'A sharp, sophisticated and hugely entertaining SF novel.'
'With the second novel in the Dakota Merrick trilogy, Gibson stakes his claim to be considered alongside the leading triumvirate of British hard SF writers: Al Reynolds, Peter Hamilton, and Neal Asher. What Gibson does well, he does exceedingly well. ' --Guardian
'A sharp, sophisticated and hugely entertaining SF novel.' --SFX
'The inventiveness and sense of wonder are raised a notch and the novel is a page turner you do not want to put down... In the top class of the field alongside PF Hamilton or Iain M. Banks.' --Fantasy Book Critic
'For an enthralling widescreen space opera with characters and aliens that are both interesting and engrossing this is the books to read. Very highly recommended.'
--Walker of Worlds
In Stealing Light, Dakota discovered the Shoal’s dark and dangerous secret, now she works towards stopping not only the spread of this knowledge, but also the onset of the Nova war. Found adrift near a Bandati colony world far away from Consortium space, Dakota and Corso find themselves prisoners of the Bandati. It becomes rapidly clear to them, that the humanity’s limited knowledge of the rest of the galaxy – filtered through the Shoal – is direly inaccurate. The Shoal have been fighting a frontier war with a rival species, the Emissaries, with their own FTL technology for over fifteen thousand years. Realising that the Shoal may be the Galaxy’s one chance at sustained peace, Dakota is forced to work with Trader to prevent the spread of deadly knowledge carried on board the Magi ships. But it seems that the Nova War is inevitable…