This fantastic novella surprised me, delighted me, and checked all my boxes.
Utterly original beauty and the beast vibes? Check. A gorgeous f/f relationship? Check. A brilliantly imagined post-apocalyptic fantasy society with a Vietnamese cast? Check. Heart-wrenching parent/child dynamics? Check.
The world created here pushes up against the boundaries of my imagination, generating a beguiling settling that seems to ripple and change between the pages. The characters were wonderful: the brave and practical scholar Yên, the cool and mysterious dragon Vu Côn, her two magical children Thông and Liên. Not to mention the ROMANCE of it all! I was amazed by how the author managed to capture my heart in so few pages