Ancillary Mercy

Ancillary Mercy

Book - 2015 | First edition.
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"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 enemy, the divided and quite possibly insane Anaander Mianaai--ruler of an empire at war with itself"--Page 4 of cover.
In the stunning conclusion to the Imperial Radch trilogy, a search of Athoek Station's slums turns up someone who shouldn't exist. A messenger from the mysterious Presger empire arrives, as does Breq's enemy, the divided and quite possibly insane Anaander Mianaai, ruler of an empire at war with itself. Breq refuses to flee with her ship and crew, because that would leave the people of Athoek in terrible danger. The odds aren't good, but that's never stopped her before.
Publisher: New York, NY : Orbit, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780316246682
0316246689
9780316246675
9781478936312
9781478960140
Characteristics: 359 pages ; 21 cm

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IndyPL_SteveB Aug 03, 2019

*Ancillary Mercy* is the third in a highly creative and involving SF series, and it’s just as good as the first two books. It may be even more tense and exciting; but of course the surprise of discovering the details of the culture and the main characters can never completely equal what I experienced in the first book. This one is pretty close, though.

The Empire of the Radch is ruled by a person who calls herself The Lord of the Radch. Her name is Anaander Mianaai and her mind is several thousand years old, carried along by thousands of cloned bodies implanted with her thoughts and memories. As her different versions become separated by time and distance, however, they begin to war with each other. Only a few people know that the split has occurred and that at any time they might receive orders from one or the other without knowing which one.

In *Ancillary Mercy*, former ship’s intelligence Breq is protecting an important space station over a planet long ago annexed by the Radch. Part of her strategy is persuading the Ships and the Station itself to allow their programming to be overridden in order to allow themselves total autonomy. If they were able to do this in the right way, the ships and the Station could break away from the control of the Anaanders. But in the middle of this, Breq discovers that the worst version of Anaander is on her way to the Station, with several military ships. The battle of wits and strategy which follows is very exciting.

These books are not for the beginning SF reader; but they are greatly rewarding for the experienced reader with a flexible mind.

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captbligh
Jul 19, 2017

Not worth reading unless you insist on completing the trilogy.

KateHillier Nov 25, 2016

This was an awesome series and this last book did not disappoint. It wraps up nicely while at the same time leaving room for more in this more and I really hope that's something that happens.

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JLMason
Feb 24, 2016

This is the weakest book in the trilogy, although the plot complexity, the rich detail of the imagined universe, and the fascinating characters still provide a satisfying read. The minute and unnecessary detail of the interactions and activities on the ship in the middle of the book made me wonder if the author was trying to pad out the page count. Some issues are left unresolved. I look forward to seeing where the author goes next.

ChristchurchLib Nov 30, 2015

Housed in a composite human body not her own, Fleet Captain Breq is the last remaining "ancillary" fragment of a fallen starship's AI, as well as the commander of her own vessel. With civil war raging throughout the rapidly fracturing Radchaai Empire, Breq and her crew devise a plan to defend Atheok Station from ancient nemesis Anaander Mianaai, Lord of the Radch. Action-packed heroics unfold side-by-side with reflections on identity and personhood in this dramatic conclusion of the Imperial Radch trilogy, which begins with Ancillary Justice and Ancillary Sword. Science fiction newsletter December 2015.

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dwolen
Nov 25, 2015

not as good as the first two in the series

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thepanekroom
Oct 21, 2015

Very enjoyable! So many things happen relating to so many different characters that it feels like trying to summarize the plot at all will only result in spoiling things best left unspoiled. Suffice it to say that this book gives a variety of perspectives on the ideas of personhood, agency, and duty. The plot starts a little slow, but picks up speed fast. It also doesn't take the sort of left turn that it did in Ancillary Sword, but doesn't follow the narrative structure of Ancillary Justice, either. Basically, if you liked the people in the first two books, you'll find things to like in this one.

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