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

  • John
    Mar 25, 2018
    Decent story, almost but not quite spoiled by overly long ruminations, unnecessary flashbacks, and a MIGHTILY CONVENIENT quick resolution for the climactic battle. Choice lines: "The war was over now, and I no longer fought. Instead, I tried to save people. I threw myself at the ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Paula
    Apr 03, 2018
    Embers of War - Gareth L Powell After all the books I've read and reviewed, it feels as though reviewing this kind of book ought to be easier than it is, but what's the shorthand for 'I didn't love this book but I didn't hate it either, still I'm probably not going to pick up any more ...
  • 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. ...
  • Raj
    Apr 02, 2018
    Trouble Dog is a warship, one of a pack. But after a brutal war, her conscience forces her to resign her commission and join Space International Rescue the House of Reclamation to try and rescue those in distress in the depths of space. As she and her misfit crew race to the aid of a d...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Bethany Bee
    Mar 26, 2018
    An utter delight! Which is kind of a weird thing to say about a book so focused on war, and redemption. The best way I can summarize this is The Expanse meets Mass Effect, and believe me, that is high praise, because I adore both of those things to an unreasonable extent, but I'm s...
  • 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...
  • Dylan Tomorrow
    Aug 10, 2017
    Author Gareth L. Powell reading a 15 minutes excerpt from chapters 3 and 4 of "Embers of War" at FantasyCon 2016. From that bit alone, I am excited to read this in 2018. :) ...
  • Jason
    Mar 29, 2018
    Good read that pushes past the normal shots fired in space, to the beings behind the trigger. And in this case one of those is an actual ship. I enjoyed the pack of killer ships, it felt very right to me. The ships were grafted human and dog, and the loyalty to humans was quite evid...
  • Shellie
    Apr 04, 2018
    Fabulous space opera with a heartfelt twist, totally worth picking up. There will be those who ignore this brilliant book because of viewpoint, or because of the mostly female crew, or maybe even the soon-to-be-collectable Nod. (if this is not a thing, it should be.) Don't be one ...
  • Nicole Lisa
    Apr 18, 2018
    What did I like: it's pretty fast paced, I like the idea of the House of Reclamation (kind of a cross between the Red Cross and the Coast Guard) and the fact that most of the POV characters (there are 5) have made a big mistake at the beginning that have repercussions throughout the bo...
  • Michael Dodd
    Mar 14, 2018
    Book one in a new trilogy, Gareth L. Powell?s Embers of War is the first instalment of an instantly familiar-feeling sci-fi story, a tale of sentient ships and down-at-heel characters in the aftermath of a terrible war. Captain Sal Konstanz and the crew of the Trouble Dog race to the...
  • 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...
  • Dan
    Mar 10, 2018
    This is probably Gareth L Powell's best book yet. He is back in the space opera territory of The Recollection (there's no narrative link between the books, they're just in the same broad field). Not only do I love that subgenre, but it's also fair to say that he has grown considerably ...
  • 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...
  • Rosie Claverton
    Mar 25, 2018
    [CW: war crimes] I enjoyed 99% of this book. The characters are well-realised, the setting is vivid, and the speculative elements enhance the plot beautifully. But one thing really, really bothered me. There are two instances in this book where there is a graphic, gratuitous d...
  • 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
    Fast, furious and fun. There?s a couple of aspects of the very end that leave me mildly dissatisfied, but a solid entertaining space opera of great visuals (the Gallery!) and engaging AI (Trouble Dog <3) Full review to follow. I received a free copy from the publisher in ex...
  • Rory Galloway
    Apr 12, 2018
    There's a huge interplanetary, multi species, political perspective weaving through this book but it remains seriously fast paced, without getting bogged down in detail and gratuitous description. Reading Embers of War feels like stepping into the center of a story that's ongoing. That...
  • Emae Church
    Apr 03, 2018
    I've not read a space opera before, so if they can equal this amazing book, then I'll be a genre-convert. Gareth doesn't need to entice you with a build-up of details, he grabs hold of you and throws you in, face-first. You can feel, smell and taste the action. When the cast wants a...
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    Mar 30, 2018
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  • Uliron72
    Apr 03, 2018
    I waited over a month to get this signed copy in my hands, and it was well worth the wait. Going into this book, I had heard of its sentient ship. I had no idea the depth this would run in relation to the story, but Trouble Dog is a marvel to learn about as are those who are in her car...