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Bethany Jacobs: These Burning Stars (2023, Orbit) 4 stars

On a dusty backwater planet, occasional thief Jun Ironway has gotten her hands on the …

impressive craft

4 stars

Starts off in a stock fantasy of clerics and assassins, and clearly riffing on some familiar themes of space classics, but as this thriller's clever use of flashback and recall keeps weaving a strong set of character relationships and loyalties in unflinching intrigue, the wide-ranging story pulls off a lot of sharp turns without losing the individual threads. I'll likely read the next one, and thankful it's not just left as a part two.