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Engineer by day, writer by night. Trilogy of Aztec noir fantasies, Obsidian and Blood, published by Angry Robot. Finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, Locus and Sturgeon Award, winner of the BSFA Award and Writers of the Future. Occasional cook.
Kevin A. Lyons
on Sep. 16, 2014 :
This is a very good, very complicated story of culture, family, status, and duty. I really liked it.
The setting is an interstellar empire modeled on, or descended from, ancient Vietnamese culture. Some of the nobles in the outlying regions are in rebellion, seizing planetary systems and executing anyone who opposes them. The young, inexperienced emperor is pulling his forces back, abandoning the outer worlds. Meanwhile, all citizens of rank are equipped with implants containing the personalities of ancestors who advise them. Other personalities include the artificial intelligence that runs the station but is suffering a crisis and may collapse, and a visiting specialist who hopes to assist in "healing" the AI.
A young female administrator flees her world just before it falls. She seeks shelter in a large space station, a permanent habitat, run by a distant cousin. Their ranks and conflicting positions in a time of war are a source of stress in a very rigidly defined society, a local crisis on the station, and the greater threat that faces the empire.
(reviewed long after purchase)