From BSFA Award winning author Gareth L. Powell comes the first in a new epic sci-fi trilogy exploring the legacies of war.
The sentient warship Trouble Dog was built for violence, yet following a brutal war, she is disgusted by her role in a genocide. Stripped of her weaponry and seeking to atone, she joins the House of Reclamation, an organisation dedicated to rescuing ships in distress. When a civilian ship goes missing in a disputed system, Trouble Dog and her new crew of loners, captained by Sal Konstanz, are sent on a rescue mission.
Meanwhile, light years away, intelligence officer Ashton Childe is tasked with locating the poet, Ona Sudak, who was aboard the missing spaceship. What Childe doesn’t know is that Sudak is not the person she appears to be. A straightforward rescue turns into something far more dangerous, as Trouble Dog, Konstanz and Childe find themselves at the centre of a conflict that could engulf the entire galaxy. If she is to save her crew, Trouble Dog is going to have to remember how to fight...
Powell (the Ack-Ack Macaque trilogy) delivers an emotionally wrenching take on life in a war-torn far future. Sal Konstanz captained a medical vessel in the wake of the bombing that destroyed a sentient jungle, ending an interstellar war. In the aftermath, she joins the House of Reclamation, a neutral humanitarian group, as she tries to recover from witnessing the horrors of war. As they go about their rescue work, it's clear that she and her small crew and even Trouble Dog, their sentient ship suffer from severe trauma. Nevertheless, they display courage and resilience when they stumble into covert operations that threaten to reignite the war and must find a way to stop the conspirators. Though the story is a little ponderous at first, the pace picks up as the threads begin to come together, leading to an explosive finale with strong series potential.