Jun 26
2017

Barnes & Noble SFF on Raven Stratagem

Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee

“Yoon Ha Lee blew up like a supernova last year with the release of his debut novel, Ninefox Gambit, earning a double fistful of award nominations (among them the Hugo, Nebula, and Clarke awards) for a brainy, intricate space opera as much about identity, the politics of empire, and grief, as it is about flashy space battles and a revolution within a mathematically constructed super-empire known as the Hexarchate…Lee’s ability to balance high science fiction concepts­—worlds, cultures, and weapons—­with a deep examination of character—­tragic flaws, noble purpose, and societal ideas—­is nigh unprecedented in space opera.

Raven Stratagem more than lives up to the promise of its predecessor, continuing the intriguing double-sided story of Shuos Jedao, the enigmatic tactician reborn and looking to make things right once and for all. It is a challenging read, but it’s not all philosophizing and waxing poetically about scattering of stars in the Hexarchate. There’s a ton of action, and when it hits, it hits hard. There’s literally a climactic battle in which two space fleets just throw math at each other, and it’s spectacular. Only a mad genius could pull off that maneuver in style­—and that madman’s name is Yoon Ha Lee.” – Barnes & Noble SFF

Jun 23
2017

Bishop, Lee, and Wells on Amazon’s Best SFF of 2017 so far

Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop, Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee, and All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries 1) by Martha Wells are all included on Amazon’s Best science fiction and fantasy of 2017 so far list!

Jun 12
2017

Locus on Raven Stratagem

Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee

“Lee’s world building remains fascinating and complex, with a great deal implied in what is not said. The narrative of Raven Stratagem is a twisty one… It feels intricate, like a piece of clockwork in which every cog and gear has a job: it feels deeply thought, and powerful. Lee deepens here his interrogation of the themes that came so strongly to the surface of Ninefox Gambit: loyalty and trust, free will and self-determination, the personal costs involved in doing a right thing, and the problems of empire. Raven Stratagem offers an argument rather than an answer, and is more effective for it. If you liked Ninefox Gambit, this is a really great sequel, and an excellent novel in its own right.” — Locus

May 19
2017

Yoon Ha Lee and Cherie Priest are Locus Award finalists

The finalists for the 2017 Locus Awards have been announced, and they include The Family Plot by Cherie Priest (for best Horror Novel), Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee (for best First Novel), and “Foxfire, Foxfire” by Yoon Ha Lee (for best Novelette)!

May 17
2017

Publishers Weekly starred review for Raven Stratagem

Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee

“This stunning sequel to the Hugo- and Nebula-nominated Ninefox Gambit contains a satisfying mixture of interstellar battles, politics, intrigue, and arcane technology. The Hafn have invaded Hexarchate territory, and the Hexarchate military Kel Command have resorted to deploying a human weapon to take control of the response force. He is the resurrected General Shuos Jedao, and he has possessed the body of Kel infantry captain Ajewen Cheris. After subduing and releasing Lieutenant Colonel Brezan, who tries to resist him, Jedao goes rogue, still fighting the Hafn but also pursuing his own agenda. Brezan is promoted to the rank of high general and sent back to retake control of the fleet with the assassin Tseya, a member of the diplomatic Andan faction. In the background, Hexarch Shuos Mikodez maneuvers his faction’s intelligence-gathering forces; meanwhile, the leader of another faction has disappeared, and his replacement offers immortality to her peers. With multiple characters skilled in deception, Lee is able to keep readers guessing at Jedao’s goals until the end. He never explains the Hexarchate’s calendrical technology, but readers who don’t mind being dropped in the deep end will savor this brilliantly imagined tale.” — Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

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