A Crime of Honor by Keegan Kozinski
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
In an asian-inspired country, High-Prince Surr must make the dangerous journey to the Inner Kingdom to assassinate Emperor Sarizen. The task is difficult, and could cost Surr everything, but if he doesn’t accomplish his goal, the Emperor’s hatred may cause irreparable damage to the nation.
The author did an excellent job imbuing setting and character in such a short story. You get a sense of the magic that runs through the land (we start out in a burning forest that is never consumed) and the stakes for Surr (as he remembers the promises he made to his family).