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Goodreads Monday

I saw this post by Inge at, The Belgian Reviewer, who I discovered through Vera at, Unfiltered Tales, and thought it a great way to start the week. Alas, I am once again late posting, given I’ve had a crazy day here, today.

Anyway, the original post of Goodreads Monday was posted over at Lauren’s Pageturners. She writes:

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted here.
To participate, choose a random book from your TBR and show it off. Don’t forget to link back here and feel free to add your links to the comments so that others can see what you picked.

So here’s my choice: EMBERS OF WAR by Gareth L. Powell.

I am a fan of Powell’s work, and his ability to spin a great story. He specifically writes science fiction, but while the backdrop might be space opera, or alien invasion, don’t be fooled, there is always so much more to Powell’s stories than meet the eye. He also writes strong female characters, which is refreshing, and has them at the fore and in the thick of it, along side their male counterparts. He also isn’t afraid to step into the puddle, muddy the water, as with this, his latest title.

Embers of War takes a hard, long look at war, and then, the aftermath: the battle for peace. Which will be the more difficult battle to overcome, that’s the question, I think Powell poses. I received my copy directly from the Publisher, slated for read and review in the coming weeks. So I am amped up to read how Powell tackles this subject given I thought highly of his Ack-Ack Macaque Trilogy. If you love space opera and well written SF, you can’t go wrong reading Powell and his work.

Title: EMBERS OF WAR
Author: Gareth L. Powell
Publisher: Titan Books
Published: Feb 2018
ISBN: 9781785655180

Backcover Blurb

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…

10 Comments

  1. This sounds like a really effective mix of speculative fiction and suspense, Alex. And, to me, the best specfic keeps the focus on the characters involved, and it sounds as though this one does that. Glad you enjoyed it.

    • Indeed, Margot. I’ve found I really enjoy Gareth’s work, which I would say, despite the setting being the far future, or distant worlds, is usually character-driven and orientated. And while he does high concept, it never drowns the story or plot. He’s also prone to some dry wit too, which is always welcome.

  2. Vera says

    This book sounds really interesting. I must admit that me and science fiction is sometimes a complete hit or miss, but the premise of a great story always interests me.

    I think I should check out some of Powell’s work. Thanks for the inspiration. 🙂

    • Alexandra says

      Like any genre, Vera, there is good SF and good authors, and it’s a case of finding the author’s whose work you enjoy, or admire. Powell writes a cross section os SF, space opera and science fantasy. Books that deal with characters live and or complex issue are always the more interesting.

      I hope if you try some of his work, you enjoy it.

  3. Thank you for the mention, I’m happy to see you enjoy Goodreads Mondays. It’s a great way to look at your own bookshelf and share some older books with your friends too. Sometimes they’ve already read them and it’s great to get feetback, and other times you’ll make others add them to their wishlist as well :-). Seems like a great pick to me, not really my genre but looks interesting if this is your go to genre!

    • Alexandra says

      You are very welcome, Inge. I thought this a fun tag to join in with, as it means I can share some of, as you say, favourite books with readers. I’m sure many will have not read my recommends, as a lot are SF or obscure authors, or both! ☺️

      And yes, this one of my go to genres because my favourite authors know how to use the genre to good effect.

    • It’s his new series, Norrie. And if you love SF then Powell has written so excellent novels. You should give him a go. He’s one of a clutch of UK-based authors from Bristol that are emerging these last couple of years.

    • Alexandra says

      Yes, I do, sorry to cause confusion. And this one is my bookish blog.

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