‘A swashbuckling thriller – Pirates of the Caribbean meets Firefly – that nevertheless combines the author’s trademark hard SF with effective, coming-of-age characterisation’ GUARDIAN ‘A blindingly clever imagining of our solar system in the far flung future’ SUN Returning to the universe of Revenger, award-winning author Alastair Reynolds delivers another thrilling tale set among the stars. The Ness sisters, Fura and Adrana, have each stumbled across a mystery.
Quoins are accepted currency across the galaxy. Ancient, and of unknown origin and purpose, people have traded with them, fought for them, and stolen quoin hordes from booby-trapped caches at risk to life and limb throughout the Thirteen Occupations. Only now it’s becoming clear they have another purpose . . . as do the bankers who’ve been collecting them.
The Occupations themselves are another puzzle. The rise and fall of humanity may have been unevenly spaced across history, but there is also a pattern. Could something be sparking the Occupations – or ending them? And if so, what could it be, lurking in the darkness of space?
The Ness sisters are being hunted for crimes they didn’t commit by a fleet whose crimes are worse than their own. If they’re to survive, and stay one step ahead of their pursuers – if they’re to answer the questions which have plagued them – it’s going to require every dirty, piratical trick in the book . . .
‘By far the most enjoyable book Reynolds has ever written’ SFX