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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 Jedaobecause she might be his next victim.
About 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.