Space battles! Arranged marriage! Politics and pirates! Aliette de Bodard has a knack for concocting the most glittery and delicious candy-shell of space opera, and then filling it with a bittersweet romance between two fractured people trying to hold on to their ideals. Every new book of hers instantly becomes my favourite book of hers, and this was no exception
The Red Scholar's Wake is a quiet, intimate novel, its focus on the personal as driving force for the plot. It's a book about love, over and above everything else: familial love, romantic love, and love for a community that doesn't always love you back. And alongside that love, it's also a book about hope.
A "read-in-one-sitting" novel with a beautifully-realized setting amid a complex examination of power and consequences, all intertwined with an intense and gripping romance.
Thrillingly exciting and achingly romantic, The Red Scholar's Wake is rich with political intrigue and piratical adventure. It took my breath away!
A 'read-in-one-sitting' novel with a beautifully-realized setting amid a complex examination of power and consequences, all intertwined with an intense and gripping romance.
De Bodard's novel, with its rich overlay of Vietnamese culture, is a sumptuous, romantic experience