Goodreads: Marque and Reprisal (Vatta’s War #2)

Author: Elizabeth Moon

Published: 30th August 2005 (Del Rey)

Source: Audible

Rating: 4/5 (Really liked it)

Official Summary: “The exciting military career she hoped for never got off the ground–but Ky Vatta ended up seeing plenty of combat when she took the helm of one of the commercial transport vessels in her family’s fleet . . . and steered it into a full-blown war. Now the lessons she learned in that trial by fire are about to pay off: because this time, the war has come to her. To be exact, someone unknown has launched a full-throttle offensive against Vatta Transport Ltd., Ky’s father’s interstellar shipping empire. In short order, most of Ky’s family is killed, and subsequent attacks sever vital lines of communication, leaving Ky fighting, in every sense, to survive.” – Goodreads (Not fun blurb)

Review: I just like how slow this series is, each story covers only a few weeks at a time. It takes the time to slowly expand the characters, it shows their development step by step. You see the moments that really change the characters, making them better.

Ky is a really great character, she not perfect and she knows that. She analyzes everything she does and tries to improve, she notices when she makes mistakes and she tells herself off for being so brash. It also great to see other characters developing, seeing more of her crew and seeing new people added to that crew.

I really didn’t expect what happened to Vatta Transport, it was so different and made the story so much hard hitting.