Inversions (2001) 4 stars

Inversions is a science fiction novel by Scottish writer Iain M. Banks, first published in …

beautifully spare

4 stars

A morality question of harm volleyed between players in broadly medieval conflict from the personal to all out war. Reads as homage to LeGuin than most Banks: while there's only one late line to connect this explicitly to the Culture universe (give or take), it's most clearly asking the same questions.