Nebula Award–winning author Elizabeth Moon makes a triumphant return to science fiction with a thrilling series featuring Kylara Vatta, the daring hero of her acclaimed Vatta’s War sequence.
After nearly a decade away, Nebula Award–winning author Elizabeth Moon makes a triumphant return to science fiction with this installment in a thrilling new series featuring the daring hero of her acclaimed Vatta’s War sequence.
Summoned to the home planet of her family’s business empire, space-fleet commander Kylara Vatta is told to expect a hero’s welcome. But instead she is thrown into danger unlike any other she has faced and finds herself isolated, unable to communicate with the outside world, commanding a motley group of unfamiliar troops, and struggling day by day to survive in a deadly environment with sabotaged gear. Only her undeniable talent for command can give her ragtag band a fighting chance.
Yet even as Ky leads her team from one crisis to another, her family and friends refuse to give up hope, endeavoring to mount a rescue from halfway around the planet—a task that is complicated as Ky and her supporters find secrets others will kill to protect: a conspiracy infecting both government and military that threatens not only her own group’s survival but her entire home planet.
Praise for Elizabeth Moon
Trading in Danger
“A mix of space opera, military science fiction and human drama, this is an exciting and often touching novel.”—RT Book Reviews
Marque and Reprisal
“Excellent plotting and characters support the utterly realistic action sequences: swift, jolting, confusing, and merciless. It’s a corker!”—Kirkus Reviews
Engaging the Enemy
“Moon has created a richly imagined universe of different cultures, replete with intriguing characters and the sense of unlimited possibility that characterizes the most appealing science fiction.”—School Library Journal
“One of scifi’s best military space series . . . confirms Moon’s place with Lois McMaster Bujold and David Weber in the top tier of turn-of-the-millennium military SF writers.”—Syfy
“Rip-roaring action and intriguing science and tactics distinguish Nebula winner Moon’s fifth and final Vatta’s War installment. . . . A fine and fitting conclusion to Moon’s grand space opera tour de force.”—Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Elizabeth Moon grew up on the Texas border, served three years of active duty in the USMC (1968–71), and now lives with her husband, also a veteran, near Austin, Texas. She has published more than twenty-five novels, including Nebula Award winner The Speed of Dark, Hugo finalist Remnant Population, and the enduring epic fantasy series The Chronicles of Paksenarrion. She has published more than fifty short-fiction pieces in anthologies and magazines and in four of her own short-fiction collections, most recently Moon Flights and Deeds of Honor. When not writing, Moon enjoys photographing native plants and wildlife, knitting socks, and cooking.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It's been a long time since I read the Vatta's War series and even longer for the prequels, but I slipped right back into Elizabeth Moon's universe like a pair of favorite slippers. In Cold Welcome we find Ky heading back to her home planet when her shuttle is sabotaged and Ky and the other passengers find themselves stranded in the polar regions of the planet. I've always loved Moon's military in space, but military trying to survive the elements was my favorite yet! All the twists and turns of each reveal had me reading far into the night. Interspersed with Ky's adventures were the Vatta family's perspective of trying to find Ky and not knowing if she had even survived. Enter Rafe, and new plots on the Vatta family and you have a very entertaining story. I am looking forward to book 2 of Vatta's Peace to see how Ky and Rafe fare in their next adventure. The premise of what's coming sounds very promising. Thank you to NetGalley and Del Rey for providing an ARC of this book!
Ahoy there me mateys! This here be a combined review of the Vatta’s Peace duology. While I try to post no spoilers, if ye haven’t read the Vatta’s War series and ye keep reading this log then ye have been forewarned and continue at yer own peril . . . Ye think I would have enough of Ky Vatta after readin’ the 5 books in the Vatta’s War series. Well no, I wanted more! Luckily for me this companion series exists. Ever wonder what happens to the Admiral when war is over? Then this be for ye! I loved book 1 so much plus there was a crazy cliffhanger so I just leapt straight into the remainder of the story. And was very satisfied by what I got. This story follows Ky as she goes back to her home planet to quickly take care of some business and return to the fleet. Only she never gets to her destination. Sabotage finds her stranded in arctic conditions with a very small band of survivors. I adore survival stories especially when it involves treacherous seas, islands, and people! This aspect was me favourite part. I thought how the author chose to portray the timeline of the survival story was particularly lovely. The only minor quibble was the “rescue” was a little anti-climatic. But of course after the survivors are saved, the pace gears back up. I certainly did not expect what happened to Ky and the others after that. Politics and chaos become the order of the day. It was super fun. Ky, Stella, and Grace all play their parts. And what was fascinating is that they continue to grow and change more in these two books. Like real people do. So that was fun. While the Vatta story can end here, I will certainly take another companion series that looks into the unsolved mystery of this duology. Arrr!
A lot of set up for the new series, hope Elizabeth writes quickly.
Cold Welcome (Vatta's Peace, #1) by Elizabeth Moon Its an interesting twist to a new series of space adventures. Admiral Ky Vatta has to return home but the exploits and plans of other parties got in the way. Ky is haunted by the loss of her family on her home planet, and is forced to return for the family business. Her great-aunt Grace is waiting for her, but the machinations of others get in the way. Ky is tested by her own survival and those who crash landed with her in the waste of the untransformed island in the snowy south of her home planet. Ky has to solve the the mystery of her crash but also one of the largest conspiracies that has lead to multiple attacks on the Vatta family. It is her connections and her spirit that will bring her through this dark hour.
Good story with famliar charactors from previous books
Big Disappointment. When I buy a science fiction book I want science fiction not a survivalist story that could be earth. Waste of money.