reviewed Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee (The Machineries of Empire, #1)

Yoon Ha Lee: Ninefox Gambit (2016) 4 stars

Captain Kel Cheris of the hexarchate is disgraced for using unconventional methods in a battle …

Review of 'Ninefox Gambit' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

It's hard for me to come up with words other than "OH MY GOD" and "THIS WAS AMAZING," but I'll give it a shot.

Cheris, an infantry soldier, finds herself entangled in a long and twisty plot involving a dead traitor whose consciousness is kept alive in a kind of suspended animation.

A lot of things in the book reminded me of CJ Cherryh - the programmed formation instinct in the Kel warrior class is like the azi in Cherryh's Alliance-Union universe and man'chi in the Foreigner universe. I don't know if Lee is also a fan of hers, but it wouldn't surprise me to find out.

Lee's blog profile lists the Vorkosigan series as a fannish interest, and I can see that influence, too.

If you like a lot of the books I like, you will probably like this book a lot.