Raven Stratagem (The Machineries of Empire #2)
War. Heresy. Madness. Shuos Jedao is unleashed. The long-dead general, preserved with exotic technologies and resurrected by the hexarchate to put down a heretical insurrection, has possessed the body of gifted young captain Kel Cheris.Now, General Kel Khiruev’s fleet, racing to the Severed March to stop a fresh incursion by the enemy Hafn, has fallen under Jedao’s sway. Only Khiruev’s aide, Lieutenant Colonel Kel Brezan, appears able to shake off the influence of the brilliant but psychotic Jedao.The rogue general seems intent on defending the hexarchate, but can Khiruev – or Brezan – trust him? For that matter, can they trust Kel Command, or will their own rulers wipe out the whole swarm to destroy one man?Yoon Ha Lee’s critically acclaimed Machineries of Empire trilogy continues with Raven Stratagem, coming from Solaris Summer 2017.

Raven Stratagem (The Machineries of Empire #2) Details

TitleRaven Stratagem (The Machineries of Empire #2)
Author
FormatPaperback
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 13th, 2017
PublisherSolaris
Number of pages400 pages
Rating
GenreScience Fiction, Fiction

Raven Stratagem (The Machineries of Empire #2) Review

  • Renay
    August 13, 2016
    I NEED IT.
  • Megan
    April 18, 2017
    It feels like all I've done since Ninefox Gambit came out is try and convince people to read it, and now I have another weapon to use in my battle against those who resist my will. Read Ninefox Gambit because then you get to read the sequel. And trust me, you want to read the sequel.In what has already been a year of fantastic books for me Raven Stratagem is the best one yet. It takes everything I loved about Ninefox Gambit and just makes it even better. It also does what the very best sequels d It feels like all I've done since Ninefox Gambit came out is try and convince people to read it, and now I have another weapon to use in my battle against those who resist my will. Read Ninefox Gambit because then you get to read the sequel. And trust me, you want to read the sequel.In what has already been a year of fantastic books for me Raven Stratagem is the best one yet. It takes everything I loved about Ninefox Gambit and just makes it even better. It also does what the very best sequels do; it makes me want to reread Ninefox Gambit with all the new information I've learned in mind.The Raven Stratagem picks up just a short while after Ninefox Gambit leaves off, and by the end of the first chapter Jedao has captured for himself an entire swarm. Because, like, of course he has. What he plans to do with them, is not so clear. Unlike Ninefox Gambit, which stuck pretty close to Cheris/Jedao, Raven Stratagem follows three other main characters; two senior ranking Kel and, awesomely, the leader of the Shuos. I say awesomely because Mikodez, big boss Shuos dude, is just the best character ever and in a weird way probably the most likeable character in these books so far. Which is just hilarious considering who he is and the faction he's head of.The three main pov characters are each interesting in their own ways (obviously Mikodez is the most interesting but there can only be one Mikodez) and it also meant that the reader was kept in the dark as to what Jedao's motivations were, and, more pressingly at least for me, how much if any of Cheris had survived the previous book. The book kept me guessing about this and I loved it.The plot was fantastic and there were some really epic and awesome space battles, if space battles are your thing, and of course they are because, hello, space battles. Overall things weren't as bewildering as in Ninefox Gambit, which took real joy in confusing the reader. Part of this is probably because I was a bit more familiar with the universe, but the author also seemed a bit more willing to actually explain somethings. Very grudgingly, true, but I'll take it. I feel like I actually kind of understand calandrical warfare now, just so long as no one asks me to explain it.I also enjoyed the book's approach to gender, which as opposed to say Anne Leckie's much discussed pronoun trickery in the Ancillery books which ultimately was little more than plot dressing, feels much more radical in Raven Stratagem. And it's sad that I can describe it like that, as radical, when really it boils down to, oh that's your gender? Cool. I'm not sure of your gender so I won't assume until I'm sure, ok? Cool. I see you prefer to be referred to as they and not a specific gender, so, cool. It's all cool. The connect/disconnect because who we are on the inside verses what we are on the outside wasn't the biggest part of this book, but it was something that really made me think.Raven Stratagem, when it wasn't making me think about stuff, also made me snicker a lot and then also decided to break my heart. All the best books break your heart just a little, and Raven Stratagem definitely didn't do a half arsed job of it. So many tears from me, I'm surprised I didn't fry my kindle.So yes. Thrilling, thought provoking, wickedly funny and absolutely heartbreaking. That's Raven Stratagem, it's all those things, often at the same time. If you haven't read it yet I envy you the ride you have in store.
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  • Kdawg91
    April 17, 2017
    If you have not read Ninefox Gambit, DO IT. This is how hard scifi should be done, wild ideas, vivid worldscapes and the limits of science and space and physics stretched out to the max. Raven Stratagem continues that trend, A world that reminds me of the brutality of warhammer and the strangeness of the Iain Banks Culture series. Jedeo, one of the leads, I totally love. He is a total weapon, smarter than everyone (in this world that says something) and 41433984 steps beyond everyone else, and A If you have not read Ninefox Gambit, DO IT. This is how hard scifi should be done, wild ideas, vivid worldscapes and the limits of science and space and physics stretched out to the max. Raven Stratagem continues that trend, A world that reminds me of the brutality of warhammer and the strangeness of the Iain Banks Culture series. Jedeo, one of the leads, I totally love. He is a total weapon, smarter than everyone (in this world that says something) and 41433984 steps beyond everyone else, and APE CRAP crazy, made my day.IF you are a scifi person, give Mr Lee your money and read this series, it will make your week.
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  • Coolcurry
    April 21, 2017
    Review pending
  • Chris
    April 17, 2017
    TBD
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