This is a fun courtroom drama. I particularly liked the characters. I already had distinct impressions of some of them in this novella, especially Thuan, and enjoyed the setting- effortless worldbuilding with themes of power abuse, justice and buraucracy.
It’s 80 pages of people talking a bunch, which is great! Thuan and Asmodeus have an interesting relationship (the main appeal of the novel), although I’m not sure how well it works as a standalone. This reads like it was supposed to be mainly a mystery-based story, although I wasn’t too intrigued by the mystery itself.
Read it for the characters, not for the plot.
(Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this in exchange of an honest review)
Goran Lowie is an avid reader of all kinds of speculative fiction and poetry. For years, he's been rotting away in some rural hellhole in Belgium, but luckily he has literature to keep him going!
His real obsession with the genre sparked with the incomporable works of Ursula K. Le Guin, and his heart stayed there forever. Other favourite authors include Patricia A. McKillip, Mary Soon Lee, John Wiswell, Robert Silverberg and Italo Calvino.
When Goran isn't reading books, he's either editing this very magazine or creating lesson plans for his day-job as a high school teacher! You can find him on Twitter: @GoranLowie
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