Ann Leckie’s 2013 debut Ancillary Justice, the first installment of the Imperial Radch trilogy, was one of our favorite science fiction novels (heck, just novels, period) in years, and the genre community at large apparently agreed, giving it ALL THE AWARDS, including both the Hugo and Nebula. The follow-up, 2014’s Ancillary Sword, is poised to follow suit, and today secured Leckie’s second nomination for the Nebula Award for Best Novel. As you can imagine, then, we’re more than pleased that Orbit Books has given us the chance to exclusively reveal the cover and blurb for the much-anticipated final book, Ancillary Mercy, out on Oct. 6.
The blurb follows. Scroll down for the complete cover, which completes the tryptic by artist John Harris.
The stunning conclusion to the trilogy that began with the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke award-winning Ancillary Justice.
For 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. Meanwhile, 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 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.
Is it October yet?