Citadel is a compact but full-hearted story of grief, family, politics and impending war.
I forget how much I love Aliette de Bodard's prose until I read some more of Aliette de Bodard's prose. There's a certain tone to the Xuya novellas in particular - somewhere between reflective and melancholy - that just has me thrumming from the get-go. Add in a richly imagined space empire based on Viet traditions rather than Western ones, and I'm helplessly engaged every time. I feel I learn more about this universe with every story; one day I'd like to read them all in sequence and close together so that I catch all the references. These are stories I read with my heart as much as my eyes; as usual, I finished this one with my heart brimming and my eyes overflowing.Full review
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