Ancillary Sword

Ancillary Sword

by Ann Leckie
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Ancillary Sword 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been anticipating this one so much that I re-read the first (Ancillary Justice) before digging into the sequel, which gave me an interesting experience of immediate comparison. Sword is a little more challenging to get into than Justice was, even though I was already familiar with the world and Leckie's fantastic use of language. However, the further I got into reading, the more I came to appreciate the spaces she creates between characters and their motivations and the way that she invites the reader to do the work of filling in those gaps. It's such a deliberate technique that subtly emphasizes Breq's alienation. This isn't a book of big explosions (mostly) or universe-changing decisions (except where it is). Instead, it's a nice breath after the storm of the first book that allows the characters to build their found-family (Firefly-style) and creates a slow setup for more novels to come. I'm giving it five stars because I think that's a brave choice given current expectations for sequels, when the impetus might be to give Breq a bigger boss to fight after the end of the first book. After the successful (-ish) end of a twenty-odd year mission in Ancillary Justice, Ancillary Sword _needed_ to be a breath, a move toward a different tone in plot development and stakes, and I'm glad Leckie took the space to give it to us. I'm looking forward to going back and re-reading to pick up on all the important details I missed in the first read. This is a book full of crunchy nuggets that deserve to be savored.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ancillary Justice setup this universe and introduced all of the interesting ideas. This book offers nothing new or interesting. The plot is merely a sequence of things that happen with no setup or pay off. More time was spent describing tea sets than was spent on science fiction or character development. This book is nothing like the original.
jdmerryman More than 1 year ago
One excellent and one really really good book. I am looking forward to many books from this author in the future.
Huey_Freidman More than 1 year ago
First book was outstanding but this one felt plotless and wholly uninteresting. I wouldn't have finished it if I hadn't already had so much invested from the first book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The main reason why I enjoy the Ancillary books is because of its unique setting and concepts. Ancillary Sword focuses on how Justice of Toren conflicts between a human and an AI's identity. I found the beginning of this book estranged and slightly coarse... A little lacking. In my eyes, it redeemed itself towards the ending but I thought it could be developed a little more. Overall it is a good read but I think it is a small step down from the first book, Ancillary Justice.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely original and thought provoking, this sequel to Ancillary Justice carries us relentlessly towards an absolutely unknowable outcome. Not sure how I can possibly wait for the conclusion to the trilogy but wait I must.
ReadingOverTheShoulder More than 1 year ago
It's well done, but not as good as the first. Being a middle-book in a trilogy it's not surprising. The plot is slow with only the rare bit of action and Breq is still a deeply engaging character. Full review available @ ReadingOverTheShoulder.com
dealon More than 1 year ago
Better than the first. Lechie has expanded her characters and your experience to a higher level. I lieterly could not put this novel down. I find that she has a nack of opening up her characters in a way I can see that their development from the events occuring in this segment of this trilogy to be surprizing and allow the reader to enter the story. Surprizing in scope and enveloping in story line.
AymTru More than 1 year ago
Unparalleled. My only regret is that this is only a trilogy. Spoiler alert: I love this author. For those who lament the ongoing saga of the tea sets, you should probably find something else to read. For me, it's all about a formerly complex entity which is now a singular entity moving forward in a universe that is continually changing for "her" and "everyone" else. The tea sets become so much more than tea sets, and the author creates an environment that could literally take volumes of work to explore. But she herself is a singular author and can only document so much of what is possibly going on. Some people don't like endless items being left to their own imagination. That is both the strength and the Achilles heel of this author. Myself, I don't mind the heel.
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