Friday, May 14, 2021

The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water, by Zen Cho, ISBN 9781250269249, June 2020

A bandit walks into a coffeehouse and is quietly drinking his tea when a dispute breaks out between a waitress and a customer. Soon it becomes a major fight, in which the bandit, Lau Fung Cheung, and another bandit, Tet Sang, play a major role.

Guet Imm, a young votary of the Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water, is working as a waitress in the coffeehouse after her tokong was attacked and everyone else killed. She's alive because she was an anchorite, protected by her walls until she realized it had been too long between food deliveries. She emerged to find the devastation. She's not really a very good waitress, and she's a worse assistant cook, so she's fired without hesitation for the fight.

Guet Imm then joins the bandit gang, whether they want her or not.

She has no idea what she's getting into, but then, neither do the bandits. Or, as they prefer to call themselves, contractors.

The contractors are transporting a very special load of goods to a very particular buyer. Lau Fung Cheung, head of the gang, has perhaps not kept all his promises to his men. Tet Sang, second in command, and maker of many of the important decisions, has secrets he'd prefer the rest of the contractors don't know. Guet Imm really is a young and somewhat naïve votary of her order, but she's something more than just that.

Also, this is just a really interesting world to wander around in.

There are things I would love to comment on that would be major spoilers.

Highly recommended.

I bought this book.

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