by Ann Aguirre
Cover Artist: Scott Fischer
Review by Ernest Lilley
Ace Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780441016273
Date: 26 August 2008 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
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From back of book: Sirantha Jax is a "jumper", a woman who possesses the unique genetic makeup needed to navigate faster-than-light ships through grimspace. Jax has worked for Farwan Corporation her entire career. But now word's out that the Corp deliberately crashed a passenger ship, and its stranglehold on intergalactic commerce has crumbled--which means that Jax is out of a job.
She's also broke due to being declared dead a little prematurely. So when the government asks her to head up a vital diplomatic mission, Jax agrees to do it. Her mandate: journey to the planet Ithiss-Tor and convince its inhabitants to join the Conglomerate. But Jax's payday is light-years away. First she'll have to contend with Syndicate criminals, a stormy relationship with her pilot, main-eating aliens, and her own grimspace-weakened body. She'll be lucky just to make it to Ithiss-Tor alive...