Sep 02, 2020StevenCHager rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
(Note: I read the ebook version of this text, and am copying my comment for the book's main entry.)
A short but impactful read; I finished it in about 2.5 hours. While the book has the trappings of fantasy - a talking bird character and references to mages, ghosts, a fictional setting, etc. - it reads like an Asian period drama. It is largely a quiet story (there are no sword fights or magical duels), but a story filled with enough political intrigue, revenge, and tragic love to keep the reader turning the pages all the way to the satisfying conclusion.