Seventy-five years from today, the human race has been cast from a dying Earth to wander the stars in a vast fleet of arks—each shaped by its inhabitants into a diverse and fascinating new environment, with its own rules and eccentricities.
When her sister disappears while responding to a mysterious alien distress call, Eryn insists on being part of the crew sent to look for her. What she discovers on Candidate-623 is both terrifying and deadly. When the threat follows her back to the fleet and people start dying, she is tasked with seeking out a legendary recluse who may just hold the key to humanity’s survival.
Gareth L. Powell’s Embers of War won 2018 BSFA Award for Best Novel and was shortlisted for the 2019 Locus Awards and the 2021 Seiun Awards in Japan. Its sequels, Fleet of Knives and Light of Impossible Stars, were both shortlisted for the BSFA Award for Best Novel, and Fleet of Knives was also shortlisted for the 2020 Locus Awards.
Praise for Stars and Bones:
"A headlong, visceral plunge into a future equal parts fascinating and terrifying." – Adrian Tchaikovsky
Praise for Embers of War:
"A compelling and satisfying whole." - The Guardian
"An emotionally wrenching take on life in a war-torn far future... leading to an explosive finale with strong series potential." - Publishers Weekly
"A nice blend of hardware and humanity... leaves a group of enthralled readers hungry for more." - New York Journal of Books
"A big book that hits all of the buttons that make space opera one of my favorite genres." - tor.com
"This is a true space opera, full of suspense, and mystery, and stuff blowing up real good but it's the humanity of Powell's vision that truly makes it something special". - Barnes & Noble SFF Blog
"Powell has begun a great sci-fi series, one likely to delight fans of Peter F. Hamilton and Iain M. Banks. Great stuff." - Starburst
"A smart, funny, tragic, galloping space opera." - Locus Magazine