The stunning conclusion to the trilogy that began with the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning Ancillary Justice.
For just a moment, things seem to be under control for the soldier known as Breq. Then a search of Atheok Station's slums turns up someone who shouldn't exist - someone who might be an ancillary from a ship that's been hiding beyond the empire's reach for three thousand years.
In the meantime, a messenger from the alien and mysterious Presger empire arrives, as does Breq's enemy, the divided and quite possibly insane Anaander Mianaai - ruler of an empire that's at war with itself.
Anaander is heavily armed and extremely unhappy with Breq. She could take her ship and crew and flee, but that would leave everyone at Athoek in terrible danger. Breq has a desperate plan. The odds aren't good, but that's never stopped her before.
©2015 Ann Leckie (P)2015 Hachette Audio
I enjoyed this book, it's character driven and continues to centre around a small system rather than grand space opera style. People who prefer mighty space fleet battles and galaxy spanning stories will likely struggle. But if you liked the second book in the series you'll like this one also. The narration was great although there was great emphasis on various national accents to distinguish voices. It worked though.
"Please don't stop there"
I loved this third book in the series, and hope Ann Leckie does not stop there. I am wishing for inspiration to strike and more books in the series. Also Adjoa Andoh's reading of the series has been stellar. I have loved her intimacy and character voices. Many thanks to you both.
"5* Science Fiction"
This is standout SF read by a standout narrator -- a pure pleasure throughout the trilogy.
"brilliant in every way"
with all three books and especially this last one, i really tried hard to ration myself. The more I read, the less I had to look forward to.
Characters and plot were excellent and the reader was superb. Friends who regard audio books with a certain distaste will never know the force and depth that a reader like Adjoa Andoh brings to the text.
All in all a month or so of absolute pleasure.
"Some endings are beginnings"
I will call this trilogy a bit overrated and slow pasted. But it is British people in space, what can I expect :P. It is worth it however.
"A good round off to a Trilogy"
An interesting and thoughtful round off to a trilogy that leaves a fully formed, but not fully known, universe to explore.
"Narration is fantastic!"
I listen to quite a lot of audiobooks and in my opinion it's the most imaginatively narrated book I've ever heard. Absolutely fantastic! Truly immersive
"Great end to a great trilogy - thoroughly enjoyed"
Loved this book - great story, innovative ideas with some great characters. It's not action all the way but it has it's fair share and the way the humour of Bret became more potent/contextual as you went through the books was great. The effect is subtle but noticeable. Very sorry the trilogy is over.
I would love to hear more about the Preska, and I especially loved the Preska translator characters - they were both awesome.
The narration by Adjoa Andoh is, as ever, sublime. She really helps make the characters come alive.
Just great :) Listen to all 3 right now! As you might have gathered by now I am finding it hard to say something critical - so you know what, I won't.
"Continues as great as in previous part"
If you liked the previous 2 books, you will certainly have no doubts if to listen to this one as well. It's as good as they come.
At last I stopped to care who has which gender. SHE got me used to it with HER insistence. lol
And I do love the Fleet Captain - like everyone else - I can't help myself. :)
I can't say though that I liked the very end that much, was a bit weird for me... (I'm too much of a ..., I guess - you'll understand "who" when you listen to it), but it worked.
Nevertheless if there would be a continuum to this, Audible would do good to let us know! And I think I would be willing to give a chance to any other book from this author!
The performer was simply amazing!
"Wonderful story brilliantly narrated"
The narration of this audio book is superb, a masterclass in how it should be done. Well done Adjoa! My particular favorite was her narration of the Presca Translator - wonderfully done.
I loved the first book in this series, the second one did not have such an impact but Anne has come storming back with this one. Cracking story with a satisfying ending. This audiobook is now my equal favorite of 2015 (along with The Water Knife).
"A fitting end to a superb series!"
Ancillary Mercy is a fitting end to Ann Leckie's superb Imperial Radch series. I wonderfully ties all the archs and ends of the series together in an unexpected and incredibly satisfying way (which I won't go in to too much detail about because I don't want to spoil it!)
Adjoa Andoh has, in my mind, got the perfect voice for this series and has done an exemplary job of bringing the characters, peoples and places of this immersive world to life.
I can wholeheartedly recommend this series to anyone who likes epic science fiction and is a fan of franchise like Star Wars and Star Trek.
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