Embers of War
Copyright 2018 by
Gareth L. Powell
I first read this on the 13th May 2018.
Sal Konstanz is captain of the Trouble Dog. Her ship is an ex-warship
now owned by the House of Reclamation to rescue survivors of space
disasters. Her ship receives a Mayday message from the cruise
ship "The Geest van Amsterdam" reporting that it is under attack.
Ona Sondak, a poet, is on "The Geest van Amsterdam". She survives
both the initial attack, and the subsequent planet-fall. The
attackers appear determined to kill all the passengers.
Ona escapes the ship onto the planet's surface but on this
planet there's not really anywhere to hide.
Can Ona, can anyone, be saved? To some people Ona is immensely
important, not for the poet she is now but for who she used to be.
That is not something Ona wishes to remember.
Jolly Good! Coincidently, I've read two novels about genocide and
possible redemption in the past couple of weeks. this one and the
astounding "Days of Cain"* by J.R. Dunn. "Embers of War" is not
as powerful as Dunn's book, but I expect it 's not trying to be.
Powell has penned a thrilling and moving adventure with characters
that feel real and big ideas that leave you breathless with awe
What's it got? AI, alien ruins, aliens, space battles and giant
space armadas. And much, much more than that.
*Lost for fifteen years in a hidden silo, unearthed just last month
with another fifty or so books.
Loaded on the 7th March 2020.