Content warning mild spoilies on general theme
this book was an excellent traveling companion!
i loved the style of the narrative, avoiding forced plot events in preference of exploring the social setting and all of the (inner) world-building. exactly the kind of depth i was hoping for after going exiting an extended period of adrian tchaikovski novels—sorry adrian! yv'e got great ideas, but surface-level treatment at times
really enjoyed the general premise (growing into unwanted power), the character interactions, and the confusion i felt regarding all the courtiers and their names and origins.