There Before the Chaos
by Wagers, K. B.

Retiring her gun to rebuild her Empire, former runaway princess and infamous galactic gunrunner Hail Bristol finds her hard-won peace short-lived when she is asked to intervene in an interstellar military crisis between two alien civilizations. Original. 50,000 first printing.

K.B. Wagers is the author of the Indranan War trilogy and the forthcoming Farian War trilogy, about the gunrunner empress Hail Bristol. They live in the shadow of Colorado's Pikes Peak with their partner and a crew of poorly behaved cats. They're especially proud of their second-degree black belt in Shaolin Kung Fu and their three Tough Mudder completions. There's never really a moment when they're not writing, but they do enjoy fountain pens and good whiskey.

After defeating her nemesis and brokering a tenuous peace with the Saxons, gunrunner-turned-empress-of-Indrana Hail Bristol turned her attention to rebuilding her battered empire. But Hail's life has never been particularly quiet, and it's not long before she finds herself embroiled in a conflict between two alien civilizations, the Shen and the Farians. As Hail and her team try to figure out why she's being asked to prevent a war with ancient origins, it becomes clear that humanity has been deliberately drawn into the crossfire. Wagers brings back her large cast of characters from the Indranan War trilogy (beginning with Behind the Throne?, 2016) and adds several more to Hail's extended family of BodyGuards, politicians, spies, and former outlaws. Although she has fully accepted her role as empress, Hail spends the majority of the book intimidating people, battling her fear of enclosed spaces, and chasing down leads before the inevitable conflict erupts, sending her headlong into the promised chaos. This series launch provides an exciting dose of space opera and political intrigue peppered with hard choices. Highly recommended for fans of science fiction with assertive female characters. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

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