The first installment of the trilogy, Ninefox Gambit centers on disgraced captain Kel Cheris, who must recapture the formidable Fortress of Scattered Needles in order to redeem herself in front of the Hexarchate.
To win an impossible war, Captain Kel Cheris must awaken an ancient weapon and a despised traitor general.
Captain Kel Cheris of the Hexarchate is disgraced for using unconventional methods in a battle against heretics. Kel Command gives her the opportunity to redeem herself by retaking the Fortress of Scattered Needles, a star fortress that has recently been captured by heretics. Cheris' career isn't the only thing at stake. If the fortress falls, the Hexarchate itself might be next. Cheris' best hope is to ally with the undead tactician Shuos Jedao. The good news is that Jedao has never lost a battle, and he may be the only one who can figure out how to successfully besiege the fortress. The bad news is that Jedao went mad in his first life and massacred two armies, one of them his own. As the siege wears on, Cheris must decide how far she can trust Jedao - because she might be his next victim.
©2016 Yoon Ha Lee (P)2016 Recorded Books
One of the best creative and compelling sci-fi books to come out in 2016. Right from the get go the reader is immersed in a compelling, original universe where faith can be measured and used by the Hextarcate's official calendar and it's soldier's loyalties are 'improved' by formation instinct. This is a world and a story that feels fresh and very well thought out. Lee does not talk down to the reader and the story benefits from it. A must read.
"Sails similar waters to the Ancillary series"
I had to re-listen to this book to figure out whether I liked it or not (I was already impressed by the language and characters).
That sounds like faint praise but for me it means that the book was complex enough that I needed another go round to understand everything.
It's definitely worth a listen if you like the Ancillary books (although AI plays a very minor role).
"Romances of the three kingdoms and Discrete mathematics had a baby"
Like an ancient Chinese military history set in a universe driven by laser weapons, endless war, geometric religious orientation, heresy and plots within plots. Buckle up kiddos, it's a wild ride
"great plot, terrible execution."
if you like stories that often run off in unimportant tangents and don't end with any meaningful conclusion than this is your book otherwise I wouldn't waste your time.
i loved yoon ha lee since i listened to battle of candle arc at clarkesworld. i love what lee has done here to continue this incredibly inventive science fiction/fantasy story. the calendrical warfare is original and evocative. and i love the twists and turns and layers within layers.
gets you hooked quick and keeps you throughout the book! cant wait for next book
Horrid writing that is over complicated and impossible to imagine. No explanation of formations that can be visualized. 30 minutes of my life that I want back. I wanted my credit/money back.
"unique and interesting"
The dynamic between the main characters is great, looking forward to reading the next one.
"Looking forward to book two"
Book felt a little disjointed. First part was lead up for exposition in the last few chapters that ultimately set up the next books.
The story was literally incomprehensible. I could detect no discernible plot nor any characters I gave a damn about. The book seemed to be nothing more than a stream of consciousness series of odd dialogue that never advanced the story, had there been any. Granted, I could only make it through the first six hours, so who knows whether a story actually surfaced near the end. This thing was bad enough to hold its own with the scores of self-published "works" flooding Audible.
No, not if they are good. I LOVE space opera. Ascher, Hamilton, Robinson, Steele, Corey, Rusch, you name it. The things that all of these writers have in common is the ability to craft an intelligible story and characters I actually care about, with dialogue that makes actual sense.
I doubt that even Scott Brick or Stefan Rudnicki could have made a difference.
Disappointment followed by complete apathy, at which point I bailed.
Yes, I like oatmeal raisin cookies...
"Bizarre and completely uninteresting"
Didn't click, seemed to be lots of mispronunciations.
Can I have my credit back? I forced myself to get through the couple of chapters, and that was about all I could take. The book is set in some Korean-culture-centric bizarre fantasy world. The characters are flat and unrelatable. What little plot was there wasn't at all interesting.
"Go with the flow"
The novel was initially hard going but once I wrapped my mind around the concept that maths and beliefs can distort reality, really started to get into the story.
Narration was good but had to drop it down to X1.5 playback speed to understand the narrator.
"Brilliant, complex, advanced level scifi"
A wonderfully imagined world, interesting characters with fascinating discussion on ethics, strategy, society. The two main protagonists are both rich, three dimensional characters struggling realistically with the paths that they have chosen in a setting that they don't agree with, and several 'vignettes' provide great incite into the story with just the taste of other characters.
For someone used to reading Scifi, a delight, but I can imagine that, for one unused to holding so much unknown terminology at bay, this may be a difficult read. Terms are often delivered without immediate explanation, if ever explanation arrives, and so the reader is often left to feel how the world is rather than being provided a blueprint.
If youre happy to dive into a different world though, well recommended.
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