Cold Welcome by Elizabeth Moon

Cold Welcome

Nebula Award–winning author Elizabeth Moon makes a triumphant return to science fiction with a thrilling series featuring Kylara Vatta, the daring hero of her acclaimed Vatta’s War sequence. After nearly a decade away, Nebula Award–winning author Elizabeth Moon makes a triumphant return to science fiction with this installment in a thrilling new series featuring the daring hero of her acclaimed Vatta’s War sequence. Summoned to the home p...

Details Cold Welcome

TitleCold Welcome
Release DateApr 11th, 2017
PublisherDel Rey
GenreScience Fiction, Space, Space Opera, Fiction, War, Military

Reviews Cold Welcome

  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum Welcome was my first Elizabeth Moon, and what an excellent surprise it was! Knowing little about the book, I dove right in thinking it would be your run-of-the-mill military science fiction, so imagine my delight when I found out it was more of a survival adventure.The star of the novel is Admiral Kylara Vatta, a space-fleet commander returning to her home world of Slo...
  • Karen
    It's been a long time since I read the Vatta's War series and even longer for the prequels, but I slipped right back into Elizabeth Moon's universe like a pair of favorite slippers. In Cold Welcome we find Ky heading back to her home planet when her shuttle is sabotaged and Ky and the other passengers find themselves stranded in the polar regions of the planet. I've always loved Moon's military in space, but military trying to survive the element...
  • HBalikov
    I have read all of Elizabeth Moon’s Vatta’s War series. Moon is an award-winning author of sci-fi and military speculative fiction. The Vatta’s War series is set way into the future far from this solar system. When we first meet “Ky” Vatta, in Trading in Danger, she has lost her place at the prestigious Space Academy on the planet of Slotter Key and disgraced herself and her family, a rich and successful group of space traders. (Leave n...
  • Laz the Sailor
    After all these years, I had really high hopes for this story. All our favorite characters are back (if they're alive), and the setting is quite intriguing. Ky Vatta continues to be a magician up against insane challenges.But this ends up being a shaggy dog story, with one challenge after another, mysteries unresolved, and the abrupt ending pushing us toward a sequel. Yes it's implied by the #1 in the title, but still, this ending is almost a cli...
  • Jean Poulos
    I had read the Vatta’s War series and enjoyed it. I just discovered Elizabeth Moon has come out with an addition called Vatta’s Peace. "Cold Welcome" is the first book in the new series.Kylara Vatta is a Grand Admiral now and is returning to visit her home planet of Slatter’s Key. Instead, her shuttle is sabotaged. Vatta and crew are stranded in the icy waters of the South Polar Sea. The story then changes to one of survival. This is a much...
  • Deborah Ross
    Elizabeth Moon writes extraordinary military fiction. It’s not normally one of my favorite subgenres, except when she writes it. I love how intelligent she is about the strengths of the military culture and how characters fit and don’t fit into it. When combined with real (as opposed to cartoonish, cardboard) threats from within and without the organization, fascinating cultures and even more intriguing characters, the result is a story that ...
  • Ben
    I read the all the books in the Vatta's War series as they were released and thought the series started well but got worse as it went on. I'm pretty much convinced that Moon was losing interest in the characters and the setting as the final book was really dull, workmanlike and felt like she was just writing it to close off some story threads.I feel this explains the seven year wait for this series, as her interest slowly swung back to this serie...
  • Liviu
    a provisional pretty good but not excellent opinion as this is the first book of a new Vatta series which seems to change tack (at least based on the direction it seems to send the series - the ending being a big tbc) from a mil sf (fleets, space battles) space opera to something like an adventure/universe mysteries (long vanished civilizations, personal/smaller group adventures not in a definite military organization context) type of space opera...
  • Lexxi Kitty
    This is book six of the Vatta series, even though it says it is book one. Or, more accurately, this is the start of a new series, Vatta’s Peace, which continues the 5 book series Vatta’s War. Unlike some series that switch names/start anew, this specific series continues with the same main characters. I can think of, basically, two reasons why the series went from ‘Vatta’s War’ to ‘Vatta’s Peace’, and those two reasons are: the fi...
  • Tony Hisgett
    This story wasn’t quite what I had expected. To begin with it was quite interesting, but after a while I just kept wondering when the author was going to end the ‘disaster at sea’ scenario and move on to something more interesting.As the story progressed it just became more and more unbelievable. This is a world with faster than light space travel, how are they unable to conduct a simple rescue? Even after just a few days they have decided ...
  • MadProfessah
    This is my first book by Elizabeth Moon and I was quite impressed. I am aware that COLD WELCOME is the first book in a new series called Vatta’s Peace featuring Moon’s popular character Kylara Vatta, who is the star of the five books which make up the Vatta’s War series. That series is also on my TBR list but I didn’t feel like making a 5-book commitment so this book seemed like a good place to start instead. One problem with this idea is...
  • Judy Lesley
    Author Elizabeth Moon's writing absolutely latched onto my reader's soul when I started reading the Paksenarrion series. I've read all of those books and some of them more than once. I was aware of the Vatta's War series but have not read any of those five books. My interest perked up about ten levels when I saw that NetGalley was offering a digital galley of "Into the Fire", book two in the Vatta's Peace series. It was time for me to get off my ...
  • eyes.2c
    Elizabeth Moon is one of my fav authors. Great to see more of Ky Vatta and associates in a new series.Love that Aunt Gracie and her fruit cakes. Political plots, intrigue and surprises. Loved this return to Vatta's world.
  • Suzanne
    I got pretty obsessed reading this book, which is always the sign of a book I'm really enjoying. I am mostly familiar with Elizabeth Moon from her Deeds of Paksenarrion series, which I loved - and I had never read the original series featuring Kylara Vatta (although I just bought the first one). This book stood on it's own fine - I can tell there is a lot of history that I don't know about yet, but I never felt lost because I hadn't read the prev...
  • Kate
    An intriguing premise and entertaining read. 3.5 stars.
  • Ayse
    (Spoilers ahead!)Wonderful sci-fi. I have been reading Elizabeth Moon since I was a teenager and I love all the Vatta related stories. Especially the ones about Ky. One of the first books I read by Moon was trading in danger and I loved the perspective of quasi military yet commercial shipping. it felt like the merchant marines in space. this latest installment was also excellent and I look forward to the next one in the series. three points of c...
  • Beth Cato
    I haven't read the Vatta's War series in years, but I slipped into Moon's setting with utter ease. The tension kicks in right away. I raced through this book in a little over a day; I was impatient to find out what would happen to Ky. This is space opera, but foremost, it's a survival story--Ky's shuttle to her homeworld is sabotaged and forced into the frigid sea near an unpopulated continent deemed a terra forming failure. Of course, all is not...
  • Nino
    Interstelarni Glembajevi ali ne toliko uzbudljivi. Meh.
  • Christaaay - Christy Luis Reviews
    The Martian on an ice planet + a bigger crew and a skillful female commander.I loved it! The large cast confused me at times, since I didn't read the Vatta's War sequence; I just jumped straight into this companion series, Vatta's Peace. But the plot revved up right away and never slowed down. Lots of fun! The female hero's moments of genuine leadership were my favorite parts. The military language is gender neutral, so she's a hero- and Ky truly...
  • Dan
    Very good, and so nice to see another Ky Vatta series!
  • Kris Sellgren
    Cold Welcome is an entertaining introduction to Elizabeth Moon's new series, Vatta's Peace. Moon chronicled Ky Vatta's rise from disgraced ensign to admiral of an interstellar fleet in her previous science fiction series Vatta's War. Here, Ky returns to her home planet for a family meeting, but her shuttle is is sabotaged and crashes in the ocean off an uninhabited icy continent. This exciting adventure story alternates between the struggles of K...
  • Marlene
    Originally published at Reading RealityI finished up the Vatta’s War series nearly ten years ago, when the final and much anticipated book, Victory Conditions, was published. I enjoyed the series a lot, and while I was a bit sad to see it end, it did come to a completely satisfying conclusion.I read Vatta’s War at the same time that I read two other military SF series with female protagonists, David Weber’s Honor Harrington series, which I ...
  • Harald Koch
    Overall the writing was better than the previous series, but:- I never once thought any of the main characters were in any danger- there's been a major conspiracy for hundreds of years and yet they're completely incompetent- Deus ex machina (possibly literally)- an abrupt ending with no suspense and that leaves all the interesting questions for the sequel. All of them.I guess I expected more?
  • Arys
    Cold Welcome by Elizabeth Moon once again delivers a gritty, realistic, "in the trenches" Sci-Fi Action/Drama in an exceptional manner. The hero of previous, more space opera-esque books, now Admiral, Ky Vatta returns to her home world and a literal cold welcome. A routine shuttle trip from her flagship is sabotaged and crashes in the icy ocean. The nearest land is an uninhabited wasteland, and worrying about potential traitors/assassins in their...
  • Barb in Maryland
    The author returns to the universe she brought to life in the Vatta's War series.Ky Vatta is not enjoying her role as the peacetime admiral of Space Defense Force. Meetings, paperwork, no one to shoot at--boring, tiresome, did I mention boring? Her 'good friend', Rafe Dunbarger, is facing the same problems as CEO of InterStellar Communications. Not even a plush corner office can compensate for the tedium.Then all hell breaks loose, and the story ...
  • Clay Kallam
    Welcome back, Ky Vatta – we’ve missed you.It’s been nine years since Elizabeth Moon wrapped up the five-part Vatta’s War series with “Victory Conditions,” and after a dip back into her excellent Paksennarion world, she gets us back to Ky Vatta and her space opera with “Cold Welcome” (Del Rey, $28, 411 pages) – and luckily, there are more to come after this one.But to get full value for the hardback money, it would make sense to ...
  • Sylvia McIvers
    Disclaimer: Vatta had a war, I missed it. Now Admiral Ky Vatta is having peace, and apparently peace comes with a heavy side-dish of people trying to kill her. What fun.Uncle CEO Vatta died ages ago, Auntie CEO wants to step down, and Cousin CEO-to-be needs Ky's signature in order to take charge all right-and-proper. Right & Proper will be very important concepts a little later in the story, especially when certain people are Wrong & Improper. Th...
  • Tasula
    This latest installment of the series about Ky Vatta, currently admiral of SDC (a space defense force), was like a comfortable shoe- it had all the expected elements that the series interesting to me- brave, resourceful heroine, dangerous situations that had to be overcome, a few crew who couldn't be trusted, some loyal allies, treacherous enemies. It also had elements I don't care so much for- mainly political issues and financial considerations...
  • Matthew Galloway
    A good return to Vatta's universe. It in life's all the elements expected from a Moon sci-fi novel and doesn't spend too much time explaining the events of past novels. In some ways this makes it not a great entry point for new readers, but mostly I don't think anyone would be too confused if they started here. They'd just miss out on the character development, as this novel doesn't focus on that at all. I'm excited about the next book -- particu...