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Publisher's Summary

Shortlisted for the Hugo Award for Best Novel 2018.

Shortlisted for the Locus Awards 2018.

Shortlisted for the BSFA Awards 2018.

Following her record-breaking debut trilogy, Ann Leckie, winner of the Hugo, Nebula, Arthur C. Clarke and Locus Awards, returns with a thrilling new story of power, theft, privilege and birthright.

A power-driven young woman has just one chance to secure the status she craves and regain priceless lost artefacts prized by her people. She must free their thief from a prison planet from which no one has ever returned. 

Ingray and her charge will return to their home world to find their planet in political turmoil, at the heart of an escalating interstellar conflict. Together, they must make a new plan to salvage Ingray's future, her family, and her world, before they are lost to her for good.

The Imperial Radch trilogy begins with Ancillary Justice, continues in Ancillary Sword and concludes with Ancillary Mercy

Also available now: Provenance is a stunning standalone adventure set in the same world as Ancillary Justice.

©2017 Ann Leckie (P)2017 Little Brown Book Group

Critic Reviews

"Excellent." (Book Smugglers)

"Gripping...richly detailed and rewarding." (SciFiNow)

"A fitting addition to the Ancillary world." (NPR)

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Gripping story well told.

I like the universe Ann has created and the characters she has invented. They come to life through Adjoa’s brilliant narration. I find Ingray is a little too drippy particularly toward the end.

Another book or two about the conclave would be nice. And I want to know what a preska looks like.

Heard the series so far and will definitely continue when Ann writes the next one.

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  • Rick
  • Perth, Australia
  • 29-10-2017

Slow paced but interesting

Set in the same universe as the Ancillary Justice books, this story is a change of pace. It's more of a political / mystery story. The characters are interesting and many turn out to be more than they seem as the story progressed. I wasn't enthralled but I was entertained and I certainly have no regrets buying this book.
If you loved Ancillary Justice trilogy you'll probably like this book.

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Great author great narrator

Can’t wait for more from this duo. Ann Leckie writes is such a different unique way which has me excited for more.

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hard to follow

Very hard to follow the story and language
the use of unconventional pro nouns for people confuses things

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-10-2017

Ann Leckie has done it again. Another great story

Provenance is set in the same universe as Ann Leckie's Radch novels. Like them it is thought provoking without being "heavy". The story is well paced & the narration by Adjoa Andoh is perfect.

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  • Dennis
  • 24-11-2017

A bit of a letdown after Ancillary series

Same universe, many of the same elements as the Breq stories but an annoying whiny lead character and a faintly silly storyline. None of the interesting collective AI aspects.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-12-2017

Interesting, but complicated.

I loved the authors first trilogy. But this follow up doesn't quite have the same zip and vim I'm afraid.

The narration is as fantastic as ever, but the lead character wonders around like Nancy Drew in space figuring out the nafarous plans of the evil dibbly bongs from the planet gobble drool who are working for the master race of thingybob who are mates with the higs bosons who went on holiday with the Joneses from galactic central just last week and then some one dies. And our plucky heroine saves the day and rescues the day for something, or someone. And a bowl... I think

Lots of characters and all a touch contrived.

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  • matt hall
  • 22-11-2017

Good, but not as good as the ancillary series

It's good to be back in the world of the radch, and the characters are just as compelling. Leckie's knack for language is also in evidence but somehow this may doesn't grab me as much as the ancillary series. This is good its just not as good...

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  • Dean
  • 14-10-2017

A complex, nuanced vision.

The author's subtle humour is delivered by this accomplished narrator with a deadpan style and a twinkle in her voice.
Initially, I worried the various different pronouns were likely to get tiresome, but it never happened, the story took over and I spent more time listening to the dialogue for the humour. You do have to listen for it, it is never signalled.
While it will be described by some as politically correct and even a feminist novel, these labels are irrelevant to what is a sci-fi novel of political intrigue and a range of characters displaying a great deal of panache.

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  • Toller
  • 06-06-2018

Excellent performance.

This is an interesting and entertaining story by Ann Leckie, with good characters and an intriguing plot - but what makes it special is the superb reading by Adjoa Andoh, who does a superb job. A great, great listen.

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  • Rebecca
  • 05-02-2018

excellent story well delivered

Ann Leckie is a great writer, and I have listened to her Ancillary series before buying this. I think this is a more pacy story of political vying and competitive moves. I enjoyed it immensely.

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  • Ms. P. M. Kelly
  • 26-11-2017

Loved this

Wonderful writing, beautifully realised cultures, characters to love and hate and a highly entertaining narrator. Thoughtful, thought provoking and funny.

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  • McFroogal
  • 20-11-2017

Really love her stuff but....

In talking book format this drags. I have given up as my mind kept wandering. Too much chat with nothing happening. Sorry.

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  • SlosshyDolphin
  • 07-11-2017

rambling and too long for what it was.

fantastic performance only thing that got me to the end. Story was very repetitive and the ending was so predictable. I have to say it because I loved the ancillary series.