She interferes and saves the monk and they learn that his world and her empire are about to face a reckoning. This tale of social crisis is good, enjoyable and full of grim probability and hideous revelations. I’ll read the sequel.
“Made too many wrong choices.”
“You don’t even know how to make threats.”
“A walking disaster.”
“Used as a kinetic impactor, a ship this size could smash a world apart.”
“They’ll fight you to their graves.”