“Everything is a lie. Everything is a fragment of the truth.”
The collection contains the titular story plus “Ship’s Brother,” and “The Frost on the Jade Buds.”
“… seemed to be perpetual mourning, as if some spring within them had broken a long time ago.”
Well-written, but lacks depth. Presumably much backstory is developed in earlier Xuya Universe novels. This is not a good place to start.
“Tales for children. Bedtimes stories: the only narratives that can be stomached.”
(Illustration from deBodard’s website, not from collection.)