon, H.E. - Godly Heathens

Edgmon, H.E. - Godly Heathens

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In the tiny town of Gracie, Georgia, Gem Echols, a nonbinary Seminole teen, has always been known for their ability to attract queer awakenings in their peers. But beneath their charming exterior lies a troubled soul, haunted by vivid dreams of magic and violence. When a new girl named Willa Mae Hardy arrives in town, she acts as if she and Gem have known each other for lifetimes. And it turns out, she's right. Gem and Willa Mae are reincarnated gods who have loved and lost each other across countless reincarnations. As Gem delves deeper into their past lives, they uncover a web of secrets, betrayals, and unresolved conflicts. With the help of their best friend, Enzo, who lives miles away in Brooklyn, Gem must confront their past and find a way to heal their relationship with Willa Mae before the enemies of their past catch up to them.


Gem Echols, a nonbinary Seminole teen, has always been the catalyst for queer awakenings in their small town. But when a mysterious new girl named Willa Mae arrives, Gem's life takes an unexpected turn. Willa Mae claims to know Gem from a past life, and as they uncover their shared history, they must confront the enemies of their past and find a way to heal their relationship.

LGBT Themes:

  • Exploration of nonbinary and queer identities in a relatable and authentic manner
  • Navigating the complexities of relationships and love amidst societal expectations
  • The importance of family, acceptance, and belonging
  • Finding one's true self and embracing one's authenticity
  • Celebrating the diversity and beauty of the LGBTQ+ community

Relevant Tags: 

  • LGBTQ+, YA Fiction, Fantasy, Reincarnation, Magic, Friendship, Family, Love, Identity, Acceptance, Resilience

Awards & Recognition:

  • Goodreads Choice Awards Nominee
  • Kirkus Reviews Starred Review
  • The Guardian Best Young Adult Novels of 2023
  • Target Keywords: LGBTQ+ young adult fiction, fantasy, reincarnation, magic, friendship, love, identity, acceptance
  • Meta Description: Embark on a captivating journey of self-discovery and love in H.E. Edgmon's enchanting novel, Godly Heathens. Follow Gem Echols, a nonbinary teen, as they unravel the mysteries of their past lives and confront the enemies of their future.
  • Content Keywords: LGBTQ+, fantasy, reincarnation, magic, friendship, love, family, identity, acceptance, young adult fiction, H.E. Edgmon, Godly Heathens, Gem Echols, Willa Mae Hardy, Wednesday Books
  • Title Tag: Godly Heathens: A Spellbinding Tale of Reincarnation, Magic, and Unwavering Friendship**

Title: Godly Heathens

Author: H.E. Edgmon

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy

Pages: 400

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Release Date: November 7, 2023

Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.4 x 2.8 cm

Weight: 354 grams

Size: 19.8 x 13.4 cm

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