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Ninefox Gambit (Machineries of Empire Series #1)
     

Ninefox Gambit (Machineries of Empire Series #1)

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by Yoon Ha Lee
 

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2016 Nebula Award Finalist for Best Novel

To win an impossible war Captain Kel Cheris must awaken an ancient weapon and a despised traitor general.

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

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2016 Nebula Award Finalist for Best Novel

To win an impossible war Captain Kel Cheris must awaken an ancient weapon and a despised traitor general.

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.

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review - N. K. Jemisin
The story is dense, the pace intense, and the delicate East Asian flavoring of the math-rich setting might make it seem utterly alien to many readers—yet metaphors for our own world abound…Readers willing to invest in a steep learning curve will be rewarded with a tight-woven, complicated but not convoluted, breathtakingly original space opera. And since this is only the first book of the Machineries of Empire trilogy, it's the start of what looks to be a wild ride.
Stephen Baxter
StarshipTroopers meets Apocalypse Now – and they’ve put Kurtz in charge...Mind-blistering military space opera, but with a density of ideas andstrangeness that recalls the works of Hannu Rajaniemi, even Cordwainer Smith.An unmissable debut.”
New York Times
A tight-woven, complicated but not convoluted, breathtakingly original space opera.
Ann Leckie
“I love Yoon's work! Ninefox Gambit is solidly and satisfyingly full of battles and political intrigue, in a beautifully built far-future that manages to be human and alien at the same time. It should be a treat for readers already familiar with Yoon's excellent short fiction, and an extra treat for readers finding Yoon's work for the first time.”
Elizabeth Bear
"Astriking space opera by a bright new talent."
Hannu Rajaniemi
"A dizzying composite of military space opera andsheer poetry. Every word, name and concept in Lee's unique world is imbued witha sense of wonder."
Gareth L. Powell
“Daring,original and compulsive. As if Cordwainer Smith had written a Warhammer novel.”
Alastair Reynolds
“Beautiful, brutal and full of the kind of off-hand inventiveness that the best SF trades in, Ninefox Gambit is an effortlessly accomplished SF novel. Yoon Ha Lee has arrived in spectacular fashion.”
Aliette de Bodard
"Ahigh-octane ride through an endlessly inventive world, where calendars areweapons of war and dead soldiers can assist the living. Bold, fearlesslyinnovative and just a bit brutal, this is a book that deserves to be on everyawards list."
Seth Dickinson
“Forsixteen years Yoon Ha Lee has been the shadow general of science fiction, thecalculating tactician behind victory after victory. Now he launches his greatmanoeuvre. Origami elegant, fox-sly, defiantly and ferociously new,this book will burn your brain. Axiomatically brilliant. Heretically good.”
Publishers Weekly
08/22/2016
Lee's imagination isn't matched by his execution in this awkward debut, which kicks off a hard science fiction trilogy. Capt. Kel Cheris has survived a bloody campaign against the heretic Eels on the outpost world of Dredge, only to be drafted by her superiors to scour the "calendrical rot" centered at the Fortress of Scattered Needles. This phenomenon threatens the entire hexarchate society, which is dependent on calendrical stability (an intriguing concept that unfortunately remains opaque to the reader). Cheris offers a novel solution to the problem: she'll enlist the assistance of the undead General Shuos Jedao, whose persona will become part of her. Any momentum this plot line generates is diffused by chapters in the form of communiqués within the target fortress that skirt dangerously close to parody (one dates itself as "Year of the Fatted Cow, Month of the Chicken, Day of the Rooster"). Many readers will struggle to absorb the contours of this universe by osmosis, which is the only option Lee presents. (June)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781781084496
Publisher:
Solaris
Publication date:
06/14/2016
Series:
Machineries of Empire Series , #1
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
48,369
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Yoon Ha Lee is a writer and mathematician from Houston, Texas, whose work has appeared in Clarkesworld, Lightspeed and The Magazine Of Fantasy and Science Fiction. He has published over forty short stories, and his critically acclaimed collection Conservation of Shadows was released in 2013. He lives in Louisiana with his family and an extremely lazy cat, and has not yet been eaten by gators.

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Ninefox Gambit 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yoon Ha Lee's short fiction is magnificent, so I was excited to try Lee's work in a longer format. I was not disappointed. Lee presents a complex, fascinating universe, with an intricate plot that draws you in until you can't put the book down. Looking forward to seeing how this series develops.
Sue_H More than 1 year ago
I give this book a rating of 4.5 stars. Ninefox Gambit is the first book in The Machineries of Empire series. This is the first book I've read by this author and found it amazing and complex. This story is violent and not for sensitive readers. The main character of the book is captain Kel Cheris. She is disgraced for using unconventional methods in battle. In order to redeem herself she must recapture the Fortress of Scattered Needles which is a star fortress that had been captured by heretics. In order to do so, she has requested that General Jedao who was placed "on ice" 600 or so years ago assist her. These armies fight with weapons and "formations" based on the calendar and mathematical equations. But the heretics on the Fortress of Scattered Needles use a different calendar system and Kal Cheris and Jedao will have to use innovative methods to retake the Fortress. This is a "new world" and I would have liked a Glossary of Terms to refer to. I found myself confused by the terminology, especially at the beginning of the book, and having that glossary available would have been helpful. Not having one did not impact my rating or review of the book. I received an ARC copy of the book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.