Embers of War

Embers of War

The warship Trouble Dog was built and bred for calculating 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 s The warship Trouble Dog was built and bred for calculating violence, yet following a brutal war, she finds herself di...

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Title:Embers of War
Author:Gareth L. Powell
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Genres:Science Fiction
ISBN:Embers of War
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:411 pages pages

Embers of War Reviews

  • Tim Hicks
    Jun 19, 2018
    Hey, I *like* sentient spaceships. I've devoured all of Banks and Leckie and Asher and others. And superficially this is similar. It bops along well, with action but also some moral dilemmas and crises. The Trouble Dog is good, Nod is tedious, Clay is a cardboard all-anger-all-the-t...
  • Keith
    Feb 21, 2018
    The soul of great literature surely lies in an imaginative and grounded presentation of identifiable persons involved on a stage of aspiration and conflict recognizable to the reader. The protagonists must reside in an ethical world, even if they be monsters their lack of human compass...
  • Nick
    Feb 08, 2018
    The thing that I enjoyed most about this book was the author's willingness to connect the dots, no matter how far apart they appeared to be when first shown. As a result, everything you read in this book will matter later, with very few exceptions. That keeps the reader on his or her t...
  • Liviu
    Jun 08, 2018
    light space opera (not necessarily in tone but more in little world building, lots of hand waving, following few typical characters, action, secrets) lots of action, twists and turns, surprises, the usual continual raising of stakes of space opera and the clear Banksian overtones, al...
  • Nick
    May 15, 2018
    Vigorous space opera peering into war and guilt - but not so much so as to detract from the action. Banksian (if that's a word) flavours, and plenty more to do. Swallowed it in a short space of time, will no doubt enjoy the next as well. ...
  • Deb
    Feb 11, 2018
    You want to read this book. You may not like it, it may make you uncomfortable, but you want to read this book. Even if you are not a big fan of military sf, you want to read this book. It's almost like a descendant of Ann McCaffrey' "Ship Who ..." series and David Feintuch's "The Seaf...
  • Emily
    Aug 16, 2018
    Boring, weak characters. I mostly skimmed it the farther into the book I got. I just couldn?t care about the characters or the plot. ...
  • Bradley
    Feb 05, 2019
    At first, I felt like this was going to be a single-track MilSF with big spaceships and disgruntled warriors, but soon I was very happy to discover multidimensional characters representing a much wider kind of cast than I usually see in these types of novels. Poetry, spies, sentient sh...
  • Denise
    Jan 31, 2019
    3.5 stars. There was a lot to enjoy in the plot but being in the heads of the characters became repetitive. Loved the little critter who kept the ship going! (Listened to audio and couldn?t tell what the name was.) ...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    Feb 23, 2019
    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/03/03/... Embers of War by Gareth L. Powell is a sci-fi military space opera that has been on my radar ever since it was released last year, but it wasn?t until news of the sequel arrived that I was finally spurred t...
  • Kate
    Feb 16, 2018
    I really enjoy a good space opera and this has everything I could wish - great characters, brilliant starships and a thoroughly entertaining plot set in a variety of fascinating settings - plus mysterious and wondrous alien artefacts. There are hints of something else in the shadows en...
  • Katiria
    Feb 26, 2018
    *** I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much too, Titan Books for the opportunity to read and review Embers of War. *** Whoa, what an amazing and fantastic book was Embers of War was for me. I absolutely and thoroughly loved and enj...
  • Francesca  Barbini
    Jan 13, 2018
    What I love about Powell?s style, is that he doesn?t mess about. He can take you straight into the action and make you feel you belong there. The prologue of Embers of War set the scene. It goes straight to the point. Quick and dirty like Captain Deal?s orders. From chapter one...
  • Sirvinya
    Jun 06, 2018
    This was one of those books that I had seen some promo for so I stuck in on my wishlist to get to "eventually". Then Booksandpieces talked about it in a wrap up which ended up being more of an excited squeak so I had to buy it and read it immediately! I'm glad I did as it's possibly...
  • Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
    Dec 27, 2018
    4.0 Stars Combining my two favourite elements in science fiction (space opera AND sentient technology), it was so easy to get engrossed in this novel. The story moved along at a good pace, with short chapters shifting between the different perspectives. I found the human characters f...
  • Elizabeth
    May 31, 2018
    I actually stayed up far to late in order to finish the last few chapters like a little kid because damnit I needed to know what happened. Tensely plotted, interesting world created, great characters (Trouble Dog is a magnificent vengeful star of delight). ...
  • Ivan
    Jan 24, 2019
    Embers of War je jedna od izvikanijih SF knjiga objavljenih u 2018. To je delimi?no i razlog za?to sam izbegavao da je ?itam sve do sada, budu?i da sam se opekao s ve?inom hajpovanih naslova. No, mora se re?i da je Embers of War isporu?io, ?to se ka?e, vrlo solidnu spejs op...
  • Lindsay
    Feb 01, 2018
    In this space opera there are many sentient races in a loose organization called the Multiplicity with human space referred to as the Generality. Within those is the House of Reclamation, a human-created organization that comes to the rescue of spaceships and their crews in trouble, ei...
  • Jacob
    Oct 29, 2018
    This is everything I want in a story. Sentient space ships facing moral dilemmas, excellent character building, quality universe building, interesting histories, deep personal issues facing the characters, intense and engaging inner and outer struggles, and some of the best spaceship w...
  • Paul
    Feb 25, 2019
    When she was first built, Trouble Dog was a Carnivore class warship. Armed to the teeth, these were built for maximum destruction and mayhem and could reduce a planet to a smouldering rock. After one particularly brutal war, she begins to question the reasons behind what she had commit...
  • Lata
    Jun 24, 2018
    The story opens with an horrific act of brutality to stop a war, then continues years later where members of both sides live in an uneasy peace. The author presents different viewpoint characters from both sides of the former conflict, Sal Konstanz (the captain of the ship Trouble Dog)...
  • Alteredego
    Mar 23, 2018
    Understudy to the meistersingers Draw an equilateral triangle. Write "Iain M Banks", "Alastair Reynolds" and "Ann Leckie" at the vertices. That pretty much gives a feel for this book and its influences/ancestry/sources of plagiarism. From the side linking Banks and Leckie, author Ga...
  • Paul O'Neill
    Mar 19, 2019
    Like Iain M Banks Culture series? This is better... #boldstatements Seriously, though. This is one of the best, character driven books I've read in a long time. A rare thing for sci-fi. ...
  • Justine
    Apr 16, 2018
    I really quite liked this. The lighter, redemptive feel was refreshing after some of the grimmer SF I've read recently. The pacing was great and everything moves along well. I absolutely loved Trouble Dog, and her flawed captain, Sal, was a great compliment. I'm not sure that I lik...
  • Robyn
    Jul 03, 2018
    I really enjoyed this - great if you're looking for some escapist, character-driven SF set in a really interesting world. ...
  • Jeremy Szal
    Jun 13, 2018
    In everything I read, I'm looking for one of the following: Great, three-dimensional characters that drive the narrative, an expansive and immersive world, and a dark, sinister world state that has glimmers of hope and redemption scattered throughout. Embers of War has all of these thi...
  • Manuel Antão
    Jun 05, 2018
    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. Space Opera Made Simple: " Embers of War" by Gareth L. Powell I can't believe all the people who want to see the SF establishment have a hack at Iain M. Bank's Culture novels. If ever there were novels that I hope Ho...
  • Gary
    Jul 21, 2018
    Gareth Powell?s new space opera Embers of War is the story of the reformed warship Trouble Dog and her crew. After participating in a terrible genocide that brought an end to a brutal, destructive war, Trouble Dog leaves her sister warships behind and joins the House of Reclamation, ...
  • S. Naomi Scott
    Feb 25, 2018
    What can I say? This is one hell of a book and one I'd definitely recommend to fans of space opera. The characters are well-rounded and captivating, especially Trouble Dog who steals the show in the final act as far as I'm concerned. I've seen a few people compare it to Iain M. B...
  • imyril
    Feb 24, 2018
    I adore stories about sentient ships. I have a huge soft spot for stories about salvage crews. And anybody who can paint a setting as big and bold as the excesses of the Culture will have a little piece of my heart forever. Gareth L Powell has created a galaxy peopled with many races a...