The Citadel of Weeping Pearls
The Citadel of Weeping Pearls was a great wonder; a perfect meld between cutting edge technology and esoteric sciences—its inhabitants capable of teleporting themselves anywhere, its weapons small and undetectable and deadly. Thirty years ago, threatened by an invading fleet the Dai Viet... show more
The Citadel of Weeping Pearls was a great wonder; a perfect meld between cutting edge technology and esoteric sciences—its inhabitants capable of teleporting themselves anywhere, its weapons small and undetectable and deadly.
Thirty years ago, threatened by an invading fleet the Dai Viet Empire, the Citadel disappeared and was never seen again.
But now the Dai Viet Empire itself is under siege, on the verge of a war against an enemy that turns their own mindships against them; and the Empress, who once gave the order to raze the Citadel, is in desperate needs of its weapons. Meanwhile, on a small isolated space station, an engineer obsessed with the past works on a machine that will send her thirty years back, to the height of the Citadel’s power.
But the Citadel’s disappearance still extends chains of grief and regrets all the way into the fraught atmosphere of the Imperial Court; and this casual summoning of the past might have world-shattering consequences...
A new book set in the award-winning, critically acclaimed Xuya universe.
Publish date: 2017-03-20
Publisher: Jabberwocky Literary Agency, Inc.
Pages no: 132
Edition language: English
Series: The Universe of Xuya
Citadel is a compact but full-hearted story of grief, family, politics and impending war. I forget how much I love Aliette de Bodard's prose until I read some more of Aliette de Bodard's prose. There's a certain tone to the Xuya novellas in particular - somewhere between reflective and melancholy - ...
This novella is part of de Bodard's Xuya universe, which is a loosely-related collection of stories that take place in the same universe and with some recurring characters but each story appears to be self-contained. Although I didn't love this story as much as I loved On a Red Station, Drifting, ...