Titan Books announce the publication in February of the first book a three-part space opera from BSFA winning author Gareth L. Powell, Embers of War...
Beautifully plotted and paced, Embers of War is a timely and considered look at morality and the consequences of conflict, delicately balanced with Powell’s trademark wit and warm prose to create a modern, page-turning addition to the increasingly popular space opera genre.
The warship Trouble Dog was built and bred for violence, yet following a brutal war, she finds herself disgusted by conflict and her role in a possible war crime. Seeking to atone, she joins the House of Reclamation, an organisation dedicated to rescuing ships in distress. But stripped of her weaponry and emptied of her officers, she struggles in the new role she’s chosen for herself. When a ship goes missing in a disputed system, Trouble Dog and her new crew of misfits and loners, captained by Sal Konstanz, an ex-captain of a medical frigate who once fought against Trouble Dog, are assigned to investigate and save whoever they can.
Meanwhile, light years away, intelligence officer Ashton Childe is tasked with locating and saving the poet, Ona Sudak, who was aboard the missing ship, whatever the cost. In order to do this, he must reach out to the only person he considers a friend, even if he’s not sure she can be trusted. What Childe doesn’t know is that Sudak is not the person she appears to be.
What appears to be a straightforward rescue mission turns into something far more dangerous, as Trouble Dog, Konstanz, and Childe find themselves at the centre of a potential new conflict that could engulf not just mankind but the entire galaxy.
If she is to survive and save her crew, Trouble Dog is going to have to remember how to fight.
GARETH L. POWELL is the author of five science-fiction novels and two short story collections. His third novel, Ack-Ack Macaque, book one in the Macaque Trilogy, was the winner of the 2013 BSFA novel award. He lives in Bristol, UK. Find him on Twitter @garethlpowell.
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Embers of War is released on 20th February