Overnight tonight for me: my most anticipated sequel of the year, Arkaday Martine's A Desolation Called Peace. The first book won the Hugo Award in 2019, and it was great fun for me as the central imperial power in it - though a space opera - was based on the Mexica/Aztec Empire, with similar family dynamics, naming conventions, and characteristics such as expansionism. The secondary people with an embassy in the capital reminded me of the Tlaxcalans of Mesoamerica (which could have been conquered but weren't, in part so the Aztec had someone to practice military against/with) and there's a looming sort of Cortez-and-company in the wings which is the heart of this book. Or maybe I just read lots of that into the book - not sure. I'm too early in this one to tell.