A Bad Deal for the Whole Galaxy

Orbit: Hachette. (Salvagers, Bk. 2). Dec. 2018. 544p. ISBN 9780316412100. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9780316412094. SF
The crew of the Capricious (first seen in A Big Ship at the End of the Universe) has the funds to get out of adventuring, but the worlds still need saving. They hear about a strange cult called The Children of the Singularity with ties to an old, powerful magic. Chasing down those involved with The Children has not been successful, so the crew has no choice but to infiltrate. Nilah Brio, infamous Pan Galactic Racing Federation driver, goes undercover to find out more. Elizabeth "Boots" Elsworth thought she was out of the treasure-hunting business, but when her old crew lands at her home, Boots realizes there's another quest in front of her that will lead to a face-to-face confrontation with her former double-crossing partner.
VERDICT Compelling characters, clever plot points, and the whole of outer space to roam come together in this fast-paced, second book of the "Salvagers" series, offering a singular blend of sf and fantasy that will attract devoted genre fans.

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