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Ancillary Mercy

by Ann Leckie

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Series: Imperial Radch (3)

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Ancillary Mercy is the stunning conclusion to the trilogy that began with Ancillary Justice, the only novel ever to win the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Awards. 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 old enemy, the divided, heavily armed, and possibly insane Anaander Mianaai - ruler of an empire at war with itself. Breq could flee with her ship and crew, but that would leave the people of Athoek in terrible danger. Breq has a desperate plan. The odds aren't good, but that's never stopped her before.… (more)
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AIs, spaceflight, and an empire that seems a cross between Roman and Chinese. All basic needs met, but human life valued very lightly much of the time. ( )
  jercox | Jun 2, 2021 |
Decent, although the tone of the second two books was so similar to the first that they felt a little lacking by comparison. Still worth the read. I suppose it's hard for the rest of a trilogy to have the same impact as the first. ( )
  qBaz | May 28, 2021 |
Meh. Really. Starting to get a little exciting in the middle and then...like a tire with a small puncture, ended flat and annoying. ( )
  harroldsheep | May 21, 2021 |
Thoroughly enjoyable. A good conclusion to the story of Breq - an AI transferred into a flesh and blood body. ( )
  Neil_Luvs_Books | Apr 6, 2021 |
A fitting ending to the trilogy I think. I'm a little disappointed that my speculation that Breq might be hiding something else turned out to be mostly wrong; the unreliable narrator thing is clearly mostly a plot device for the first book then, and the plot of the other two has simply moved on from that. Making up for this is the sheer delight of Translator Zeiat's orthogonal worldview. I would read the heck out of a book delving more deeply into the Presger and their translators, but of course it would be a tremendous challenge to write the delightfulness such that it held up to a deeper dive. All the politicking, military manoeuvring, and prodding at the assumptions of known civilisation pays off with a solution that's unexpected but pulls together all the threads in a satisfactory way. ( )
  zeborah | Mar 31, 2021 |
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Andoh, AdjoaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Benshoff, KirkCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Ancillary Mercy is the stunning conclusion to the trilogy that began with Ancillary Justice, the only novel ever to win the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Awards. 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 old enemy, the divided, heavily armed, and possibly insane Anaander Mianaai - ruler of an empire at war with itself. Breq could flee with her ship and crew, but that would leave the people of Athoek in terrible danger. Breq has a desperate plan. The odds aren't good, but that's never stopped her before.

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Spaceship friendships bloom;
Station joins in too, helping;
Thwart the evil Lord.
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