Ninefox Gambit

Ninefox Gambit

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Captain Kel Cheris of the hexarchate is disgraced for using unconventional methods in a battle against heretics. Kel Command gives her the opportunity to redeem herself by retaking the Fortress of Scattered Needles, a star fortress that has recently been captured by heretics. Cheris's career isn't the only thing at stake. If the fortress falls, the hexarchate itself might be next. Cheris's best hope is to ally with the undead tactician Shuos Jedao. The good news is that Jedao has never lost a battle, and he may be the only one who can figure out how to successfully besiege the fortress. The bad news is that Jedao went mad in his first life and massacred two armies, one of them his own. As the siege wears on, Cheris must decide how far she can trust Jedao--because she might be his next victim.
Publisher: Oxford, UK :, Solaris,, 2016
ISBN: 9781781084496
1781084491
9781781084489
Branch Call Number: SCIENCE FICTION Lee 2016
Characteristics: 317 pages ; 20 cm

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shayshortt
May 24, 2017

Ninefox Gambit is highly conceptual science fiction that starts slow but builds to an interesting and worthwhile conclusion that is open to a sequel. While it will be a hard sell for those who don’t love military sci-fi specifically, it is the kind of richly layered story that will repay repeat visits. I didn’t love every minute of reading it, but Ninefox Gambit has continued to grow on me in retrospect.

Full review: https://shayshortt.com/2017/05/23/ninefox-gambit/

KickyMcGee Nov 30, 2016

This book drops you right into a far-future war, but if you're able to go with it, the story becomes its own reward. Taking you along on a battle for the very soul of humanity, the lush writing and creative world building combine in an ever-faster paced story that pays off at the very end when the importance of the title becomes apparent.

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peter_leitch
Nov 09, 2016

A good read. An interesting view on how the universe operates.

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KickyMcGee Jun 14, 2017

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peter_leitch
Nov 09, 2016

peter_leitch thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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shayshortt
May 24, 2017

The Fortress of Scattered Needles—a key strategic holding of the Hexarchate Empire—has been overtaken by heretics from within, an event which threatens to spread calendrical rot across the galaxy. Thanks to its shields of invariant ice, recapturing the Fortress by siege is virtually impossible, and the only man who could do it, General Shuos Jedao, has been dead for three hundred years. Fortunately, he has been preserved as an undead weapon which can be extracted from the black cradle when duty calls. Captain Kel Cheris—a mathematical prodigy who inexplicably chose the military Kel faction over the more academically minded Nirai—is selected to be the person to wield this “weapon,” and lead the campaign to reclaim the Fortress of Scattered Needles. Unfortunately for Cheris, Shuos Jedao slaughtered his own army before his death, which means that the Hexarchate’s secret weapon is mad traitor who cannot be trusted, even when his help is desperately needed.

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May 24, 2017

The problem with authority is that if you leave it lying around, others will take it away from you. You have to act like a general or people won’t respect you as one.

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