... packs the world-building and emotional punch of an epic into a shockingly slim novella. This touching romance with the delicate negotiations of a small country’s survival against an imperial adversary would be a lovely place to start with de Bodard’s work, and fans will find more of what they’ve come to love about her stories.
A fascinating story filled with strong female characters and lush prose, the relationships woven around Thanh evolve into themes of reclaiming the self and recognizing that love can hide the truth about people ... Nebula and Locus Award winner de Bodard crafts a story of love, power, and what burns within. Highly recommended.
A high-stakes lesbian love triangle in this tightly plotted fantasy novella ... The answer convincingly combines sex, politics, and betrayal. This is an ideal pick for fantasy fans longing for non-European settings.