Welcome to my weekly segment, Waiting on Wednesday, where I look at upcoming books that I am planning to order and review in the next few months and which I think I will really enjoy. I run this segment in conjunction with the Can’t-Wait Wednesday meme that is currently running at Wishful Endings. Stay tuned to see reviews of these books when I get a copy of them. For this latest Waiting on Wednesday I take a look at an intriguing upcoming science fiction novel from the always talented Miles Cameron, Artifact Space.
Cameron is an awesome author who has shown himself capable of writing across multiple genres throughout his lengthy career. I’m probably most familiar with Cameron’s amazing and detailed ancient Greece historical fiction novels, which he authors under the name of Christian Cameron. His historical fiction works include the excellent Tyrant and Long War series, which I read when I was younger, and his more recent work The New Achilles. However, Cameron has also dabbled in the thriller genre with the Alan Craik series, which he co-wrote with his father, Kenneth Cameron, using the pseudonym of Gordon Kent. In more recent years he has dived into the fantasy genre, which he writes as Miles Cameron. His fantasy works includes the medieval inspired Traitor Son Cycle that ran for five books, and his Masters and Mages trilogy, which I am currently having a fun time getting through. I have already really enjoyed the first two entries in this series, Cold Iron, which easily got a full five-star rating from me, and Dark Forge, which was one of my favourite novels (and audiobooks) of 2019. While I am hoping to read the third and final Masters and Mages novel, Bright Steel, at some point this year, I was rather intrigued when I saw that Cameron was diving into a whole other genre later this year with Artifact Space.
Artifact Space is an extremely cool science fiction epic that will see Cameron explore the wilds of space aboard a massive spaceship. Currently set for release in late June 2021, Artifact Space sound like it is going to be an incredible and fascinating adventure tale, filled with intrigue, aliens and a compelling character-driven narrative.
Out in the darkness of space, something is targeting the Greatships.
With their vast cargo holds and a crew that could fill a city, the Greatships are the lifeblood of human occupied space, transporting an unimaginable volume – and value – of goods from City, the greatest human orbital, all the way to Tradepoint at the other, to trade for xenoglas with an unknowable alien species.
It has always been Marca Nbaro’s dream to achieve the near-impossible: escape her upbringing and venture into space.
All it took, to make her way onto the crew of the Greatship Athens was thousands of hours in simulators, dedication, and pawning or selling every scrap of her old life in order to forge a new one. But though she’s made her way onboard with faked papers, leaving her old life – and scandals – behind isn’t so easy.
She may have just combined all the dangers of her former life, with all the perils of the new . . .
I have to say that I really like the sound of this fantastic upcoming novel, and it looks like Cameron has an awesome new story on the horizon. I love the whole concept of colossal ships travelling through space to trade with alien races and this should be a pretty amazing basis for a great story. Cameron has a real propensity for detailed world building, and I am certain that he will create a massive and complex setting, filled with all manner of intrigue, mysteries, and cool plot devices. I am also extremely confident that his compelling story about a troubled runaway attempting to forge a new life aboard a ship that will find itself attacked by the mysterious group targeting the Greatships will be very enjoyable and addictive. Cameron has done a great job introducing and building up young, adventurous characters in his previous books, such as in the Masters and Mages trilogy, and I looking forward to seeing how this great, character driven tale will turn out.
Overall, I think that Artifact Space has a lot of potential and my interest has been deeply piqued by the fantastic synopsis above. Based on the author’s prior works, I already know that I am going to really enjoy this upcoming book, and I cannot wait to see how Cameron’s first science fiction epic will turn out. I am already predicting that this book is going to get a full five-star review from me, and I am excited to read it.