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Literature / A Matter of Profit

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A Matter of Profit is a Young Adult science fiction novel by Hilari Bell.

It is set in the advanced world where the humanity is known as the Vivitare, and is told from the perspective of Ahvren and his sister Sabri: the former is a disillusioned soldier, the latter an unwilling bride-to-be of the emperor's son. Neither are happy with their position: however, Ahvren is now on the verge of resolving the mystery of the so-cold T'Chin in time. Meanwhile, rumors swirl that the Vivitare emperor is marked for an assassination as part of a slowly unfolding conspiracy...

This novel contains examples of:

  • Arranged Marriage: Sabri is engaged to marry Prince Dravik, the emperor's heir and an all-around creep. Her brother spends most of the book trying to get her out of it. He fails, and she takes matters into her own hands.
  • Cannot Tell a Lie: Ahvren, part of his PTSD after fighting in a war.
  • Fiery Redhead: Sabri. Ahvren lampshades it by remembering an old myth that red-haired Vivitare are the descendants of a volcano god.