This story centres around Vân (a scholar and teacher) and Sunless Woods, who is a mind ship and a scholar as well. Or so they both seem to be at the beginning, but then their real identities emerge through the story, as they both try to unravel a mystery.
This is the third of the short stories written by Aliette de Bodard that I’ve read. It takes place in the same universe as The Tea Master and the Detective and Citadel of Weeping Pearls, but this time the action takes place on a space station. A magistrate named Linh arrives on the station, seeking refuge from a war that …
While set in the same universe, the feel of this story is different than The Tea Master and the Detective, more sentimental some how. At its core is another mystery, the disappearance of the Citadel of Weeping Pearls and the Empress’ daughter. But there’s also time travel and science and wonderful imagery.
It’s basically speculative fiction meets Sherlock Holmes. And it totally works. Oh yeah, and one of the characters is a ship. LOVE IT.