I don't know what I expected but it was not this. I loved this book! It has space, gods, the beginnings of a war, and a lazy best friend I want as my own.
When Esmae interrupts a royal challenge to win an unbeatable, sentient warship, she sets in motion a preordained tragedy that she, and others, try to prevent. Her life changes, her past starts to impact her future, and everything she thought she understood about herself and her history must be questioned. (If you're not familiar with the Mahābhārata, don't research ahead of reading so as to not spoil yourself the gasp-worthy twists.)