This post contains book-destroying SPOILERS for The Language of Power (and the prior books in the Steerswoman series). Here’s the non-spoiler post if you got here by mistake.
So, the sleep-deprived misunderstanding was in jumping from “four little fast-moving lights” to my recollection of watching the ISS go by overhead, and not remembering that the pictures were taken from a satellite, and therefore can’t be of anything in local orbit. It took Chad explaining it to me to realize that there’s another spaceship on the way.
Which in another writer would make me fear deus ex machina type stuff, but now I just want to know when it’s going to get here . . .
I still don’t quite understand the effect it had on Kieran and Slado, though. I can imagine that Kieran maybe realized how the “wizards” would look to outsiders and decided to turn over a new leaf, but I can’t yet fathom why it would start Slado on a campaign of destruction.
Also, while it was really lovely to see Will again, I would like the next book to not contain an apparently-friendly male character who turns out to have a hidden agenda, please.