Nghi Vo, Nghi Vo: The Empress of Salt and Fortune (EBook, 2020, Tom Doherty Associates) 4 stars

With the heart of an Atwood tale and the visuals of a classic Asian period …

Engaging idea that didn't quite work for me

3 stars

I love the basic premise of this book: telling a story about a tough, resourceful woman through the framing of an archivist going through objects in her house and getting context for them as flashbacks. It's beautifully written, and the Empress is a compelling character. But somehow the world didn't manage to draw me in. I'm honestly not sure if that's any fault of the book, or just that I'm a bit saturated with new fictional worlds having read a lot of fantasy this year.