In some indeterminate future an exploration ship of misfits finds a rogue AI holding hostages in stasis.
I liked the Lexicon at the end of the Book. It helps to establish the identity of the characters and the setting.
Morwyn Soltaine is the Captain of a starship bent on exploration. As captain he is attempting to forge a crew that is supportive of each other in spite of their diverse and conflicting backgrounds.
Chord is a Machina or AI that is self aware and cognizant of the distrust of some of the crew due to a historic conflict between man and machine in the relatively distant past.
The book comes together and I plan on reading Syndicates Pawn which is the follow up book.
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