Ancillary Sword

Ancillary Sword

Book - 2014
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"What if you once had thousands of bodies and near god-like technology at your disposal? And what if all of it were ripped away? The Lord of the Radch has given Breq command of the ship Mercy of Kalr and sent her to the only place she would have agreed to go -- to Athoek Station, where Lieutenant Awn's sister works in Horticulture. Athoek was annexed some six hundred years ago, and by now everyone is fully civilized -- or should be. But everything is not as tranquil as it appears. Old divisions are still troublesome, Athoek Station's AI is unhappy with the situation, and it looks like the alien Presger might have taken an interest in what's going on. With no guarantees that interest is benevolent"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Orbit,, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316246651
Branch Call Number: F LEC NVD
Characteristics: 391 pages ; 21 cm

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captbligh
Jul 19, 2017

Passable only as a follow-on to the excellent Ancillary Justice.

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DuncanButcher
Jun 29, 2017

I am enjoying this series. Some people are going to get their noses out of joint over the way the author conveys the lack of gendered pronouns in the language the characters use, but to do so is to miss out on an excellent new science fiction universe. The plot is good, although it would be interesting to see the protagonist cope with more internal conflict. As it is, I like where this series has gone, and looks like it is going.

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yonah9
Nov 13, 2016

This book has a lighter atmosphere than the prequel (I didn't cry this time) but it's still incredibly good. I love the asexual/aromantic representation.

KateHillier Sep 20, 2016

Ancillary Justice is a hard act to follow so this can't help but be lesser than that. That being said I still enjoyed myself despite my not being entirely sure where the plot is going here. The characters are interesting, how they interact with each other is interesting, and Breq herself continues to be fascinating. All that helps you forgive the frequent tea ceremonies and concerns about dishes and the like. Also interesting but differently so. Curious to see how this all ends up in the finale

Chapel_Hill_KenMc Jul 01, 2015

Though this second book in Leckie's space opera trilogy lacks the plot momentum of the first book, it still features the wonderfully complex character construction that seems to be this author's hallmark. You can also rely on Leckie to expose social and racial (or, rather, inter-species) injustices and draw parallels between her artfully-constructed societies and our own. Recommended for anyone who likes compelling characters in exotic settings, but read the first book before finding this one.

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d050387321
Jun 11, 2015

Great sequel. Looking forward to the next one.

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JLMason
Mar 02, 2015

What a pleasure to be back in head of the protagonist, Breq. I didn't realize how much I liked this Mr. Spock-like logical character until I picked up Book 2. Like Spock her emotions are contained, but still present and driving her sense of obligation. The unpleasant, colonial aspects of Radchaai "civilization" are explored in this book, which sets up the conditions for the pending conflict that will undoubtedly be played out in Book 3.

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jrings
Dec 29, 2014

If anything, Ann Leckie has managed to outdo herself. The first volume of this trilogy deserved all the awards it did, and yet this second volume is even better. It manages to move at a reserved, but strong pace, and omits jumping in timelines for a linear view fed by the peculiar abilities of the actors in this universe. The story and scope are rather small compared to the vastness of the arc and the world described, but I think that exactly is the strength. The lead, creative motives from the first book are explored with patience and suspense, which skillfully sails around the traps of the middle book of a trilogy.

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