Sisters of the Vast Black was easily one of my favorite books when I read it. Even though it’s a novella it packed such a punch that I couldn’t wait for more.
Sisters of the Forsaken Stars picks up not long after the events of the first book. We follow the remaining nuns in their new living ship dealing with the fallout from what they witnessed and have learned about their former abbess.
For such a small book, it feels larger. The characters are all dealing emotionally with something that’s hard to manage: questioning whether or not the person they knew really believed the things she espoused but also was expected to lead with. Not knowing if the person they loved and trusted was real or not.
Now they have a new live ship, that hasn’t been named and it was nice to see taht at the end, what it meant for them to do it. I love these characters and the author is a phenom. I inhaled this story just like the first. It’s a re-read and a purchase.
There’s queerness in it and it’s so easy, simple, relaxed.
This isn’t the kind of story where te queerness is like “LOOK I DID IT!” No, it’s just a facet of the character. She exists and she’s grappling not with it, but with the shift in her new life after leaving the faith and joining a new deadship.
We get intrigue, distrust, emotional strain and complex interpersonal relationships all in such a small package. It feels like a much bigger book and when it’s over, you’ll want more.
It’s a five (5) star for me.
First 5 star of 2022!