Embers of War (Embers of War #1)

Embers of War (Embers of War #1)

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 (Embers of War #1)
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 (Embers of War #1) 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...
  • Doreen
    Feb 19, 2018
    Intriguing space opera with lots of twists and turns that I kicked myself for not anticipating sooner (tho to Gareth L Powell's credit, there were so many red herrings that I was constantly second-guessing myself!) The writing is wonderfully descriptive, and I loved the concepts and de...
  • 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...
  • Christopher Taylor-Davies
    Mar 02, 2018
    Refreshing new Space Opera, with a thoroughly engaging protagonist called Trouble Dog. Loved it. ...
  • Kei
    Mar 09, 2018
    This was achingly good. Fascinating world, fascinating possibilities. It was also nice to see humans broken/warped in particular ways that were still human. Complicated, flawed, with imperfections right alongside strengths... but not crazed. Not psychotic. Not useless. It was re...
  • Maddalena
    May 18, 2018
    When I started reading the synopsis for this novel, as soon as I reached the words ?sentient ship? I stopped paying attention to any other detail, since this has been a favorite theme since the times of my long-ago encounter with Anne McCaffrey?s stories, and more recently with t...
  • Ernest
    Feb 08, 2018
    Embers of War is the first book in a new series by UK author Gareth L. Powell, and it gets things off to a terrific start. Part character driven fiction, part Mil-SF, there?s a bit of Ian Bank?s Culture in the sentient starships, and a enough action to keep things moving along in t...
  • Kathleen Townsend
    Feb 18, 2018
    4.5 out 5 stars Sometimes it?s the book?s synopsis that catches you. Sometimes it?s the author. Other times it?s the beautiful cover. This time it was a single concept that was introduced within the original synopsis that I read. The space ships are not run by an AI; they ar...
  • 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...
  • 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). ...
  • 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...
  • 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)...
  • LG (A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions)
    Jun 30, 2018
    Three years ago, Conglomeration and Outward forces were at war. One of their most terrible battles was fought on and around the planet Pelapatarn. On the orders of her superiors, Captain Annelida Deal directed Conglomeration ships to lay waste to everything on the surface of Pelapatarn...
  • 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...
  • Jon Adams
    Feb 27, 2018
    This is space opera at it's finest. Characterizations, world-building, dialogue, mystery, action, intense space battles, and, at the heart of it all, the morality, or lack thereof, of war. It's part one of a trilogy, but there's not a cliff hanger you'll be waiting a year or more t...
  • 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...
  • Johan Haneveld
    Jul 15, 2018
    8,5 This book would be great material for those dipping their toes in the field of science fiction and space opera. Most SF books can be a little daunting, big concepts, technobabble, the sense one has to be an insider to really get the story. I even suspect some authors to use dense t...
  • Princess
    Apr 24, 2018
    Books about sentient spaceships are my jam. Trouble Dog is part of the House of Reclamation, an org that rescues ships in distress, regardless of affiliation. When Trouble Dog and her crew receive a distress signal from a ship in a disputed system, they go to investigate. But they aren...
  • 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...
  • Rose
    Jul 10, 2018
    Fans of Ann Leckie will enjoy this book. Strong female characters, including ship captains and a sentient ship AI. This book is about war, the morality of war & just following orders, doing things one is ashamed of, and making amends. I was very concerned for awhile about how it wa...
  • 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...