Monday, August 31, 2015

The Breath of War, by Aliette de Bodard

Beneath Ceaseless Skies, March 2014
http://www.beneath-ceaseless-skies.com/stories/the-breath-of-war/

Rechan is pregnant, near term, and separated from her breath-sibling by distance and the last remnants of a war. There are special challenges to bearing a child on the world of Voc, and her baby won't survive if her breath-sibling isn't there to attend her. But unlike most young women, when it came time to carve her breath-sibling, Rechan didn't carve a stoneman or stonewoman, out of a stone block brought into her community. She ran away into the mountains, the source of the lamsinh stone that is used to carve breath-siblings, and carved--something else.

Now Rechan needs to reach her breath-sibling in the mountains, before she goes into labor. It's not going to be easy.

We discover the world as Rechan travels through it, and through meeting the people she meets. And in the mountains, something wonderful is waiting.

Recommended.