Space Espionage — Mass Effect: Initiation by N.K. Jemisin and Mac Walters

Mass Effect is one of my fandoms. I’ve played the first three games through at least twice apiece, and only recently finished working my way through the giant—if somewhat disappointing—playground that’s been Mass Effect: Andromeda. Among Mass Effect’s gifts, over its first three game incarnations, was the ability to deliver well-paced space opera military adventure with excellent dialogue.

Its novel tie-ins have singularly failed to live up to that standard. At least, until now.

Hugo Award-winning author N.K. Jemisin and graphic novelist Mac Walters team up to give us a story about corporate espionage with violence and Cora Harper—a character who’ll be familiar to those of you who’ve played Andromeda. Harper, a former lieutenant in the Systems Alliance military and an unusually strong biotic* who spent four years with an asari commando team, has just joined the Andromeda Initiative. Her first welcome back to human space ...