Currently Martha Wells is best known for her Murderbot Diaries series, but I encourage folks to read her other works as well, which show a remarkable variety but consistent quality. The Witch King is no exception.
It’s a solid story with well-rounded characters set in a meticulously crafted world. The organisation, though, threw me for a loop for a while. Starting as it did, I was convinced for the first few chapters that I must’ve missed a book or story before this. That confusion made it difficult for me to engage with the work for a while, but I trusted Wells to do the right thing by her readers and she delivered.
The ending, while satisfying, obviously sets us up for more works in this universe. It will be good to welcome Kai and friends back in years to come.