Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee is a good book that I found somewhat confusing to follow. The story begins with Captain Kel Cheris who has learnt firsthand that casualties of war do not always come from the other side. Despite her results in winning against the enemy heretic forces, she is still disgraced for using tactics unconventional for Kel Command. Think of Kel Command as a near totalitarian regime that performs warfare for a civilization and you have your concept. The Kel are notorious for adhering to a strict set of rules in combat engagement. Any strategy that goes outside that box is dangerous and must be processed and re-integrated in the Kel structure through different memory altering techniques. At least, that is what I understood from what I read.
Cheris escapes by virtue of being a necessary component in the battle to retake the Fortress of Scattered Needles. With the heretics in control of the near impregnable station, the hexarchate will do whatever possible to regain control and remove the heretic blight. Cheris’ strategy? To use war criminal and master technician Shuos Jedao. Will she be able to stay one step ahead, especially as right and wrong grows ever more intertwined?
If you enjoy space-faring fantasy novels, you should like Ninefox Gambit. As stated before, my only real complaint is I found it hard to get caught up in the background. I would have liked to understand the hexarchate and the heretics a little bit better. There was so much information it made it difficult to sift through and pick anything meaningful out. Despite that, I am still giving this book 3/5 stars for a good story that just needed a bit more detail and background.
I received this book for free from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.