The Revolution Trade by Charles Stross

The Merchant Princes, Book 5-6

Synopsis: For one ex-journalist, the nightmare has just begun

Miriam Beckstein has said goodbye to her comfort zone. The transition from journalist to captive in an alternative timeline was challenging to say the least. As was discovering her long-lost family, the Clan, were world-skipping assassins. Now civil war rages in her adopted home, she’s pregnant with the heir to their throne and a splinter-group want her on their side of a desperate power struggle. But as a leader or figurehead?

Meanwhile, unknown to the Clan, the US government is on to them and preparing to exploit this knowledge. But it hadn’t foreseen a dissident Clan faction carrying nuclear devices between worlds – with the US President in their sights. The War on Terror is about to go transdimensional. But Mike Fleming, CIA agent, knows the most terrifying secret of all. His government’s true intentions.

Review: After discovering Miriam through the previous volumes, we conclude her adventures with this latest volume featuring the volumes 5 and 6 of the series. I admit that I was curious to see how our heroine was going to cope with all the problems that have fallen on her earlier.

Thus we rediscover this young woman who was placed at the head of an empire that is much more difficult to manage than expected. It must be said that her plan was quickly forgotten with the accumulation of the problems and our heroine has to deal with events totally beyond her. Oh yes, from the fact that she now carries the potential heir to the Clans, she must manage her interests in each of the worlds but also to deal with the war looming more and more and that will not fail to burst soon, so yes Miriam has a lot to manage.

I will not go into too many details away because the end approaches, we find a lot of events here, but it was very interesting to see what Charles Stross has in store for us. I didn’t have the the impression of a true end , or the way I wanted it and I think that I had a little more trouble managing my attention over some of the characters. Yes, I admit that I was more absorbed by Miriam than the other characters and I was still waiting to return to her to see her next actions. In any case, her character has evolved over time and her decisions are now very important every time.

A good series to discover.



21 thoughts on “The Revolution Trade by Charles Stross

  1. Sounds like an impressive lineup of characters and a remarkable MC. I’m still very impressed with your loyalty toward series. Book 5 & 6 is no small deal in my opinion. Well done!

  2. You are now way ahead of me on this series. I thought this the last volume/omnibus, so it’s interesting that you said you didn’t really feel a “true end”. Regardless, I’m quite intrigued by your last paragraph and you not wanting to give too many details away. One of these days I’ll have to read these books.

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