“Magic pollution affected everyone.”
This short story bridges the gap between two previous novels. Opaque for first-time readers, it reads like an introduction or side-side to a bigger tale. Not much to recommend it either way. Hard to believe it was nominated for a Hugo Award; perhaps spill over popularity from the rest of the series.
“Intrigues are allowed, but nothing that threatens our unity.”
(2018 Hugo Award novellette finalist)