A PRAYER FOR THE CROWN-SHY by Becky Chambers

After touring the rural areas of Panga, Sibling Dex (a Tea Monk of some renown) and Mosscap (a robot sent on a quest to determine what humanity really needs) turn their attention to the villages and cities of the little moon they call home.

They hope to find the answers they seek, while making new friends, learning new concepts, and experiencing the entropic nature of the universe.

Becky Chambers’s new series continues to ask: in a world where people have what they want, does having more even matter?


Title : A Prayer For The Crown-Shy
Author : Becky Chambers
Series : Monk & Robot (book two)
Format : eBook (overdrive)
Page Count : 160
Genre : LGBTQIAP+ scifi/fantasy
Publisher : Tordotcom
Release Date : July 12, 2022

Reviewer : Hollis
Rating  : ★ ★ ★ .5


Hollis’ 3.5 star review

Much like book one in this series, this is a wholesome and thoughtful novella. And while I’m not rounding up, I did enjoy it more than book one for one very key reason : Mosscap. This charming and easily enraptured or fascinated robot was such a delight to read about. The discussions, the conversations around need and doing for others, it was all so heartwarming.

There’s a gentleness to the conversations, the observations, of this world and the new experiences seen through a robot’s eyes in a society far removed from our own. It’s a nice departure from reality even knowing that it took this world’s near-collapse to bring it about.

If you struggled a bit with book one, I would definitely recommend you pick this one up. I hope we do get more but if not it ended in a really lovely way and I am satisfied.

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