[Reading] ➶ The Empress of Salt and Fortune ➽ Nghi Vo – Vejega.info

[Reading] ➶ The Empress of Salt and Fortune ➽ Nghi Vo – Vejega.info Do you understand When Chih and their hoopoe, Almost Brilliant, set out to archive the halls of Lake Scarlet, they meet Rabbit The elderly Rabbit imparts the tale of In yo, the empress she was once a handmaiden to An empress she befriended and got farthan she bargained for Power did not come easy to In yo, but now history will remember In yo s power.A story of symbolism and sorrow A tale of subtle, never spoken words.Trigger warnings for death of a sibling, mention of animal death, g Do you understand When Chih and their hoopoe, Almost Brilliant, set out to archive the halls of Lake Scarlet, they meet Rabbit The elderly Rabbit imparts the tale of In yo, the empress she was once a handmaiden to An empress she befriended and got farthan she bargained for Power did not come easy to In yo, but now history will remember In yo s power.A story of symbolism and sorrow A tale of subtle, never spoken words.Trigger warnings for death of a sibling, mention of animal death, grief, and loss of a loved one.An observant recorder, Chih they them found a source farinvaluable then inanimate objects on their quest to catalog the Lake Scarlet compound Their inquisitive, clever nature made it impossible not to feel like you were right next to the cleric, being slowly introduced to the powerful presence of In yo I adored discoveringwith this lover of accuracy.All forms of love live long in the hearts of the loyal Great mover and watcher, the lonely reviled and the respector The fiercely gorgeous, quietly burning story of In yo and Rabbit slipped through many plains all at once Truly they tangled and twined in so many obvious yet surprising ways While some may find the length of the book a detriment to the characters growth, I saw its fairytale esque nature a chance to get to know them intimately from a distance Starkly subtle, I found myself entranced as I watched the nuances of their actions fill in their personalities.If you do not listen to what s not being said, you risk not hearing what is being said Spellbindingly soft prose cast you in a vibrantly colorful dreamlike state as it unveils its tales Gently brilliant with Chinese culture, history, and mythology, it watches you realize the stories within stories, their terrible weight and triumphant beauty.Short as Nighi Vo s novella may seem, her elegantly eloquent fiction is best savored slowly It s lucky that this feminist book of resilience, power, revenge, and court intrigue captured my mind as it stole my breath Even though the ending was a bit abrupt, The Empress of Salt and Fortune was moving and memorable.The Empress of Salt and Fortune was everything it seems yet so much I m always on the lookout for writers who are getting people excited, and this one graced my radar several times before I was able to grab her on Netgalley This one has some really cool setting descriptions evocative and colorful , excellent use of object descriptions telling very understated stories that branch much deeper than first implications , and some very cool points of subtlety in the telling of a much larger story.In a nutshell, we hear the story of an exiled princess in a Chinese l I m always on the lookout for writers who are getting people excited, and this one graced my radar several times before I was able to grab her on Netgalley This one has some really cool setting descriptions evocative and colorful , excellent use of object descriptions telling very understated stories that branch much deeper than first implications , and some very cool points of subtlety in the telling of a much larger story.In a nutshell, we hear the story of an exiled princess in a Chinese like high fantasy dynasty and we see how she got power in a male dominated world But again, the story is subtle and prefers to keep a mild face throughout I enjoyed all of this quite a bit.There are also some pretty wonderful non binary characters, but it s not like we should judge this novella based on whether it is non binary or LGBTQRight Let me be honest This novella is not that new I ve read some rather wonderful Guy Gavriel Kay novels recently that is just as evocative, set in similar situations, with as much High Fantasy ethos, culture, and it punched me with many subtle punches I felt for both the females and the males LGBTQ and straights Kim Stanley Robinson has also pulled off something as wonderful in Years of Rice and Salt.I can probably rattle off half a dozen shorter works from the last two years alone andthan two dozen LGBTQ novellas that are coming nearly exclusively from several notable venues, all of which tout that we re FINALLY getting LGBTQ stories and yet it almost feels like EVERY story I read that is published today is ONLY LGBTQ Am I a hater Hell no But let s put it this way if any market is glutted with a particular agenda, then one cannot accurately say that they re FINALLY getting a voice Back around 2000, it was unusual Now Well, out of every recent modern book I ve read, approximately 9 10 are LGBTQ When did diversity come to mean exclusivity And if you ask why I m bringing this up here and now, I want to be clear that I m not coming down on the author I m going to readof her work The finger I m pointing at is the industry and the fans who stoke their own anger at society by removing equality from the playing field in the name of diversity and then come back to tell us all that things have been unfair for far too long.I have a very strong sense of fairness This isn t the author s fault I suppose I m drowning a bit in the fact that there is LGBTQ everywhere I look.That being said, returning to this novella, I really DID enjoy it, but there is already a lot of SilkPunk out here This one is one of thesubtle of the breed but it isn t all that original It stands on the shoulders of many previous storytellers Librarian S Note This Is An Alternate Cover Edition For ASIN BVHYJDWith The Heart Of An Atwood Tale And The Visuals Of A Classic Asian Period Drama The Empress Of Salt And Fortune Is A Tightly And Lushly Written Narrative About Empire, Storytelling, And The Anger Of Women A Young Royal From The Far North Is Sent South For A Political Marriage Alone And Sometimes Reviled, She Has Only Her Servants On Her Side This Evocative Debut Chronicles Her Rise To Power Through The Eyes Of Her Handmaiden, At Once Feminist High Fantasy And A Thrilling Indictment Of Monarchy I am keeping this short I was confused most of the time, the writing was great but I finished while still trying to connect to the characters and story I felt it was a bit choppy and disjointed Still a fast feminist short story if you want want. Empress of Salt and Fortune is the best example of quiet fantasy I know It s a story about a revolution, about the upheaval of an empire, the way many fantasy stories are and yet it s unlike everything I ve ever read There isn t one fight scene, it s told decades after the events happened, and it relies so much on details and symbolism, as quiet fantasy does when it needs to talk about something not quiet at all.It follows Chih they them , a cleric who pretty much functions as a historian Empress of Salt and Fortune is the best example of quiet fantasy I know It s a story about a revolution, about the upheaval of an empire, the way many fantasy stories are and yet it s unlike everything I ve ever read There isn t one fight scene, it s told decades after the events happened, and it relies so much on details and symbolism, as quiet fantasy does when it needs to talk about something not quiet at all.It follows Chih they them , a cleric who pretty much functions as a historian and archivist and their nixin Almost Brilliant, a magical hoopoe, as they talk with Rabbit, an old woman who was once one of the Empress servants.This novella is split between Chih s present and Rabbit s past, and most chapters begin with an inventory It s a story told through the history of objects as much as the history of people, as the small, mundane details have their own language, and this book understands that This hidden language of symbols is an important thread running through the story, and it s tied to its main theme the power that lies in what is overlooked Like servants Like exiled wives, as In yo, the Empress of Salt and Fortune, was Like the bonds women form with each other, and the way they support each others through hardships.Because of its setup, this novella felt a lot like the mirror version of another queer Asian inspired novella about devotion and revolution told in flashbacks I ve read, The Ascent to Godhood by the way, I would recommend this to all Tensorate fans Unlike Ascent, however, it s all but a tragic villain story Empress of Salt and Fortune is gentle, unhurried, and very short andpowerful than a lot of fantasy trilogies.Half of the reason this story is so memorable is the writing It s never flowery and always sharp, almost minimalistic, so that what isn t said and is just left implied has just as much weight as what is written The descriptions are short but incredibly vivid, as is true for everything in this book, to be honest Even minor characters that only appear in flashbacks, like Mai and Yan Lian, are so well drawn they jump off the page And In yo She s already dead at the beginning of the story, but you could feel the power of her presence The writing is that good.Also, I loved the worldbuilding It s deceptively simple, clear and never messy, and the amount of casual queerness not only the worldbuilding isn t binarist, there are queer side characters too, which include In yo was amazing Also, there are talking animals and people ride mammoths How could I not love that Empress of Salt and Fortune is one of the best novellas I ve ever read, now maybe even my favorite I really look forward to reading what Nghi Vo will write in the future One drunken evening, many years on, In yo would say that the war was won by silenced and nameless women, and it would be hard to argue with herCleric Chih and Almost Brilliant, a hoopoe, travel to Lake Scarlett, where the compound that Empress In yo was exiled to sits Chih means to catalog the contents of the compound and record its stories, but when they arrive they are greeted by an old woman named Rabbit, who invites them in Rabbit was a servant under In yo, who eventually came to beOne drunken evening, many years on, In yo would say that the war was won by silenced and nameless women, and it would be hard to argue with herCleric Chih and Almost Brilliant, a hoopoe, travel to Lake Scarlett, where the compound that Empress In yo was exiled to sits Chih means to catalog the contents of the compound and record its stories, but when they arrive they are greeted by an old woman named Rabbit, who invites them in Rabbit was a servant under In yo, who eventually came to be known as the Empress of Salt and Fortune As Chih takes notes, Rabbit begins to tell them about the empress, and Rabbit s own story is entwined within it Each day, when Rabbit is finished speaking, she says,Do you understandThere sto Rabbit s story than some might realizeAngry mothers raise daughters fierce enough to fight wolvesMy primary complaint comes from the fact that this is a novella, and it tries to accomplish a lot within only a few pages The character development suffers the most, in my opinion By the end, I felt like I was just getting to know Chih and Rabbit I felt like I didn t know the others at all I thought the plot might also suffer due to the short length, but I actually didn t have a problem with it It was very confusing in the beginning, but I thought it held true to how much information we would actually be getting if a stranger decided to tell us a story How many times has my grandpa told me a tale that took place sometime before I was born that kept me initially confused Regardless, I thought the story flowed well I was impressed by Vo s subtle world building Rabbit and Chih would have a conversation, and somewhere in there we will get a tidbit of information that tells us about their world and the creatures within it Vo has certainly mastered the art of NOT throwing in massive info dumps Beyond world building, Vo s writing style is pleasant in general I was immersed in the elegant writing It s somewhat fairytale like, but not overly dramatic 3 5 starsInstagram youtubearc received through netgalleyThe empress of salt and fortune is a short story about an exiled empress and her rise to power and her unconditional love for women While the whimsical writing style of this book enhanced the experience, turning the story into a fairy tale, there was little to anything else to this book The characters, while complex, were seen from distance, which made any kind of emotional connection impossible The pacing of the story felt off, as th 3 5 starsInstagram youtubearc received through netgalleyThe empress of salt and fortune is a short story about an exiled empress and her rise to power and her unconditional love for women While the whimsical writing style of this book enhanced the experience, turning the story into a fairy tale, there was little to anything else to this book The characters, while complex, were seen from distance, which made any kind of emotional connection impossible The pacing of the story felt off, as the tale sped up on the interesting, character revealing parts, to focus on introspective, this and that happened storytelling A really excellent novella set in an Asian inspired alt world, with a touch of magic but mostly politics and conspiracy and fantastic feminist rage Haunting, extraordinary, deeply compelling in a quietly building way Really really good. My favourite book I read in March Book 27 of 30 for my 30 day reading challenge Empress of Salt and Fortune was this remarkable little tale told by an elderly woman named Rabbit We have a cleric named Chi they them and their hoopoe Almost Brilliant who are listening to the story of the Empress In Yo, who had Rabbit as a handmaiden during the time when she was married into an alliance, and then exiled Nghi Vo delivers a deeply moving, atmospheric story of feminism, resilience, and rebellio My favourite book I read in March Book 27 of 30 for my 30 day reading challenge Empress of Salt and Fortune was this remarkable little tale told by an elderly woman named Rabbit We have a cleric named Chi they them and their hoopoe Almost Brilliant who are listening to the story of the Empress In Yo, who had Rabbit as a handmaiden during the time when she was married into an alliance, and then exiled Nghi Vo delivers a deeply moving, atmospheric story of feminism, resilience, and rebellion, steeped with culture and mythology, featuring a queer cast Truly, whatcould you want This book doesn t make you feel things you can put into words It makes you feel things that only you can feel and only you can comprehend And I mean this in the best way possible.

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