Embers of War

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Gareth Powell’s new novel, Embers of War is a space opera about a sentient warship named Trouble Dog. Trouble Dog has fought a long galactic battle, and she has had enough. Being a sentient being, she is tired and disgusted with all the carnage and genocide. Thus, she is stripped of her weaponry and joins an organization called House of Reclamation that helps sentient ships like Trouble Dog.

Meanwhile, in another part of the galaxy, a poet named Ona Sudak is attacked while taking a cruise on another spaceship. When Trouble Dog and her crew, led by Captain Sal Konstanz, learn of the attack, they immediately jump into action to try to rescue Ona Sudak. Moreover, there are now rumors that Ona Sudak is not your regular passenger but something more sinister. Now, the crew of Trouble Dog must do whatever they can to find Ona Sudak before it’s too late.

Gareth Powell brings a variety of techniques to hook the reader. The book follows multiple plotlines, all told in first-person, which can be tough at first, but once you get used to it, you start to appreciate his craft. There are lots of twists and turns and jaw-dropping moments that make you gasp. The characters are quite developed as well, with each of them having their own flaws.

All in all, this is a great space opera. If you liked other books about sentient ships like Anne Leckie’s Ancillary trilogy, then you will certainly enjoy Embers of War.

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Author Gareth L. Powell
Star Count 4.5/5
Format Trade
Page Count 416 pages
Publisher Titan Books
Publish Date 2018-Feb-20
ISBN 9781785655180
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Issue July 2018
Category Science Fiction & Fantasy
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