'A great sapphic sci-fi'
Xìch Si: bot maker, data analyst, mother, scavenger. But those days are over now-her ship has just been captured by the Red Banner pirate fleet, famous for their double-dealing and cruelty. Xìch Si expects to be tortured to death-only for the pirates' enigmatic leader, Rice Fish, to arrive with a different and shocking proposition: an arranged marriage between Xìch Si and herself.
Rice Fish: sentient ship, leader of the infamous Red Banner pirate fleet, wife of the Red Scholar. Or at least, she was the latter before her wife died under suspicious circumstances. Now isolated and alone, Rice Fish wants Xìch Si's help to find out who struck against them and why. Marrying Xìch Si means Rice Fish can offer Xìch Si protection, in exchange for Xìch Si's technical fluency: a business arrangement with nothing more to it.
But as the investigation goes on, Rice Fish and Xìch Si find themselves falling for each other. As the interstellar war against piracy intensifies and the five fleets start fighting each other, they will have to make a stand-and to decide what kind of future they have together...
An exciting space opera and a beautiful romance from an exceptional SF author, shortlisted for the 2023 Arthur C. Clarke Award.
'Confident, sexy, and touching'
'An exhilarating dive into space piracy'
'A fizzingly inventive space opera'
'The most glittery and delicious candy-shell'
'A "read-in-one-sitting" novel'
'An epic tale of piracy and romance'
GARETH L. POWELL
'It took my breath away!'
'LESBIAN SPACE PIRATES. Enough said'
The Red Scholar's Wake
1st paperback ed
Paperback (17 Aug 2023)
Includes delivery to the United States
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