by Tim Lukeman
This is one of my favorite books to reread. Along with its pseudo-sequel Koren, the language is rich and engaging. It’s evocative, engaging the senses with it’s fully realized world that feels like an Asia that could have been while successfully conjuring images of a land that never was. The interactions between the protagonist and the sorcerer are both familiar as a trope of fantasy, but with a flavor and depth all their own.