Empress of Forever
by Max Gladstone (Tor, 2019)
audiobook read by Natalie Naudus (Dreamscape Media, 2019)
Full marks to Gladstone for choosing long and self-contained over duology or trilogy. The story, however, is rather sprawling (even a batshit-crazy space opera should look beyond the moment and build towards emotional impact). Naudus’s audiobook reading adds significantly to the characterisation.