The Saint of Bright Doors by Vajra Chandrasekera

Staff Pick

Chandrasekera makes an SFF debut that's exceedingly fascinating and entirely unique. The protagonist, Fetter, has been destined since birth to kill his father and take his place at the head of an all-consuming behemoth of a religion--but he would simply rather not. He's already spent years being trained in the arts of assassination and radicalized by a revolutionary cult and has barely made it out with his selfhood intact (he's literally shadowless). He joins a support group for similarly situated redeemers/destroyers, tries to get a real job, and keep both feet on the ground (as a side effect of being shadowless, Fetter can and will float away if his focus slips). This book does weirder and more daring things with confluences of religion and magic than I have ever encountered, and the plotting is a continual delight of shattered expectations. Reckoning with the afterlives of childhood trauma, colonialism, religion, and the conventions of genre fiction itself, Chandrasekera isn't afraid to pose enormous questions: can we escape our destinies? Can we change them?

 

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$27.99
ISBN: 9781250847386
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Published: Tor Books - July 11th, 2023