Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha LeeNinefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee

Ninefox Gambit

byYoon Ha Lee

Paperback | June 14, 2016

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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 Jedao--because she might be his next victim.
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...
Title:Ninefox GambitFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 7.75 × 5 × 0.7 inPublished:June 14, 2016Publisher:SolarisLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1781084491

ISBN - 13:9781781084496

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Challenging in the beginning but worth it Be prepared to be absolutely lost for the first few chapters (and maybe after also). The book is set in a different sort of Universe, where mathematical calendars as well as the physical placement of individuals in relation to each others (formations) seem to influence the fabric of the universe... Lost? So am I, still, I think... It is never explained explicitly, you have to piece this out by yourself. I like this sort of world building, where you are catapulted in a universe completely different than ours, and where we have to accept that we won't understand the underlying physics. After a while you start to understand the logic of the world, but it remains hard to be able to visualize it, which is one of the main problem I had with the book. But the story is more than just this new world building, and we are also introduced to a completely different form of governance of a sort of empire. The characters are interesting, the story compelling. You may want to re-read the book once you're done, this time with a full appreciation of the universe it is set in.
Date published: 2018-01-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh Why only 3 stars? Let’s start with being confused the entire book. The world building is zero. Are we supposed to know what the calendrical spike & heretical formations are? What does mathematics have to do with all of this? Then, there’s the heptarchate & the hexarchate. A little more explanations please would have been nice. When they fight, they use formations & colour & math? I’m also not sure if the characters are likable. Not much is really known about them. Except for Jedao. I think that his background had the most building. All in all, I was not overly impressed with this book.
Date published: 2017-09-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Okay debut SF novel While this book started out interesting, I felt it devolved into a bit of a mess. I enjoyed the interactions between Cheris and Jedao as they plan the siege of the Fortress of Needles. But as the novel progresses, the author adds more POVs that took me away from that most interesting part. The characters that are followed in the new POVs aren't given any context and its hard to care about the fate of these characters when the reader isn't aware of their mission, and they only exist for several pages. In this future, its presented that technology seems to be based on the calendar used within the galactic empire. Now, I'm willing to allow unexplainable science/technology in a space opera story. What's frustrating is that everything is based on calendars (including being the basis of the heretics holding the Fortress) but there is never any reference point established. There are no stakes when a new weapon is introduced because we don't know what it does, why its dangerous nor why any of the other weapons couldn't counteract it. Its all jargon with no substance. I have no interest in continuing on with this series.
Date published: 2016-12-13

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A tight-woven, complicated but not convoluted, breathtakingly original space opera.