Victory Conditions (Vatta's War)
by Elizabeth Moon
Review by Ernest Lilley
Del Rey Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780345491619
Date: 19 February 2008 List Price $25.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Ky Vatta has come a long way from the first book in the Vatta's War sequence four books ago. Then she was reeling from being drummed out of her homeworld's space academy for helping the wrong student and suffering the political consequences. Since then she's had her family decimated by pirate attackers, taken command of a trading ship, gone privateer, and organized a space fleet to fight the pirates on their own terms. Now they think she's dead -- but that's going to be the worst mistake they could make. Well, aside from pissing her off in the first place. Victory Conditions is a great end (but with room for more) to a series that stands well beside both Bujold's early Miles Vorkosigan novels and Heinlein's Citizen of the Galaxy. From official release/information:
From publicity material: For Ky, it's not just about liberating the star systems subjugated by Turek and defending the rest of the galaxy's freedom. There's also a score to be settled and payback to be meted out for the obliteration of the Vatta Transport dynasty...and the slaughter of Ky's family. But the enemy have their own escalation efforts under way -- including the placement of covert agents among the allies with whom Ky and the surviving Vattas are collaborating in the war effort. And when a spy ring linked to a wealthy businessman is exposed, a cracked pirate code reveals a galaxywide conspiracy fueling the proliferation of Turek's warship fleet.
Matching the invaders' sweeling firepower will mean marshaling an armada of battle-ready ships for Ky to lead into combat. But a violent skirmish leaves Ky reeling--and presumed dead by her enemies. Now, as Turek readies an all-out attack on the Nexus system--a key conquest that could seal the rest of the galaxy's doom--Ky must rally to the challenge, draw upon every last reserve of her strategic skills, and reach deep if she is to tear from the ashes of tragedy her most decisive victory.
(Source: Del Rey)