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Anciliary Justice

Copyright 2013 by Ann Leckie

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one SOJALS point one SOJALS point one SOJALS point one SOJALS point no SOJALS point    Superb (4/5)

I first read this on the 27th August 2014.

IIt is the far, far future. For two thousand years the Radchaai Empire has ruled the majority of the human worlds. It's gained its dominion by conquest. Planet after planet fell to the massive military power of its space fleets.

We meet our protagonist One Esk on a cold and icy independent world. She helps an injured innocent. We learn though that the compassion she shows is a rare event for our hero. Normally nothing distracts her from her long quest that will, if this time she's lucky, will end on this world. We learn soon after that that our hero is, although much diminished from her former stature, a most deadly weapon indeed.

Wow, this is a great novel. There's a continuing undercurrent of suspense. You just know there's more to all this than is apparent. One Esk slowly reveals

What great characters Leckie has given us: One Esk, Lieutenants Awn and Skaaiat, Seivarden Vendai. They'll stick in my memory, the heroes, the bravery and the human touch.

I love that Justice of Toren One Esk's confusion about language use of gender meant that even at the end of the book, I am entirely unsure of the physical gender of any of the characters.

What's it got? Imperial empires, all-conquering space fleets, cloning, mind-control and real heroines. Or heroes.

Loaded on the 29th March 2015.
Cover of Anciliary Justice
Cover art by Chris Harris