In the Vanisher’s Palace by Aliette de Bodard

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

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

Published by Emma Wolfe

My name is Emma, and I am a Clinical Psychology PhD hopeful doing research in Boston. In my spare time, I am also a book reviewer and blogger. I specialize in science fiction and fantasy, but enjoy genre-bending literature of all kinds. I am also an amateur creative writer; my work has been published in national undergraduate literary magazines such as The Albion Review and the Allegheny Review.

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