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An Ancient Peace

(Peacekeeper #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  2,086 ratings  ·  222 reviews
The first book of a thrilling new military science fiction spin-off of Tanya Huff's Confederation series.

Gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr had been the very model of a Confederation Marine. But when she learned the truth about the war the Confederation was fighting, she left the military for good.

But Torin couldn’t walk away from preserving and protecting everything the Confeder
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published October 6th 2015 by DAW
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torin_kylara (Some descriptions I found on another website, which are pretty good):

The Dornagan are absolutely massive furry cat-bear things.
The Katrien are small …more
(Some descriptions I found on another website, which are pretty good):

The Dornagan are absolutely massive furry cat-bear things.
The Katrien are small Cat Folk.
The Miktok are large spider aliens renowned throughout the galaxy for the beauty of their art.
The Rakva are feathered, bipedal birds with hands.
The H'san are different somehow, but their appearance was carefully avoided in the original series. According to An Ancient Peace, they're large, non-bipedal at least some of the time, and have oversized eyes that make their faces look child-like. Also, they smell good.

But if you'll notice, Tanya Huff doesn't do a lot of description in her books generally. This doesn't just apply to the aliens, it also applies to humans as well. Like, have you ever noticed her say Torin and Craig are white and Mashona is black? No, because she never has. We just assume based on names. And maybe those are proper assumptions, but we can't really tell, I mean it is the future, someone named Binti Mashona could be Korean for all we know. But she doesn't use descriptors like that on purpose, because she wants your mind to come up with things like that and fill in the blanks. We don't really know what Torin looks like (do we ever even get a description of her hair color?) and that's okay, because it's more important to know what she is capable of and what her character is like than it is to know what she looks like.

And that's one of the main things I love about her writing style.(less)

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MAB  LongBeach
Aug 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Billed as the first in a new series, this is actually a continuation of Huff's Confederation series, building directly on the events of the previous book. As such, it may not mean as much to people who have not read the earlier books. That said, this is solid military SF, without the jingoistic undertones of so much of the subgenre.

Ex-Gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr and her lover Craig Ryder, along with the remnants of her last unit, have moved on from salvage operations to contract work for the Jus
Dana Stabenow
Oct 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Good start to a spinoff series featuring Gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr of Huff's Confederation series. It's Torin and the gang back again, but their new job is making them grow and change in interesting ways, and growing and changing is always painful. Looking forward to the next one already, especially the real-life echoes in the overall story arc at the end. Human's First! (There oughta be an award for Best Use of a Misplaced Apostrophe.)
Jamie Collins
A fun beginning for this new spin-off of Huff's Confederation series. The plot feels contrived, which is something that often bothers me in these books, but the characters are as enjoyable as always.

Former Gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr and her crew accept a secret assignment to investigate the theft of ancient artifacts, including weapons, leftover from the time before the Confederation was formed. They visit a dead alien planet and must fight through some pointlessly bizarre obstacles left behind
Kathy Davie
Oct 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
First in the Peacekeeper military science fiction series and sixth in Huff's Confederation series. The focus is on the ill-assorted crew under Gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr.

My Take
Huff is using An Ancient Peace to push Torin, Craig, and their team onto a new career path. It's one of the longest set-ups I've ever read, and Huff does a great job of it. It takes a bit before I got caught up on the backstory, and I'm still missing some bits, but Huff's storytelling is as enthralling as ever.

The world
Jul 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr and her crew are adjusting to life outside the Corps... sort of. Their mission is to stop some graverobbers whose larceny may tear apart the Confederation, if only they can track them down before it's too late.

It's been quite a while since I read any SF/F with so many different species, and I don't recall any having the incredible variety of cultures, biology, linguistic interpretation and politics I found here. This is the first in Tanya Huff's new Peacekeep
*Source* Library
*Genre* Science Fiction, Military
*Rating* 3.5-4


An Ancient Peace is the first installment in author Tanya Huff's Peacekeeper trilogy. FYI, this is a continuation of the Confederation series. You can either have already read the previous series, or take your chances and push forward into this new chapter for Ex-Gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr and her team. Torin and her team are now working for the Justice Department chasing down those like Richard Varga and the Humans First
Carolyn F.
Dec 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book. I'm so glad that Torin is taking her life in a slightly different direction and her friends are tagging along. This author really knows how to write sci-fi! 5 out of 5 stars
Deborah Ideiosepius
In 'An Ancient Peace' Tanya Huff brings back one of my most beloved Space Opera characters with a story-line that is exciting and promises more excitement in the future.

Gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr resigned from the marines to go off with the Civilian Salvage Operator Craig but an encounter with pirates meant that that life plan was derailed somewhat. That is the backstory from the Valour series and I am not sure how you would go reading this one if you had not read any of the previous Confederat
Blodeuedd Finland
So yes this is the start of a new series, but be warned, it's also book 6 of her adventures. But new series and all. In that way, yes it could work as a standalone. But you would miss how she fought in their wars, had her adventures, found a conspiracy, and ended up with Craig. But, it works like it is.

Torin is ex-marine. She is tough nails and she was so very military. But the previous series threw some punches and now she is out. But when you are out, they pull you back in! She has her crew, t
I really liked the early books in Torin Kerr's story, but what made me like them wasn't so much the sci-fi military Marines plot lines as Sgt Kerr's attitude, a confident, almost arrogant swagger, her belief in the Marine Corps, herself, and her motley troop of various aliens. That alone made these stories fun. And now that she's out of the Marine Corps, that all seems to be gone. Torin's gone all emo; she's even seeing a psychiatrist. Yech.

The storyline and divides evenly into Torin and her cre
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
What to look for in sf ? Pyramids !!!! undergroung, full of danger, and some really funny shit.

Torin plays Tomb Raider in this one and it's a very nice entertainment, full of things blowing up, absurd sense of humor, and some interesting ideas about inclusion/exclusion, modernity, sense of self after war for soldiers and their psychological trauma

Dec 03, 2013 rated it liked it
I found this on Huff's literary agent's site as the next Torin (Confederation) novel.

I am looking forward to the continuation of this series. I find your writing a joy. Please keep it up.
Feb 05, 2016 marked it as sampled  ·  review of another edition
Really intriguing, but not at 12 bucks for an ebook, sorry.
Online Eccentric Librarian
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, sci-fi, audiobook

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An Ancient Peace was one heck of a very fun ride. Taking the Confederation series on a new angle was a smart move - it provides purpose again for Torin Kerr as well as keeping her involved in big-scale political/military action. So although this is the start of a new series - with Kerr inhabiting a new military role as a Peacekeeper (and bringing Craig in with her) - we still have the same great world building and con
Sep 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Well, I really enjoyed it, peeps, but don't make the same mistake as me, don't read this spin off of Confederation series as a standalone. You'll be missing out on a thousand nuances.

This was my introduction to Tanya Huff as a sci-fi author, and I can definitely say I will go back and start her previous series from the beginning. The character cast is solid, and as it's well established by now, I was reading the banter and the mentions of numerous past events with regret. I wanted to be part of
Oct 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love Huff's Valor series, and while this it supposedly the start of a new series, it's a direct continuation of the older one. Keep that in mind if you want to start here; you'd be better advised to read through the Valor books first, since much of this one is based on things that happened previously.

Premise: upon maturing past violence as a species, the H'san chose to bury their old- and very functional- weaponry in an underground labyrinth complete with all kinds of booby traps. This was pro
Jul 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Ms Huff and I will never be BFF, I liked a couple of her books and started three of her series, but I never read past book 2.
I will read book two of Peacekeepers for the only reason that I bought both books in Stockholm at their famous Science Fiction bokhandeln in the Old Town.

It took me a while to get into the story, mostly because it clearly isn't book one, but book six. I don't know if in the other books the world building was somewhat explained, but here everything was taken for granted. If
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
It is always fun to spend time with Torin, Craig and their crew. Once again they are off on a dangerous mission. This time the mission is to prevent another war. If you have followed this series you know that the last book finished a story arc. An Ancient Peace is the start of a new series and story arc.

The action is non-stop and the plot interesting. All is told from two viewpoints – Torin and her crew and the group of grave robbers. The mission is successful but does leave some things hanging
Lilia Ford
Jul 12, 2015 rated it liked it

I am a big fan of the Valor series and this new spin-off boasts a great premise: a misfit band of favorite characters from the original series coming together to tackle problems in their brave new post-war universe. That being said, the storytelling in this felt more disjointed and confusing than previous books, and overall the plotline seemed a bit too familiar without pushing into new areas for either characters or political/thematic development. Huff is a talented enough writer that this i
I've read almost half of this but am now admitting defeat as it's becoming a struggle to turn the pages. Never a good sign. Reading it, I can't help feeling that I've read elements of it all before. Its a tiny thing but I also couldn't understand the constant use of 'fuk' throughout the book! Other words aren't changed, so why this one? And if it's to avoid giving offence, why not avoid it all together? Not for me.
Laz the Sailor
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
Well this is a very different story from the first series about Gunnery Sargent Torin Kerr. She's now a civilian - sort of, and is chasing after tomb raiders seeking centuries-old wealth. Her team still has the usual mix of species and their quirks, and some old friends pop up here and there.

If you are looking for military tactics and space battles, those are in the past now. But if you like Torin, this is a solid story of her new life.
Oct 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
OMG! I didn't even know it was coming out! I was so exited. This is my favorite sci-fi series with the most amazing and believable battle scenes.
The book didn't disappoint. I will even re-read it:) I hope there are even more books to come.
Jan 03, 2014 rated it really liked it

Flrble whargrrbl there are NO COHERENT WORDS! NONE!
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Mar 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi, 2020
I reaaaally liked this one a lot!!
Morgan Dhu
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
An Ancient Peace is the first book in a new series by Tanya Huff, featuring Confederation Marines Gunnery Sergeant - now ex-Marine Gunnery Sergeant - Torin Kerr. Torin is a true hero, with many hard missions under her belt, but the thing she’s most known for is that no matter what the situation, she always brings her people home. Not always all of them, but she survives, and those with her survive, far more often than you’d expect of someone with a gift for getting into the worst situations in t ...more
Ah yes, another Torin Kerr action adventure! All my favorite characters are back! They are sent to stop some mercenaries from pillaging a weapons-filled necropolis (for political reasons and to prevent a war). As usual, it was a lot of fun! It wasn’t my favorite in the series, but it was a nice transition from military Kerr to her new profession. I love the relationship between her and Ryder – it’s not overblown or unequal. While he clearly holds her in awe, she relies on him for stuff she’s not ...more
Oct 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
How is this series not in movie form yet?

The Confederation series just keeps getting better and is now dubbed the Peacekeeper series.

I don't care about the names, I'm loving the books.

Tanya Huff is amazing at writing many things at once. She has the military voice down pat with her ex-marine characters. She writes cultural/racial confusion beautifully, with a spot-on humor. In this book takes us through a main plot exploring the tension of a society where a soldier class lives a life separated f
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
I remember liking Tanya Huff's prior SF, more than I enjoyed this book.

Though her usual central character, (now ex) Gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr is back, my pleasure in her escapades is not. There was entirely too much made of how darn tough she is. That was one note that was rung incessantly. The other was the constant foregrounding of her Di'Taykan teammate's irrepressible sexuality. In both cases, it's not so much about those character traits as it was about the relentless emphases of them. U
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed it, and on some level, it was great to see Torin and the gang adjusting to life outside the military.

But something was missing. I can't quite put my finger on what. Maybe it was the way that Torin still gave unwavering respect to people with higher ranks, even though the ranks have done nothing but let her down or use her like a pawn for years. Maybe it was seeing the way the other races treat the "Younger Races"... And just letting them get away with that. It's not acceptable.
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