Revenger by Alastair Reynolds

‘Wait for word from Trevenza Reach,’ I said. ‘And if that doesn’t come, you’ll hear from us when we return to Mazarile.’

I wanted to read this book purely because of the author. I knew that I would most likely enjoy it regardless. Usually when out in space and there is the risk of sinister mysterious ‘enemies’ the resulting story is exciting and enthralling. Let’s see…

Adrana and Arafura (Fura) run from their father to take up life in space. They intend to earn enough to reinstate the family fortunes and return to him.

They sign up as crew with Captain Rackamore on the Monetta’s Mourn and are starting to learn their new roles on board ship. But Captain Rackamore has a history and as it comes back to haunt him, both girls are drawn into things as Bosa Sennan arrives on the scene.

After Bosa leaves Rackamore’s ship, Fura does her best to survive and eventually, by various means, ends up back on Mazarile at her father’s home. But home isn’t what it was and Fura needs to leave to find her sister. It isn’t as easy as she would have liked! Neither is reuniting with her sister!

I enjoyed this book, the crews on the (space) ships talked like pirates. And over time Fura adopted their way of speaking, while lapsing back into educated speak from time to time. I liked that Fura was an enigma to those around her. This book drew me in and I was ever eager to re-enter Fura’s world once I had finished my work and chores.
If you enjoy space stories or stories of exciting adventure I think you will enjoy this book. I recommend it to you.

I received an e-ARC of this novel through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. NetGalley does not allow for paid reviews.

5/5 Stars (What this means…five-stars-applied-carefully)

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Official description:
The galaxy has seen great empires rise and fall. Planets have shattered and been remade. Amongst the ruins of alien civilisations, building our own from the rubble, humanity still thrives.

And there are vast fortunes to be made, if you know where to find them . . .

Captain Rackamore and his crew do. It’s their business to find the tiny, enigmatic worlds which have been hidden away, booby-trapped, surrounded with layers of protection – and to crack them open for the ancient relics and barely-remembered technologies inside. But while they ply their risky trade with integrity, not everyone is so scrupulous.

Adrana and Fura Ness are the newest members of Rackamore’s crew, signed on to save their family from bankruptcy. Only Rackamore has enemies, and there might be more waiting for them in space than adventure and fortune: the fabled and feared Bosa Sennen in particular.

Revenger is a science fiction adventure story set in the rubble of our solar system in the dark, distant future – a tale of space pirates, buried treasure and phantom weapons, of unspeakable hazards and single-minded heroism . . . and of vengeance . . .

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