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Sisters of the Vast Black

(The first book in the Sisters of the Vast Black series)
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The sisters of the Order of Saint Rita captain their living ship into the reaches of space in Lina Rather's debut novella, Sisters of the Vast Black.

A Golden Crown Literary Society Award Finalist

Years ago, Old Earth sent forth sisters and brothers into the vast dark of the prodigal colonies armed only with crucifixes and iron faith. Now, the sisters of the Order of Saint Rita are on an interstellar mission of mercy aboard Our Lady of Impossible Constellations, a living, breathing ship which seems determined to develop a will of its own.

When the order receives a distress call from a newly-formed colony, the sisters discover that the bodies and souls in their care—and that of the galactic diaspora—are in danger. And not from void beyond, but from the nascent Central Governance and the Church itself.

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Genre: Science Fiction

Praise for this book

"Lina Rather embraces the complex relationships between faith, imperialism, love, and humanity while somehow managing to make the pitiless void of space feel intimate." - Sarah Gailey

"A richly imaginative and thoughtful adventure, Sisters of the Forsaken Stars is a delight!" - Megan E O'Keefe

"Deeply felt and utterly genuine [...] a story about love for humanity tangled up in the trauma of what it means to be human." - Karen Osborne

"Lina Rather cements her reputation as one of our boldest and most thoughtful new voices with a tale of faith and doubt, sisterhood and politics...and some of the coolest living spaceships you'll ever meet." - Tim Pratt

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