The main character of this book is a stone. A literal stone. Well, a god in the form of a stone, but a stone nonetheless. As with Leckie’s previous books, much of the story is concerned with the politics of governing a people—in this case, a politics made complicated by the shifting allegiances of the gods. The main human character, Eolo, is charming and clever, and wise about how he navigates the complex desires of both human and god. But the stone is the real star of the book, and its stoniness the main part of its power. I found myself wishing the humans in the book had carried more of that weight.