I thought it was a short story collection, but really it was two stories.
A Desolation Called Peace is the sequel to the immensely satisfying A Memory Called Empire. How I describe the series to other people is basically diplomatic science fiction.
This felt very much like the companion to Battling the Gods, but rather than talking about non-religious beliefs it is about the crushing wave of Christian thought drowning out pagan beliefs
What I appreciated from a historian’s point of view is where he pointed out “we don’t really know” or where there were competing historical interpretations
The sequel finds the Battalion Des Morts split up, half in England and half in France, trying to undermine their enemies and rescue Olympe.
She, through a series of events, ends of the translator to Ampersand, an alien who is looking for a group of aliens who ended up on Earth 40 years previously.
The latest instalment in the Murderbot Diaries.
The previous books I’ve read by Marina Lostetter were science fiction, so was intrigued by her fantasy novel. I had high hopes for The Helm of Midnight as the Noumenon series was so richly crafted and I enjoyed the universe so much.
Essentially, there are a bunch of scientists who are all either being bribed or threatened, in very different ways, to stop the work they’re doing. Eventually they all get together and are trying to thrash out what could be going on. Is it a super advanced civilisation, is it coincidence, is it something else?
For the uninitiated, this is the final book in the Wayfarers series, a time in the future where there is a galactic community, with all their interesting histories and complications.