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Shadow Captain

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The gripping sequel to the Locus award winning science fiction adventure, Revenger, tells a story of obsession and betrayal as two sisters hunt for the greatest treasure in the universe. Adrana and Fura Ness have finally been reunited, but both have changed beyond recognition. Once desperate for adventure, now Adrana is haunted by her enslavement on the feared pirate Bosa Sennen's ship. And rumors of Bosa Sennen's hidden cache of treasure have ensnared her sister, Fura, into single-minded obsession. Neither is safe; because the galaxy wants Bosa Sennen dead and they don't care if she's already been killed. They'll happily take whoever is flying her ship. Shadow Captain is a desperate story of cursed ships, vengeful corporations, and alien artifacts, of daring escapes and wealth beyond imagining ... and of betrayal. For more from Alastair Reynolds, check out: Revenger Elysium Fire… (mais)
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Shadow Captain de Alastair Reynolds

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Shadow Captain a was a scary novel. I loved the author's choice to continue writing a story in the first person. This time we see the events unfold from Adriana's (the narrator of the book) viewpoint. Adriana explores the influence of her captivity on her decisions. Arafura plays a secondary but significant role. I thought the idea of giving Adriana and Arafura their ships was brilliant.

The author giving the sisters the ships allows for the development of secondary plotlines. Arafura investigates the purpose of coins in the economics of the solar system. Adriana got to figure out why civilization seems to collapse and gets reborn every million or so years.

What bothers me about this story and Revenger is that although the characters are women, there's nothing uniquely female about them. I'm not asking for a love story. There is nothing that would not work if characters were named Alex and Arnold. This seems to be the major flaw of the series. ( )
  Cataloger623 | Oct 24, 2021 |
The second book of the trilogy starts where the first ended - with Arafura (now going under the name Fura) and Adrana in command of the ex-pirate ship and still hoping that they have a chance at a normal life. The narrator also shifts - the second book is told by Adrana and that changes both the perspective and what we know about the world. The big problem for the two sisters is that the ship they got is recognizable and that noone believes anything coming from that ship - the pirate had used all tricks and lies so no matter what they say, they are considered to be the pirate herself.

And still they try - using only baubles (the dead rocks which contain treasure and can only be reached in certain times) and stay away from other ships and worlds, trying to find a way to convince the world that they are innocent. But of course thing go from bad to worse - while they try not to kill a ship that is shooting at them they manage to destroy another one and they need to land on a world for provisions and to take care of a wounded crewmate. They even manage to get tangled with zombie-like creatures and a lot of old technology. And just because that's how luck usually works, they even manage to destroy the economy of the whole universe while trying to find the pirate's treasure.

The language and the topics are still YA enough for this to count as YA but the novel reads a lot more adult than the first - even if the sisters had grown less than a year, they are different people after what they lived through. And while they travel and are chased by everyone, some more information is revealed about the universe they live in - some of it known to them from before, some of it being learned together with the reader.

It is a middle book in a trilogy and as such it cannot stand on its own - it needs the first one to be understood and it leaves so many open questions that it is obvious that an additional book is needed. ( )
  AnnieMod | Jul 23, 2021 |
A regular page turner, as I'd hope for in a sequel to [b:Revenger|28962452|Revenger (Revenger, #1)|Alastair Reynolds|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1465442536l/28962452._SY75_.jpg|49189920]. This is filled with tense plotting, big ideas, and cool science, as I always expect from Reynolds. A lot of it is about trust: how do you gain or keep someone's trust if you are keeping secrets from them and they know that? What do you do if they only way you'll get a chance to earn someone's trust is to deceive them? Wonderful stuff.

When I read the first book in this series, I pegged it as (rather mature) young-adult fiction, but I'm less confident about that judgement after this book. ( )
  JohnNienart | Jul 11, 2021 |
Reynolds makes the interesting choice to switch view points from Arufura Ness to her sister in this sequel to Revenger, the story of space pirates, space tomb raiders and historical mysteries. It's quintessential Reynolds in many ways - grim characters, deep mysteries, slow start. It's also a better sequel than any I can remember from this author - hopefully Reynolds can stick the landing with the obviously necessary third volume and give a satisfying conclusion. ( )
  Arbieroo | Jul 17, 2020 |
The second Revenger book continues on with a pretty traditional Space Opera tale.

Where the first began with revenge on the mind, the second focuses much more on financial survival, salvage, and after a particularly awesome Reynolds-homage-to-Reynolds sentient skull candy partnership with suits becoming a shambling hoard of zombies, a desperate need to find SOMEPLACE to hide from shadow ships and recuperate.

That's where the real story picks up. Intrigue, lies, torture, cat-and-mouse antics, and even picking up a rather interesting new crew member.

As a regular Space Opera, it's fun. It's more than competent. It's full of bickering sisters and an attempt to turn a mutiny into something much more respectable. :)


So why did I knock off a star?

Because I'm a huge fan of Reynold's more adult fare and this isn't at THAT particular level. The high science and deeply intricate worldbuilding and ideas I usually get are watered down here. That's not to say it's poor for the sub-genre or even the full SF genre. It's right there with the most solid entries. But Reynolds is usually a full head above the rest.

I judge this a lesser example of his works. Not bad at all and actually rather fun, but not fantastic. ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
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The gripping sequel to the Locus award winning science fiction adventure, Revenger, tells a story of obsession and betrayal as two sisters hunt for the greatest treasure in the universe. Adrana and Fura Ness have finally been reunited, but both have changed beyond recognition. Once desperate for adventure, now Adrana is haunted by her enslavement on the feared pirate Bosa Sennen's ship. And rumors of Bosa Sennen's hidden cache of treasure have ensnared her sister, Fura, into single-minded obsession. Neither is safe; because the galaxy wants Bosa Sennen dead and they don't care if she's already been killed. They'll happily take whoever is flying her ship. Shadow Captain is a desperate story of cursed ships, vengeful corporations, and alien artifacts, of daring escapes and wealth beyond imagining ... and of betrayal. For more from Alastair Reynolds, check out: Revenger Elysium Fire

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