Redwing’s Gambit is a pleasant mix of science fiction action and suspense. Valentinelli deftly weaves her narrative through the corridors of the Haldis. Traditional sci-fi tropes such as the mysterious ship saboteur and disappearing crew members fit well for the story that Valentinelli is telling. As someone who had no previous exposure to Galileo Games Bulldogs setting, the use of these traditional tropes helped to keep me in the story as I built my understanding of the universe.
The aspect of Redwing’s Gambit that I enjoyed the most was the characters. Every last character has memorable in his or her own way. Each had just enough personality and individualism to stand out, but with none of the seemingly forced quirkiness that plagues some authors. Another sure sign that Valentinelli was successful with her characterization, I found myself wanting to know what happens next to the three main viewpoint characters Marrl, Xax, and Fang. Of the three I was particularly fond of Fang.
As a whole I found Redwing’s Gambit to be an entertaining novella, and a pretty good introduction to the Bulldogs universe. I would certainly read more stories set in the universe. If you’re into sci-fi stories I don’t think you can really go wrong giving this a read.
[4 of 5 Stars!]