Such a wonderful, intriguing concept - non-Western SF/mystery blended with non-Christian religious archetypes! - hampered by Williams's weirdly bloodless characters. I felt the same way about the other, non-Detective Inspector Chen novel I read of hers, and there's just nothing for me to grasp with the characters. They slip through my head and disappear into her really fascinating worldbuilding. I almost aggressively don't care about any of them, either like or dislike, and wanting to know more about the world she has constructed is what keeps the page turning for me, not the plot or the characters. Alas.