Sisters of the Forsaken Stars

Tor.com. (Our Lady of Endless Worlds, Bk. 2). Feb. 2022. 208p. ISBN 9781250782144. pap. $15.99. SF
The Catholic nuns of the Order of Saint Rita, adhering to their ecclesiastical mission to supply aid and mercy, have defied Central Governance on Phoyongsa III. But they continue to travel and practice their calling, and their work is gaining notice, particularly by a group that’s trying to overthrow Earth rule. The Sisters of Saint Rita also have their own struggles: Sister Ewostatewos is reminded of her past when her sister arrives on her own journey; Mother Lucia must come to terms with their former Mother Superior’s past; a new shipwright could bring strife; and revolution seems to follow them no matter what they do. The nuns must decide if they are going to claim their place in the revolution murmurs, and face what will come next.
VERDICT Both the combined and individual storylines weave a solid braid of strength and vulnerability as Rather’s follow-up to Sisters of the Vast Black continues the path to a galaxy-wide revolution.
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