The past can be a difficult thing to escape…
Decommissioner Thirty-Seven is not the most conventional decommissioner at the Ministry of Divinities, but she takes her role of helping fading gods retire seriously-and feels bad when things go wrong. Take the decommissioning of Laloran-morna, former god of the warm ocean waves: she botched that, somehow, and now he spurts saltwater when upset. When seawater invades a development project in Laloran-morna’s old haunts, suspicion naturally falls on him. But is the retired god the source of the problem? Or is it the work of a mortal saboteur? Searching for the answer to these questions brings Thirty-Seven face-to-face with a past she’d rather forget.
Regret, perseverance, and love drive Forrest's sparkling second Tales of the Polity fantasy (following The Inconvenient God). Plucky administrator Thirty-Seven works for the Ministry of Divinities in the tropical totalitarian state of Sweet Harbor. Her job is to find deities who have lost their worshippers and decommission them into mortal retirement but she fails to fully decommission Laloran-morna, the god of warm ocean waves, who retains command over some ocean water even as a mortal. So when a luxury hotel construction site is flooded in an act of sabotage, Thirty-Seven is ordered to question the elderly god to see if he sought revenge on the project's destruction of coastal land. Laloran-morna denies it, but uses the interrogation to entreat Thirty-Seven to make a dedication to his former lover, Goblet, goddess of estuaries. Meanwhile, the officers of the Civil Order arrest archeologist Ninin Ateni for the crime, as Ninin has been vocal in his belief that the site holds the key to learning about the region's original inhabitants and long-forgotten gods. As Thirty-Seven navigates this tricky situation, careful not to reveal a dangerous family secret, Forrest skillfully blends the oppressive society and curmudgeonly gods with the airy tropical setting. This evocative and ultimately uplifting story is sure to please. \n