Candlemark & Gleam. Dec. 2018. 372p. ISBN 9781936460885. pap. $12.99. SF
In a future still recovering from a terrible war waged against evil AIs, Cassilde and partner Dai recruit their former colleague Ashe for a routine salvage mission. But when they're attacked by Ashe's previous employer John Vertrage, they realize Ashe hasn't been completely honest. Wounded, Cassilde is guided to an alcove where she's healed by ancestral technology. Ashe then comes clean, revealing information about "Gifts"—which remain a part of their recipients, keeping them safe from harm and extending their lives. To safeguard her crew, Cassilde vows to find Gifts for all of them, but their pursuers have other ideas. Vertrage intends to use Ashe's special knowledge to unleash the imprisoned AIs. In her newest effort, Scott ("Point" series) combines and extends two short stories, creating a fast-paced, futuristic space adventure with room for sequels.
VERDICT Recommended for sf fans seeking a solid romp through a well-built universe with curious technology.
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