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Cold Welcome

(Vatta's Peace #1)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  3,107 ratings  ·  363 reviews
Nebula Award–winning author Elizabeth Moon makes a triumphant return to science fiction with a thrilling series featuring Kylara Vatta, the daring hero of her acclaimed Vatta’s War sequence.

Summoned to the home planet of her family’s business empire, space-fleet commander Kylara Vatta is told to expect a hero’s welcome. But instead she is thrown into danger unlike any othe
Kindle Edition, 464 pages
Published April 13th 2017 by Orbit (first published April 11th 2017)
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FatPresident definitely. much of the characterization will seem thin or contradictory without having read Vatta's War…moredefinitely. much of the characterization will seem thin or contradictory without having read Vatta's War(less)

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Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Cold Welcome was my first Elizabeth Moon, and what an excellent surprise it was! Knowing little about the book, I dove right in thinking it would be your run-of-the-mill military science fiction, so imagine my delight when I found out it was more of a survival adventure.

The star of the novel is Admiral Kylara Vatta, a space-fleet commander returning to her home world of Slotter Key where a hero’s welcome awaits her. But wh
Karen’s Library
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, sci-fi
It's been a long time since I read the Vatta's War series and even longer for the prequels, but I slipped right back into Elizabeth Moon's universe like a pair of favorite slippers.

In Cold Welcome we find Ky heading back to her home planet when her shuttle is sabotaged and Ky and the other passengers find themselves stranded in the polar regions of the planet.

I've always loved Moon's military in space, but military trying to survive the elements was my favorite yet! All the twists and turns of
I have read all of Elizabeth Moon’s Vatta’s War series. Moon is an award-winning author of sci-fi and military speculative fiction. The Vatta’s War series is set way into the future far from this solar system.

When we first meet “Ky” Vatta, in Trading in Danger, she has lost her place at the prestigious Space Academy on the planet of Slotter Key and disgraced herself and her family, a rich and successful group of space traders. (Leave now if you are unfamiliar with her backstory.) In the course
Laz the Sailor
Apr 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi
After all these years, I had really high hopes for this story. All our favorite characters are back (if they're alive), and the setting is quite intriguing. Ky Vatta continues to be a magician up against insane challenges.

But this ends up being a shaggy dog story, with one challenge after another, mysteries unresolved, and the abrupt ending pushing us toward a sequel. Yes it's implied by the #1 in the title, but still, this ending is almost a cliff-hanger.

I have enjoyed all of E Moon's scifi boo
May 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
I read the all the books in the Vatta's War series as they were released and thought the series started well but got worse as it went on. I'm pretty much convinced that Moon was losing interest in the characters and the setting as the final book was really dull, workmanlike and felt like she was just writing it to close off some story threads.

I feel this explains the seven year wait for this series, as her interest slowly swung back to this series. but in all honesty she should have left it. Thi
Deborah Ross
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Elizabeth Moon writes extraordinary military fiction. It’s not normally one of my favorite subgenres, except when she writes it. I love how intelligent she is about the strengths of the military culture and how characters fit and don’t fit into it. When combined with real (as opposed to cartoonish, cardboard) threats from within and without the organization, fascinating cultures and even more intriguing characters, the result is a story that grabs me and doesn’t let go until the final page. I al ...more
Tony Hisgett
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
This story wasn’t quite what I had expected. To begin with it was quite interesting, but after a while I just kept wondering when the author was going to end the ‘disaster at sea’ scenario and move on to something more interesting.

As the story progressed it just became more and more unbelievable. This is a world with faster than light space travel, how are they unable to conduct a simple rescue?
Even after just a few days they have decided they are all dead and they can’t be bothered to search f
Nov 22, 2017 rated it liked it
I had read the Vatta’s War series and enjoyed it. I just discovered Elizabeth Moon has come out with an addition called Vatta’s Peace. "Cold Welcome" is the first book in the new series.

Kylara Vatta is a Grand Admiral now and is returning to visit her home planet of Slatter’s Key. Instead, her shuttle is sabotaged. Vatta and crew are stranded in the icy waters of the South Polar Sea. The story then changes to one of survival. This is a much different situation than I was expecting from a science
Lexxi Kitty
This is book six of the Vatta series, even though it says it is book one. Or, more accurately, this is the start of a new series, Vatta’s Peace, which continues the 5 book series Vatta’s War. Unlike some series that switch names/start anew, this specific series continues with the same main characters. I can think of, basically, two reasons why the series went from ‘Vatta’s War’ to ‘Vatta’s Peace’, and those two reasons are: the first series had little time in between books – Vatta’s Peace starts ...more
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
a provisional pretty good but not excellent opinion as this is the first book of a new Vatta series which seems to change tack (at least based on the direction it seems to send the series - the ending being a big tbc) from a mil sf (fleets, space battles) space opera to something like an adventure/universe mysteries (long vanished civilizations, personal/smaller group adventures not in a definite military organization context) type of space opera - though the novel takes place mostly on Ky's hom ...more
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-read
This is my first book by Elizabeth Moon and I was quite impressed.

I am aware that COLD WELCOME is the first book in a new series called Vatta’s Peace featuring Moon’s popular character Kylara Vatta, who is the star of the five books which make up the Vatta’s War series. That series is also on my TBR list but I didn’t feel like making a 5-book commitment so this book seemed like a good place to start instead. One problem with this idea is that the series is not finished yet. BOOK 2 in Vatta’s Pe
Judy Lesley
Dec 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Author Elizabeth Moon's writing absolutely latched onto my reader's soul when I started reading the Paksenarrion series. I've read all of those books and some of them more than once. I was aware of the Vatta's War series but have not read any of those five books. My interest perked up about ten levels when I saw that NetGalley was offering a digital galley of "Into the Fire", book two in the Vatta's Peace series. It was time for me to get off my duff and read "Cold Welcome", first book in the "V ...more
The Captain
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
Ahoy there me mateys! This here be a combined review of the Vatta’s Peace duology. While I try to post no spoilers, if ye haven’t read the Vatta’s War series and ye keep reading this log then ye have been forewarned and continue at yer own peril . . .

Ye think I would have enough of Ky Vatta after readin’ the 5 books in the Vatta’s War series. Well no, I wanted more! Luckily for me this companion series exists. Ever wonder what happens to the Admiral when war is over? Then this be for ye!

I loved
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I got pretty obsessed reading this book, which is always the sign of a book I'm really enjoying. I am mostly familiar with Elizabeth Moon from her Deeds of Paksenarrion series, which I loved - and I had never read the original series featuring Kylara Vatta (although I just bought the first one). This book stood on it's own fine - I can tell there is a lot of history that I don't know about yet, but I never felt lost because I hadn't read the previous books.

One of the things I've liked most about
Apr 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Elizabeth Moon is one of my fav authors. Great to see more of Ky Vatta and associates in a new series.
Love that Aunt Gracie and her fruit cakes. Political plots, intrigue and surprises. Loved this return to Vatta's world.
Jan 25, 2018 marked it as xx-dnf-skim-reference  ·  review of another edition
I (unexpectedly) enjoyed the Vatta's War series. But not the politics and the scheming. So when I saw that there was a lot of that here, and that this begins another series, I decided to do something radical. I read about 1/2 of this book - the 1/2 that concerned Ky and the other survivors. I skipped all the chapters with Rafe, Grace, Stella, etc.

Good read, considering. Still, the best read on survival in arctic conditions is a true story: Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage.

And, no, I'm
Carolyn F.
Another book that ended with a cliffhanger, which I'm not enjoying at this time. This is the second book I've read recently that does so. The story does drag a bit while they are in the cave/station, but otherwise I enjoyed it. My one complaint is (view spoiler) ...more
Timothy Boyd
Very good Military SiFi book. Good characters and plot made this a fun and interesting read, Recommended
keikii Eats Books
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
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"How did you know—?”
“I didn’t,” Ky said. “But I knew we had to move. If we had to pile rocks with our bare hands up here to make a shelter, we had to move—there was no more food—”
“I know. I know, but—you must be a very lucky person.”

Cold Welcome was illogical on just about every front. I wondered what could possibly justify starting a new series in a world she finished nine years prior. Turns out not a whole lot
Kris Sellgren
Jan 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Cold Welcome is an entertaining introduction to Elizabeth Moon's new series, Vatta's Peace. Moon chronicled Ky Vatta's rise from disgraced ensign to admiral of an interstellar fleet in her previous science fiction series Vatta's War. Here, Ky returns to her home planet for a family meeting, but her shuttle is is sabotaged and crashes in the ocean off an uninhabited icy continent. This exciting adventure story alternates between the struggles of Ky and her fellow passengers to survive, and her fa ...more
Harald Koch
Overall the writing was better than the previous series, but:

- I never once thought any of the main characters were in any danger
- there's been a major conspiracy for hundreds of years and yet they're completely incompetent
- Deus ex machina (possibly literally)
- an abrupt ending with no suspense and that leaves all the interesting questions for the sequel. All of them.

I guess I expected more?
An intriguing premise and entertaining read. 3.5 stars.

Ky Vatta is back! And she is just as tough a protagonist as ever.
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
(Spoilers ahead!)
Wonderful sci-fi. I have been reading Elizabeth Moon since I was a teenager and I love all the Vatta related stories. Especially the ones about Ky. One of the first books I read by Moon was trading in danger and I loved the perspective of quasi military yet commercial shipping. it felt like the merchant marines in space. this latest installment was also excellent and I look forward to the next one in the series. three points of contention for me with this one. 1. Ky really is th
Beth Cato
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, science, vatta-s-war
I haven't read the Vatta's War series in years, but I slipped into Moon's setting with utter ease. The tension kicks in right away. I raced through this book in a little over a day; I was impatient to find out what would happen to Ky. This is space opera, but foremost, it's a survival story--Ky's shuttle to her homeworld is sabotaged and forced into the frigid sea near an unpopulated continent deemed a terra forming failure. Of course, all is not what it seems. Ky must contend with the ocean, st ...more
Elizabeth Dragina
Jan 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: on-my-shelf
It took a little bit for me to actually start caring about the characters (it probably would have helped if I read the companion series first), but once the action picked up I struggled to put it down.

The world building could use some help or maybe I could read the companion series. 😅

The plot was well formed and I got the impression that this isn’t YA (I totally thought it was at first), while nothing happened sexually mature topics were discussed and the overall tone of the story screamed ADUL
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened, 2018
4 stars.

Ky goes home to settle her share of Vatta business with her cousin and was also to participate in homecoming victory celebrations. The shuttle that was to take her down to her home planet was sabotaged and everyone on board was presumed dead. However, with her usual luck, Ky not only survived but discovered an unoccupied but fully functional military base in a region of the planet that was declared unliveable hundreds of years ago. It would appeared that someone has some long-term secret
Glad to see the Vattas are back, looking forward to future installments!
Reader of Books
2.5 🌟

Dnf. I just couldn't focus. I'll try again though later perhaps.
Blodeuedd Finland
Nov 03, 2019 marked it as dnf
meh, will not push it
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Elizabeth Moon was born March 7, 1945, and grew up in McAllen, Texas, graduating from McAllen High School in 1963. She has a B.A. in History from Rice University (1968) and another in Biology from the University of Texas at Austin (1975) with graduate work in Biology at the University of Texas, San Antonio.

She served in the USMC from 1968 to 1971, first at MCB Quantico and then at HQMC. She marrie

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