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The Empress of Salt and Fortune (EBook, 2020, Tom Doherty Associates) 3 stars

With the heart of an Atwood tale and the visuals of a classic Asian period …

A feminist tale, as told by a privileged witness with a secret.

4 stars

Nghi Vo writes a story that’s very much influenced by East Asian tales, where humans have animal names, empresses predict the future—or influence it—with the help of mages, and a religious order has a mission to record History as in happens, or just happened.