Raven Stratagem

400 pages

English language

Published June 12, 2017

ISBN:
9781781085370

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4 stars (8 reviews)

When the hexarchate's gifted young captain Kel Cheris summoned the ghost of the long-dead General Shuos Jedao to help her put down a rebellion, she didn't reckon on his breaking free of centuries of imprisonment - and possessing her. Even worse, the enemy Hafn are invading, and Jedao takes over General Kel Khiruev's fleet, which was tasked with stopping them. Only one of Khiruev's subordinates, Lieutenant Colonel Kel Brezan, seems to be able to resist the influence of the brilliant but psychotic Jedao. Jedao claims to be interested in defending the hexarchate, but can Khiruev or Brezan trust him? For that matter, will the hexarchate's masters wipe out the entire fleet to destroy the rogue general?

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I was less gripped by the sequal in the Machineries of Empire series, but the twist at the end really got me. The novel was good, with equally good twists and turns of plot, and interestingly intricate world building. I immensely enjoyed how the various bureaucratic factions of the empire were fleshed out, led by and employing real people who had not only jobs but things they did when they weren't at work. They live real lives, and some of them give up so much of it for their jobs. I'm excited for the next installment.

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