Elizabeth Moon's reputation as one of the best female sci-fi writers will be enhanced by TRADING IN DANGER (4), the first in a new series featuring strong-willed but impulsive Kylara Vatta. Born into an interstellar trading dynasty, Ky has disgraced her family with an unfortunate incident at the Space Academy. To redeem herself, she must captain one of Vatta Transport's ships on its last trip—to the scrap yards. But Ky has a penchant for finding trouble, and soon her crew are caught up in a colonial war. Witty and well-intentioned, yet a bit hotheaded, Ky is a heroine well-suited to the bumpy ride Moon takes her on. A mix of space opera, military science fiction and human drama, this is an exciting and often touching novel. (Oct., 294 pp., $24.95)

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Jen Talley Exum