sixth novel in an ongoing series of military science fiction stories starring kris longknife. daughter of a wealthy and powerful family and haunted by the death at the hands of kidnappers of her young brother a long time before, she and a few loyal sidekicks get into various scrapes seeking to do the right thing and oppose a rival family who are not quite so nice.
You can probably get into the series quite easily if you've not ready any of the previous books, as they all stand relatively alone, but the detail and backstory does get to the point where you'd be better off reading them in order [the first is called kris longknife mutineer]. as you'll get more out of them that way. and because it's a very entertaining series.
the end of book five saw kris and friends taking control of a spaceship of their own and setting out to chase space pirates in isolated frontier regions. here, that effort brings them to a small colony under threat from people trying to take it over. the majority of the book involves kris and her efforts to prevent that from happening, which leads to some audacious guerilla tactics. and a few thought provoking moral debates about what people need to do in order to protect their freedoms.
there's still time after that for a sub plot to develop into a much larger one, in which kris has to prevent a member of the rival family from being murdered. she and a member of that family from an interesting relationship in the process, and the characterisation and writing of this is very appealing. a few shocking events also happen, and the dilemmas of these are well considered.
as before with earlier volumes of this series it is a light and enjoyable read. it's military science fiction but it doesnt think war is a good thing, the prose is good and readable and all the characters are very appealing.
another fine entry in an enjoyable series of books. hope there's more to come