An Ancient Peace by Tanya Huff



An Ancient Peace by Tanya Huff
Series: Peacekeeper #1 (Confederation #6)
Genre: Military Science Fiction
Published by DAW, 2015
Format: e-Arc (Release Date: Oct 6, 2015)
–I received a review copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated here are entirely my own.
336 pages
Grade: B-
Synopsis: The first book of a thrilling new military science fiction spin-off of Tanya Huff’s Confederation series.

Initial thoughts

  • I didn’t like this book as much as the books in the Confederation series, but life has completely changed for Torin and her friends. We all need to get used to that!
  • If you haven’t read the Confederation series I would urge you to read those books first. They explain the many references to the war and to the different races of people who make up the Confederation.
  • I definitely plan to read the second book.


  • I like that Torin Kerr and Craig Ryder are in this book as well as some other characters from the Confederation series. I especially enjoy seeing Presit who is a Katrien reporter who was always a thorn in Torin’s side.
  • I really like how Tanya Huff describes the other races Humans encounter and gives them unique characteristics as a race and as individuals.
  • The Confederation and Primacy were at war for generations. (See the Confederation series)
  • The Confederation is at peace now and many of the military don’t know what to do in peacetime.
  • The book opens with Torin and a few others in her team working undercover to stop a Humans First group.
  • Former Gunnery Sergeant Torin along with Craig and some other survivors of her unit are now working–troubleshooting–for the Confederation Justice Department.
  • Torin saw a tremendous amount of death while she was a marine. She’s a civilian now–not carrying a weapon, not wearing a uniform–and that’s hard to get used to. She also has trouble getting past the death she saw and has a court appointed psychologist whom she reluctantly visits.
  • However, Military Intelligence asks them to do a job. There’s evidence someone might be robbing graves of an Elder Race–perhaps looking for weapons? Torin and her team are asked to find and stop them.
  • The Younger Races–Humans, Krai and di’Taykan–fought the war the Elder Races. Now the Younger Races (who are seen as violent and not as highly evolved) wonder if the Elder Races might like to keep them to a finite area of Space since they think they’re not ready for civilized society.


  • The middle of the book dragged a bit for me. There’s not as much action in this book as the Confederation series.

And a few thoughts . . .

  • I love the Confederation series and I hope I will love this series as much. I felt a little like the ex-military in the book having a hard time adjusting to peacetime!

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

Author info

  • [from Wikipedia] Tanya Huff was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, but grew up mostly in Ontario. She was in the Canadian Naval Reserve for three years and was a cook. She thought that would be the first trade that would send women to sea–and she was right, but not until a year after she left the Navy.
  • Huff is one of the most prominent Canadian authors in the category of contemporary fantasy, a subgenre pioneered by Charles de Lint. Many of the scenes in her stories are near places where she has lived or frequented in Toronto, Kingston, and elsewhere. This author often uses as character names the names of people in her circle of acquaintances. A prolific author, “she has written everything from horror to romantic fantasy to contemporary fantasy to humour to space opera.”
  • She lives in rural Ontario with a number of cats, a chihuahua and her wife.

Reading Challenges

  • 2015 Goodreads Challenge