The Sequel to One of the Year’s Best Space Operas: Revealing Gareth L. Powell’s Fleet of Knives

Earlier this year, we named Gareth L. Powell’s Embers of War—a smartly conceived military space opera starring a sentient ex-warship called Trouble Dog—one of the best science fiction books of 2018 so far. If we made the list again today, it’d still be on there, which is no slight against the many excellent books released since; it’s just that good.

Which is why we’re so pleased Titan Books has asked us to reveal the cover art for the sequel, Fleet of Knives, which arrives early next year (the third and final installment of the trilogy, bearing the evocative name Light of Impossible Stars, will follow a year later). Featuring artwork by Julia Lloyd, it promises another daring deep space adventure for the Trouble Dog and her crew. Check it out below the official summary, and place your preorders now.

(And if you’re looking for something to read in the interim, may we suggest a little trilogy about a monkey fighter pilot?)

From award-winning author Gareth L. Powell, the second book in the critically acclaimed Embers of War space opera series.

The former warship Trouble Dog and her crew of misfits is called upon by the House of Reclamation to investigate a distress call from the human starship the Lucy’s Ghost. Her crew abandon their crippled ship and seek refuge abroad an abandoned, slower-than-light generation ship launched ten thousand years before by an alien race. However, the enormous ship contains deadly secrets of its own.

Recovered war criminal, Ona Sudak, faces a firing squad for her actions in the Archipelago War. But, at the last moment, she is smuggled out of her high security prison. The Marble Armada has called for her to accompany its ships as observer and liaison, as it spreads itself across the human Generality, enforcing the peace at all costs. The alien ships will not tolerate resistance, and all dissenters are met with overwhelming and implacable force. Then her vessel intercepts messages from the House of Reclamation and decides the Trouble Dog has a capacity for violence which cannot be allowed to endure.

As the Trouble Dog and her crew fight to save the crew of the Lucy’s Ghost, the ship finds herself caught between chaotic alien monsters on one side, and on the other, destruction at the hands of the Marble Armada.


Fleet of Knives: An Embers of War Novel arrives February 19, 2019.

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