The Hands of the Emperor
An impulsive word can start a war.
A timely word can stop one.
A simple act of friendship can change the course of history.
Cliopher Mdang is the personal secretary of the Last Emperor of Astandalas, the Lord of Rising Stars, the Lord Magus of Zunidh, the Sun-on-Earth, the god.
He has spent more time with the Emperor of Astandalas than any other person.
He has never once touched his lord.
He has never called him by name.
He has never initiated a conversation.
One day Cliopher invites the Sun-on-Earth home to the proverbially remote Vangavaye-ve for a holiday.
The mere invitation could have seen Cliopher executed for blasphemy.
The acceptance upends the world.
This is not quite what he expected when he first contemplated the prospect of retirement.
Immersive, healing, delightful
What if the people who ran the world were conscientious, self-sacrificing, and good at their jobs? I love the characters here and want both to be their friend and to vote for them in the next election.
Friendship and government
This is a lovely book!! But I would still be select in who I recommend it to. It has almost no action, a very slow plot, no romance, and largely male characters. That said. If you like worldbuilding, a focus on friend and family relationship, characters who are trying their best and are also flawed, and emphasis on the idea that a single person can make the world a better place (aka hopepunk) then I would recommend this book very highly.