Format: Paperback, 400 pages
Release Date: November 2, 2021
Publisher: Daw Books
Moving outside the city of Maradaine, this new
novel follows a lone member of the Maradaine Constabulary as she
navigates a new but just as dangerous city.
Sergeant Corrie Welling—the young constabulary officer from Maradaine—has been abducted and confined on a ship bound for distant shores, where her captors have nefarious plans for her. With fortune and ingenuity, Corrie escapes, but finds herself stuck in a sprawling metropolis on the other side of the world: The Mocassa.
The Mocassa is a test unlike anything Corrie has ever faced. She doesn’t speak the language, doesn’t know the culture, and is forbidden from leaving the city until she pays off a colossal debt. Even if she’s able to find decent work, it will take her years to settle her accounts and get home.
But Corrie Welling will not be cowed. She will work, fight, and hold her chin high. As a fringe faction of an apocalyptic faith spreads throughout the city, threatening the new friends she’s sworn to protect, she’ll continue to stand up for the values instilled in her as a member of the Maradaine Constabulary. Even if, as her darkest day approaches, she has to do it alone.
An Unintended Voyage, by author Marshall Ryan Maresca, is part of the Maradaine Sequence series of books. I saw this posted from the author. "Chronologically speaking, the story takes place after People of the City. It follows its own thread from A Parliament of Bodies and doesn't spoil events of the Fenmere Job. Essentially, this story is the prelude for Phase two of the Maradaine Sequence." Though set in the same world as the Maradaine novels, An Unintended Voyage takes place entirely outside of Maradaine.
Sergeant Corrie Welling, of the Maradaine Constabulary, was betrayed, kidnapped, and sent onboard a ship filled with children who will be sold as slaves once they reach their destination. 9 children have already died during the 27 days journey. However, before she reaches her destination of the Mahabassian Slave Market, the ship goes down in heavy seas, and only she and a girl named Eana survive. To make matters worse, they are rescued but occur a huge debt that must be paid off before they are released.
Both Corrie, who takes her job as a Constabulary seriously, and Eana, must find work in order to pay off their debt. They also must learn a new language if they are going to survive. Luckily for Corrie, she finds a job as a bodyguard for a wealthy daughter who is attending university. Corrie also finds a friend an Ang, who has been studying the stars, and knows that there will be an eclipse, and a comet on the same day which brings out all the zealots looking to make trouble.
One of the things you must get used to when reading about Corrie is her colorful language. For me, I don't give a horse's rear end how many vulgarities she comes up with. I care that she, like her brother and her family, have a real idea of what standing up for something they honestly believe in, and don't take any grief from anyone who steps on their toes. Corrie quickly learns the language. She quickly knows how to deal with her roommates, and she is a true big sister to Eana who comes into her own over the course of this story.
The author does a pretty good job of rehashing events that got Corrie into the situation she finds herself in. What I need to know is whether or not she will be written off, or will the author continue to make Corrie sure that she ends up being reunited with her friends who likely believe she's dead. One of the things that makes me coming back to this series is the amazing characters and the worldbuilding. He really throws the entire sink into this story with magic, weird celestial events, indentured servitude, religious fanaticism, and young women attempting to make it in a world gone crazy.