Ancillary Sword : The Imperial Radch

  • by Ann Leckie
  • Narrated by Adjoa Andoh
  • Series: The Imperial Radch
  • 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Justice for all
Breq - the soldier who used to be a spaceship - is serving the emperor she swore to destroy. She's been given her own warship, her own crew, and ordered to the only place in the galaxy she would have agreed to go: to Athoek Station, to protect the family of the lieutenant she murdered in cold blood. Athoek was annexed by the Empire some 600 years ago, and by now everyone is fully 'civilised'. Or should be - but everything is not as tranquil as it appears. Old divisions are still troublesome, Athoek Station's AI is restless, and it looks like the alien Presger might have taken an interest in what's going on. With no guarantees that their interest is benevolent.

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What the Critics Say

"Leckie proves she's no mere flash in the pan with this follow-up to her multiple-award-winning debut space opera, Ancillary Justice." (Kirkus Reviews)

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Jane Austin in Space Returns

That's how I described the book to my girlfriend. I absolutely love how subtle societal mores of the depicted cultures are described and exploited to give such a sense of depth and breadth to the universe. An utterly unique take on science fiction that does not come across as fluffy in the least.

I love hard science fiction and where necessary it is mentioned here with light speed delays being mixed comfortably with hyper space jumps while the crew are holding tea parties attended by human bodies controlled by artificially intelligent ships.

Exploration of interesting subjects from coping with loss to how an artificial intelligence in control of multiple biological bodies might take care of all of their needs.

If you hadn't guessed, I greatly recommend this series to anyone who finds subtle social situations, unusual cultures and even the melding of human and machine to be of interest.
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- Jasper

A comedy of Manners a galaxy far far away

The beauty of this sf adventure is the concentration on interactions and petty politics. This seems like the best of early novels from Austin or Bronte, but there is no comprimise in the science fiction. Most of the novel sf themes were introduced in the first of this trilogy so it is surprising that this investigation into problems in a star system is so compelling. Fleet Captain Breck does have some secret powers and weapons which gives her just the right edge. I suspect it would be best not to start with this book, but read Ancilliary Justice first because some of the facets of the unuverse critical to this trilogy are best revealed slowly.
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- Graeme from Preston

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-10-2014
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK