After years in exile, Nyxnissa so Dasheem is once more a bel dame, part
of a sisterhood of elite government assassins trained to a cut a
target's head off without remorse. But the end of a centuries-long war
has thrown her native land of Nasheen into turmoil. A huge influx of
unemployed - and unemployable - young soldiers have brought Nasheen to the
brink of civil war, even as an alien spaceship stations itself in orbit
above the capital.
With aliens in the sky and revolution on the ground, Nyx figures it's a good time to get the hell out of Nasheen, so she assembles a team of renegades, shape-shifters, magicians, and mercenaries to rescue a missing political leader who may be the difference between peace and bloodshed.
Just one problem: the politician is an old enemy whom Nyx once left to die in a ditch...
Kameron Hurley is the author of The Stars are Legion and the essay collection The Geek Feminist Revolution, as well as the award-winning God’s War Trilogy and The Worldbreaker Saga. Hurley has won the Hugo Award, Locus Award, Kitschy Award, and Sydney J. Bounds Award for Best Newcomer. She was also a finalist for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Nebula Award, and the Gemmell Morningstar Award. Her short fiction has appeared in Popular Science Magazine, Lightspeed Magazine, and many anthologies. Hurley has also written for The Atlantic, Entertainment Weekly, The Village Voice, LA Weekly, Bitch Magazine, and Locus Magazine.