Order of the Full Moon Reflected in Water by Zen Cho (author of The Sorcerer to the Crown). A novella, and a strange one at that.
From Description: A bandit walks into a coffeehouse, and it all goes downhill from there. Guet Imm, a young votary of the Order of the Pure Moon, joins up with an eclectic group of thieves (whether they like it or not) in order to protect a sacred object, and finds herself in a far more complicated situation than she could have ever imagined.
The description captured my imagination. I was not familiar with the term wuxia novel, so in case you aren't yet familiar with the term either:
Wuxia (武俠 [ù. ɕjǎ]), which literally means "martial heroes", is a genre of Chinese fiction concerning the adventures of martial artists in ancient China. ... They often originate from the lower social classes of ancient Chinese society.
There is a handsome bandit, a homely bandit, a quixotic young nun on a mission, humor, and an unexpected twist. In fact, most of this novella is unexpected. And fun. And maybe should have been longer?
Read in March. Review scheduled for June 7.
Wuxia novella. June 23, 2020. Print length: 176 pages.