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Summary

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

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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.

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First book was great, second- OK, third- cozy

The first book of the series introduced a number of novel and powerful concepts, such as ancillaries, multi-body AIs, multi-body 'humans', disregard for physical gender. The highly unusual main character and how her nature was revealed gradually made for a great read. I would certainly rate it at 5 stars if I had Ancillary Justice on the Audible.
The following two books of the series make for a cozy read where domestic routines take centre stage and it is hard to take any plot developments seriously. Glimpses of the Radj Space culture provided in the first book are not developed any further, so we are stuck with the endless references to tea drinking. The third book introduces a number of new curious characters and resolves in a more or less satisfying way, making it second best to the first.

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5* Science Fiction

This is standout SF read by a standout narrator -- a pure pleasure throughout the trilogy.

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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.

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flat finish

boring and disappointing conclusion. sad to say. 8 more words required apparently, so here they-

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wonderful narration

A great ending to the trilogy in Ann Leckie's classic style. Compassionate and thoughtful with characters you really care about.

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SCI-FI LITERATURE

I am so impressed of late by the sudden surge of true literary science fiction, not written by men, but by women, and its just so impressive. I absolutely loved this series, it really offered some deep philosophical and psychological texture and excitement that puts the speculative into speculative fiction, these books turn a lot of stuff on its head and leaves your mind altered in a really good way. And Adjoa Andoh, what a narrator, she is so very very good, I really felt each character was inhabited.

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Compelling trilogy, beautifully performed

It took me a short while to become absorbed in the first book, but once I had I simply couldn’t stop listening until the conclusion of the third one. A well conceived and well written narrative and superbly performed by Adjoa Andoh who successfully conveyed the differences between humans, AIs and the translator. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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Brilliant, sad to see it end

This is one of those series of books that spoils you.
After listing to other books I yearn for the quality and refinement of Leckie's writing and Andoh amazing performance.

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fantastic trilogy

great narrator,
fabulous trilogy,
characters to love,
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I loved it.

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  • 30-09-21

Boring cliché

The first two books were quite decent, so I was hopeful about this one. Unfortunately, the simplistic lucky-good and dumb-evil story dominates throughout and sci-fi elements take a step back. I had never struggled to finish an audiobook before.

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  • 20-12-20

As you progress in the series the books get better

The whole series makes a very interesting saga. The first two books are - to me - not complete. Only here in the third book you get a clearer idea of how things are really working. The complexity of the storyline is not the problem to me. Rather it feels like the first two books are cut too short without any conclusion. Maybe it should have been just one very long book out of these three.