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Ancillary Sword (Imperial Radch Book 2) (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Ann Leckie
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    "Unexpected, compelling and very cool. Ann Leckie nails it...I've never met a heroine like Breq before. I consider this a very good thing indeed." (John Scalzi on Ancillary Justice )

    "Ancillary Justice is the mind-blowing space opera you've been needing...This is a novel that will thrill you like the page-turner it is, but stick with you for a long time afterward." ( (included in 'This Fall's Must-Read Science Fiction and Fantasy Books'))

    "It's not every day a debut novel by an author you'd never heard of before derails your entire afternoon with its brilliance. But when my review copy of Ancillary Justice arrived, that's exactly what it did. In fact, it arrowed upward to reach a pretty high position on my list of best space opera novels ever." (Liz Bourke,

    "Establishes Leckie as an heir to Banks and Cherryh." (Elizabeth Bear on Ancillary Justice )

    "A double-threaded narrative proves seductive, drawing the reader into the naive but determined protagonist's efforts to transform an unjust universe. Leckie expansionist galaxy-spinning empire [and] a protagonist on a single-minded quest for justice to transcend space-opera conventions in innovative ways. This impressive debut succeeds in making Breq a protagonist readers will invest in, and establishes Leckie as a talent to watch." (Publishers Weekly on Ancillary Justice)

    "Leckie does a very good job of setting this complex equation up... This is an altogether promising debut." (Kirkus on Ancillary Justice )

    "Using the format of SF military adventure blended with hints of space opera, Leckie explores the expanded meaning of human nature and the uneasy balance between individuality and membership in a group identity. Leckie is a newcomer to watch as she expands on the history and future of her new and exciting universe." (Library Journal on Ancillary Justice )

    "Leckie's debut gives casual and hardcore sci-fi fans alike a wonderful read." (RT Book Reviews on Ancillary Justice )

    "A sharply written space opera with a richly imagined sense of detail and place, this debut novel from Ann Leckie works as both an evocative science fiction tale and an involving character's also a strongly female-driven piece, tackling ideas about politics and gender in a way that's both engaging and provocative...Ancillary Justice is a gripping read that's well worth a look." (SFX (UK))

    "It engages, it excites, and it challenges the way the reader views our world. Leckie may be a former Secretary of the Science Fiction Writers of America, but she's the President of this year's crop of debut novelists. Ancillary Justice might be the best science fiction novel of this very young decade." (Justin Landon, Staffer's Book Review)

    "Total gamechanger. Get it, read it, wish to hell you'd written it. Ann Leckie's Ancillary Justice may well be the most important book Orbit has published in ages." (Paul Graham Raven)

    "The sort of book that the Clarke Award wishes it had last year ... be prepared to see Ancillary Justice bandied around a lot come awards season. (As it should be)." (Jared Shurin, Pornokitsch)


    Ancillary Sword is the sequel to Ancillary Justice, the debut novel which won every major science fiction award in 2014 and the only novel to have won the Hugo, the Nebula and the Arthur C. Clarke Award. Ancillary Sword is currently shortlisted for this year's Nebula and BSFA Awards.

    Breq is a soldier who used to be a warship. Once a weapon of conquest controlling thousands of minds, now she only has a single body and serves the emperor she swore to destroy.

    Given a new ship and a troublesome crew, Breq is ordered to the only place in the galaxy she will agree to go: to Athoek station, to protect the family of a lieutenant she once knew - a lieutenant she murdered in cold blood.

    Praise for Ancillary Justice:


    SFX Magazine


    John Scalzi


    Independent on Sunday





    The Book Smugglers


    Strange Horizons


    Elizabeth Bear


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    5.0 von 5 Sternen Fun, clever, touching 19. Januar 2015
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    I devoured the first and second part of this series. The second part surprised me, but in a good way, because after the ending of the first I expected a book in which One Esk and co. run around Radch space recruiting followers and figuring out more about the political conflict and such (which would also have been fun) and instead we get a book with a narrow focus and lots of additional world-building. Esk really shines in this one as she proves smart, unbending and deft at politics (her way of dealing with the politically charged situation she's thrown into reminds me of several other awesome fictional characters like Tyrion Lannister, Danaerys Targaryen - for some reason I had to think of the politics-heavy parts of GoT while reading this - or Miles Vorkosigan) while at the same time still lonely, tragic and neither human nor machine, and the book builds a great supporting cast for her.
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    5.0 von 5 Sternen wieder sehr gelungen 2. Januar 2015
    Von T.J.
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    die Fortsetzung fand ich fast noch besser. Ich bleibe dabei - ich finde die gesamte Geschichte wunderschön und sie zählt zu meinen Lieblingen (bisher von Vernor Vinge und Alastair Reynolds).
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    5.0 von 5 Sternen Highly intelligent, fast paced and intriguing story, a quicker read than AJ without compromising the complexity of the world. 7. Oktober 2014
    Von TenaciousReader - Veröffentlicht auf
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    So, after all the (much deserved) buzz and awards for Ancillary Justice, can Ancillary Sword live up to expectations? Can Leckie follow through with a book just as compelling? Yes. She absolutely can and does. Ancillary Sword is the continued pay off for time invested in Ancillary Justice. It is a highly intelligent, fast paced and intriguing story that I just could not put down.

    It has all of the strengths of Ancillary Justice but honestly, I found this to be a much easier and quicker read than Ancillary Justice. That’s not to say that it is a lighter book. I think Ancillary Justice introduced us to many concepts that just took a little bit of time to adjust to and learn about. That adjustment has been made, I honestly did not even think about gender in this book. The pronouns all still default to female, in the first book I started out trying to determine if a character fell into the male or female bucket. By the end I learned to let go of my desire to figure out, realizing a large part of the point it to really underscore that GENDER DOES NOT MATTER! What better way to address that than to write a book with a gender blind perspective? I love that this series has made me (and other readers) do that. We can only judge characters based on the actual character and events, and not make any gender based assumptions.

    The hive mind aspect was another thing that I loved in the first book, but admit it slowed my reading a bit. There is still a bit of that in this, as Breq gets information from the Ship about ongoings in other areas. So, while she may be conversing in one area, we will get interspersed information about other characters during that conversation. But I never once felt it slowed my reading, I no longer had that adjustment of jumping between simultaneous scenes. It just worked, and worked well.

    Breq has traveled to Athoek Station to find Lieutenant Awn’s sister. This world should be “civilized” and peaceful. And on the surface, it can give that appearance. But of course, things are not always as they appear. And as the story unfolds, and we understand what is really happening on Athoek, the book gets to address a number of great political points such as “separate but equal” ideologies. I love books that take problems with our world and wrap them in a fictional setting without being preachy, books that can be read at face value or read to gain a perspective on our world.

    For anyone that is on the fence if they want to continue the series, I absolutely urge you to read on. I think for some, learning the world and technology made Ancillary Justice a harder read. But those were all carried over, so this book allowed for a quicker reading experience, where the reader could focus on plot and characters much more without compromising the complexity of the world that was built in the first book.
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    3.0 von 5 Sternen Main plot stagnates 20. Oktober 2014
    Von Indy Reviewer - Veröffentlicht auf
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    At one point late in Ancillary Sword, a character asks the protagonist, "How (does) any of this (matter) when we have a civil war going on that might find its way here?" Breq's answer placates that character, but after finishing Ancillary Sword many readers will likely find themselves asking the same question with a less satisfactory response. 2.5 stars rounded up to 3 in the hope that some of the effort here will find its way back to relevance in the conclusion.

    The award winning Ancillary Justice combined space opera, social commentary, and shifting perspectives to create one of the more original works of science fiction in some years. While there was some criticism of pacing and depth, most readers felt those negatives were offset by the unique worldbuilding.

    Unfortunately, Ancillary Sword retains most of the negatives without the positives. The plot summary: newly promoted Fleet Captain Breq proceeds to Athoek station, where by virtue of her superior rank she can order nearly everyone to do pretty much whatever her whims demand. Anyone who disagrees? Clearly, they're morally and intellectually bankrupt, and Breq has near omnipotence to not only steamroll them but to miraculously contain their enmity. (There's probably an ironic meta here someplace comparing Breq's leadership to Anaander's eternal dictatorship, but this is almost certainly unintentional.)

    While there, she uncovers a few conspiracies, spends an awful lot of time working towards social justice for various oppressed locals, and on occasion tries to make up with Awn's sister. The big picture stuff that drove the plot of Ancillary Justice disappears and the book stagnates.

    Civil war? Almost nonexistent for most of the book. Alien menace? The introduction of what is easily the most fascinating secondary character in either book ends up devolving into an almost irrelevant transitional plot device. Villains? Two dimensional and not particularly subtle, especially as any ambiguity over the morality of the Radchaai gets erased as the book proceeds. And Awn's sister? While the author previously stated her protection would be Breq's main priority in this book, once she began writing, Leckie appears to have abandoned that idea. Not only is Basnaaid a very minor character, but somehow the author couldn't come up with a subplot that puts her at even moderate peril.

    Those who loved the first book will probably find enough here to like Sword well enough, but the bottom line is that this just isn't a particularly enthralling sequel. Perhaps the final book of the trilogy will put all of this in context, but for now 3 stars feels pretty generous.
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    2.0 von 5 Sternen It breaks my heart to say it, but this was really disappointing. 26. Oktober 2014
    Von Michael H Stanley - Veröffentlicht auf
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    I loved Ancillary Justice. The characters were great, the timing and plotting were incredibly thought out, subtleties were important but not pushed too hard, and there was a climax.

    I hate to say it, but this book was disappointing. AJ was able to be an intimate character study, introduce this foreign concept of ancillaries and ship AIs, and make us care and sympathize with ancillaries, and also play out a plot on an epic scale. AS does none of those things. No new concepts, no important plotline, no Anaander Mianai throughout the entire book, and no recourse for the murder of the Presger translator. How is that not where this book went? Who cares about a corrupt captain smuggling ancillaries? That would get two paragraphs in AJ.

    I love the omnipotent/multiple viewpoint Breq has, and the way it allowed situations to unfold in the first novel, but AS just does it because it feels obligated to. The pieces don't really intermingle, it's really just a mechanic to have three unrelated stories going on.

    The second book in a trilogy is what makes it a trilogy. It expands the scope, shifts the momentum, introduces twists to issues that seemed resolved previously, and sets some expectation for the final piece. This book unfortunately did none of those things.

    Also, the gender thing, which was jarring (in a good way) in the first novel, just didn't make sense in this one. What's the penis festival about? And if you're going to go directly at the issue of "so are there men and women?" why is there not an actual answer? I like the "she" as a standard pronoun use and it frankly made me realize a big bias I didn't realize I had, but there was no similar mechanism in this book.

    AJ was so great that I'll read the third anyways, but this was a big letdown. I realize it was a hard act to follow AJ, but this felt mailed in.
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    3.0 von 5 Sternen Worth the read if you liked the 1st book 30. November 2014
    Von W. Mann - Veröffentlicht auf
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    You know, I was so intrigued with Leckie's first book that I was willing to wade through the obsessive descriptions of military protocol, and Radch customs, and the fricking tea sets and the useless gloves of this 2nd book of a possible series. This story seemed to me to be mostly about a very introspective dialog going on in Breq's head, what she was feeling and figuring out about herself, her crew, and her mission to a remote space station. I have to admit that now I don't have clue where this tale is going if there is to be a third book. After all, at the end of the book, nothing had really changed except that maybe the crew is a little more seasoned. I still don't have a mental map of the universe that Leckie is building. And while I'm enjoying the female gender emphasis in every situation, I'm not sure I really understand what that means as far as the characters are concerned. The overriding military perspective confuses the gender issue further for me. The things I like about this book are Breq's interconnectedness with her Ship and her crew, the notion that she was once a ship (or an AI that ran a ship), and that she is for all practical purposes, an ancient soul. I just wish that these characteristics drove the story more strongly in this book than the day-to-day and mundane personal interactions that dominate this story.
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    2.0 von 5 Sternen One Book Was Enough 14. Januar 2015
    Von Kathy J. Wheeler - Veröffentlicht auf
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    I became an instant Ann Leckie fan after reading Ancillary Justice. What a wonderful concept and execution. The book was well written, compelling and exciting. Character development was excellent. The structure of the book made a complex plot understandable and easily followed. All the awards for Leckie and the book were well deserved.

    Not so with her tedious and boring follow up. I found myself waiting...waiting...and waiting for the story to move at more than a snail's pace. Stop conversing and thinking and get on with it! I became annoyed with all of Breq's calculating thoughts. I have never before been so let down by an author and a sequel. True disappointment.

    It seems that every science fiction writer has to do a trilogy these days. I can only assume the profit motive has something to do with that, although I must admit there are some great trilogies. But the second book of Leckie's trilogy will bring this trilogy down even if the third book is as good as the first.

    Ancillary Justice still goes on my list of favorite science fiction books of all time. I wish Leckie had stopped with that one and moved on to something else.
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