Queen of Candesce by Karl Schroeder
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
We didn't really focus too much on the mechanics of Virga in this book, (which still remains awesome, btw,) but that's mostly fine. We got the lion's share of worldbuilding in the first book.
This one takes us to an OLD, insular community with our favorite back-stabbing hot noble as she successfully rises to power on nothing more than intelligence and opportunism.
That's it. It's fun, a wild ride, and it's all still set in a man-made world like a balloon with artificial suns inside. For that, I call it quasi-steampunk, quasi-hardSF.
I'm down for more. Originality counts for a lot.
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