Ninefox Gambit (The Machineries of Empire #1) (Paperback)
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This is book number 1 in the The Machineries of Empire series.
This is one of my all-time favorites. The opening to the Machineries of Empire trilogy, Ninefox Gambit is a brutal space opera following a mathematician/soldier who is paired up with an undead war criminal to crush a rebellion. It's suspenseful, more than a little bit violent, and absolutely stunning. I will say, this is not an easy read. Lee's universe is incredibly complex, and he presents it minimal exposition, so reading this book can feel like assembling a puzzle in a storm, relying on flashes of lightning to illuminate the fractured whole. I absolutely adored the challenge of this book, but if you're looking for an easier (or less violent) read, check out Dragon Pearl, an intergalactic middle grade adventure from the same author.
- Leo— From Staff Favorites List
New York Times Best-Selling Author – Nominated for the 2019 Hugo Award for Best Series – Winner of the 2016 Locus Award – Nominated for the Hugo, Nebula and Arthur C. Clarke Awards
When Captain Kel Cheris of the hexarchate is disgraced for her unconventional tactics, Kel Command gives her a chance to redeem herself, by retaking the Fortress of Scattered Needles from the 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.
About the Author
Yoon Ha Lee's debut novel, Ninefox Gambit, won the Locus Award for best first novel and was a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, and Clarke awards. Its sequels, Raven Stratagem and Revenant Gun, were also Hugo finalists. His middle grade novel Dragon Pearl was a New York Times bestseller, and won the Mythopoeic Award and the Locus Award for YA. His most recent book is Tiger Honor, a companion novel to Dragon Pearl. Lee lives in Louisiana with his family and an extremely lazy cat, and has not yet been eaten by gators.
"Daring, original and compulsive. As if Cordwainer Smith had written a Warhammer novel." -- Gareth L. Powell
— Gareth L Powell
"A high-octane ride through an endlessly inventive world, where calendars are weapons of war and dead soldiers can assist the living. Bold, fearlessly innovative and just a bit brutal, this is a book that deserves to be on every awards list." -- Aliette de Bodard
— Aliette de Bodard
"For sixteen years Yoon Ha Lee has been the shadow general of science fiction, the calculating tactician behind victory after victory. Now he launches his great manoeuvre. Origami elegant, fox-sly, defiantly and ferociously new, this book will burn your brain. Axiomatically brilliant. Heretically good." -- Seth Dickinson
— Seth Dickinson
"A striking space opera by a bright new talent." -- Elizabeth Bear
— Elizabeth Bear
"Starship Troopers meets Apocalypse Now – and they've put Kurtz in charge... Mind-blistering military space opera, but with a density of ideas and strangeness that recalls the works of Hannu Rajaniemi, even Cordwainer Smith. An unmissable debut." -- Stephen Baxter
— Stephen Baxter
"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." -- Ann Leckie
— Ann Leckie
"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." -- Alastair Reynolds?
— Alastair Reynolds