by Lois McMaster Bujold

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Bragi's rating:  4 
At first glance, just a historic novel of court intrigue in the Forbidden City, eunuchs and all, transferred to an SF setting. But it does contain material needing to be set in a future, and it is a readable adventure with some depth to the characters.