Art Reveal: The Red Scholar's Wake, by Aliette de Bodard

25 Nov 2022

Today we have the pleasure to help with an art reveal, related to The Red Scholar's Wake, the new novel from Aliette de Bodard, and the first full novel situated in the Xuya Universe.

Commissioned by the own author, and realized by Elizabeth Alys (@dungeonmistrix), it depicts the main characters from this novel, Rice Fish and Xich Si, who have a sapphic romance. Let's look at this marvelous piece!

Art by Elizabeth Alys (@dungeonmistrix)

The Red Scholar's Wake by Aliette de Bodard
Coming out from Gollancz November 24th, hardcover, and ebook
Cover artist: Ravven and Alyssa Winans

Cover by Ravven
Cover by Alyssa Winans

You can get The Red Scholar's Wake, from:

'So romantic I may simply perish' Tasha Suri, award-winning author of THE JASMINE THRONE
'LESBIAN SPACE PIRATES. Enough said.' Katee Robert, NYT bestselling author of NEON GODS

Xích 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. Xích 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 Xích 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 Xích Si's help to find out who struck against them and why. Marrying Xích Si means Rice Fish can offer Xích Si protection, in exchange for Xích Si's technical fluency: a business arrangement with nothing more to it. 

But as the investigation goes on, Rice Fish and Xích 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.