Nebula Award–winning author Elizabeth Moon makes a triumphant return to science fiction with a thrilling series featuring Kylara Vatta, the daring hero of her acclaimed Vatta’s War sequence.
After nearly a decade away, Nebula Award–winning author Elizabeth Moon makes a triumphant return to science fiction with this installment in a thrilling new series featuring the daring hero of her acclaimed Vatta’s War sequence.
Summoned to the home planet of her family’s business empire, space-fleet commander Kylara Vatta is told to expect a hero’s welcome. But instead she is thrown into danger unlike any other she has faced and finds herself isolated, unable to communicate with the outside world, commanding a motley group of unfamiliar troops, and struggling day by day to survive in a deadly environment with sabotaged gear. Only her undeniable talent for command can give her ragtag band a fighting chance.
Yet even as Ky leads her team from one crisis to another, her family and friends refuse to give up hope, endeavoring to mount a rescue from halfway around the planet—a task that is complicated as Ky and her supporters find secrets others will kill to protect: a conspiracy infecting both government and military that threatens not only her own group’s survival but her entire home planet.
Nebula-winner Moon's popular far-future Vatta's War series (Trading in Danger) roars on after a break of nearly a decade with this extended survival-and-rescue mission. Intrepid adventurer Kylara Vatta, a precocious Space Defense Force grand admiral at 29, blasts off in a shuttle to accept a hero's welcome on the home planet of Slotter Key that she once left in disgrace but she crashes on its least habitable icy continent. Familiar and colorful characters resurface, such as Ky's rakish lover, Rafe Dunbarger, CEO of the vast Interstellar Communications, and Ky's redoubtable great-aunt Grace Vatta, baker of clandestine fruitcakes and head of Slotter Key's planetary defense. Abounding with a new set of piratical baddies, ramped-up military slang, assorted betrayals, and echoes of Shackleton's incredible cold-weather trek, this lengthy space opera alternates among Ky in the planet's coldest regions and a spooky tunnel environment, Aunt Grace's political and economic machinations in the planetary capital, and Rafe's paramilitary derring-do, all typical though flamboyant elements of Moon's sci-fi mystery-action saga.
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Unfortunately, this fantastic book was too short! It kept me up reading until 6 AM, and I was only able to put it down because I realized that I wouldn't want another hour of reading it on the beach (vacation) before I finished it. I should not finish it in one night, because then it's over too soon! This involves Ky Vatta again, and all her wonderful cohorts, dealing with a big big surprise along with more typical human bad guys & their alliances. What we are left not knowing will hopefully fill several more books! Husband and I cannot wait!
Cold Welcome is fabulous!
Please don't make us wait too long for the next one! I'm so glad Ky is back!
Not Happy with the Ending
I don’t know if deadline pressure turned was started a pretty good yarn into a meh kind of story. The several plot threads leading toward sequels seemed to get thrown away as the main characters seem to want to run away from the problems they are in the middle of.