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Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie
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Ancillary Sword

by Ann Leckie

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Series: Imperial Radch (2)

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This is second volume of the Imperial Radch trilogy, following Hugo and Nebula Award winning Ancillary Mercy. This book was also nominated for the same awards (and several others besides). I wasn’t impressed by the first book and reading the second one chiefly because one of my reading groups does the third one this month and I want to catch up. I still do not understand what the fuss is all about regarding this trilogy – while interesting, I cannot see it as a new step in SF or even Space opera.
The Empire is in a civil war, but there won’t be blaster-toting solders, shooting each other on every page, this story is much more about intrigue and politics, which I a good thing. Solders on a military ship are more interested in getting some tea to drink and an ancient tea ware of the great value to show off. And while the trilogy is about the Radch, a space version of Roman empire, this book is chiefly about local problems of a planet, from labor relations on tea plantations (American South arrogant white masters, who think they are generous to their “lazy and uncivilized” slaves) to AI on space station that hides some information from human government. While some conflicts are resolved and justice served, the author forgets about own setting, like allowing wage raise or budget expenditure on infrastructure despite the fact that the system economy may nosedive in the nearest future.
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  Oleksandr_Zholud | Jan 9, 2019 |
An excellent continuation of an excellent series. ( )
  Ubiquitine | Nov 24, 2018 |
good enough to make me seek out book three ( )
  nkmunn | Nov 17, 2018 |
It's a good sequel to a great book, and it definitely makes me want to go on to the last one. Breq's a great character. ( )
1 vote Jon_Hansen | Sep 29, 2018 |
This is the second book in the trilogy begun in last year's Best Novel Hugo winner, Ancillary Justice. Breq, having survived the confrontation between the two parts of Anaander Mianaai, is now in command of Mercy of Kalr, and off to contain another part of the spreading crisis at Athoek. While there, she hopes to also protect and offer some sort of compensation to the sister of her much-loved Lt. Awn, whom she was forced to kill.

At Athoek, she finds an already tricky political situation exacerbated by the closer of the gates and the news that there are at least two perfectly legitimate "Lords of the Radch" now in open conflict with each other. It takes longer to discover that underneath the existing and new political conflicts, and ordinary class conflict and exploitation, there's a truly horrifying corruption hidden here.

Did I mention there's another ship in the system, Sword of Atagaris, of questionable loyalties? And a little error in judgment by Atagaris' Captain results in the death of a translator/representative from the frighteningly powerful aliens, the Presger.

And while juggling all that, Breq is confronting her odd status as an ex-AI, ex-ancillary, now in command of a ship rather than a part of it. It's a sometimes unsettling experience for her, and at first her crew, except for old companion Seivarden, do not know what to make of her.

There's a lot going on here, in character development, revealing more about the history and culture of the Radch, and action as the conflict between the Mianaais and even older tensions in the Radch empire play out.

I'm looking forward to the third volume, Ancillary Mercy.

Recommended. ( )
  LisCarey | Sep 19, 2018 |
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Andoh, AdjoaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Benshoff, KirkCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Ms. Lord of the Radch
Divided herself. Trust her?
Neither one, thinks Breq.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0316246654, Paperback)

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.

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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"--… (more)

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