Machineries of Empire

3 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 643 ratings

Ninefox Gambit Publisher's Summary

The first installment of the trilogy, Ninefox Gambit centers on disgraced captain Kel Cheris, who must recapture the formidable Fortress of Scattered Needles in order to redeem herself in front of the Hexarchate.

To win an impossible war, Captain Kel Cheris must awaken an ancient weapon and a despised traitor general.

Captain Kel Cheris of the Hexarchate is disgraced for using unconventional methods in a battle against heretics. Kel Command gives her the opportunity to redeem herself by retaking the Fortress of Scattered Needles, a star fortress that has recently been captured by heretics. Cheris' career isn't the only thing at stake. If the fortress falls, the Hexarchate itself might be next. Cheris' best hope is to ally with the undead tactician Shuos Jedao. The good news is that Jedao has never lost a battle, and he may be the only one who can figure out how to successfully besiege the fortress. The bad news is that Jedao went mad in his first life and massacred two armies, one of them his own. As the siege wears on, Cheris must decide how far she can trust Jedao - because she might be his next victim.

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  • Book 1

    • Ninefox Gambit

    • By: Yoon Ha Lee
    • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
    • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 475
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 433
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 431

    To win an impossible war, Captain Kel Cheris must awaken an ancient weapon and a despised traitor general.

    Captain Kel Cheris of the Hexarchate is disgraced for using unconventional methods in a battle against heretics. Kel Command gives her the opportunity to redeem herself by retaking the Fortress of Scattered Needles, a star fortress that has recently been captured by heretics. Cheris' career isn't the only thing at stake. If the fortress falls, the Hexarchate itself might be next.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Sails similar waters to the Ancillary series

    • By a on 06-29-16

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 2

    • Raven Stratagem

    • Machineries of Empire, Book 2
    • By: Yoon Ha Lee
    • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
    • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 139
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 123
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 122

    When the hexarchate's gifted young captain, Kel Cheris, summoned the ghost of the long-dead General Shuos Jedao to help her put down a rebellion, she didn't reckon on his breaking free of centuries of imprisonment - and possessing her. Even worse, the enemy Hafn are invading, and Jedao takes over General Kel Khiruev's fleet, which was tasked with stopping them.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Talking, and talking, oh and hey, more talking!

    • By A Texan 2 on 07-18-17

    Regular price: $31.49

  • Book 3

    • Revenant Gun

    • Machineries of Empire, Book 3
    • By: Yoon Ha Lee
    • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
    • Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26

    When Shuos Jedao wakes up for the first time, several things go wrong. His few memories tell him that he's a 17-year-old cadet - but his body belongs to a man decades older. Hexarch Nirai Kujen orders Jedao to reconquer the fractured hexarchate on his behalf, even though Jedao has no memory of ever being a soldier, let alone a general. Surely a knack for video games doesn't qualify you to take charge of an army?  

    Regular price: $31.49