What I’m Reading: A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe

A book cover dominated by a striking mix of black and white clouds, with a small starship in the lower-right corner.
Cover art for Alex White’s A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe.

Alex White’s A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe is a curious mixup of space opera and fantasy arcana, with a dash of military SF thrown in. I missed the “magic” bit when I was adding it to my Christmas wish list, and I was surprised when I read the first few pages in the book and discovered that a high-speed, high-tech racer was also an arcane engineer capable of bonding with her machine through spells.

So far, it’s a good book. The characters are on a treasure hunt of sorts, trying to find the Harrow (the “big ship at the edge of the universe” alluded to in the book’s title). They are pursued by Mother, a murderous, super-powered sorcerer who commands starships and mighty magicks. It’s a fun read, especially in the dark of winter.