Times are dark indeed in the fourth outing of this pulse-pounding space adventure. The major players, including narrator Sirantha Jax, have undergone fascinating character development, making their travails nail-bitingly intense. The cliffhanger ending will leave readers howling for the next chapter in this exceptional series!
Having survived her attempt at being an ambassador, Jax, March and their crew hope to find a way to prevent the deadly damage done to jumpers in Grimspace. But as the threat of the man-eating Morgut increases, the Conglomerate requests March’s assistance in creating an Armada to fight pirates and the Morgut. Meanwhile Jax turns her attention toward the dangerous possibility of jumping through Grimspace without beacons. Can the new nanotechnology work with Jax’s unique abilities — or will it kill her? (ACE, Sep., 368 pp.,$7.99)