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Trading in Danger is the first book in a new military science fiction series by Elizabeth Moon. Fans of Moon's popular Serrano Legacy novels (Once a Hero, Rules of Engagement, Change of Command, etc.) will see obvious similarities between those books and her newest saga. Similar to Esmay Suiza, the unassuming young Fleet lieutenant from several Serrano Legacy novels, the protagonist in Trading in Danger is Kylara Vatta, the youngest child in a wealthy trading family who is forced to resign in disgrace from a prestigious military academy and must somehow find her way in the world.
To keep her out of the public eye until the media frenzy dies down, Ky's father offers to let her captain an old rust bucket of a spaceship on its final voyage to a distant scrapyard. But when her faster-than-light drive breaks down, and her ship is stranded on a space station in the middle of a suddenly violent colonial war, she is forced to grow up in a hurry.
While Trading in Danger is being promoted as military science fiction, the military elements in this particular novel are quite subtle. It's more a coming-of-age story about how, with courage and intelligence, a relatively naïve young woman not only survives but thrives in the face of incredible danger. With Moon's trademark strong characterization and fast-paced action, this book is a page-turner of the highest order. Paul Goat Allen