The Merchants' War: Book Four of the Merchant Princes
by Charles Stross
Edited by David G. Hartwell
Review by Sam Lubell
Tor Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765316714
Date: 16 October 2007 List Price $24.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Charles Stross' The Merchants' War is the fourth book in a continuing series, The Merchant Princes that might just as easily been named the Perils of Miriam Worldwalker. In the first book, Miriam Beckstein discovered that people in her family had the ability to travel to a parallel world by looking at a specific pattern. Her family, the medieval version of the mafia, has grown rich and powerful in both worlds, largely by using this worldwalking power to smuggle drugs into the modern world and modern weapons into the medieval one. But people keep trying to kill her, force her into marriage, or otherwise ensnare her in their plots. From official release/information:
Book Description: Miriam Beckstein is a young, hip, business journalist in Boston. She discovered in The Family Trade and The Hidden Family that her family came from an alternate reality, that she was very well-connected, and that her family was too much like the mafia for comfort. She found herself caught in a family trap in The Clan Corporate and betrothed to a brain-damaged prince, and then all hell broke loose.
Now, in The Merchants' War, Miriam has escaped to yet another world and remains in hiding from both the Clan and their opponents. There is a nasty shooting war going on in the Gruinmarkt world of the Clan, and we know something that Miriam does not; something that she's really going to hate--if she lives long enough to find out.