Author: Elizabeth Moon
Summary: Kylara Vatta is the only daughter in a family full of sons, a young woman who has chosen a military career instead of joining the family's shipping business. It's adventure, not commerce, that stirs her soul. But after a single error in judgment, she is expelled from the Academy in disgrace. The chance to captain a Vatta Transport ship gives her a face-saving shot at redemption.
It's a simple assignment: escort one of the Vatta fleet's oldest ship on its final voyage to the scrapyard. But keeping it simple has never been Ky's style. And even though her father has provided a crew of seasoned veterans to babysit the fledgling captain, they can't stop Ky from turning the routine mission into a risky venture. Business soon takes a backset to bravery, when Ky's change of plans sails her and the crew straight into the middle of a colonial war. For all her commercial savvy, it's her military training and born-soldier's instincts that Ky wil need to call on in the face of deadly combat, dangerous mercenaries, and violent mutiny...
Well, it's not the best book ever, but I enjoyed reading it and will read the next part.
I like Ky and her sense of honor and that she want's to prove that she's a good Captain and cares for her people. I don't agree with all of her decisions but I can understand why she made them.
I really like when they talk about a veteran crew, that they really mean it. Some of them are over 70 years old. :)
The story itself is okay. Not bad, but also not the best ever. I guess, it's also because it's the first part in a series and therefore has to set up a lot for the later books. I just wish, we could have had some more background on the various players and how they work and how everything came to be (like, the ISC). But, maybe there will be more on that in the next books. I'm very curious about some things and have some suspicions about Ky's kick out of the Academy (especially with the gift she got). We will see.
While writing the above, I had the thought that I would have totally loved this book with the same plot and characters and everything but not set in space but set in, say, the 1700s with Ky commanding a trading ship traveling around the world... *wants*