book reviews by Althea

Ancillary Sword – Ann Leckie *****

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(Imperial Radsch #2)

In Which… Breq is sent to a somewhat-remote part of the Radsch (am I the only one who keeps wanting to pronounce that “Radish”?) Empire. In pursuit of closure regarding a personal matter, Breq encounters Grave Social Injustice, and tries to make things better. Obstacles are Encountered, and Action and Intrigue happen…

If you haven’t already read ‘Ancillary Justice,’ some aspects of the setting might feel a bit bewildering to a new reader. However, the story itself works pretty well on its own – it feels like an ‘episode.’ If you’ve already read the first book, this one might not feel as startlingly original.

However, I wholeheartedly loved it. This is superlative sci-fi adventure that should appeal to both genre purists and more venturesome readers. The ‘feel’ of the writing and the themes of the book are both very similar to Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan saga – I’d very much recommend this to fans of that series.


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