Ancillary Mercy

Ancillary Mercy

Book - 2015
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Breq and her crew must stand against an old and powerful enemy, the Lord of the Radch, and fight for the right to determine their own destinies in the stunning conclusion to the NYT bestselling Imperial Radch trilogy A must read for fans of Ursula K. Le Guin and James S. A. Corey.
Winner of the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 2016
For a moment, things seemed to be under control for Breq, the soldier who used to be a warship. Then a search of Athoek Station's slums turns up someone who shouldn't exist, and a messenger from the mysterious Presger empire arrives, as does Breq's enemy, the divided and quite possibly insane Anaander Mianaai - ruler of an empire at war with itself.

Breq refuses to flee with her ship and crew, because that would leave the people of Athoek in terrible danger. The odds aren't good, but that's never stopped her before.
"There are few who write science fiction like Ann Leckie can. There are few who ever could." -- John Scalzi

In the Ancillary world: Ancillary Justice Ancillary Sword Ancillary Mercy
For more from Ann Leckie, check out: The Raven Tower
Publisher: New York, NY :, Orbit,, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316246682
Characteristics: 359 pages ; 21 cm


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Jul 19, 2017

Not worth reading unless you insist on completing the trilogy.

KateHillier Nov 25, 2016

This was an awesome series and this last book did not disappoint. It wraps up nicely while at the same time leaving room for more in this more and I really hope that's something that happens.

Feb 24, 2016

This is the weakest book in the trilogy, although the plot complexity, the rich detail of the imagined universe, and the fascinating characters still provide a satisfying read. The minute and unnecessary detail of the interactions and activities on the ship in the middle of the book made me wonder if the author was trying to pad out the page count. Some issues are left unresolved. I look forward to seeing where the author goes next.

ChristchurchLib Nov 30, 2015

Housed in a composite human body not her own, Fleet Captain Breq is the last remaining "ancillary" fragment of a fallen starship's AI, as well as the commander of her own vessel. With civil war raging throughout the rapidly fracturing Radchaai Empire, Breq and her crew devise a plan to defend Atheok Station from ancient nemesis Anaander Mianaai, Lord of the Radch. Action-packed heroics unfold side-by-side with reflections on identity and personhood in this dramatic conclusion of the Imperial Radch trilogy, which begins with Ancillary Justice and Ancillary Sword. Science fiction newsletter December 2015.

Nov 25, 2015

not as good as the first two in the series

Oct 21, 2015

Very enjoyable! So many things happen relating to so many different characters that it feels like trying to summarize the plot at all will only result in spoiling things best left unspoiled. Suffice it to say that this book gives a variety of perspectives on the ideas of personhood, agency, and duty. The plot starts a little slow, but picks up speed fast. It also doesn't take the sort of left turn that it did in Ancillary Sword, but doesn't follow the narrative structure of Ancillary Justice, either. Basically, if you liked the people in the first two books, you'll find things to like in this one.

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