by Gary Gibson
Tor Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780230706804
Date: 04 September 2009 List Price £17.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
I quite enjoyed Gary Gibson's Stealing Light (see here for my review) when it was released a couple of years ago. The follow up, Nova War is now published in hard cover by Tor UK and is , I understand, more of a continuation of that previous book than a sequel. That might be tough on Gibson's readers, given the time lag involved - it's always a shame when a publisher is unable to capitalise sooner on the good reviews of a first book in a series. I feel compelled to add that the cover of this new book is an odd one in my entirely subjective opinion - looking rather like Liverpool's Metropolitan Cathedral crash landing in some construction yard! Given Gibson's talent and track record, I trust the content of the book transcends the impression given by this odd image.
"In Stealing Light, Dakota discovered the Shoal's dark and dangerous secret, now she works towards stopping not only the spread of this knowledge, but also the onset of the Nova war. Found adrift near a Bandati colony world far away from Consortium space, Dakota and Corso find themselves prisoners of the Bandati. It becomes rapidly clear to them, that the humanity's limited knowledge of the rest of the galaxy - filtered through the Shoal - is direly inaccurate. The Shoal have been fighting a frontier war with a rival species, the Emissaries, with their own FTL technology for over fifteen thousand years. Realising that the Shoal may be the Galaxy's one chance at sustained peace, Dakota is forced to work with Trader to prevent the spread of deadly knowledge carried on board the Magi ships. But it seems that the Nova War is inevitable."