A Land of Promise

“You guys all get your own planet when you die, don’t you?” Frank Peterson said to himself as sweat dripped into his eyes. “Oh, we’ll see who’s laughing when I’m done. Yes, we will.” Assuming his little contraption didn’t blow up on ignition, because then he wouldn’t have to wait nearly that long. Of course, … Continue reading A Land of Promise


The ash had fallen for two weeks now, and those court astrologers who had survived the riots in the city were now locked away behind the palace’s earthen walls. At least that was the word that made it downriver to the village. There was no way to know for sure without walking all the way … Continue reading Mercy

The Queen’s Symphony: Chapter Four

Aside from his father’s scant portrayals after the fact, the sum of Lydus’ knowledge about the king’s rising came from a single play by Taremont, who claimed to have recounted the exact morning ritual performed by an old king of Taruschkan in all its lurid details. Well, not all, since even Taremont could only get … Continue reading The Queen’s Symphony: Chapter Four

Review: The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 It's not a spoiler if it's in the title: Baru Cormorant is a traitor, but the question Dickinson explores in excruciating detail is to whom, or rather who she's truly unwilling to betray. The brutal intricacy of this conceit is contained in the Masquerade's system of imprisonment and psychological torture, which is colonialism and … Continue reading Review: The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson