While billed as the start of a new series, this book is a direct sequel to the Trader’s Tales From the Golden Age of the Solar ClipperÂ series.Â The break has its logic in the new direction for the life of our protagonis.Â At the end of the previous book, Ishmael Wang hadÂ achieved his goal of becoming a captain. He is a independently wealthy and does not need to work ever again. This leaves him feeling at looseÂ ends, so he returns to the academy for some soul searching and perhaps the discovery of a new purpose. His very old friend Pip shows up to drag him along in a new venture, and maybe find some closure regarding the events in Owner’s Share.
For fans of the series,Â this book will feel familiar. Ishmael and Pip may be older and wiser but they remain an entertaining pair. Mr. Lowell has developed a highÂ skill inÂ writing dialogue. The events in this book, as in previous ones, are far from epic, but they are as ever quietly entertaining. And while certainly one couldÂ criticize the author for creating a future where culture everywhere is a ludicrously homogeneous American idyll, or for ignoring quite a few logical fallacies in the economic model of society, that would just take away from the fun.