A review by lylah
Fireheart Tiger, by Aliette de Bodard

emotional hopeful reflective fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes
There’s a lot packed into this little novella—I wish it were longer if only to get a bigger glimpse into this intricately detailed world that Aliette de Bodard so stunningly sweeps you into. The main character Thanh deals with her past trauma and the reemergence of a controlling ex who, while trying to woo her again, is also trying to make her country bow down to her empire—an unfair dynamic from all angles, and one that Thanh gets realistically manipulated into. 
As a side note, I remember reading an Asimov three times this length with all male characters and being disappointed that there was not a single woman. This book has maybe one man in it and he gets maybe one line so amen to that.

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